Europe's crisis worsens: Migrants face razor wire, tear gas

IDOMENI, Greece (AP) — Pressed against coils of razor wire and shouting "Help us!," refugees stranded at Greece's northern border were pushed back Monday by Macedonian police using tear gas and stun grenades, as the European Union scrambled to ease the escalating number of stranded migrants in Greece.

  • Written by COSTAS KANTOURIS, Associated Press

Vets of '05 Senate truce don't see accord over court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — With ideological control of the Supreme Court at stake and senators trading insults, lawmakers who helped the Senate avert a meltdown over judges a decade ago say today's political climate is too toxic for a bipartisan pact to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

UN chief: Syria cease-fire holds despite growing breaches

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that a shaky cease-fire in Syria is holding "by and large" on its third day despite sporadic fighting and growing accusations of violations.

  • Written by ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

US cyberattacks can expose Islamic State communications


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. cyberattacks to disrupt the Islamic State's communications and overload their networks could force the militant group to use older technologies that are easier for the U.S. to intercept, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

Rape or kids' hazing? Pool cue assault divides law agencies

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The hazing of four high school freshmen on a basketball trip has outraged authorities in their hometown: Police said three older teammates repeatedly shoved a pool cue at their backsides and into one boy's rectum, causing internal injuries that required emergency surgery.

  • Written by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press