Russia says Syrian government now in control of rebel town
BEIRUT (AP) — The Russian military announced on Thursday that the Syrian government is now in full control of the last rebel-held town on the outskirts of Damascus that was the site of a suspected chemical attack over the weekend….
$30,000 rumor? Tabloid paid for, spiked, salacious Trump tip
NEW YORK (AP) — Eight months before the company that owns the National Enquirer paid $150,000 to a former Playboy Playmate who claimed she'd had an affair with Donald Trump, the tabloid's parent made a $30,000 payment to a less famous individual: a former doorman at one of the real estate mogul's New York City buildings….
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:…
McCarthy, Scalise are likely contenders for House speaker
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some say it's a fight between West and South. Or a battle for President Donald Trump's affections. Or a test of who can woo conservatives….
Gaza’s hospitals taxed by wounded from Israeli fire
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Raed Jadallah belonged to an exclusive club – a small band of surfers who escaped the claustrophobia of blockaded Gaza by riding the waves of the Mediterranean. Now he's immobile, a metal fixation device clamped to his left leg after an Israeli bullet fractured his femur in two places….
California to join Guard border mission, but with conditions
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown accepted President Donald Trump's call to send the National Guard to the Mexican border, but rejected the White House's portrait of a burgeoning border crisis and insisted that his troops will have nothing to do with immigration enforcement….
NASA Tess spacecraft to prowl for planets as galactic scout
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Look up at the sky tonight. Every star you see – plus hundreds of thousands, even millions more – will come under the intense stare of NASA's newest planet hunter….
5 years after Boston bombing, anti-extremism efforts falter
BOSTON (AP) — Five years after two brothers who had been living in America for about a decade bombed the Boston Marathon, federally funded community programs to prevent attacks by homegrown extremists are barely underway and face an uncertain future….
As royal wedding nears, brands benefit from ‘Meghan effect’
LONDON (AP) — Canadian fashion designer Bojana Sentaler stared at her television on Christmas Day to see if Meghan Markle had a gift for her….
It’s playoff time: The NBA’s first-round pairings are set
MIAMI (AP) — The NBA playoffs that start this weekend already have an extremely tough act to follow….