High court seems ready to scrap mandatory public union fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday appeared ready to deal a major blow to the power and clout of organized labor as it considers the free speech rights of government workers who say they shouldn't be forced to pay fees to public-sector unions.

  • Written by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press

Trial of Freddie Gray van driver delayed by appeals court

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland appeals court postponed the trial of a police van driver charged with second-degree murder in the death of Freddie Gray, saying it needs to address whether another Baltimore officer should be compelled to testify against Caesar Goodson.

  • Written by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press

Obama's State of Union proposals often hit wall in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Dead. Real Dead." That was the verdict by then-House Speaker John Boehner on President Barack Obama's proposal to impose higher dividend and capital gains taxes on the wealthy.

  • Written by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

US stocks veer lower following another drop in price of oil

A slump in crude oil prices and other commodities weighed on stocks in afternoon trading Monday. Energy companies were among the biggest decliners as the price of crude oil sank to the lowest level in more than a decade. Investors also weighed the implications of another drop in China's stock market.

  • Written by ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writer

Spain: Landmark fraud trial starts for Princess Cristina

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (AP) — Spain's Princess Cristina went on trial Monday in a landmark criminal case, accused of helping bankroll a lavish lifestyle with funds her husband received from an alleged scheme to embezzle millions from public contracts for conferences and sporting events.

  • Written by ALAN CLENDENNING, Associated Press EMILIO MORENATTI, Associated Press