Pentagon, border wall covered in $788B House spending bill


WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a $788 billion spending bill that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump, Moscow retaliates


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is sending a package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia to President Donald Trump to sign after the bill received overwhelming support in Congress. Moscow has already responded, ordering a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and closing the U.S. embassy's recreation retreat.

  • Written by By RICHARD LARDNER , Associated Press

Peaceful prayers at Jerusalem holy site, West Bank violence


JERUSALEM (AP) — Muslim prayers at a major Jerusalem shrine ended peacefully Israeli police said Friday but violence continued in the West Bank where a Palestinian was killed attacking soldiers as forces were on high alert following two weeks of violence over the sacred site, holy to both Muslims and Jews.

  • Written by By IAN DEITCH , Associated Press

Officials say 7,000 Islamic State affiliates remain in Iraq


BAGHDAD (AP) — High-ranking Iraqi security officials say up to 7,000 Islamic State group affiliates remain in Iraq after the fall of Mosul, where the group's leader declared the self-styled caliphate three years ago.

  • Written by By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA , Associated Press

US economy expanded at stronger 2.6 percent rate in Q2


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy revved up this spring after a weak start to the year, fueled by a surge in consumer spending. But the growth spurt still fell short of the optimistic goals President Donald Trump hopes to achieve through tax cuts and regulatory relief.