Early win on budget pressures GOP to deliver on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have won a gateway victory in Congress in their seven-year trek toward scuttling President Barack Obama's health care law. Now with Donald Trump a week from taking the presidential oath, achieving that goal is possible, but the pressure is on for them to deliver a final product.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

Another winter-storm round to hit already-icy US midsection

ST. LOUIS (AP) — States across the nation's midsection are bracing for another round of winter storms expected to add to thick ice that already has glazed roads, grounded flights and prompted class cancellations amid warnings that people stay home.

  • Written by JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR, Associated Press

In talks with Palestinians, Vatican cites sacred Jerusalem

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican stressed the sacred nature of Jerusalem on Saturday as the Palestinian leader warned that peace could suffer if the incoming Trump administration goes ahead with plans to move the U.S. embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

  • Written by NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

Iraq makes swift territorial gains against IS in Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces have won a string of swift territorial gains in Mosul in the fight against the Islamic State group after months of slow progress. Government troops retook the eastern edge of a third bridge in Mosul Saturday and a cluster of buildings inside Mosul university, according to a senior Iraqi officer overseeing the operation.

  • Written by SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press

IS launches new assault on besieged eastern city in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants launched their biggest assault in a year on government-held areas of the contested city of Deir el-Zour Saturday, attacking from several fronts and triggering intense fighting in the eastern region bordering Iraq, the Syrian government and opposition activists said.

  • Written by ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press