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

AP FACT CHECK: Iranian leaders on foreign hand in protests

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As nationwide protests have shaken Iran over the last week, the Islamic Republic increasingly has blamed its foreign foes for fomenting the unrest.

  • Written by By JON GAMBRELL , Associated Press