Barbara Bush believed literacy could cure other ills

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — On a hot summer day in 1978, as her husband mulled his first presidential run, Barbara Bush headed to Houston's leafy Memorial Park for a jog while she thought about what issues she'd like to focus on should she become first lady.


  • Written by By WILL WEISSERT , Associated Press

Russia: Trump promised to make reciprocal visit to Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) — Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin discussed the possibility of visiting each other's country when the U.S. president rang his Russian counterpart last month to congratulate him on his re-election, Russia's foreign minister said Friday.

  • Written by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV , Associated Press

As Prince's health waned, alarm grew in inner circle

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some of Prince's closest confidants had grown increasingly alarmed about his health in the days before he died and tried to get him help as they realized he had an opioid addiction — yet none were able to give investigators the insight they needed to determine where the musician got the fentanyl that killed him, according to investigative documents released Thursday.

  • Written by By AMY FORLITI , Associated Press

Arizona teachers vote for statewide walkout to protest pay

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona teachers have voted to walk off the job to demand increased school funding, marking a key step toward a first-ever statewide strike that builds on a movement for higher pay in other Republican-dominant states.

  • Written by By MELISSA DANIELS , Associated Press

After Syria missile strikes, US stuck in holding pattern

WASHINGTON (AP) — The drama of U.S. and allied missile strikes on Syria has obscured a sobering fact: The U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State from Syria has stalled.

  • Written by By ROBERT BURNS , AP National Security Writer