Trump sons seek to extend family brand into domestic markets

NEW YORK (AP) -- Apprentices no more, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. are now at the helm of the Trump Organization and adjusting to the reality presented by their father's presidency. They're eyeing ways to use the new lease on the family fame by expanding the brand into parts of the United States that embrace him. Some business has slowed as a result of the pledge to stall international deal-making while Trump is president.

Trump sons take helm of company, eye domestic expansion

NEW YORK (AP) -- Apprentices no more, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. are now at the helm of the Trump Organization and adjusting to the reality presented by their father's presidency. They're eyeing ways to use the new lease on the family fame by expanding the brand into parts of the United States that embrace him. Some business has slowed as a result of the pledge to stall international dealmaking while Trump is president.

Ivanka Trump's brand ramped up China trademark work in 2016

SHANGHAI (AP) -- Ivanka Trump's brand intensified its work in China as her father closed in on the Republican nomination for U.S. president, with her company applying for nearly twice as many trademarks in a five-month span as it had in the preceding eight years. Ivanka Trump Marks LLC applied for 36 trademarks in China between March and July of last year.

How Trump's swamp-draining words compare with his actions

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump began promising to "drain the swamp" while campaigning, with his rally crowds often chanting along with him. In October he outlined a few proposals he said would get the drainage started: Clamping down on lobbying, fundraising and even the number of terms lawmakers can serve. As president, he can now work to turn slogans into actions.

Egyptian-American release came after 'no deal,' Trump says

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said he struck "no deal" for the release of an Egyptian-American charity worker who had been detained in the country for nearly three years. Aya Hijazi, 30, and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, an Egyptian, returned to the Washington area Thursday. She met Friday with Trump in the Oval Office. Trump had hosted Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the White House at the beginning of this month.

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Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. --------------- ONLY ON AP --------------- TRUMP -- Young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and now in the country illegally can "rest easy," President Donald Trump tells The Asssociated Press, advising the "dreamers" they will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP CLAIMS PARIS ATTACK ON POLICE OFFICERS French presidential candidates cancel or reschedule last-minute campaign events ahead of Sunday's first round vote in the tense election. 2. TRUMP RAPS IRAN AS VIOLATING 'SPIRIT' OF NUCLEAR DEAL The president sets an ominous tone for his forthcoming decision about whether to pull the U.S.

Ivanka Trump will donate book proceeds to charity

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ivanka Trump said Thursday she is donating proceeds from her upcoming book to charity, with the first grants going to the National Urban League and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Ivanka M. Trump Charitable Fund has been established to receive the unpaid portion of her advance and future royalties from "Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success," which is due out May 2.

Ivanka Trump heading to Germany for official visit

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ivanka Trump will participate in a panel discussion on women's economic empowerment during an official visit to Germany next week. The White House announced the schedule for the first daughter's trip to Berlin, scheduled for Tuesday. It will be the first official international trip for Trump, who has joined the administration as an unpaid adviser to her father, President Donald Trump.

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IN THE NEWS: TRUMP-NASA WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump will speak next week to the commander of the orbiting International Space Station. White House spokesman Sean Spicer says the call with astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer will take place on April 24. On that date, Whitson, the first woman to command the International Space Station, will have spent 535 days in space, the most time spent in space of any American astronaut.

Trump to call commander of International Space Station

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump will speak next week to the commander of the orbiting International Space Station. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Wednesday the call with Peggy Whitson -- and fellow astronaut Jack Fischer -- will take place April 24. On that date, Whitson, the first woman to command the International Space Station, will have spent 535 days in space, the most time spent in space of any American astronaut.

Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who doggedly investigated Hillary Clinton before the 2016 presidential election but declined to investigate President Donald Trump, abruptly announced Wednesday that he won't run for re-election. Chaffetz, who has been rumored as a possible candidate for Senate or governor, said that after consulting with his family and "prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018.

China says Ivanka Trump trademark requests handled properly

BEIJING (AP) -- China is defending its handling of trademark applications from President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her company, saying that all such requests are handled fairly. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang was asked about the trademarks Wednesday, a day after The Associated Press reported that Ivanka Trump had won provisional approval for at least five marks since her father's January inauguration.

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10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT PENCE'S MEETINGS WILL FOCUS ON The U.S. vice president assures Japan's prime minister "we are with you 100 percent" during a visit amid escalating tensions over North Korea as the crisis overshadows talks on economic issues. 2.

Timeline: Ivanka Trump goes to Washington, and sales surge

SHANGHAI (AP) -- As Ivanka Trump builds a new political career as an adviser to her father, the commercial engine of her lifestyle brand is going strong. Sales, by some measures, have reached record highs this year. Trump founded the brand in 2007 and still owns it, but stepped back from management and put its assets in a family-run trust before taking on an official role at the White House.

Retailers try to grapple with polarizing Ivanka Trump brand

NEW YORK (AP) -- Retailers are finding themselves walking a fine line when dealing with the politically charged Ivanka Trump brand, which is stamped on everything from pants to shoes to handbags. Carry the items and get grief from shoppers opposed to President Donald Trump and his daughter's role in the White House. Pull the brand because it's not selling, and risk facing the ire of Trump supporters and becoming a Twitter target.

Ivanka's biz prospers as politics mixes with business

SHANGHAI (AP) -- Since her father was elected president of the United States, global sales of Ivanka Trump merchandise have surged and the company has applied for at least nine new trademarks in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Canada and the U.S. The commercial engine of the first daughter's brand is stronger than ever even as she builds a new political career from her West Wing office.

Report: Teacher continued to work despite assault claims

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Spanish teacher at the prestigious Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school who was fired amid sexual assault allegations by two students in 1999 was able to continue his education career for the next 18 years at several other schools that weren't notified of the allegations, according to a new report.