'I ain't fit to live': Police say Mississippi gunman kills 8


BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A man who got into an argument with his estranged wife and her family over his children was arrested Sunday in a house-to-house shooting rampage in rural Mississippi that left eight people dead, including his mother-in-law and a sheriff's deputy.

  • Written by KEVIN McGILL , Associated Press

AP source: Kushner back channel with Russia involved Syria


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and now top White House adviser Jared Kushner proposed a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with a leading Russian diplomat.

  • Written by VIVIAN SALAMA , Associated Press

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