Pick for top diplomat seen as tight with the president

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pompeo's hawkish instincts may seem at odds with traditional diplomatic norms. But after 14 demoralizing months of budget cuts and staffing reductions for the State Department, his conservative political bent and closeness to President Donald Trump could breathe new vigor into an agency all too often sidelined on many of the nation's most pressing national security matters.


  • Written by By MATTHEW LEE , AP Diplomatic Writer

UK expels 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced Wednesday it will expel almost two dozen Russian diplomats, sever high-level bilateral contacts with Moscow and take both open and covert action against Kremlin meddling after the poisoning of a former spy, plunging U.K.-Russian relations into their deepest freeze since the Cold War.

  • Written by BY JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA , Associated Press

PA race tighter-than-tight; Dem claims win, GOP hangs in

MT. LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — A razor's edge separated Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone early Wednesday in their closely watched special election in Pennsylvania, where a surprisingly strong bid by first-time candidate Lamb severely tested Donald Trump's sway in a GOP stronghold.

  • Written by By BILL BARROW, MARC LEVY and STEVE PEOPLES , Associated Press

Facing death penalty, school shooting suspect in court

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Now formally facing the death penalty, the suspect in the Valentine's Day school shooting that killed 17 people in Florida is headed for a court appearance Wednesday on a 34-count indictment.

  • Written by By CURT ANDERSON , AP Legal Affairs Writer

US wholesale prices rise 0.2 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices rose 0.2 percent in February as a pickup in services prices offset a drop in the cost of food and energy.

  • Written by By PAUL WISEMAN , AP Economics Writer