Supreme Court takes up suit over 2001 detention of Muslims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahmer Abbasi speaks softly as he describes the strip searches, the extra shoves, the curses that he endured in a federal jail in Brooklyn following the Sept. 11 attacks.

  • Written by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

Kansas election officials threw out thousands of ballots

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas election officials threw out thousands of uncounted provisional ballots cast in November, mostly because the state had no record that those residents were registered voters.

  • Written by ROXANA HEGEMAN , Associated Press

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