Heavy airstrikes in Syria hours before cease-fire

BEIRUT (AP) — Warplanes unleashed airstrikes Friday against rebel-held positions in the suburbs of the Syrian capital and near the northern city of Aleppo, hours before a cease-fire brokered by the United States and Russia was to go into effect at midnight local time across the war-ravaged country.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

AP Poll: Outside money more potent issue than gender in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton could be the nation's first female president. Bernie Sanders warns of the role of super PACs in politics. While the two themes have become a big part of their primary contest, Americans view the issues very differently.

  • Written by KEN THOMAS, Associated Press EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press

Nuke test: The missile is the message _ the Pentagon hopes

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California (AP) — Like a giant pen stroke in the sky, an unarmed Minuteman 3 nuclear missile roared out of its underground bunker on the California coastline Thursday and soared over the Pacific, inscribing the signature of American power amid growing worry about North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons capable of reaching U.S. soil.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer