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Barbara Bush brought plainspoken, grandmotherly style to DC

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush didn't hesitate to tell people that her trademark pearl necklaces were fake. Americans liked that everything else about the snowy-haired first lady was real. The wife of the nation's 41st president and mother of the 43rd ...

Inmate: Bodies stacked in ‘macabre woodpile’ in prison riot

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As the hours dragged on during a riot at a South Carolina prison, bodies piled up on the sidewalk. An inmate inside watched in dismay as several fellow prisoners, two he knew well, lay dead and dying, their bodies leaving trails of blood ...

Months later, mudslide survivors finding personal treasures

By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a torrent of mud crashed through Mari Mitchel's bedroom in Southern California three months ago, it carried away everything from massive pieces of antique family furniture to a tiny pouch that held her wedding and engagement rings ...

Starbucks faces image crisis after arrest of 2 black men

By ALEXANDRA OLSON, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Three years ago, Starbucks was widely ridiculed for trying to start a national conversation on race relations by asking its employees to write the words "Race Together" on coffee cups. The initiative, though it backfired, was in line ...

Prosecutors in Cosby retrial build to conclusion of case

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors are building to the conclusion of their case against Bill Cosby with investigators and a pharmaceutical expert expected to take the stand beginning Tuesday in the comedian's sexual assault ...

Defending Trump in Russia probe? It’s hardly a dream job

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Several prominent lawyers asked to help represent President Donald Trump in the last year have spurned the assignment at least partly out of concerns he wouldn't pay his bills and doesn't listen to legal advice, according to people familiar ...

Supreme Court hearing case about online sales tax collection

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing arguments about whether a rule it announced decades ago in a case involving a catalog retailer should still apply in the age of the internet. The case on Tuesday focuses on businesses' collection of sales tax ...

Comey speculates Russians may have damaging info on Trump

By CATHERINE LUCEY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey says he thinks it's possible the Russians have compromising information on President Donald Trump, that there is "some evidence of obstruction of justice" in the president's actions and ...

7 inmates dead, 17 injured in South Carolina prison fighting

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Seven inmates have been killed and at least 17 others seriously injured amid fighting between prisoners inside a maximum security prison in South Carolina. Prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon announced the grim outcome after State Law ...

Protesters at Starbucks chant company is ‘anti-black’

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — About two dozen chanting protesters have entered a Philadelphia Starbucks where two black men were arrested after store employees called 911 to say they were trespassing. The protesters moved to the front counter shortly after 7 a.m. Monday and chanted "Starbucks coffee ...

Trump: All lawyers ‘deflated’ by FBI raid on Michael Cohen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that all lawyers are now "deflated and concerned" by the FBI raid on his personal attorney Michael Cohen, who is under criminal investigation for personal business dealings. "Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past," he ...

Spokesman: Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Former first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and won't seek additional medical treatment, a Bush family spokesman said. "Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now ...

Feds: Increase medication-based treatment for opioids

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep within President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid abuse, overshadowed by his call for the death penalty for some drug traffickers, is a push to expand the use of medication to treat addiction. It's a rare instance in ...

Stormy Daniels set for court as lawyers argue over FBI raid

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's personal attorney is set to appear in federal court to argue over evidence found during a recent FBI raid, and porn star Stormy Daniels' lawyer says she'll be there. Michael Cohen is under criminal investigation for personal business dealings and was ...

Cosby prosecutors line up accusers after ‘con-artist’ attack

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors are rallying from a blistering defense attack on Bill Cosby's chief accuser with a parade of women who say the comedian drugged and attacked them long before he met Andrea Constand. The first of the five women, Heidi ...

AP sources: House Speaker Ryan won’t run for re-election

By CATHERINE LUCEY AND ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election, people close to the Wisconsin lawmaker said Wednesday. Ryan's plans have been the source of much speculation amid Republican concerns over keeping their ...

Trump seethes over FBI raid, ponders firing those he blames

By CATHERINE LUCEY, ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was so incensed by the FBI's raid of his personal attorney's office and hotel room that he's privately pondered firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and publicly mused ...

CEO Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook’s privacy failures

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, BARBARA ORTUTAY and DAVID HAMILTON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Under fire for the worst privacy debacle in his company's history, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg batted away often-aggressive questioning from lawmakers who accused him of failing to protect the ...

Sessions to address immigration at border sheriffs meeting

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — As thousands of National Guard troops deploy to the Mexico border, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to bring his firm stance on immigration enforcement to New Mexico where a group of Southwest border sheriffs are meeting Wednesday. Sessions will speak in Las ...

Michigan’s top court hearing cases over guns, schools

By ED WHITE, Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A gun openly carried by a spectator at a school concert in 2015 has turned into a major legal case as the Michigan Supreme Court considers whether the state's public schools can trump the Legislature and adopt their own restrictions on ...