US and Canadian scientists to study cross-border flooding

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. and Canadian scientists are planning to spend the next five years studying flooding on Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River, which drains the lake north into Quebec, and whether methods can be developed to control future flooding.

  • Written by WILSON RING , Associated Press

China says defense budget to rise by about 7 percent in 2017

BEIJING (AP) — China will raise its defense budget by about 7 percent this year, a government spokeswoman said Saturday, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy despite regional tensions over the South China Sea and other issues.

  • Written by GERRY SHIH and CHRISTOPHER BODEEN , Associated Press

After bruising election, Democrats meet to elect leader

HINCKLEY, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democrats are about to pick their party leader after a bruising election cycle.
Democrats were set to gather in Hinckley Saturday to vote for the party's chair. Current chairman Ken Martin is seeking a fourth, two-year term. He's being challenged by former party associate chairwoman Donna Cassutt.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

UN report shows North Korea using Africa to slip sanctions

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — North Korean weapons barred by U.N. sanctions ended up in the hands of U.N. peacekeepers in Africa, a confidential report says. That incident and others in more than a half-dozen African nations show how North Korea, despite facing its toughest sanctions in decades, continues to avoid them on the world's most impoverished continent with few repercussions.

  • Written by CARA ANNA , Associated Press

Malaysia expels North Korean ambassador over Kim's killing

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's foreign minister says the government has expelled North Korea's ambassador for criticizing the investigation into the killing of the North Korean leader's estranged half brother.

  • Written by EILEEN NG, Associated Press