China says Trump's Taiwan comments cause 'serious concern'

BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign minister warned that any moves to damage Beijing's core interests would be self-detrimental after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said he could use the way in which America deals with Taiwan as a bargaining chip.

  • Written by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press

US judge rejects Green Party's Pennsylvania recount case

A federal judge on Monday issued a stinging rejection of a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania's presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and scan some counties' election systems for signs of hacking.

  • Written by MARC LEVY, Associated Press

US indexes hold near record highs as energy stocks jump

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. indexes held near record highs early Monday after big gains for energy stocks offset losses in other areas of the market. Oil prices soared after more nations agreed to production cuts in an attempt to mitigate a global oversupply of crude.

  • Written by STAN CHOE, AP Business Writer

Ex-Pennsylvania congressman awaits racketeering sentence

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia Democrat who spent two decades in Congress could spend that long in prison if federal prosecutors get their way at his sentencing Monday.

  • Written by MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

Syrian troops say they control 98 percent of eastern Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian military said on Monday it has gained control of 98 percent of eastern Aleppo, previously a rebel-held enclave, reducing the rebel territory to a small sliver packed with civilians and fighters squeezed under fire.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press