Trump taps conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch, a fast-rising conservative judge with a writer's flair, to the Supreme Court, setting up a fierce fight with Democrats over a jurist who could shape America's legal landscape for decades to come.

  • Written by JULIE PACE and MARK SHERMAN , Associated Press

Obama fights back: Former president's orbit resists Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dismayed by the Trump administration's first days, former President Barack Obama's loyalists, former aides and even his spokesman are speaking out and even actively resisting the new American leader. It's a warning to President Donald Trump that his actions won't go unchallenged by those who occupied the White House before him.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN , Associated Press

Democrats decry Trump threat to fire inspectors general

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Oversight Committee asked the White House Tuesday for information about reports that President Donald Trump's transition team threatened to remove a host of inspectors general from their posts.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press

Israeli forces begin evacuation of West Bank outpost

AMONA, West Bank (AP) — Israeli forces began an operation to evacuate settlers from a West Bank outpost on Wednesday whose long-delayed destruction threatens to rupture Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's narrow coalition, dominated by ultranationalists who support settlements.

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  • Written by NEBI QENA and IAN DEITCH , Associated Press

VW to pay $1.2 billion or more to US owners of big diesels

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen has agreed to pay at least $1.2 billion in buybacks and compensation to settle claims from U.S. owners of cars with larger diesel engines that the company rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

  • Written by DAVID McHUGH , AP Business Writer