Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EST
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say 12 people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Southern California bar. Authorities say the first reports of shots fired came around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles. The gunman also was found dead.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The resignation of Jeff Sessions as attorney general has potentially ominous implications for special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, is the new acting attorney general. And before Whitaker joined the Justice Department, he talked about ways an attorney general could theoretically stymie the probe.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings says when he takes charge of the House Oversight Committee he intends to use it as “a check on the executive branch” for potential criminal violations and conflicts of interest. Cummings and other House Democrats are prepared to use their majority and subpoena power to go after financial records that could back up their claims Donald Trump is using his presidency to enrich himself. Trump says he doesn’t want to release his taxes because they’re under audit.
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN correspondent Jim Acosta says that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is lying when she says Acosta had put his hands on a young intern during a Wednesday news conference. Acosta and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during the newser. After Trump told Acosta, “That’s enough!” a female White House aide tried to grab the microphone from Acosta, and he appeared to have brushed her arm, telling her, “Pardon me, ma’am.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders have bluntly previewed the fault lines to come under a divided government. Trump on Wednesday threatened to go after House Democrats who try to investigate him, while Rep. Nancy Pelosi said her party would be “a check and balance” against the White House. Trump and Pelosi also spoke about working together where they can but indicated they would butt heads when challenged, particularly over any investigations of the Republican president.