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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 ...