Leery of North Korea, US plans first test of ICBM intercept


WASHINGTON (AP) — Preparing for North Korea's growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week. The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S. homeland, officials said Friday

  • Written by By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer

Reports swirling about Kushner and back channel with Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and now top White House adviser Jared Kushner reportedly proposed setting up a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with a leading Russian diplomat.

  • Written by By EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press

Police: Man hurling racial slurs kills 2, injures 1 on train

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two people died Friday and another was hurt in a stabbing on a Portland light-rail train after a man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, one of whom was wearing a hijab, police said.


At least 28 killed in ambush attack on Christians in Egypt


CAIRO (AP) — Masked gunmen ambushed a bus carrying Coptic Christians to a monastery south of Cairo on Friday, killing at least 28 people, and Egypt responded by launching airstrikes against what it said were militant training bases in Libya.

  • Written by By HAMZA HENDAWI and MOHAMMED WAGDY, Associated Press

Mosul siege extends IS fight in Iraq, puts civilians at risk


MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces are steadily closing in on the remaining pockets of territory held by the Islamic State group in Mosul, inching toward a victory that U.S.-led coalition officials say is "only a matter of time."

  • Written by By SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press