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Russian lawyer questions why Mueller hasn’t contacted her

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. during his father's 2016 campaign for the U.S. presidency says special counsel Robert Mueller hasn't contacted her and she thinks he isn't interested in finding the truth. Natalia Veselnitskaya met with Donald Trump Jr., the ...

4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

By SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man wearing nothing but a green jacket and brandishing an assault rifle stormed a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee and shot four people to death before dawn Sunday, according to police, who credited a customer with saving lives ...

In Comey memos, Trump talks of jailed journalists, ‘hookers’

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a series of startlingly candid conversations, President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment of a top adviser, asked about the possibility of ...

Wells Fargo to pay $1B for mortgage, auto lending abuses

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to federal regulators to settle charges tied to its mortgage and auto lending business, the latest chapter in a wide-ranging scandal at the banking giant. However, it appears that none of the $1 billion will go ...

Barbara Bush believed literacy could cure other ills

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — On a hot summer day in 1978, as her husband mulled his first presidential run, Barbara Bush headed to Houston's leafy Memorial Park for a jog while she thought about what issues she'd like to focus on should she become first lady. Bush ...

AP-NORC Poll: Americans expect Russia tension will get worse

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans largely fear the country's relationship with Russia and China will get worse in the coming year, and despite signs of diplomatic progress with Kim Jong Un on nuclear weapons, nearly half say the same about ...

Suspended fraternity: Offensive video was ‘satirical sketch’

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A fraternity suspended at Syracuse University over an offensive video said in an apologetic statement on Friday that the activities were intended as a "satirical sketch" depicting an uneducated, intolerant person. "Each semester our new members are given the opportunity ...

Cosby lawyers want jurors to hear from accuser’s confidante

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers are scrambling to make sure jurors at his sexual assault retrial hear from accuser Andrea Constand's confidante before deliberations get underway next week — but they're having trouble getting the woman to ...

‘It smells like death:’ Alabama endures NYC ‘poop train’

By JEFF MARTIN and JAY REEVES, Associated Press PARRISH, Ala. (AP) — A stinking trainload of human waste from New York City is stranded in a tiny Alabama town, spreading a stench like a giant backed-up toilet — and the "poop train" is just the latest example of the South being used as a ...

Presidents, first ladies praise Barbara Bush’s dedication

By MICHAEL GRACZYK and TERRY WALLACE, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Presidents, first ladies and many others who knew Barbara Bush are praising her devotion to the nation, her family and literacy. President Donald Trump said among Mrs. Bush's greatest achievements "was recognizing the ...

NTSB: Blown Southwest jet engine showed ‘metal fatigue’

By ALEXANDRA VILLARREAL and DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A preliminary examination of the blown jet engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that set off a terrifying chain of events and left a businesswoman hanging half outside a shattered window showed evidence of ...

Starbucks to close stores for an afternoon for bias training

By ALEXANDRA OLSON and JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks, moving swiftly to confront a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct ...

Pot holiday traces roots to California high school stoners

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That's the numerical code for marijuana's high holiday, a celebration and homage to pot's enduring and universal slang for smoking. Festivities are planned worldwide, culminating with a synchronized smoke ...

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 ...