Taiwan leader heads to Americas; US stops set to irk China

BEIJING (AP) — The Taiwanese leader's trip to the Americas starting Saturday will be scrutinized by Beijing for signs that the incoming U.S. president's team will risk its ire by further engaging with the self-ruled island China considers its territory.

  • Written by By GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press

Trump wants former Sen. Dan Coats to be intelligence chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday named retired Sen. Dan Coats as national intelligence director, saying the former member of the Senate Intelligence Committee was the right person to lead the new administration's "ceaseless vigilance against those who seek to do us harm."

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Snow storm blankets parts of North Carolina, Virginia

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A winter storm blanketed parts of North Carolina and Virginia with snow early Saturday as its slow march across the Southeast left grocery store shelves empty and roads icy and impassible.

  • Written by By JONATHAN DREW and TOM FOREMAN Jr., Associated Press

Reynolds, Fisher laid to rest at Hollywood Hills cemetery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher, who has been laid to rest alongside her mother Debbie Reynolds, was adored by family, friends and fans for her gallows humor and frank talk about her struggles with mental illness.

  • Written by By ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press

Opposition: At least 43 killed in car bomb in Syrian town

BEIRUT (AP) — At least 43 people were killed Saturday when a car bomb went off in a busy market in a rebel-held Syrian town along the Turkish border, activists and rescue workers said.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS