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10 prominent early astronauts carrying on US space history

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 03:10:06 GMT2016-12-11T03:10:06Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Early U.S. space history is fading with the death of John Glenn, the last of the Mercury 7 astronauts, and the 2012 passing of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. But others survive, veterans of a time when Americans were glued to their television sets to watch their heroics, from fiery Saturn V launches to ocean splashdowns....



Trump expected to tap Exxon's Tillerson for State Dept. post

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:35:35 GMT2016-12-10T21:35:35Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump moved closer to nominating Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of State Saturday, meeting privately with the business leader for the second time in a week. Trump's transition team cautioned that no announcement was expected over the weekend....



Trump team challenges intel on Russian election influence

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:19:59 GMT2016-12-10T20:19:59Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's presidential transition team on Saturday challenged the veracity of U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia was trying to tip the November election to the Republican. A top Senate Democrat demanded a full congressional investigation....



Patrons use dough to back pizza place targeted by fake news

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:38:37 GMT2016-12-10T17:38:37Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's at least a slice of good news for a pizza restaurant in the nation's capital caught up in fake news stories about a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats....



Congress sends bill to Obama on civil rights-era killings

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:19:54 GMT2016-12-10T17:19:54Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress has sent legislation to President Barack Obama's desk that would continue reviews of racially motivated killings in the civil rights era that are now cold cases....



What the 114th Congress did and didn't do

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:05:44 GMT2016-12-10T14:05:44Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress wrapped up the 114th session early Saturday, a tumultuous two years marked by the resignation of a House speaker, a fight over a Supreme Court vacancy, bipartisan bills on health care and education and inaction on immigration and criminal justice. The new Congress will be sworn-in Jan. 3....



As 114th Congress limped to a close, uncertainty is ahead

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:02:10 GMT2016-12-10T14:02:10Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The 114th Congress has limped to a close, two years of partisan acrimony punctuated by the occasional burst of bipartisan deal-making in the waning days of Barack Obama's presidency....



AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:53:29 GMT2016-12-10T12:53:29Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary was among U.S. military officials who, the FBI concluded, received anonymous emails from the woman whose affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus led to his downfall, The Associated Press has learned....



Supreme Court weighs lawyers' actions in 2 death row cases

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:39:02 GMT2016-12-10T12:39:02Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seven years before Thomas Sims defended Sammie Stokes in a South Carolina death-penalty trial, he had prosecuted Stokes for assaulting his ex-wife....



Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:23:34 GMT2016-12-10T08:23:34Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners and promised a renewed fight for the working class next year....