Trump's travel ban goes before federal appeals court

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After a series of stinging legal defeats, President Donald Trump's administration hopes to convince a federal appeals court that his travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries is motivated by national security, not religion.

  • Written by ALANNA DURKIN RICHER , Associated Press

In Mosul, hunger grows amid slow advances against IS

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Aliyah Hussein and the 25 family members sheltering with her in Mosul's western Mahatta neighborhood are surviving by picking wild greens growing in a park near their home. Hussein mixes the vegetables with small amounts of rice and tomato paste to make a thin soup that is often her family's only meal.

  • Written by BRAM JANSSEN, Associated Press

Puerto Rico to close 179 public schools amid crisis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is closing 179 public schools in a move expected to save more than $7 million amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus to the U.S. mainland in the past decade, officials said Friday.

  • Written by DANICA COTO, Associated Press

GOP chairman warns agencies about requests for records

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House Republican chairman has told a dozen government agencies to exclude communications with his committee from requests made by news organizations, advocacy groups and others through the Freedom of Information Act.

  • Written by KEVIN FREKING , Associated Press