Puerto Rico power contract a local issue: White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration scrambled Friday to distance itself from the decision to award a $300 million contract to help restore Puerto Rico's power grid to a tiny Montana company from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown.

  • Written by By MICHAEL BIESECKER and MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press

Trump dossier research triggered by website with GOP ties

NEW YORK (AP) — A conservative website with strong ties to the Republican establishment triggered the investigation into Donald Trump's past that ultimately produced the dossier that alleged a compromised relationship between the president and the Kremlin.

  • Written by By STEVE PEOPLES and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press

Senator says Trump rolling back protections at Utah sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is shrinking two national monuments in Utah, accepting the recommendation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reverse protections established by two Democratic presidents to more than 3.6 million acres.


  • Written by By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

Pentagon chief says North Korea engages in 'outlaw' behavior

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The threat of nuclear missile attack by North Korea is accelerating, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday, accusing the North of illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear programs and pledging to repel any strike.

  • Written by BY ROBERT BURNS , AP National Security Writer

13 dead, more than 16 wounded in Mogadishu hotel blast


MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A suicide car bomb exploded outside a popular hotel in Somalia's capital on Saturday, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than 16, and gunfire continued as security forces pursued the attackers inside the building, police said. Two more blasts were heard, one when an attacker detonated a suicide vest.


  • Written by By ABDI GULED, Associated Press