DeVos confirmed as Education secretary as Pence breaks tie

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as Education secretary by the narrowest of margins, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie in a historic vote.

  • Written by MARIA DANILOVA , Associated Press

Trump travel ban faces biggest legal test yet

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump's travel ban faced its biggest legal test yet Tuesday as a panel of federal judges prepared to hear arguments from the administration and its opponents about two fundamentally divergent views of the executive branch and the court system.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER and SUDHIN THANAWALA , Associated Press

Amnesty: Up to 13,000 hanged in Syria's 'slaughterhouse'

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian prison was known to detainees as "the slaughterhouse." Behind its closed doors, the military police hanged as many of 13,000 people over the course of four years before carting out their bodies by the truckload for burial in mass graves, according to a new report issued by Amnesty International.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB , Associated Press

House GOP advises members on handling anti-Trump protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump dismisses polls showing low approval ratings as "fake news." But House leaders are actively discussing how to handle the protesters swamping their town halls, district offices and phone lines, urging their Republican members to be polite and — if necessary — offer "milk and cookies."

  • Written by LISA LERER and ERICA WERNER , Associated Press