Pakistan army says it killed 3,400 militants since June 2014

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military says it has achieved "phenomenal successes" in the war against terrorism by killing 3,400 "terrorists" since 2014, when it launched a major operation in a tribal region near Afghanistan.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Another top politician conviction roils Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — For the second time in as many weeks, a former top New York politician was convicted on federal corruption charges, prompting calls for tougher ethics rules and threatening to further undermine citizens' trust in their state government.

  • Written by DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press

Report cites 241 close encounters between pilots, drones

WASHINGTON (AP) — There have been at least 241 reports of close encounters between drones and manned aircraft that meet the government's definition of a near midair collision, including 28 in which pilots maneuvered to get out of the way, according to a report released Friday.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

Congress Oks short-term spending bill hours before deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a short-term spending bill to keep the government open through next Wednesday as lawmakers and the White House rushed to finalize a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill and a sprawling tax package.

  • Written by ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent

Obama's 'ISIL czar' has long history tackling Mideast crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's new "ISIL czar," Robert Malley, has a long and sometimes controversial history at the center of U.S. policymaking in the Middle East. He's now taking on one of the toughest jobs in Washington: getting the struggling campaign against Islamic State militants on track while Obama refuses to entertain any wholesale strategy change.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press