2 college faculty fired in scandal over freshman retention

A plan to identify freshmen most likely to fail has erupted into a scandal, faculty firings and a demotion at Mount St. Mary's University after the Catholic school's president reportedly likened the students to baby rabbits that should be killed.

  • Written by DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press

Kurds attack Syrian air base held by insurgents

BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters backed by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, activists and a rebel commander said.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

Key developments following North Korea's rocket launch


North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket has drawn sharp condemnations and threats of new sanctions. World leaders say Sunday's launch violated a U.N. ban on Pyongyang's use of ballistic missile technology. North Korea says the launch of a new Earth observation satellite, the Kwangmyongsong 4, or Shining Star 4, is part of a peaceful space program.

A look at the latest developments on Wednesday:


AP Exclusive: Iranian drone first over US carrier since 2014

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian drone that flew over a U.S. aircraft carrier last month was the first to conduct an overflight of an American carrier since 2014, according to a U.S. Navy report obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

  • Written by JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press

Obama sends Congress record $4.1 trillion 2017 spending plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent Congress his final budget on Tuesday, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives, from a new war on cancer to combating global warming to fighting growing threats from Islamic State militants.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writers MARTIN CRUTSINGER, Associated Press Writers