Trump says Russia probe ‘con job,’ as fuller report looms

WASHINGTON — The president isn’t waiting. As Washington counts down the final hours until publication of the redacted special counsel report — now expected Thursday — Donald Trump stepped up his attacks in an effort to undermine potential disclosures on Russia, his 2016 campaign and the aftermath. He unleashed a series of tweets Monday focusing […]

Notre Dame’s treasures spared blaze after frantic rescue

PARIS — An inferno that raged through Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 12 hours destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and a frantic rescue effort saved the monument’s “most precious treasures,” including the Crown of Thorns purportedly worn by Jesus, officials said Tuesday. Also surviving was the […]

Massive fire engulfs beloved Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

PARIS (AP) — A massive fire swept across the top of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, collapsing its spire and threatening one of the world’s greatest architectural treasures as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below. The French president pledged to rebuild a cathedral that he […]

Biden to campaign as extension of Obama’s political movement

BLUFFTON, S.C. — Joe Biden is finalizing the framework for a White House campaign that would cast him as an extension of Barack Obama’s presidency and political movement. He’s betting that the majority of Democratic voters are eager to return to the style and substance of that era — and that they’ll view him as […]

Powerful, deadly storms continue to move across South

Powerful storms that killed at least two people continued to move across the South on Sunday after spawning suspected tornadoes that left several people injured and multiple homes and businesses damaged or without power. National Weather Service meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area. No injuries have […]

Measles outbreak kills more than 1,200 in Madagascar

AMBALAVAO, Madagascar — Babies wail as a nurse tries to reassure mothers who have come to vaccinate their children against a measles outbreak that has killed more than 1,200 people in this island nation where many are desperately poor. Madagascar faces its largest measles outbreak in history, with cases soaring well beyond 115,000, but resistance […]

Trump considered sending migrants to Democratic strongholds

WASHINGTON — The White House considered a plan to release detained immigrants into “sanctuary cities,” three people familiar with the idea confirmed Friday — a plan that critics branded as an effort to use migrants as pawns to go after political opponents. The idea of pressing immigration authorities to embrace the plan was discussed in […]

House Democrats cheer wins of 1st 100 days, ponder stumbles

WASHINGTON — Newly elected Rep. Sharice Davids is most proud of setting up a congressional office in part of her Kansas district she said hadn’t seen one for years. For Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath, her biggest victory was passing the gun background checks legislation she advocated for after her son’s shooting death. And for New […]

Sudanese army says it holds president, won’t extradite him

CAIRO — The Sudanese army will not extradite deposed President Omar al-Bashir but will put him on trial at home, the military said Friday as it defended its seizure of power after ousting the longtime ruler. The ouster of al-Bashir after months of escalating street protests against his rule has sparked calls for him to […]

UK’s May pleads with Parliament after EU grants extension

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May urged lawmakers Thursday to spend the upcoming Easter break to “reflect” on the need for a Brexit compromise, after a clearly frustrated European Union gave the country six more months to find a way to leave the bloc. She said doing so and passing an EU withdrawal agreement […]