What cosmic crash confirmed: Einstein was as good as gold


WASHINGTON (AP) — When two extremely dense neutron stars crashed together in a distant galaxy, astronomers struck scientific gold, confirming previously unproven theories, including some from Albert Einstein.

  • Written by By SETH BORENSTEIN , AP Science Writer

Trump: Drug czar nominee pulls his name from consideration


WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar, is withdrawing from consideration following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.


  • Written by By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press

After Kirkuk, Kurdish forces pull out of more areas in Iraq


KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish forces pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, a day after handing the northern city of Kirkuk over to federal forces amid a tense standoff following last month's vote for independence.

  • Written by By BALINT SZLANKO , Associated Press

Foreign experts to help Malta probe car bombing of reporter


VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's home minister says his EU country has appealed to the FBI and to European forensic experts to help investigate the car bomb slaying of the country's leading investigative journalist.


New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim


SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — As fire crews gain on wildfires burning for more than a week in Northern California's wine country, new fires broke out in other parts of the state, including northeast of Los Angeles.

  • Written by By SUDHIN THANAWALA and TERRY CHEA , Associated Press