Cold snap exposes cracks in upkeep of timeworn schools

BALTIMORE (AP) — The recent spell of cold weather exposed the poor state of school buildings in many big-city districts, including Baltimore, where the failure of heating systems closed dozens of institutions after children were left shivering in frigid classrooms.


  • Written by By DAVID McFADDEN and CAROLYN THOMPSON , Associated Press

Trump: 'Unlikely' he'd submit to a Russia probe interview

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that it "seems unlikely" that he'd give an interview in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

  • Written by By MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press

Major shift as Trump opens way for Medicaid work requirement

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major policy shift that could affect millions of low-income people, the Trump administration said Thursday it is offering a path for states that want to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients.

  • Written by By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press

Another GOP governor seeks exclusion from drilling proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opposition to the Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling is mounting as Democrats from coastal states accuse President Donald Trump of punishing states with Democratic leaders and a second Republican governor asks to withdraw his state from the plan.

  • Written by By MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press

8 earthquakes strike along Iran-Iraq border, rattle Baghdad

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A series of eight earthquakes hit the Iran-Iraq border area and rattled Baghdad on Thursday, apparent aftershocks of a temblor that struck the mountainous region in November and killed over 530 people. Four people suffered minor injuries in Iran, state television reported.


  • Written by By AMIR VAHDAT and JON GAMBRELL , Associated Press