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Justices make it easier for companies to defend patent cases
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is making it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits....

Trump: Israelis and Arabs share 'common cause' against Iran
JERUSALEM (AP) -- President Donald Trump declared Monday opened his first visit to Israel Monday, saying he sees growing recognition among Muslim nations that they share a "common cause" with Israel in their determination to counter the threats posed by Iran....

Trump avoids pointing to Saudis' human rights failings
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- As President Donald Trump opened his keynote address in Saudi Arabia, he lavished praise on the "magnificent" kingdom and "the grandeur of this remarkable place."...

APNewsBreak: Source says Flynn to invoke 5th Amendment
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his constitutional right against self-incrimination on Monday when he declines to hand over documents to a Senate panel investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, The Associated Press has learned....

Food stamps, Medicaid on chopping block in Trump's budget
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump will unveil a proposed budget this week that would drive millions of people off food stamps and cut Medicaid, targeting the social safety-net programs for the poor in a new wave of spending cuts....

Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina Monday because race played too large a role in their creation, a decision voting rights advocates said would boost challenges in other states....

Justices won't hear Indiana's appeal in triple murder case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court won't hear Indiana's appeal of a ruling that threw out the conviction and death sentence of an Indiana man for the 1998 slayings of his wife, her ex-husband and her 10-year-old son....

Senate on track to confirm Iowa governor as China envoy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's longest serving governor is on track to win Senate confirmation as President Donald Trump's ambassador to China....

Justices rejects Florida appeal over death penalty
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has left in place a lower court ruling that said imposing a death sentence in Florida requires a unanimous jury....

Court upholds 'soft money' limits; Gorsuch, Thomas disagree
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is upholding federal limits on political parties' use of so-called soft money for federal elections....

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