Top intel official says US hasn't deterred Russian meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. response to Russian meddling and disinformation campaigns has not been strong enough to deter Moscow's activities, a top intelligence official said Tuesday.

  • Written by By DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press

Puerto Rico: Treasury cuts $5B disaster relief loan to $2B


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor is demanding action from U.S. Congress after announcing that the Treasury Department has cut a nearly $5 billion disaster relief loan by more than half.



Sessions: Justice Dept can ban bump stocks with regulation


WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department officials are forging ahead with plans to ban rapid-fire bump stocks, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday — a move that would likely set the stage for long legal battles with gun manufacturers while the devices remain on the market.

  • Written by By SADIE GURMAN , Associated Press

Administration pressed to expand mental health treatment


WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid the outcry over the Florida school shootings, the Trump administration says it is "actively exploring" ways to help states expand inpatient mental health treatment using Medicaid funds.

  • Written by By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press

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