Trump's claim about predecessors, fallen troops disputed

WASHINGTON (AP) — For U.S. presidents, meeting the families of military personnel killed in war is about as wrenching as the presidency gets. President Donald Trump's suggestion Monday that his predecessors fell short in that duty brought a visceral reaction from those who witnessed those grieving encounters.


  • Written by By CALVIN WOODWARD , Associated Press

Trump, McConnell make a show of unity, despite tensions


WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have reaffirmed their alliance of necessity in a raucous Rose Garden news conference that also underscored their sharp differences. The garrulous president claimed they were longtime friends, now closer than ever; the reserved Senate Republican leader allowed that they share goals and speak often.

  • Written by By ERICA WERNER , AP Congressional Correspondent

What cosmic crash confirmed: Einstein was as good as gold


WASHINGTON (AP) — When two extremely dense neutron stars crashed together in a distant galaxy, astronomers struck scientific gold, confirming previously unproven theories, including some from Albert Einstein.

  • Written by By SETH BORENSTEIN , AP Science Writer

Trump: Drug czar nominee pulls his name from consideration


WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar, is withdrawing from consideration following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.


  • Written by By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press

After Kirkuk, Kurdish forces pull out of more areas in Iraq


KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish forces pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, a day after handing the northern city of Kirkuk over to federal forces amid a tense standoff following last month's vote for independence.

  • Written by By BALINT SZLANKO , Associated Press