'Fire and Fury' book released, blowing open GOP feud

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acrimony surrounding former White House adviser Steve Bannon's very public break with President Donald Trump is escalating, suggesting a permanent split between the president and the pugilistic strategist who helped put him in the Oval Office.

  • Written by By ZEKE MILLER and STEVE PEOPLES , Associated Press

Q&A: Plan to expand offshore drilling draws cheers, jeers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The energy industry is cheering the Trump administration's proposal to open nearly all U.S. coastlines to offshore oil and gas drilling, saying it will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign supplies and create jobs.


  • Written by By DAVID KOENIG and MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press

AP source: Trump had lawyer urge Sessions not to recuse self

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump directed his White House counsel to tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Justice Department's investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, according to a person familiar with the matter.

  • Written by By ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press

Federal pot policy change sparks confusion, crackdown fears

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The buzz kill long dreaded in the marijuana industry came just days after California opened what is expected to be the world's largest legal pot market.

  • Written by By BRIAN MELLEY and SADIE GURMAN , Associated Press

US trade deficit hits $50.5 billion, biggest since 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit rose to $50.5 billion in November, the largest imbalance in nearly six years, as imports and exports both hit records.

  • Written by By MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer