China says it seized US Navy drone to ensure safety of ships

BEIJING (AP) — China said Saturday that its military seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider in the South China Sea to ensure the "safe navigation of passing ships," in one of the most serious incidents between the two militaries in years.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press

Roof won't use mental health experts to try to save his life

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof doesn't want a jury to consider his mental health when they decide next month whether he should face the death penalty for killing nine black Charleston church worshippers, according to a handwritten motion he filed late Friday.

  • Written by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press

Report: Chemical leak reported week before public was warned

DALLAS (AP) — A chemical leak from an asphalt plant that led Corpus Christi officials to warn residents this week not to drink the water was apparently reported a week earlier, according to an email from a state environmental official that was obtained Friday.

  • Written by DAVID WARREN, Associated Press; FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press

Q&A: Secretary of state pick could affect climate policy

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump this week tapped Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as his secretary of state. If confirmed by the Senate, where opposition is emerging, the move could have broad consequences for U.S. environmental policy and affect the role the U.S. plays in multinational discussions about climate change.

  • Written by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press; MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press

Trump's Cabinet selections signal a bold shift after Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Propelled by populist energy, President-elect Donald Trump's candidacy broke long-standing conventions and his incoming Cabinet embodies a sharp turn from the outgoing Obama administration.

  • Written by KEN THOMAS, Associated Press