What US-Russia crisis? Trump seeks closer ties in WH meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — All but ignoring the unfurling drama over Russia and the U.S. election, President Donald Trump on Wednesday sought to advance prospects for cooperation between the former Cold War foes in Syria and elsewhere in a rare Oval Office meeting with Vladimir Putin's top diplomat.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN and VIVIAN SALAMA , Associated Press

City removes 2nd of 4 Confederate statues in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Workers Thursday morning removed the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in New Orleans, the second of four Confederate monuments slated for removal in a contentious, months-long process that has sparked protests on both sides.

  • Written by GERALD HERBERT , Associated Press

Dozens hurt, 1 dead in violent day of protests in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dozens of people were injured and a 27-year-old man killed Wednesday during another day of violent clashes in Venezuela's capital during demonstrations demanding elections.

  • Written by FERNANDO LLANO , Associated Press

Officials from Arctic nations meet amid drilling concerns

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — High-level officials from the world's eight Arctic nations will meet in Alaska amid concerns about the future of the sensitive region after President Donald Trump called for more oil drilling and development.

  • Written by MARK THIESSEN , Associated Press

Lawmakers reach agreement on stalled VA accountability bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on a bill to make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire its employees, part of an accountability effort touted by President Donald Trump.

  • Written by HOPE YEN , Associated Press