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Sanders' early life in Brooklyn taught lessons, some tough

Jul. 21, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Back on Brooklyn College's red brick campus this winter to launch his second bid for the White House, Bernie Sanders set aside rhetoric for a few minutes to acknowledge the neighborhood where he grew up. The irascible Vermont senator recalled that his father had come to Brooklyn as an...

Bankrupt US coal company secures short-term funding

Jul. 20, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A U.S. judge has approved funding to allow a bankrupt coal company to maintain basic operations for a few days. U.S. District Judge Frank Volk in West Virginia approved $2.9 million in debtor-in-possession financing Friday from two lenders to Milton, West Virginia-based Blackjewel LLC....

Ex-Marine, professor, MLB draft pick among high court clerks

Jul. 20, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Marine who deployed twice to Afghanistan. A patent law professor. A woman who's blind. Two Rhodes scholars. They're among the lawyers starting work this summer as law clerks at the Supreme Court. The group of 16 women and 23 men hired by the justices were already on paths to...

Federal judge upholds a Trump alternative to 'Obamacare'

Jul. 19, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is upholding the Trump administration's expansion of cheaper short-term health insurance plans as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act's costlier comprehensive insurance. U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday that the potential...

Panel orders federal judge to reconsider Trump appeal

Jul. 19, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court on Friday ordered a federal judge to reconsider letting Justice Department lawyers immediately appeal a case that accuses President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. The three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...

The Latest: Central Command says US intensifying air patrols

Jul. 19, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S and Iran (all times local): 2:10 a.m. U.S. Central Command says the U.S. has intensified air patrols over the Strait of Hormuz in response to the Iranian seizure of a British tanker. A Central Command spokesman, Lt. Col....

Judge to give Motel 6 settlement preliminary nod in suit

Jul. 19, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge told Motel 6 and civil rights attorneys Friday he plans to give his preliminary nod to a settlement in the case involving thousands of guests said to have had their privacy violated when the national chain gave their information to immigration authorities. Judge David...

Appeals court upholds Trump move to drop mine pollution rule

Jul. 19, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court panel sided with the Trump administration Friday in a mining pollution dispute, ruling that state and federal programs already in place ensure that companies take financial responsibility for future cleanups. The ruling came after the administration was sued by...

The Latest: Judge to give nod to Motel 6 settlement

Jul. 19, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a preliminary agreement in Motel 6 immigration lawsuit (all times local): 3 p.m. A federal judge says he'll give the preliminary nod to a settlement in the lawsuit by Motel 6 guests who say the chain invaded their privacy by giving their information to...

Sandra Day O'Connor's Arizona home makes National Register

Jul. 19, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Before she was hearing cases on the U.S. Supreme Court, former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was bringing people together in her historic Arizona home. The 1950s adobe, where the first woman on the nation's highest court loved to cook and serve meals across party lines, was added Friday to the...