Judge refuses to release 4 accused of beating disabled youth

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago judge refused to allow four black people caught on cellphone footage taunting and beating a mentally disabled white man to post bail and leave jail, saying they are accused of such "terrible actions" that they are a danger to society.

  • Written by By DON BABWIN, Associated Press

FBI deletes details about hacking effort in document release

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has released 100 pages of heavily censored documents related to its agreement with an unidentified vendor to hack into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters, but it did not identify whom it paid to perform the work or how much it cost.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

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