Obama to meet Merkel in Germany, top trade partner and ally

BERLIN (AP) — President Barack Obama is stressing a message of solidarity and trans-Atlantic cooperation on his final visit Thursday to Germany — a top trade partner, key NATO ally and home to thousands of American troops, as well as a nation critical to solving Europe's migrant crisis and debt woes.

  • Written by DAVID RISING, Associated Press JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

9 Trump Supreme Court prospects at conservative legal parley

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Supreme Court justices and nine judges on President-elect Donald Trump's list of potential high court picks are among more than 1,000 people expected at a gathering of conservative lawyers that has suddenly turned into an impromptu job fair for spots in the new administration.

  • Written by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

McConnell to lead Senate GOP, Schumer new Democratic leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans re-elected Mitch McConnell on Wednesday to be majority leader next year while Democrats picked Chuck Schumer to lead them, setting the chief actors as the chamber prepares for an agenda that will be dominated by Donald Trump and the GOP.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

College students protest Donald Trump's deportation plans

College students at campuses around the United States marched and rallied Wednesday, urging administrators to protect students and employees against immigration action under a Donald Trump presidency.

  • Written by CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press

Police: Airport shooting likely case of workplace revenge

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man who gunned down a Southwest Airlines employee outside of Oklahoma City's airport likely did so in retaliation for having lost his own job with the airline last year, police said Wednesday.

  • Written by TIM TALLEY, Associated Press