WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces charges under seal

WASHINGTON  — The Justice Department has filed charges under seal against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a person familiar with the matter confirmed Friday after prosecutors inadvertently tipped off the information in a court filing. Any charges against Assange, who has been taking cover for years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, could help illuminate whether […]

Caravan migrants and worried families try to stay in touch

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — There was cake at little Brithani Lizeth’s third birthday party, and also tears. Though her grandmother and aunt tried to make their simple cinder block home festive, the little girl could not be consoled. She missed her parents. Orbelina Orellana and Elmer Alberto Cardona were hundreds of miles and two […]

Allies rally to UK’s May amid leadership woes over Brexit

LONDON — Supportive Cabinet ministers rallied around British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday, trying to bolster her leadership after a barrage of resignations over Brexit, as rebel lawmakers pushed to force a leadership challenge. May is battling to save her Brexit plan, and her job, after the draft withdrawal agreement between Britain and the […]

Judge: White House must return CNN’s Jim Acosta’s credential

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, saying Acosta suffered “irreparable harm” from the decision to bar him. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, an appointee of President Donald Trump, announced his decision following a hearing. The judge […]

UK’s defiant May tells critics it’s her Brexit deal or chaos

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May defied mounting calls to quit or change course Thursday over Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, warning that abandoning her Brexit plan would plunge the country into “deep and grave uncertainty.” Britain’s long-simmering divisions over its future in the EU erupted into turmoil just a day after the […]

California town’s wildfire evacuation plan raises questions

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — Ten years ago, as two wildfires advanced on Paradise, residents jumped into their vehicles to flee and got stuck in gridlock. That led authorities to devise a staggered evacuation plan — one that they used when fire came again last week. But Paradise’s carefully laid plans quickly devolved into a panicked […]

Storm drops snow, freezing rain across eastern half of US

NEW YORK — One of the first big storms of the season moved across the eastern half of the country Thursday, contributing to at least seven traffic deaths and closing schools as it dropped snow as far south as central Alabama. The Delaware Department of Transportation continued to plow and salt roads across New Castle […]

Ex-death row Delaware inmate who beat sex trafficking case arrested

HONOLULU — A day after Isaiah McCoy, a former death row inmate from Delaware, walked out of a U.S. courthouse in Hawaii a free man when prosecutors dropped sex trafficking charges against him, he found himself again in handcuffs. A judge ordered McCoy’s release Tuesday after prosecutors moved to dismiss a 10-count indictment against him. […]

Bangladesh scraps Rohingya return, says no one wants to go

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh — The head of Bangladesh’s refugee commission said plans to begin the repatriation of 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar on Thursday were scrapped after officials were unable to find anyone who wanted to return. The refugees “are not willing to go back now,” Refugee Commissioner Abul Kalam told The Associated Press. He […]

Fire death toll at 56 and counting in Northern California

MAGALIA, Calif. — Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies in the ashes of Paradise and surrounding communities. At least 56 people were killed, with 130 others missing a week after the flames swept through. The nearly 220-square-mile […]