House pushes ahead with $611 billion defense policy bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House is pushing ahead with a $611 billion defense policy bill that prohibits closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, forbids the Pentagon from trimming the number of military bases and awards U.S. troops their largest pay raise in six years.

  • Written by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press

GOP chairman who targeted Clinton in no rush on Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who promised before the election to investigate Democrat Hillary Clinton for years, says he will wait until President-elect Donald Trump takes office before "poking around" the businessman's financial affairs and possible conflicts of interest.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

Ailing Buzz Aldrin evacuated from South Pole to New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An ailing Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was evacuated from the South Pole to New Zealand where he was hospitalized Thursday in stable condition.

  • Written by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer; NICK PERRY, AP Aerospace Writer

'A clear shot' - police kill suspect, rescue children

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state police officer responding to a domestic violence call was fatally shot and his fellow officers were still "taking fire" as they removed him from a home, beginning an 11-hour standoff during which authorities say the gunman used two young children as human shields.

  • Written by MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press; LISA BAUMANN, Associated Press

Indonesia blasphemy protest draws 200,000; ends peacefully

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest against its minority Christian governor, who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy.

  • Written by STEPHEN WRIGHT, Associated Press; NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press