Veteran prosecutor in line to oversee Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats worry the appointment of a Jeff Sessions subordinate to oversee an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election won't be a clean enough break from the embattled attorney general.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

Officials: Man threatened Jewish centers to frame, harass ex

NEW YORK (AP) — A former journalist fired for fabricating details in stories made at least eight of the scores of threats against Jewish institutions nationwide, including a bomb threat to the Anti-Defamation League, as part of a bizarre campaign to harass and frame his ex-girlfriend, federal officials said.

  • Written by COLLEEN LONG , Associated Press

US and Canadian scientists to study cross-border flooding

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. and Canadian scientists are planning to spend the next five years studying flooding on Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River, which drains the lake north into Quebec, and whether methods can be developed to control future flooding.

  • Written by WILSON RING , Associated Press

China says defense budget to rise by about 7 percent in 2017

BEIJING (AP) — China will raise its defense budget by about 7 percent this year, a government spokeswoman said Saturday, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy despite regional tensions over the South China Sea and other issues.

  • Written by GERRY SHIH and CHRISTOPHER BODEEN , Associated Press

After bruising election, Democrats meet to elect leader

HINCKLEY, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democrats are about to pick their party leader after a bruising election cycle.
Democrats were set to gather in Hinckley Saturday to vote for the party's chair. Current chairman Ken Martin is seeking a fourth, two-year term. He's being challenged by former party associate chairwoman Donna Cassutt.