US students stage school walkouts to protest gun violence


Young people in the U.S. walked out of class to demand action on gun violence Wednesday in what activists hoped would be the biggest demonstration of student activism yet in response to last month's massacre in Florida.

  • Written by By COLLIN BINKLEY , Associated Press

Trump's pick to lead CIA to face questions about torture

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to be the next director of the CIA is a career spymaster who oversaw torture at a secret prison during one of the darkest chapters in the agency's history.

  • Written by By DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press

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