2 Americans confirmed dead in Brussels attacks; Kerry visits

BRUSSELS (AP) — At least two Americans have been confirmed killed in the Brussels attacks, a U.S. official said Friday, as Secretary of State John Kerry visited the stricken city to express condolences and defended Belgium's counter-terrorism efforts against "carping" by critics.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer

Biden: 'There is no Biden rule' on Supreme Court nominations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday tried to clear his name and tout his record on Supreme Court nominations, calling Republican branding of his past remarks on the subject "ridiculous" and casting himself as a longtime advocate of bipartisan compromise in filling seats on the high court.

  • Written by KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press