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Analysis: As an era closes, Barbara Boxer defends politics as a 'noble' profession


WASHINGTON -- The winds of change that have stormed across Washington in recent weeks swept through the Capitol anew on Wednesday. In the ritual farewells offered to departing senators, Barbara Boxer was praised for her service by friends and by ...

Authorities charge 2 teens in Gatlinburg wildfires investigation


SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. -- Authorities have made two arrests -- both teenagers -- in last week's deadly wildfires. Authorities made the announcement Wednesday during an afternoon news conference at the Sevier County Courthouse. The teens remain in ...

Watch out, Alec Baldwin: Duterte tries out Trump impersonation


MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte is working on his own impression of President-elect Donald Trump. In a speech in Manila on Wednesday night, Duterte imitated Trump's voice and accent while recalling their telephone ...

1 officer killed, 1 injured in Georgia shooting; suspect on loose


ATLANTA -- One officer was killed and another was seriously injured Wednesday in a shooting in Americus, about 140 miles south of Atlanta. The slain officer was Nicholas Smarr, 25, of the Americus Police Department, and the injured officer was ...

Ohio legislators approve what would be the country's toughest restriction on abortion


With little notice and stunning quickness, anti-abortion legislators in Ohio stand one signature away from enacting the nation's most stringent abortion law in the hopes of sparking a nationwide reversal of the legal right of women to terminate ...

Senate passes $6.3 billion medical research bill and sends to Obama


WASHINGTON -- Sprawling legislation to increase federal support for medical research, mental health care and controlling the opioid epidemic cleared the Senate easily Wednesday and is headed to President Barack Obama's desk for his signature, ...

Trump picks Iowa Gov. Branstad to be ambassador to China


WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump has picked Terry Branstad, the long-serving Iowa governor who proved a loyal and unflinching surrogate in the presidential race, to be the ambassador to China, the transition team said Wednesday. The choice of Branstad ...

The debt limit monster is coming back, in time for Trump's first 100 days


WASHINGTON -- Congress is brewing up a budget mess that could turn President-elect Donald Trump's first 100 days into a fiscal donnybrook. First, it likely will vote this week to extend the current federal budget just long enough that it expires ...

Chicago Mayor Emanuel has 'very good' meeting with Trump in New York


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with President-Elect Donald Trump in New York on Wednesday morning, using the discussion to urge Trump to reconsider his positions on immigration. During his 45-minute meeting with the president-elect in his ...

Search for remains ends at Oakland warehouse with fire death toll at 36


The search for remains at the scene of the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif., has concluded, leaving the death toll at 36, officials said Wednesday. "We are not going to find more victims in the fire," said Sgt. Ray Kelly, a ...