Russia-ordered 'pause' in Syria fails to ease suffering


BEIRUT (AP) — A five-hour truce ordered by Syria's Russian allies to allow civilians to flee a besieged, opposition-held enclave near Damascus failed to result in aid deliveries or medical evacuations Tuesday, while deadly airstrikes and shelling continued in the region.


  • Written by By SARAH EL DEEB and ZEINA KARAM , Associated Press

US general: Russia is both 'arsonist and fireman' in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia is seeking to counter U.S. diplomatic influence by stoking conflict in Syria even as it portrays itself as an arbiter in the civil war, the top American general in the Middle East said Tuesday in notably pointed criticism of Moscow.

  • Written by By ROBERT BURNS , AP National Security Writer

Guns in schools? 2 Columbine survivors are split on issue


DENVER (AP) — Patrick Neville was outside, sneaking off to smoke with friends, and avoided the outburst of gunfire at Columbine High School nearly two decades ago, but he did not dodge the heartbreak. A close friend died, and the anguish in his father's eyes is seared in Neville's memory.

  • Written by By P. SOLOMON BANDA and JAMES ANDERSON , Associated Press

Americans say Congress is listening to all the wrong people


WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking for common ground with your neighbor these days? Try switching subjects from the weather to Congress. Chances are, you both agree it's terrible.

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  • Written by By LAURIE KELLMAN and EMILY SWANSON , Associated Press

Judge refuses to step aside in school shooting case

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A judge has refused to step aside from the case of Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz as requested by his lawyers.