Merkel warns against "simple answers" after Trump meetings


BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel cautioned Monday against seeking "simple answers" to complex global issues, a day after suggesting that Europe's relationship with the U.S. had shifted significantly following NATO and G-7 meetings with President Donald Trump that produced disappointing results.

  • Written by DAVID RISING and GEIR MOULSON , Associated Press

Protest sparks Texas lawmaker threats of gun violence


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of protesters opposing Texas' tough new anti-"sanctuary cities" law launched a raucous demonstration from the public gallery in the Texas House on Monday, briefly halting work and prompting lawmakers on the floor below to scuffle — and even threaten gun violence — as tense divides over hardline immigration policies boiled over.

  • Written by MEREDITH HOFFMAN and WILL WEISSERT , Associated Press

AP Exclusive: Suspected drug thefts persist at VA centers


WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating dozens of new cases of possible opioid and other drug theft by employees at Veterans Affairs hospitals, a sign the problem isn't going away as more prescriptions disappear.

  • Written by HOPE YEN , Associated Press

US official mulling greatly expanded airplane laptop ban


WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he's considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States.


Nighttime, early morning bombings in Baghdad kill 31


BAGHDAD (AP) — A massive bombing by the Islamic State group outside a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad and a rush hour car bomb in another downtown area killed at least 31 people on Tuesday, Iraqi officials said.

  • Written by MURTADA FARAJ , Associated Press