Uncertainty persists as Trump readies tariff plan rollout


WASHINGTON (AP) — After a week of hints and uncertainty, President Donald Trump is preparing to announce tariffs on imported steel and aluminum that would offer temporary exemptions to Canada and Mexico, a shift that could soften the blow amid threats of retaliation by trading partners. Opponents of the tariffs spent Thursday engaged in last-minute lobbying to blunt the impact.

  • Written by By KEN THOMAS , Associated Press

Aid convoy to Damascus rebel-held suburb postponed

BEIRUT (AP) — A top U.N. aid official appealed to the Syrian government and its Russian backers for a cessation of hostilities in eastern Ghouta on Thursday when a second convoy with desperately needed aid was postponed after government forces split the enclave in two, creating an evolving, unpredictable situation on the ground.

  • Written by By BASSEM MROUE , Associated Press

Jeff Sessions, California governor clash as feud escalates


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions dramatically escalated the Trump administration's war with California on Wednesday, suing over its so-called sanctuary state law and clashing with Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown in a fiery exchange of words.

  • Written by By DON THOMPSON and ELLIOT SPAGAT , Associated Press

Northeast wakes up to deep snow, power outages


NEW YORK (AP) — The Northeast is digging out after the second powerful nor'easter in less than a week left some areas with more than 2 feet of snow, hundreds of thousands without power, schools closed and travel a mess.


  • Written by By KAREN MATTHEWS and DAVID PORTER , Associated Press