The Latest: IS claims responsibility for Afghan attack
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local):…
Attackers storm Shiite cultural center in Kabul, 35 killed
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Attackers stormed a Shiite Muslim cultural center in the Afghan capital Thursday, setting off multiple bombs and killing at least 35 people and wounding at least 56, authorities said….
Food, showers, tents: Does the help help the homeless?
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mohammed Aly does not see any reason why he shouldn't try to ease the lives of Orange County's homeless. But the authorities – and many of his neighbors – disagree….
Cities in ruins after Islamic State, little cash to rebuild
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — For nearly 2½ miles along the western bank of the Tigris River, hardly a single building is intact. The warren of narrow streets of Mosul's Old City is a crumpled landscape of broken concrete and metal. Every acre is weighed down by more than 3,000 tons of rubble, much of it laced with explosives and unexploded ordnance….
Charity gets a jolt from tax law _ but due to drop next year
WASHINGTON (AP) — In this season of giving, charity seems to be getting an extra jolt because next year the popular tax deduction for donations will lose a lot of its punch….
Trump, GOP congressional leaders to meet at Camp David
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Eager for more legislative achievements before Washington's focus shifts to the midterm elections, President Donald Trump plans to open the new year by meeting with Republican congressional leaders to map out the 2018 legislative agenda, the White House said….
Trump’s Clinton tweets cut against Comey firing explanation
WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump fired James Comey in May, he said he was acting on the recommendation of Justice Department leaders who had faulted the FBI director for releasing "derogatory information" about Hillary Clinton at the conclusion of the email server investigation months earlier….
Bundle up: Bitter cold weather takes hold of northern US
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Bitter cold weather has taken hold of much of the northern United States and is expected to stay put for days to come as two Minnesota cities already have set record low temperatures and a city in Pennsylvania continues to dig out from a record snowfall….
Putin says St. Petersburg explosion was terror attack
MOSCOW (AP) — The explosion at a supermarket in Russia's second-largest city was a terrorist attack, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, adding that another attack had been thwarted….
Once busy Oklahoma death chamber stays quiet into 3rd year
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma, a state with one of the busiest death chambers in the country in recent decades, will enter its third year without an execution in 2018 while prison officials and state attorneys fine tune its procedure for putting condemned inmates to death….