Washington

Kushner allegation surfaces

The Washington Post reported Friday that Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, told his superiors that he and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner discussed setting up a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin. The Post report, citing anonymous U.S. officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications, said Kislyak told his superiors that Kushner proposed using Russian diplomatic facilities for their discussions, apparently to make them more difficult to monitor. The Post said Kislyak was reportedly “taken aback” by the suggestion.

BOZEMAN, Mont.

Legal woes for new lawmaker

Montana’s new congressman hasn’t even been sworn in to his first public office, but people are already talking about his prospects in 2018 and even 2020. First things first though for Greg Gianforte, who has to deal with a misdemeanor assault charge he received the day before the election after witnesses said he slammed a reporter to the ground. Gianforte could have appeared in court in Bozeman on Friday to resolve the charge but did not and has a June 7 legal deadline to do so.

McLEAN, Va.

Sniper’s sentences tossed

A federal judge on Friday tossed out two life sentences for one of Virginia’s most notorious criminals, sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, and ordered Virginia courts to hold new sentencing hearings. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson in Norfolk said Malvo is entitled to new sentencing hearings after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. Malvo was 17 when he was arrested in 2002 for a series of shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

DALLAS

Ex-nurse faces more charges

A Texas nurse who is in prison for the 1982 killing of a toddler has been charged with murder in the death of an infant a year earlier, and authorities said Friday that they think she may have killed up to 60 young children around that time. Genene Jones, 66, is serving concurrent 99-year and 60-year sentences at a Gatesville prison for the 1982 killing of 15-month-old Chelsea McClelland and the sickening of a 4-week-old boy who survived. Jones was due to be freed next March under a mandatory release law that was in place when she was convicted.

Compiled from wire reports.