Fake news rings alarm bells from restaurant to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bizarre rumors began with a leaked email referencing Hillary Clinton and sinister interpretations of references to pizza parties. It morphed into fake online news stories about a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats operating out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint.

  • Written by MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press; JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press

Stopgap spending bill to be unveiled as Congress finishes up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is quickening its pace toward adjourning late this week, marching toward a final vote on legislation boosting medical research and speeding drug approvals and readying a separate stopgap spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press; ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

Trump not saying what he'll do about Dakota Access pipeline

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Industry leaders are urging President-elect Donald Trump to make approval of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline a "top priority" when he takes office next month, while opponents who have protested the project for months are vowing to stay put on their sprawling North Dakota encampment despite harsh winter weather and a tribal leaders' call to leave.

  • Written by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press; BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

Renzi told to stay put a bit more; foes press for vote

ROME (AP) — Calls mounted rapidly Monday from populist and other opposition leaders for quick elections in Italy, seeking to capitalize on Premier Matteo Renzi's humiliating defeat in a referendum on government-championed reforms.

  • Written by FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press

Obama legacy: Handing Trump a broad view of war powers

WASHINGTON (AP) — After eight years as a wartime president, Barack Obama is handing his successor an expansive interpretation of the commander in chief's authority to wage war around the globe. And that reading has continued to grow even as Obama prepares to pass control to Donald Trump.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press