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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was "lawful and appropriate." That's according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke Monday to The Associated Press. The person said Barr appointed John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to conduct the inquiry.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after China boosted tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods, President Donald Trump said he would take steps to help U.S. farmers being squeezed by the trade war with China. Beijing's retaliation came after Trump pushed up tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports from 10% to 25% on Friday - the same day U.S.-China negotiations trade ended without a breakthrough or any specific plan for further talks. Trump says U.S. farmers will be "very happy" with his plan.

BOSTON (AP) — "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman could face prison time after admitting Monday to participating in a nationwide bribery college admission scam. The Emmy-winning actress is among wealthy parents authorities say bribed coaches, rigged entrance exams or both to game the admissions system. Huffman pleaded guilty in federal court to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter's answers on the SAT. Sentencing was set for Sept. 13.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five men who say they were sexually abused by priests in the Roman Catholic Church plan to sue the Vatican. They also are demanding names of thousands of predator priests they say have been kept secret. Attorney Jeff Anderson plans to file his lawsuit against the Vatican on Tuesday. The plaintiffs include three brothers who say they were abused by former priest Curtis Wehmeyer in Minnesota. Wehmeyer pleaded guilty and his arrest led to charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California couple both stricken with cancer they say was caused by Monsanto Co.'s weed killer say they still resent the company even after a jury awarded them $2 billion. Alberta Pilliod said Monday that she and her husband have each been battling cancer for the last nine years. The 76-year-old says she and her 74-year-old husband Alva Pilliod are unable to enjoy the same activities they participated in before their cancer diagnosis.

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