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Defections by Sears, Kmart cap week of controversy for Trump brands

NEW YORK — Trump-branded consumer products have suffered new blows, with U.S. retailers Sears Holdings Corp and Kmart Corp discontinuing online sales of 31 Trump Home items, while new details emerged showing sales of Ivanka Trump’s brand fell in the weeks before Nordstrom Inc stopped carrying her products.

Conway is ‘counseled’ for pitching Ivanka’s product line

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kellyanne Conway, a top aide to President Donald Trump, has been “counseled” for making a sales pitch for Ivanka Trump’s product line during a television interview conducted from the White House briefing room.

Alabama attorney general appointed to Sessions’ seat

MONTGOMERY — Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday appointed his state’s attorney general to fill the U.S. Senate seat made vacant by Republican Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as the next attorney general of the United States.

Sessions confirmed as attorney general

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general, following a bitter debate in the chamber that saw Republicans formally rebuke Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for the manner in which she criticized her colleague from Alabama.

31 reported injured after Louisiana tornadoes

BATON ROUGE, La. — Some 31 people were reported injured after six tornadoes tore through New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana, pounding across highways and streets and leaving trees, power lines and homes leveled by Wednesday morning.

U.S. Court of Appeals considers challenge to Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Tuesday cast his travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries as a key element of national security, hours before a federal appeals court considered his most divisive action since taking office last month.

DeVos confirmed as education secretary as Pence breaks tie

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump’s choice of billionaire Betsy DeVos to be education secretary was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, but only after Vice President Mike Pence was called in to break a tie that threatened to defeat her.

Bill requires warrants to search old emails

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House of Representatives voted Monday to require law enforcement authorities to obtain a search warrant before seeking old emails from technology companies, a win for privacy advocates fearful the Trump administration may work to expand government surveillance powers.

Court to hear arguments today on travel ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A U.S. federal appeals court will hear arguments today over whether to restore President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, the most controversial policy of his two-week old administration.

Judge: Google must turn over foreign emails

PHILADELPHIA — A U.S. judge has ordered Google to comply with search warrants seeking customer emails stored outside the United States, diverging from a federal appeals court that reached the opposite conclusion in a similar case involving Microsoft Corp.

Uber CEO quits Trump’s business advisory group

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber Technologies Inc Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick quit President Donald Trump’s business advisory group on Thursday amid mounting pressure from activists and employees who oppose the administration’s immigration policies.

Five hostages taken, one released at Delaware prison

DELAWARE — Prisoners took five hostages at a Delaware prison on Wednesday, later releasing one and entering into negotiations with state and federal authorities while continuing to hold the remaining four, police said.

Senate confirms Tillerson

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson as President Donald Trump’s secretary of state on Wednesday, filling a key spot on the Republican’s national security team despite concerns about the former Exxon Mobil Corp chief executive officer’s ties to Russia.