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Tillerson takes low-key approach as America's top diplomat

When North Korea fired a ballistic missile into waters between South Korea and Japan, President Donald Trump moved quickly to show U.S. resolve. He appeared within hours alongside visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and said the U.S. "stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent." Trump happened to be hosting Abe that day in Florida. Yet his lack of any mention of a U.S. treaty...
AP FACT CHECK: Trump's view at odds with events of the week

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's view at odds with events of the week

In the Washington week that wasn't, President Donald Trump's new administration whirred like a "fine-tuned machine," piling on big-league accomplishments at a pace never before seen. Immigration agents newly empowered by Trump's call to secure borders sent hordes of bad foreigners back home, validating a president who won the most lopsided Electoral College victory since Ronald Reagan. That's...

Famine declared in part of South Sudan by government and UN

Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an announcement by the South Sudan government and three U.N. agencies, which says the calamity is the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn East African nation. The official classification of famine highlights the human suffering caused by South Sudan's three-year civil...

US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders. Mattis' arrived on an unannounced visit in Iraq as the battle to oust Islamic State militants from western Mosul moved into its second day, and as the Pentagon considers ways to accelerate the campaign against...
Record All-Star: Davis scores 52, West tops East 192-182

Record All-Star: Davis scores 52, West tops East 192-182

Move over, Wilt. After 55 years, one of your records is no more. Anthony Davis took care of that. At the defense-free dunkfest that now serves as the NBA's All-Star Game, Davis scored a record 52 points and led the Western Conference past the Eastern Conference, 192-182 on Sunday night. He made 26 of 39 shots, scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and became the first player since Kobe Bryant in...
Flood fears renewed as another storm aims for California

Flood fears renewed as another storm aims for California

The first outer rain bands from a powerful Pacific storm headed to Northern California on Sunday brought light rain and wind and renewed warnings of possible flooding in the already soggy region. The San Joaquin River at a measuring station near Vernalis remained at "danger stage," meaning it keeps approaching the top of levees, said Tim Daly, a spokesman with San Joaquin County Office of...
Mattis to decide soon on troop levels in Afghanistan

Mattis to decide soon on troop levels in Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he plans to make some decisions soon on whether to recommend an increase in the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and whether the totals should be based on military requirements rather than pre-set limits. Mattis told reporters traveling with him that he spoke for several hours by video conference on Sunday with U.S. Gen. John Nicholson, the top American commander...
Doctor-lawmaker tries to restrict smoking in tobacco country

Doctor-lawmaker tries to restrict smoking in tobacco country

When Dr. Ralph Alvarado was elected to the Kentucky state Senate in 2014, he found his new colleagues had something in common with most of his patients: They knew smoking was bad, they just couldn't quit. For more than two years, Alvarado has led the effort to restrict smoking in a state with the highest smoking rate in the country. He keeps a white lab coat in his Senate office, giving him a little...
Pope laments plight of child soldiers in Congo fighting

Pope laments plight of child soldiers in Congo fighting

Pope Francis has expressed dismay about clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo he described as "violent and brutal." In remarks to the faithful in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, Francis singled out for concern the "many children torn from families and schools to be used as soldiers" in the fighting. The pope spoke days after the United Nations voiced grave concern about reports...
SpaceX launches rocket from NASA's historic moon pad

SpaceX launches rocket from NASA's historic moon pad

A SpaceX rocket soared from NASA's long-idled moonshot pad Sunday, sending up space station supplies from the exact spot where astronauts embarked on the lunar landings nearly a half-century ago. It was the first flight from NASA's legendary Launch Complex 39A since the shuttle program ended almost six years ago, and SpaceX's first liftoff from Florida since a rocket explosion last summer. The crowds...
Blast in Somalia kills 34 in Mogadishu marketplace

Blast in Somalia kills 34 in Mogadishu marketplace

Somalia's new president visited victims wounded by the Mogadishu car bomb that on Sunday killed 34. President Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those who planned the blast. The explosion hit a busy marketplace in the western part of the capital, said police Capt. Mohamed Hussein. "It was a horrific and barbaric attack only aimed at killings...
Risky business for CEOs: An invitation from Trump

Risky business for CEOs: An invitation from Trump

For the nation’s top executives, a summons to the White House has long been a much-coveted honor. Now, less than a month into President Donald Trump’s administration, it’s become something to be ducked, at least for some. As the Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “It’s a tough situation for CEOs. You want to make nice with the...
Heavy rains could impact Oroville Dam on Sunday night

Heavy rains could impact Oroville Dam on Sunday night

“It looks like it’s going to be a pretty good rainmaker,” said meteorologist Mike Smith of the National Weather Service. “You’re looking at 10 inches from Sunday night to Monday night.”
The Latest: Water levels at lake keep falling despite rain

The Latest: Water levels at lake keep falling despite rain

The Latest on storms in California (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The California Department of Water Resources says the level of Lake Oroville continues to fall despite the stormy weather, and the amount of water flowing down the spillway continues to be cut. Damage to spillways of the Lake Oroville dam forced the evacuation of 188,000 people last weekend In a statement, the department says that "...
Protesters in Barcelona urge Spain to take in more refugees

Protesters in Barcelona urge Spain to take in more refugees

At least 160,000 protesters marched Saturday in Barcelona to demand that Spain's conservative-led government increase its efforts to take in refugees from war-torn countries like Syria. Spain has accepted just 1,100 refugees of the over 17,000 it has pledged to take in. Marchers held a large banner and signs in Catalan with the slogans "Enough Excuses! Take Them In Now!" and "No More...
Hawaii dealt with its own presidential flight restriction hassles

Hawaii dealt with its own presidential flight restriction hassles

When Barack Obama vacationed on the island of Oahu, in his native Hawaii, temporary flight restrictions — TFRs — severely hampered small plane traffic and commerce at Honolulu International Airport and two municipal airports. “Lengthy island-wide TFR disrupting training…thanks Obama!” one person posted in a 2013 newsletter of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association...
Trump sons open Dubai golf club as namesake now US president

Trump sons open Dubai golf club as namesake now US president

Two of U.S. President Donald Trump's sons ceremonially opened a Trump-branded golf club in Dubai on Saturday, meeting privately with Emirati elites as questions remain about how separated their father is from the empire bearing his name. Eric and Donald Trump Jr., who now lead the Trump Organization, watched as fireworks lit the sky over the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai, on the outskirts...
The Latest: Pakistani ambassador summoned by Afghanistan

The Latest: Pakistani ambassador summoned by Afghanistan

The Latest on developments in Pakistan (all times local): 2:05 p.m. The Afghan government has summoned Pakistan's ambassador in protest of recent shelling in Afghanistan's eastern provinces. Afghanistan's foreign ministry summoned Ambassador Abrar Hussain in Kabul, where Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai asked for an explanation but also gave his condolences regarding recent suicide attacks...
Pakistan shuts key border crossing in wake of shrine attack

Pakistan shuts key border crossing in wake of shrine attack

Pakistani authorities shut down a second key border crossing into Afghanistan, halting trade supplies to the neighboring landlocked country and increasing tensions between the two nations in the wake of a bloody suicide bombing at a beloved shrine in Pakistan, officials said Saturday. The border closure at Chaman in southwest Baluchistan province came after an attack on a Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan...
Southern California rain eases; north facing renewed storm

Southern California rain eases; north facing renewed storm

A huge Pacific storm that parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least three people, eased off Saturday. But it was only a temporary reprieve as new storms took aim farther north. The National Weather Service predicted drying weather through Sunday followed by the return of wet weather in the region. But while flash-flood...
Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old

Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old

In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old. The bizarre and ancient microbes were found dormant in caves in Naica, Mexico, and were able to exist by living on minerals such as iron and manganese, said Penelope Boston, head of NASA's Astrobiology Institute. . "It's super...

Commission: 'Systemic racism' at root of Flint water crisis

"Systemic racism" going back decades is at the core of problems that caused a lead-contaminated water crisis in the majority black city of Flint, according to a Michigan Civil Rights Commission report issued Friday. The report says the commission did not unearth any civil rights law violations and that nobody "intended to poison Flint." But the 130-page report based on the testimony...
Bosnia to appeal UN court ruling clearing Serbia of genocide

Bosnia to appeal UN court ruling clearing Serbia of genocide

Bosnia will ask the United Nation's top court to reconsider its 2007 ruling that cleared Serbia of genocide during Bosnia's 1992-95 war. Bakir Izetbegovic, Muslim Bosniak member of the county's tripartite presidency, announced Friday the request will be submitted before Feb. 26, when the deadline for appealing expires. The appeal will be initiated despite a lack of consent from his Croat and Serb...
Germany's Die Welt: Turkey has detained our correspondent

Germany's Die Welt: Turkey has detained our correspondent

A German newspaper correspondent in Turkey has been taken into police custody in connection with his reporting on a hacker attack on the email account of Turkey's energy minister, his employer said Friday. The Welt daily said on its website that Deniz Yucel, who has both Turkish and German citizenship, went to police offices in Istanbul to face questioning and that his apartment had been searched...
AP Exclusive: DHS weighed Nat Guard for immigration roundups

AP Exclusive: DHS weighed Nat Guard for immigration roundups

Administration officials said the proposal, which called for mobilizing up to 100,000 troops in 11 states, was rejected, and would not be part of plans to carry out President Donald Trump's aggressive immigration policy. If implemented, the National Guard idea, contained in an 11-page memo (http://apne.ws/2l1Dj0k ) obtained by The Associated Press, could have led to enforcement action against millions...
White House denies considering using National Guard for immigration round-ups

White House denies considering using National Guard for immigration round-ups

"That is 100 percent not true. It is false," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, according to The Hill. "It is irresponsible to be saying this." The Associated Press reported that the Trump administration was considering deploying as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal immigrants in places as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New...
White House: No plan for Nat Guard to round up immigrants

White House: No plan for Nat Guard to round up immigrants

The White House is denying an Associated Press report that the administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,00 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants in 11 states. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the AP report was “100 percent not sure” and “irresponsible.” ”There is no effort at all to utilize the National Guard to round...

14 killed in Algerian army anti-extremist operation

Algeria's government says military forces have killed 14 suspected extremists in an ongoing operation in one of the country's last Islamic militant holdouts. The Defense Ministry said in a statement that nine were killed Friday and five others Wednesday around Bouira, 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the capital, Algiers. Security forces found three semi-automatic rifles, five pistols and munitions...

Finnish lawmakers reject call to revoke same-sex marriage

Finnish lawmakers on Friday rejected a petition from more than 100,000 people demanding the repeal of a law allowing same-sex marriage that takes effect on March 1. The petition was considered a last-minute attempt to revoke the law that made Finland the last Nordic country to allow gays to wed. In Friday's 120-48 vote with two abstentions and 29 absentees, Finland's Parliament rejected a public petition...
AP Exclusive: DHS weighed Nat Guard for immigration roundups

AP Exclusive: DHS weighed Nat Guard for immigration roundups

Administration officials said the proposal, which called for mobilizing up to 100,000 troops in 11 states, was rejected, and would not be part of plans to carry out President Donald Trump's aggressive immigration policy. If implemented, the National Guard idea, contained in an 11-page memo (http://apne.ws/2l1Dj0k ) obtained by The Associated Press, could have led to enforcement action against millions...

AP Interview: Military says Libya strike bore critical intel

Senior U.S. military officials say the massive airstrikes that killed more than 80 Islamic State militants in southern Libya last month generated critical computer data, documents and information from prisoner interrogations that the U.S. can use to track and target more fighters. Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the head of U.S. Africa Command, told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that...
Critics: Trump should not ignore domestic terrorist threats

Critics: Trump should not ignore domestic terrorist threats

Bud Welch knows something about the human cost of terrorism. His 23-year-old daughter was killed when a rental truck packed with explosives destroyed the Oklahoma City federal building. That was in 1995, when domestic terrorism seemed to be the nation's most immediate security threat. Now President Donald Trump sees the greatest risk in potential attackers who sneak into the U.S. from abroad. But...
Britax recalls more than 700,000 strollers

Britax recalls more than 700,000 strollers

More than 700,000 strollers with Click & GO receiver mounts have been recalled by Britax Child Safety Inc. due to a fall hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced in a release Thursday. The recalled models include 676,000 strollers sold in the United States and 41,100 sold in Canada and Mexico, CNN reported. The affected models include Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion strollers when...
Harward turns Trump down for national security adviser job

Harward turns Trump down for national security adviser job

Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down an offer to be President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, the latest blow to a new administration struggling to find its footing. Harward told The Associated Press that the Trump administration was "very accommodating to my needs, both professionally and personally." "It's purely a personal issue," Harward said Thursday evening...
Trump supporters cheer his combative stance with the media

Trump supporters cheer his combative stance with the media

Critics of President Donald Trump saw in his news conference a combative, thin-skinned chief executive who continues to blame the media for the controversies roiling his administration. His supporters saw something else: A champion of Middle America who is taking on the establishment and making good on his campaign promises to put the country first. The Associated Press contacted Trump supporters...
Pakistan cracks down on militants after IS shrine attack

Pakistan cracks down on militants after IS shrine attack

A brutal attack on a beloved Sufi shrine that killed 88 people raised fears that the Islamic State group has become emboldened in Pakistan, aided by an army of homegrown militants benefiting from hideouts in neighboring Afghanistan, analysts and officials said Friday. Pakistani security forces have carried out sweeping country-wide raids following Thursday's bombing of the shrine in Pakistan's southern...
Trump supporters cheer his combative stance with the media

Trump supporters cheer his combative stance with the media

Critics of President Donald Trump saw in his Thursday news conference a combative, thin-skinned chief executive who continues to blame the media for the controversies roiling his administration. His supporters saw something else: A champion of Middle America who is taking on the establishment and making good on his campaign promises to put the country first. The Associated Press contacted Trump supporters...
Trump in Palm Beach: Expect more than one helicopter when he visits

Trump in Palm Beach: Expect more than one helicopter when he visits

President Donald Trump, who once sued Palm Beach County over noisy jets flying over Mar-a-Lago, got final approval on Thursday to build a helipad at the winter White House despite a neighbor’s complaint that the president’s helicopters would far exceed the town’s noise limits. “Nobody is questioning the right of the president to come to a place he loves and calls the winter...
Colorado warms to pot clubs despite federal uncertainty

Colorado warms to pot clubs despite federal uncertainty

At risk of raising the ire of the White House, Colorado is on the brink of becoming the first state with licensed pot clubs. But the details of how these clubs will operate are as hazy as the underground clubs operating already. Denver officials are working on regulations to open a one-year pilot of bring-your-own marijuana clubs, while state lawmakers are expected to consider measures to allow either...

Keystone XL developer renews effort to build in Nebraska

The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline said Thursday that it is once again seeking state approval for a route through Nebraska. TransCanada said it has filed an application with the state commission that regulates oil pipelines. The Canadian company's previous attempts to start construction in Nebraska have been thwarted by activists and some landowners who worry that it could damage property and...
Albanian police find ton of marijuana hidden under house

Albanian police find ton of marijuana hidden under house

Albanian police say they have arrested a man who allegedly had 1.25 metric tons (1.38 tons) of dried cannabis hidden under his house. A police statement Thursday said the drugs were found packed in plastic bags and hidden in underground tunnels that the man allegedly had dug under his house in a village in Vlora district, 160 kilometers (100 miles) southwest of the Albanian capital, Tirana. Police...
Trump's court pick reaches out, but Democrats still wary

Trump's court pick reaches out, but Democrats still wary

In daily visits to Senate offices, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has tried to make clear to Democrats that he's an independent thinker. Gorsuch told senators that he found President Donald Trump's attacks on the judiciary "disheartening" and "demoralizing" after Trump had lashed out at a federal judge who issued a stay on his refugee and immigration ban. On Tuesday, Gorsuch...
$100,000 found inside old TV at Canadian recycling plant

$100,000 found inside old TV at Canadian recycling plant

People have been known to pour a lot of cash into state-of-the-art television sets. But this was a case of cash hidden inside a TV set. More than $100,000 was found inside an old television that was being processed at a recycling plant in Barrie, Ontario, CTV reported. Police said the money was a man’s lost inheritance In January, an employee at the recycling plant found a cash box inside an...

Uganda deploys troops to train Equatorial Guinea forces

Uganda's government has deployed scores of troops to Equatorial Guinea under an agreement to train the West African country's troops, a military official said Thursday. Between 100 and 150 troops had been sent after the agreement was signed between the two countries at the start of this year, military spokesman Brig. Richard Karemire told The Associated Press. The government of Equatorial Guinea hopes...
Nigerian leader extends sick leave abroad as citizens suffer

Nigerian leader extends sick leave abroad as citizens suffer

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's nearly month-long medical leave in London is a sharp reminder to taxpayers that while they finance their leaders' health care abroad, they often are stuck with decrepit, ill-staffed government health facilities at home. For decades, Nigerians have paid for their leaders and former rulers to get medical treatment overseas. That courtesy also extends to senior government...
Witness: 'It was her or me,' Durst said about slain friend

Witness: 'It was her or me,' Durst said about slain friend

A close friend who for years didn't want to believe Robert Durst was capable of homicide dropped a bombshell Thursday implicating the real estate heir in two killings. Nathan "Nick" Chavin testified in Los Angeles Superior Court that their mutual friend, Susan Berman, told him years ago that Durst confided in her that he killed his first wife, Kathleen Durst, who disappeared in 1982 and...
Trump nominee has decried Medicaid for fostering dependency

Trump nominee has decried Medicaid for fostering dependency

The businesswoman President Donald Trump selected to oversee Medicaid, the health care program for 74 million low-income Americans, has said the program is structurally flawed by policies that burden states and foster dependency among the poor. Seema Verma heads Indianapolis-based SVC Inc., a consulting firm that works with GOP-led states seeking federal leeway in how they spend Medicaid dollars....
'Day Without Immigrants': Protest closes restaurants in US

'Day Without Immigrants': Protest closes restaurants in US

The heart of Philadelphia's Italian Market was uncommonly quiet. Fine restaurants in New York, San Francisco and the nation's capital closed for the day. Grocery stores, food trucks, coffee shops, diners and taco joints in places like Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston shut down. Immigrants around the U.S. stayed home from work and school Thursday to demonstrate how important they are to America's economy...
Spasms force Tiger Woods to back out of news conference

Spasms force Tiger Woods to back out of news conference

Tiger Woods’ back problems have forced him to back out of a news conference Woods withdrew from the Dubai Open on Feb. 3 due to back spasms, and they also caused him to pull out of this week’s Genesis Open. A question-and-answer session with the media scheduled for Tuesday was delayed for 24 hours, and then was canceled altogether, ESPN reported. His agent, Mark Steinberg, said late Tuesday...
Mar-a-Lago dinner: House Oversight chair probes security

Mar-a-Lago dinner: House Oversight chair probes security

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, asking for information on the Trump administration’s handling of potentially secure documents at Mar-a-Lago this past weekend. The request comes in the wake of photos taken by Mar-a-Lago Club ...
Man pleads guilty in slayings of his 2 kids, 2 stepchildren

Man pleads guilty in slayings of his 2 kids, 2 stepchildren

A suburban Detroit man who spent 16 years in prison for killing his first wife pleaded guilty Wednesday in the slayings of his two daughters and two stepchildren and in the torture of his second wife. Gregory Green, 50, admitted to the slayings in Dearborn Heights District Court right after he was ruled competent to stand trial. "He wanted to get it over with," defense attorney Charles Longstreet...
APNewsBreak: Grand jury report blasts NY foster care system

APNewsBreak: Grand jury report blasts NY foster care system

A foster parent accused of sexually abusing boys in his care could have been stopped years earlier if not for "abysmal" communication among the child-welfare agencies involved, according to a special grand jury report obtained by The Associated Press. In the 83-page report, the Suffolk County Supreme Court jury outlined a remarkable series of failures that allowed Cesar Gonzales-Mugaburu...
Want to get married at Taco Bell? Now you can

Want to get married at Taco Bell? Now you can

Have you and your true love always dreamed of exchanging your vows at Taco Bell? >> Read more trending stories   The popular fast food chain will help couples tie the knot through its “Love & Tacos” contest and by providing couples the chance to order a wedding right off the menu for $600 this summer. Taco Bell launched its “Love & Tacos” contest ...
2016 traffic deaths jump to highest level in nearly a decade

2016 traffic deaths jump to highest level in nearly a decade

A jump in traffic fatalities last year pushed deaths on U.S. roads to their highest level in nearly a decade, erasing improvements made during the Great Recession and economic recovery, a leading safety organization said Wednesday. Fatalities rose 6 percent in 2016, reaching an estimated 40,200 deaths compared to 37,757 deaths the previous year, according the National Safety Council. The group gets...
EU: Migrant deaths in Mediterranean rising despite more aid

EU: Migrant deaths in Mediterranean rising despite more aid

Migrant deaths have risen to a record level on the Libya-to-Italy Mediterranean Sea smuggling route, and the increasing number of rescue boats trying to prevent mass drownings there might actually be helping the smugglers, the European Union's border and coast guard chief says. Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri said Wednesday that authorities face a "sad paradox," for as the international...
It's probably a bad idea to sell stocks because you fear Trump

It's probably a bad idea to sell stocks because you fear Trump

“So should I cash out of the stock market?” This is the question I’ve heard from several liberal-leaning friends in the last few months. I get a few emails in this vein every time the stock market hits new highs, as it did Friday. They are worried that the combination of high share prices and an erratic president mean that the only direction for stocks is down. They are considering...
Parents claim children who took MiraLAX developed 'neuropsychiatric problems'

Parents claim children who took MiraLAX developed 'neuropsychiatric problems'

Some parents said their children became angry, aggressive and paranoid after taking the medication, WPVI reported Tuesday.
Woman chained in container says captor bragged about killing

Woman chained in container says captor bragged about killing

A South Carolina woman who spent two months chained inside a large metal container says her captor raped her daily and bragged that he was good at killing, claiming that his victims tallied nearly 100. Kala Brown says she did what she had to do to survive. "He told me as long as I served my purpose, I was safe," Brown told Phillip McGraw, the host of the television show "Dr. Phil."...
California officials rush to drain lake as new storms begin

California officials rush to drain lake as new storms begin

Officials raced to drain more water from a lake behind battered Oroville Dam as new storms began rolling into Northern California on Wednesday and tested the quick repairs made to damaged spillways that raised flood fears. The three storms were expected to stretch into next week. Forecasters said the first two storms could drop a total of 5 inches of rain in higher elevation. However, the third storm...
Mattis' reassurance tour in Europe could include US requests

Mattis' reassurance tour in Europe could include US requests

For Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the next few days will be a reassurance tour with a twist. As much he'll tell allies the U.S. is committed to NATO, he also is expected to visit Europe with a hand out, hoping to secure bigger defense spending commitments and greater assistance in military campaigns in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Mattis also will field questions on national security adviser Michael...
Rumor the German shepherd wins best in show at Westminster

Rumor the German shepherd wins best in show at Westminster

Quite a rally for Rumor — a commanding comeback for German shepherds, too. Rumor was crowned America's top dog Tuesday night when, a year after a near miss on the very same green carpet, she came out of retirement to win best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. Cheered loudly all around the ring by a packed crowd at Madison Square Garden, she's just the second German shepherd champion at...
The Latest: Officials: Dam water level continues to drop

The Latest: Officials: Dam water level continues to drop

The Latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local): 9:40 p.m. California's water agency says the Oroville Dam's water level continues to decrease but it hasn't said by how much. Authorities said earlier the reservoir's water level had been reduced 15 feet by Tuesday afternoon. Officials hope to continue using a damaged main spillway to drain the lake another...

Nigeria: Up to $100 billion lost from oil militant attacks

Nigeria lost between $50 billion and $100 billion in oil revenues to militant attacks on installations last year, the country's petroleum minister said Tuesday. At their worst point, the attacks cut production to 1.2 million barrels a day — a loss of 1 million barrels a day, Ibe Kachikwu said in a video posted on social media. The video announced a 20-point plan to end decades of insurgency...
States pursuing plans to help workers save for retirement

States pursuing plans to help workers save for retirement

States are moving forward with new initiatives to help workers save for retirement, even as the Republican-led Congress tries to block rules making it easier for them to do so. Studies show a sharp divide in retirement savings between those who have employer-sponsored plans and those who do not. The state programs are designed to fill in the gap. Dozens of small business owners recently gathered in...
Starbucks locations to begin serving ice cream treat

Starbucks locations to begin serving ice cream treat

Starbucks is switching things up by adding an offering to menus at select locations across the country.  The coffee giant will sell a new dessert in more than 100 stores, Business Insider reported. Ten "upscale" stores in Los Angeles, Boston and Washington, DC., will be the first locations to provide the new Roastery Affogato menu, which offers the frozen treat, according to Business...
Flynn, fired once by a president, now removed by another

Flynn, fired once by a president, now removed by another

Fired by one American commander in chief for insubordination, Michael Flynn has now been removed by another. The White House said Tuesday that President Donald Trump asked for the resignation of his national security adviser, a hard-charging, feather-ruffling retired lieutenant general who just three weeks into the new administration had put himself in the center of a controversy. Flynn resigned late...
The Latest: Times reports calls between Trump team, Russia

The Latest: Times reports calls between Trump team, Russia

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST): 10:30 p.m. The New York Times is reporting that U.S. agencies intercepted phone calls last year between Russian intelligence officials and members of Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team. The Times reports that the Russians made contact with Paul Manafort, who briefly served as Trump's campaign chairman. In late August, Manafort resigned from that...

UN: Reports say 101 dead as troops, militia clash in Congo

The U.N. human rights office said Tuesday it is "deeply concerned" about reports that more than 100 people have been killed in clashes between Congolese soldiers and militia fighters mainly armed with machetes and spears. If confirmed, the U.N. said, it "would suggest excessive and disproportionate use of force by the soldiers." The death toll was immediately criticized by both...
Senate confirms former wrestling exec McMahon to lead SBA

Senate confirms former wrestling exec McMahon to lead SBA

In a rare display of bipartisanship, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed former wrestling entertainment executive Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration as part of President Donald Trump's cabinet. The Senate voted 81-19 to confirm McMahon, who helped start and grow World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said McMahon will "prioritize growing...
AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit for jobs, arrests

AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit for jobs, arrests

President Donald Trump is patting himself on the back for immigration and job-creation initiatives that started before he took office. A look at his statements during a news conference Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: TRUMP: "We're actually taking people that are criminals, very, very, hardened criminals in some cases ... with a tremendous track record of abuse and problems...
Trump presidency gets social with detailed posts, photos

Trump presidency gets social with detailed posts, photos

There was President Donald Trump, in the middle of his Mar-a-Lago resort, conferring with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on decisions with national security implications over iceberg wedge salads. The club members snapped photos and posted them to Facebook with detailed narratives about what they were seeing unfold before their eyes Saturday night in Palm Beach, Florida. "HOLY MOLY !!! It...
Evacuation lifted for 200K Californians living below dam

Evacuation lifted for 200K Californians living below dam

Nearly 200,000 Northern Californians who live downstream of the country's tallest dam were allowed to return home Tuesday after two nights of uncertainty, but they were warned they may have to again flee to higher ground on a moment's notice if hastily made repairs to the battered structure don't hold. The fixes could be put to their first test later this week with the first of a series of small storms...
AP Interview: Trump yet to call UN atomic chief on Iran deal

AP Interview: Trump yet to call UN atomic chief on Iran deal

The head of the United Nations' atomic agency said Tuesday the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has yet to be in touch with him or others about their criticism of the Iran nuclear deal. Yukiya Amano, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told The Associated Press that his organization was "in constant touch" with the U.S., but had yet to hear from the...
Northeast digging out, facing possibility of another storm

Northeast digging out, facing possibility of another storm

The Northeast dug out Tuesday from the latest blast of winter weather that buried some locations under more than 3 feet of snow in Maine. Another storm following on its heels threatened to bring more misery. Hundreds of schools were closed on Monday, and some schools remained closed a second day as workers struggled to clear away snow on Tuesday. Four Maine towns — Hudson, Bradford, Kenduskeag...

POINT OF VIEW Stop playing games with Gorsuch nomination

The first 100 days of any presidency are always widely observed and highly scrutinized, and President Donald J. Trump’s, one might say, has been met with opposition from both his detractors and the media. Recently, the president delivered on his “drain the swamp” promise and appointed the highly qualified U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. Unfortunately, Gorsuch has...
Trump presidency gets social with detailed posts, photos

Trump presidency gets social with detailed posts, photos

There was President Donald Trump, in the middle of his Mar-a-Lago resort, conferring with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on decisions with national security implications over iceberg wedge salads. The club members snapped photos and posted them to Facebook with detailed narratives about what they were seeing unfold before their eyes Saturday night in Palm Beach, Florida. "HOLY MOLY !!! It...

Senate easily confirms Trump pick of Shulkin as VA secretary

The Senate on Monday easily confirmed physician David Shulkin to be secretary of Veterans Affairs, charged with delivering on President Donald Trump's campaign promises to fix long-standing problems at the department. Senators voted 100-0 to approve the former Obama administration official, who was the VA's top health official since 2015, in a rare show of bipartisanship amid partisan rancor over...
Senate confirms Trump nominees for Treasury, VA

Senate confirms Trump nominees for Treasury, VA

Kicking off a week in which Republicans hope to win final confirmation for a series of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees, the Senate on Monday evening approved his choices for Treasury and VA secretaries, but Democrats showed no sign that they were ready to ease up on their delaying tactics that have frustrated both GOP Senators and the President. The Senate first voted to approve Steven Mnuchin...
Q&A: What's at stake in Indonesian capital's heated election

Q&A: What's at stake in Indonesian capital's heated election

Residents of Indonesia's capital vote Wednesday in an election for governor that has become a high-stakes tussle between conservative and moderate forces in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Religion and race, rather than the slew of problems that face a car-clogged and sinking Jakarta, have dominated the campaign. Answers to some of the questions surrounding the election: ___ WHAT'S MADE THE...
NEW: Were President Trump, Japanese PM talking missiles at Mar-a-Lago?

NEW: Were President Trump, Japanese PM talking missiles at Mar-a-Lago?

As members of the lavish Mar-a-Lago Club looked on Saturday night, President Donald Trump, Japan’s prime minister, and a slew of aides and advisers addressed a potential international crisis. With officials for both administrations rushing to assemble a news conference to address reports of a North Korean missile launch, club members pulled out their phones, snapping photos and quickly posting...
DHS arrested 680 immigrants in week-long roundup

DHS arrested 680 immigrants in week-long roundup

The Homeland Security Department said Monday that 680 people were arrested in roundups last week targeting immigrants living illegally in the United States. The figure is far below the totals of similar raids conducted under the Obama administration. The raids have left immigrant communities worried about stepped-up enforcement efforts and the White House taking credit for arrests. But Homeland Security...
Activity surrounds Trump, Abe on Mar-a-Lago terrace after missile test

Activity surrounds Trump, Abe on Mar-a-Lago terrace after missile test

On Saturday night at The Mar-a-Lago Club, as President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania entertained Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife at dinner under the stars on the terrace, there was a sudden flurry of activity as staff members from both administrations approached their respective chiefs. The North Koreans had launched a missile. As staff members and heads of state huddled...