Spain anxiously awaits Catalan leader's independence speech

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's regional leader prepared to address parliament Tuesday in a highly anticipated session that could spell the birth of a new republic, marking a critical point in a decade-long standoff between Catalan separatists and Spain's central authorities.

  • Written by By ARITZ PARRA , Associated Press

Trump suggests he's smarter than Rex Tillerson

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has confidence in his secretary of state, even after suggesting he's smarter than Rex Tillerson. Trump said in an interview published Tuesday that if Tillerson did call him a moron, as reported, the two should "compare IQ tests."

  • Written by By CATHERINE LUCEY , Associated Press

Diverse United States divided on symbols of patriotism

FREEDMEN'S TOWN, Texas (AP) — When Afghanistan War veteran Joseph Smith saw NFL players take a knee or raise a fist during the playing of the national anthem last month, he wasn't offended — he was proud. Where some saw it as disrespectful, he saw it as patriotic.

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  • Written by By RUSSELL CONTRERAS and DEEPTI HAJELA , Associated Press

Fake news is still here, despite efforts by Google, Facebook

Nearly a year after Facebook and Google launched offensives against fake news, they're still inadvertently promoting it — often at the worst possible times.

  • Written by By BARBARA ORTUTAY and RYAN NAKASHIMA , AP Technology Writers