Obama's EPA moves to preserve gas mileage requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to preserve strict fuel-economy standards put in place by the Obama administration, making it difficult for the Trump administration to undo them.

  • Written by TOM KRISHER and MICHAEL BIESECKER , Associated Press

Kerry defends trade pact on last trip as top US diplomat

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry, making his last trip as the top U.S. diplomat, on Friday defended the 12-nation trade pact that the incoming administration said it would scrap and urged countries to refrain from provocative acts in the South China Sea.

  • Written by YVES DAM-VAN , Associated Press

Bush daughters welcome Obama's as 'former First Children'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President George W. Bush's daughters, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush, have penned a letter of advice to President Barack Obama's daughters days before the Obama family officially moves out of the White House.


Paris draft: 2-state solution best for Israel, Palestinians

JERUSALEM (AP) — In a strong message to Israel and the incoming Trump administration, dozens of countries are expected this weekend to reiterate their opposition to Israeli settlements and call for the establishment of a Palestinian state as "the only way" to ensure peace in the region.


  • Written by JOSEF FEDERMAN , Associated Press