Too close to call but Dem Lamb claims win in Pennsylvania
MT. LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — A razor's edge separated Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone early Wednesday in their closely watched special election in Pennsylvania, where a surprisingly strong bid by first-time candidate Lamb severely tested Donald Trump's sway in a GOP stronghold….
Stephen Hawking, tourist of the universe, dead at 76
PARIS (AP) — In his final years, the only thing connecting the brilliant physicist to the outside world was a couple of inches of frayed nerve in his cheek….
Stephen Hawking: ‘His laboratory was the universe’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Everyone knew of Stephen Hawking's cosmic brilliance, but few could comprehend it. Not even top-notch astronomers….
Cabinet chaos: Trump’s team battles scandal, irrelevance
NEW YORK (AP) — One Cabinet member was grilled by Congress about alleged misuse of taxpayer funds for private flights. Another faced an extraordinary revolt within his own department amid a swirling ethics scandal. A third has come under scrutiny for her failure to answer basic questions about her job in a nationally televised interview….
Pick for top diplomat seen as tight with the president
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pompeo's hawkish instincts may seem at odds with traditional diplomatic norms. But after 14 demoralizing months of budget cuts and staffing reductions for the State Department, his conservative political bent and closeness to President Donald Trump could breathe new vigor into an agency all too often sidelined on many of the nation's most pressing national security matters….
Parents to AP: Military ignored boy’s abuse of girls on base
The three military fathers sat at the commander's conference table on the U.S. Army base in Germany, pleading for help….
Students to put pencils down, walk out in gun protests
From Maine to Hawaii, thousands of students planned to stage walkouts Wednesday to protest gun violence, one month after the deadly shooting inside a high school in Parkland, Florida….
House Democrats cite ‘evidence’ of Trump-Russia collusion
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are sharply disagreeing with Republicans on the panel who say they don't see any evidence of collusion or coordination between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia….
Al-Qaida in Syria losing ground in battles with insurgents
BEIRUT (AP) — For the first time since its meteoric rise in 2012 amid the chaos of war, al-Qaida's branch in Syria is in retreat, battling rival militant groups in the north and fighting for survival in a key foothold near the capital, Damascus….
Syrian refugee baby gets life-saving surgery, others wait
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Sara al-Matoura watched through a window as her one-year-old daughter's chest heaved up and down under a tangle of medical wires….