Rape probe dropped for WikiLeaks' Assange; uncertainty ahead

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's top prosecutor on Friday dropped an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after almost seven years, saying that's because there's no possibility of arresting him "in the foreseeable future."

  • Written by DAVID KEYTON and GREGORY KATZ , Associated Press

Vice President Pence avoids political fray surrounding him

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has stepped gingerly through the chaos engulfing the White House — offering loyalty to his boss, while trying to avoid the spreading stain of scandal.

 

  • Written by KEN THOMAS and CATHERINE LUCEY , Associated Press

Airstrikes fuel Mosul gains as Iraq pushes for quick victory

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Half a dozen units of Islamic State group fighters holed up in western Mosul began their morning radio checks at just after 4 a.m. It was still dark and Iraqi forces deployed a few blocks away were listening in as they prepared an advance on the city's al-Rifai neighborhood.

 

  • Written by SUSANNAH GEORGE , Associated Press

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Russia claims under scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's latest assertions about the Russia investigation are questionable on a number of fronts.

 

  • Written by JIM DRINKARD AND CALVIN WOODWARD , Associated Press

Suspect in deadly Times Square mayhem charged with murder

NEW YORK (AP) — A Times Square motorist accused of steering his car onto one of the busiest sidewalks in the U.S. and mowing down pedestrians has been charged with murder and 20 counts of attempted murder, police say.

  • Written by COLLEEN LONG and TOM HAYS , Associated Press