Source: Chicago, federal government draft police reform deal


CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago and the U.S. Justice Department have negotiated a draft agreement that calls for an independent monitor to oversee police department reforms, though it is unclear if there will be court oversight at some stage in the future, an official in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration told The Associated Press.

  • Written by MICHAEL TARM and HERBERT G. MCCANN , Associated Press

Explosions kill at least 6 attending Kabul funeral


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Explosions in Kabul on Saturday killed at least six people attending a funeral reportedly attended by government officials, including members of parliament, a day after hundreds of demonstrators turned out to demand more security in the capital.

  • Written by RAHIM FAIEZ , Associated Press

Pentagon chief turns up heat on North Korea and China


SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis turned up the heat on North Korea and its main benefactor, China, on Saturday, calling the North Koreans a "clear and present danger" and chastising the Chinese for coercive behavior in the South China Sea.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS , AP National Security Writer

Nooses showing up more in hate incidents around country

Second noose found inside Smithsonian's African-American museum in less than a week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nooses have appeared recently around the nation's capital — including the Smithsonian's new African-American history museum — in a rash of incidents that experts say shows the growing use of hate symbols in the U.S. to try to intimidate minorities.

  • Written by JESSE J. HOLLAND , Associated Press