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

Lawmakers urge British PM May to clarify Brexit intentions

LONDON (AP) — A committee of British lawmakers is urging Prime Minister Theresa May to clarify her intentions on Brexit — particularly whether she intends to keep Britain in the European Union's large single market.

  • Written by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press

Feds release scathing report on Chicago police abuse

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police have violated the constitutional rights of residents for years, permitting racial bias against blacks, using excessive force and shooting people who did not pose immediate threats, the Justice Department announced Friday after a yearlong investigation.

  • Written by MICHAEL TARM and DON BABWIN , Associated Press

AP Source: Trump aide in frequent contact with Russia envoy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is aware of frequent contacts between President-elect Donald Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia's ambassador to the United States, including on the day President Barack Obama hit Moscow with sanctions in retaliation for election-related hacking, a senior U.S. official said Friday.

  • Written by JULIE PACE , AP White House Correspondent

Surge in traffic deaths outpaces increase in travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Traffic deaths surged about 8 percent in the first nine months of last year, continuing an alarming upward spiral that began in late 2014, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates released Friday.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY , Associated Press