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Flowers sit atop the casket during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
September 02, 2018 - 5:57 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aretha Franklin was so hard-nosed in her business dealings that she demanded to be paid in cash before performing. Her heirs won't have it so simple. Though she lived to 76 and was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, the Queen of Soul died without a will. As her four sons and...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2006 file photo, from left to right, President Bush, watches the swearing-in of Brett Kavanaugh as Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, far right, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. Holding the Bible is Kavanaugh's wife Ashley Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has been a conservative team player, and the Supreme Court nominee has stepped up to make a play at key moments in politics, government and the law dating to the Bill Clinton era. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
September 01, 2018 - 3:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Brett Kavanaugh's life seems as carefully constructed as the Supreme Court arguments he will hear if he is confirmed to the high court. He checks all the boxes of the ways of Washington, or at least the way Washington used to be. He's a team player — the conservative team —...
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September 01, 2018 - 11:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spoken with two Iraqi leaders to express support for Iraq's efforts to form a "moderate, nationalist" government that would serve all Iraqis. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says in statements that Pompeo spoke with Iraq's prime...
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August 31, 2018 - 10:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is withholding more than 100,000 pages of Brett Kavanaugh's records from the Bush White House on the basis of presidential privilege ahead of the Supreme Court nominee's confirmation hearing. The Senate Judiciary Committee was notified of the action Friday...
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W. Samuel Patten leaves the federal court in Washington, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Patten entered a guilty plea in federal court in Washington, shortly after prosecutors released a four-page charging document that accused him of performing lobbying and consulting work in the United States and Ukraine but failing to register as a foreign agent as required by the Justice Department. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
August 31, 2018 - 1:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A business associate of a key figure in the investigation into former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to failing to register as a foreign agent for a Ukrainian political party. W. Samuel Patten entered his plea in federal court in Washington, shortly...
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013, file photo, a grizzly bear cub searches for fallen fruit beneath an apple tree a few miles from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont. A judge will decide whether the Lower 48 states' first grizzly bear hunting season in more than four decades will open as scheduled the weekend of Aug. 31, 2018. (Alan Rogers/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, file)
August 31, 2018 - 11:58 am
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Wyoming and Idaho say they've been contacting hunters licensed to kill grizzly bears to tell them their hunts are on hold following a judge's ruling. The two states on Saturday had been scheduled to hold their first grizzly hunts in more than 40 years in...
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August 31, 2018 - 2:11 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has raised a tax on foreign currency deposit accounts and scrapped another on lira savings as it tries to shore up its struggling currency. According to a decision published in the Official Gazette on Friday, the withholding tax on foreign currency savings of up to six...
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FILE - This May 29, 2018, file photo, shows Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain marine terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia. Canada's Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday, Aug. 30, quashed the approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would nearly triple the flow of oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
August 30, 2018 - 10:58 am
TORONTO (AP) — Canada's Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday quashed the approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would nearly triple the flow of oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast. The decision means the country's National Energy Board will have to redo...
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August 30, 2018 - 9:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday sided with Asian-American students suing Harvard University over the Ivy League school's consideration of race in its admissions policy. The lawsuit, filed by Students For Fair Admission on behalf of the students, argues that Harvard...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a discussion for drug-free communities support programs, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 30, 2018 - 8:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the departure of White House counsel Don McGahn (all times local): 9:50 a.m. President Donald Trump says the Russia investigation was not a factor, "even a little bit," in his decision about White House counsel Don McGahn. Trump announced Wednesday on Twitter that...
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