Labs extend purebred dog popularity record; Rottweilers rise

NEW YORK (AP) — Labrador retrievers have extended their record run as America's most popular dog breed, leading the American Kennel Club's new rankings for a 26th straight year. But Rottweilers are enjoying renewed favor, and some other dogs have been striding up the popularity ladder. A closer look at some of the rungs revealed Tuesday:

  • Written by JENNIFER PELTZ , Associated Press

Administration tries to distance campaign aides from Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is distancing itself from two former senior members of Donald Trump's team amid an FBI investigation into possible connections between Trump "associates" and Russia.

  • Written by JILL COLVIN , Associated Press

US current account deficit narrows in fourth quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deficit in the broadest measure of U.S. trade shrank in the final three months of 2016 but the gap for the full year rose to the highest level in eight years.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer

Hong Kong set to pick new leader anointed by Beijing

HONG KONG (AP) — The three candidates vying to be Hong Kong's next leader squared off in a feisty debate in front of hundreds of voters who peppered them with questions.

  • Written by KELVIN CHAN , Associated Press