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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 ...