Truck carrying mulch hits, kills 2 children near bus stop

DILLWYN, Va. (AP) — A tractor-trailer carrying 75,000 pounds of mulch struck and killed two children who ran into the road to meet their approaching school bus in Virginia on Thursday, state police said.


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