NEW YORK | Judges consider state court’s power over Trump in lawsuit

NEW YORK  — Appeals court judges weighing President Donald Trump’s bid to shut down a former “Apprentice” contestant’s defamation suit against him are asking a hypothetical question: Could a New York court order the president to jail if he were to buck an order in the case? The question came up — but wasn’t definitively … Continue reading NEW YORK | Judges consider state court’s power over Trump in lawsuit

NEW YORK | Lawyer: Evidence shows coaches knew of NCAA family payouts

NEW YORK— A lawyer for a longtime Adidas employee urged jurors Thursday to use common sense and evidence to conclude college basketball coaches like Bill Self at Kansas and Rick Pitino at Louisville knew shoe companies were paying money to families of elite athletes to steer them to their schools. Attorney Michael Schachter, representing Adidas … Continue reading NEW YORK | Lawyer: Evidence shows coaches knew of NCAA family payouts

WASHINGTON | Interior Dept. contradicts Ben Carson on new watchdog hiring

WASHINGTON — Contradicting a claim by a Cabinet secretary, the Interior Department said Thursday that a political appointee at the Department of Housing and Urban Development will not be reassigned to lead an internal watchdog agency at Interior. Spokeswoman Heather Swift said in a statement that an email sent by HUD Secretary Ben Carson last … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Interior Dept. contradicts Ben Carson on new watchdog hiring

WASHINGTON | House committees to interview Rosenstein behind closed doors

WASHINGTON  — The top lawmakers on two House committees will interview Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein next week about reports that he had discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump. The announcement on Thursday that Rosenstein will sit for a transcribed interview Oct. 24 comes after weeks of negotiations over the meeting. The two Republican chairmen … Continue reading WASHINGTON | House committees to interview Rosenstein behind closed doors

HUDSON, Wis | Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Library book sharing, dies

HUDSON, Wis. — The Wisconsin man who founded the Little Free Library, a nonprofit that began with a dollhouse-like box of free books in his front yard and ballooned into an international book-sharing and literacy project, has died. Todd Bol died Thursday in a Minnesota hospice of complications from pancreatic cancer, said Margret Aldrich, spokeswoman … Continue reading HUDSON, Wis | Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Library book sharing, dies

SACRAMENTO | APNewsBreak: California revisits three-strike life sentences

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — Up to 4,000 California inmates serving life sentences for nonviolent convictions will have a chance at parole following the state’s decision to let stand a judge’s ruling saying those prisoners are eligible for freedom under a voter-approved law. The state will craft new regulations by January to include the repeat offenders in … Continue reading SACRAMENTO | APNewsBreak: California revisits three-strike life sentences

TACOMA, Wash. | Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

TACOMA, Wash. — Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. Some argue the best way to get more salmon to the starving whales is to tear down four dams on the Lower Snake River, a … Continue reading TACOMA, Wash. | Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

Wainwright’s contract put on hold until after free agency

Adam Wainwright’s contract with the St. Louis Cardinals has been put on hold because it violates the maximum-cut rule, and the pitcher will have to become a free agent before the agreement can be finalized, people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. St. Louis announced the agreement with the 37-year-old right-hander on Oct. … Continue reading Wainwright’s contract put on hold until after free agency