Russian plane crash in Syria kills 39 servicemen

BEIRUT (AP) — A Russian military cargo plane crashed near an air base in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 39 Russian servicemen on board in a blow to Russian operations in Syria. The Russian military quickly insisted the plane was not shot down and blamed the crash on a technical error.

  • Written by ZEINA KARAM and NATALIYA VASILYEVA , Associated Press

Cosby wants to block accusers, but show settlement to jury

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers fought Tuesday to block a parade of women from testifying against him at his upcoming sexual assault retrial, saying the accusers are peddling "ancient allegations" that would prejudice the jury against the 80-year-old comedian.

  • Written by By MICHAEL R. SISAK , Associated Press

Ryan wants Trump to take 'surgical approach' on trade


WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about economic ramifications, House Speaker Paul Ryan called on President Donald Trump to back away from his plan for broad international tariffs, arguing Tuesday that a "more surgical approach" would help avert a potentially dangerous trade war.

  • Written by By KEN THOMAS , Associated Press

Nashville mayor resigns after affair, pleads guilty to theft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mayor Megan Barry, a one-time rising star in the Democratic Party with big plans to remake Nashville, resigned Tuesday after pleading guilty to cheating the city out of thousands of dollars as she carried on an affair with her bodyguard.

  • Written by By JONATHAN MATTISE , Associated Press

Should schools be required to tell parents about bullying?

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Richard and Christine Taras knew their soft-spoken son had been picked on by a school bus bully. But they were unaware of the more extensive torment Jacobe endured in school hallways until the day the 13-year-old middle schooler killed himself with a hunting rifle.

  • Written by By MARY ESCH , Associated Press