Critics question top US prosecutor's style after blunt words

WASHINGTON (AP) — With two dust-ups in a week, first with a judge in Hawaii and another with leaders of the nation's largest and most powerful police department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sounds to some more like the conservative senator from Alabama he once was rather than the top prosecutor he is today.

  • Written by SADIE GURMAN , Associated Press

GOP health plan for pre-existing conditions spawns worries

WASHINGTON (AP) — From cancer to addiction, doctors and patient groups are warning that the latest Republican health care bill would gut hard-won protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Some GOP moderates who may seal the legislation's fate are echoing those concerns.

  • Written by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

N. Korean missile test fails hours after UN meeting on nukes

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.

  • Written by FOSTER KLUG and KIM TONG-HYUNG , Associated Press

Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA and ZEINA KARAM , Associated Press