Macedonian opposition chief shuns emergency political talks

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's opposition chief rejected the president's call for emergency party leaders' talks Friday, hours after demonstrators — mostly supporters of the country's dominant conservative party — invaded parliament and assaulted opposition lawmakers.

  • Written by KONSTANTIN TESTORIDES , Associated Press

Congress OKs bill averting Saturday gov't shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just hours to spare, Congress easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump's 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving until next week without completing two other measures he's coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire year.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

US urges new sanctions on NKorea and warns of catastrophe

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called for new sanctions on North Korea Friday and threatened to punish international companies doing banned business with the pariah nation's nuclear and missile programs. Doing nothing could be "catastrophic," top diplomat Rex Tillerson told a special U.N. Security Council session he chaired.

  • Written by MATTHEW PENNINGTON and EDITH M. LEDERER , Associated Press

Robots, tasers join battle against invasive species

WASHINGTON (AP) — A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam's trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest.

  • Written by SETH BORENSTEIN , AP Science Writer