Report finds exonerations in the US rose again in 2016

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of people exonerated in the U.S. rose again in 2016, with more than half of them involved in cases in which it was later determined no crime occurred, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • Written by JUAN A. LOZANO , Associated Press

US trade deficit jumps to 5-year high of $48.5 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit jumped in January to the highest level in nearly five years as a flood of mobile phones and other consumer products widened America's trade gap with China. The result underscores the challenges facing President Donald Trump in fulfilling a campaign pledge to reduce America's trade deficits.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer

Iraqi forces storm Mosul government complex, hoist flag

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — U.S.-backed Iraqi forces were fighting their way through a government complex in the heart of western Mosul after storming the buildings in an overnight raid, and were facing fierce counterattacks Tuesday from the Islamic State group.

  • Written by SUSANNAH GEORGE and SINAN SALAHEDDIN , Associated Press

US moves parts of controversial missile defense to SKorea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up a controversial missile defense system have arrived in South Korea, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said Tuesday, a day after North Korea test-fired four ballistic missiles into the ocean near Japan.

  • Written by KIM TONG-HYUNG , Associated Press

Turkish, US, Russian military chiefs discuss Syria tensions

BEIRUT (AP) — The top generals from Turkey, the United States and Russia met Tuesday to discuss tensions in northern Syria, where mutually suspicious forces allied with the three countries are fighting the Islamic State group.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE and SUZAN FRASER , Associated Press