Republicans primed for push to dismantle Obama's policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the 115th Congress will be sworn in at noon Tuesday, setting off an aggressive campaign by Republicans who control the House and Senate to dismantle eight years of President Barack Obama's Democratic policies.

  • Written by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press

Turkey nightclub suspect in grim selfie video in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish state media aired new footage on Tuesday of a man believed to be the gunman who killed 39 people at a nightclub, showing a grim selfie video of the suspect as he circles Istanbul's most famous square.

  • Written by DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Associated Press

Trailblazing Hasidic woman judge: 'It's the American dream'

NEW YORK (AP) — In some ways, Rachel Freier has a background that might be expected in a new civil court judge. She is a real estate lawyer who volunteers in family court and in her community, where she even serves as a paramedic.

  • Written by JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

Roof found competent for sentencing, gets extra prep day

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — After a judge ruled Monday that Dylann Roof is competent to represent himself, the same jury that last month unanimously found him guilty in the slayings of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church will return to court to begin contemplating his punishment.

  • Written by MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

IS suicide bomber kills 36 in Baghdad market

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber driving a pickup loaded with explosives struck a bustling market in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 36 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group hours after French President Francois Hollande arrived in the Iraqi capital.

  • Written by SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press; MURTADA FARAJ, Associated Press