Pedestrian deaths spiked in 2016, distraction cited

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year — the highest total in more than two decades, according to an analysis of preliminary state data released Thursday.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY , Associated Press

Russia draws senators' focus in hearing on election meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Experts on national security painted a sinister picture for senators examining Russian meddling in the 2016 election, detailing the worldwide impact of fake news, smear campaigns and even killings they say could have ties to the Kremlin.

  • Written by DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press

Sentenced to jail, Christie aide says she won't be scapegoat

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The sentencing of two former aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for creating traffic jams at the busiest bridge in the U.S. for political revenge may not prevent the scandal from hanging over the Republican's final year in office.

 

  • Written by DAVID PORTER , Associated Press

Mosul shows difficulty of removing militants from urban area

BAGHDAD (AP) — As the fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul drags on, many might ask: Why has it taken the combined militaries of the United States and Iraq backed by an international coalition more than two years to dislodge a relatively small force of militants lacking heavy weaponry?

  • Written by DAN PERRY and SUSANNAH GEORGE , Associated Press