AP Exclusive: Suspected drug thefts persist at VA centers


WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating dozens of new cases of possible opioid and other drug theft by employees at Veterans Affairs hospitals, a sign the problem isn't going away as more prescriptions disappear.

  • Written by HOPE YEN , Associated Press

US official mulling greatly expanded airplane laptop ban


WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he's considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States.


Nighttime, early morning bombings in Baghdad kill 31


BAGHDAD (AP) — A massive bombing by the Islamic State group outside a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad and a rush hour car bomb in another downtown area killed at least 31 people on Tuesday, Iraqi officials said.

  • Written by MURTADA FARAJ , Associated Press

French president flexes diplomatic muscles in Putin meeting


VERSAILLES, France (AP) — Flexing his diplomatic muscles, French President Emmanuel Macron said he had "extremely frank" and "direct" talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday and launched an extraordinary attack on two state-funded Russian media outlets he accused of spreading "lying propaganda" during France's presidential campaign.

  • Written by SYLVIE CORBET and JOHN LEICESTER , Associated Press

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies at 83


PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, a onetime U.S. ally who was ousted by an American invasion in 1989, died late Monday at age 83.

  • Written by JUAN ZAMORANO and KATHIA MARTINEZ , Associated Press