Authorities: Arrest made in arson fire at Florida mosque

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — A 32-year-old Florida man has been arrested and is facing a charge of arson and hate crime in a fire that heavily damaged a mosque that Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen attended, authorities announced Wednesday.

  • Written by TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press

Obama will create first marine national monument in Atlantic

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will establish on Thursday the first national marine monument in the Atlantic, a move that's designed to permanently protect nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the coast of New England.

  • Written by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

In long and bloody Syria war, this truce may be different

BEIRUT (AP) — Five years of failed efforts to quell the fighting in Syria have persuaded many observers that the war, inconclusive and catastrophic on a historic scale, may not be resolvable. A truce earlier this year took effect, soon started to fray, then vanished. But some things are different this week as a cease-fire brokered by the United States and Russia took effect.

  • Written by DAN PERRY, Associated Press, PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press

In leaked emails, Powell calls Trump a 'national disgrace'

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a trove of newly leaked emails, former Secretary of State Colin Powell calls Donald Trump "a national disgrace" and suggests his own Republican Party is "crashing and burning."

  • Written by JEFF HORWITZ, Associated Press, MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press

Oregon sheriff says occupiers warned of armed invasion

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The occupiers who took over a national wildlife refuge warned an Oregon sheriff that his county would be "invaded" by armed citizens if he didn't protect his constituents from the federal government, the law officer testified Wednesday.

  • Written by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press