Chemical weapons team kept from alleged attack site in Syria


BEIRUT (AP) — Independent investigators were prevented by Syrian and Russian authorities Monday from reaching the scene of an alleged chemical attack near the Syrian capital, an official said, days after the U.S., France and Britain bombarded sites they said were linked to Syria's chemical weapons program.

  • Written by By SARAH EL DEEB and NATALIYA VASILEYVA , Associated Press

Inmates fought each other over money, territory; 7 slain

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Inmates armed with homemade knives fought each other for about seven hours over territory and money, leaving seven of them dead in the worst U.S. prison riot in a quarter-century, officials said Monday. An inmate who witnessed the violence told The Associated Press that bodies were "literally stacked on top of each other."


  • Written by By MEG KINNARD , Associated Press

Trump builds on Obama opioid policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep within President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid abuse, overshadowed by his call for the death penalty for some drug traffickers, is a push to expand the use of medication to treat addiction.

  • Written by By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press

GAO says EPA violated spending law on Pruitt's privacy booth

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal government watchdog says the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal spending laws when purchasing a $43,000 soundproof privacy booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt to make private phone calls in his office.

  • Written by By MICHAEL BIESECKER , Associated Press