White House criticizes Russia sanctions stalled in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new package of economic sanctions on Russia and Iran unacceptably constrains the president's authority, the White House says, as Democrats complain that the Trump administration is trying to weaken the penalties.

  • Written by By RICHARD LARDNER , Associated Press

Top US diplomat holds talks in Qatar to tackle Gulf rift


DOHA, Qatar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday took his mission to break the deadlock between Qatar and four Arab states to the tiny, energy-rich nation at the heart of the dispute, putting pressure on the American allies to patch up their differences.

  • Written by By ADAM SCHRECK and MAGGIE HYDE , Associated Press

Sporadic clashes in Iraq's Mosul after victory declaration


MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Sporadic clashes erupted in Mosul on Tuesday, a day after Iraq's prime minister declared "total victory" over the Islamic State group, with several airstrikes hitting the Old City neighborhood that was the scene of the fierce battle's final days.


  • Written by By BRAM JANSSEN , Associated Press

Low-key FBI director pick would lead agency through tumult

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney selected to replace James Comey as FBI director is described by those close to him as admirably low-key, yet he'd be taking over the law enforcement agency at a moment that's anything but tranquil.

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  • Written by By ERIC TUCKER and SADIE GURMAN , Associated Press

Soldier charged with slayings of wife, New York trooper

THERESA, N.Y. (AP) — An Army soldier killed his wife and a state police trooper who had responded to reports of shots fired at the couple's rural upstate property, authorities said Monday.