In signal to China, Obama to give 2 ships to Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — With a towering warship behind him, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will hand over two ships to the Philippine Navy to boost its maritime security capabilities, in a bid to show the U.S. and its allies won't be cowed by China in disputed waters far off its coast.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press

Paris attacks put GOP outsiders on the spot


ATLANTA (AP) — The Republican outsiders have been getting a pass on their limited grasp of foreign policy in the presidential campaign. That may be ending.

  • Written by STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

Israeli leader approves construction in east Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given final approval for the construction of more than 400 new homes in a Jewish neighborhood in east Jerusalem.

  • Written by JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press

Missouri would likely be alone with 10 percent black faculty

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — If the University of Missouri succeeds in meeting a student demand for a faculty that's 10 percent black in two years, it will likely be alone among its peers.

  • Written by CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press GEORGE M. WALSH, Associated Press

Wildlife workers free hungry bear's head from milk can

THURMONT, Md. (AP) — In an episode reminiscent of "Winnie the Pooh," Maryland state wildlife workers used an electric hand saw to remove a milk can that was stuck on the head of a bear.