Obama hopeful national anthem protests spark a conversation

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) — Asked by a service member to weigh in on some NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he hoped the controversy would spark Americans to listen to others' concerns and not just go into separate corners.

  • Written by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

After 170 years, remains of US troops return from Mexico

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Remains thought to be those of U.S. troops who died in the Mexican-American War have been flown to a military mortuary in Delaware in an effort to determine whether they belonged to militia members of a Tennessee regiment known as "The Bloody First."

  • Written by RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press

Congress clears stopgap spending bill, $1.1B to fight Zika

WASHINGTON (AP) — Averting an election-year crisis, Congress late Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WHY IT MATTERS: Russia looms as key issue for United States

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Russia cannot be ignored. Since the end of the Cold War, Russia has never posed such a vexing problem to U.S. policymakers as it does now. From Eastern Europe to the Middle East and increasingly Asia and the Americas, Russia is making its voice heard and its presence felt.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer

Energy shares lead Asian stocks higher on OPEC output deal

HONG KONG (AP) — Energy companies led a rally in Asian stock markets Thursday as investors welcomed news that OPEC nations planned to cut oil production for the first time in eight years in an effort to reduce a global glut.

  • Written by KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer