China tells US it will defend interests after Trump tariffs

BEIJING (AP) — China's newly appointed economic czar told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Saturday that Beijing is ready to defend its interests after President Donald Trump announced plans to slap tariffs on nearly $50 billion in Chinese imports.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FBI seeks motive for fiery van crash at California air base

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Investigators are working around the clock as they struggle to determine why a man with no apparent ties to terrorism drove a flaming minivan full of propane tanks and gasoline cans through the main gate of a major Northern California Air Force Base this week.

  • Written by By DON THOMPSON and PAUL ELIAS , Associated Press

Thousands of Croatian far-right supporters march in Zagreb

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Thousands of Croatian far-right supporters marched Saturday in downtown Zagreb to protest an international convention they said indirectly legalizes gay marriages and gives rights to transgender people.

  • Written by By DUSAN STOJANOVIC , Associated Press

Youth give pope piece of their mind, call for transparency

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Young people have told the Vatican they want a more transparent and authentic Catholic Church, where women play a greater leadership role and where obeying unreachable moral standards isn't the price of admission.

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Will GOP accomplishments in Congress be enough for voters?

WASHINGTON (AP) — With passage of an enormous budget bill, the GOP-controlled Congress all but wrapped up its legislating for the year. But will it be enough to convince voters to give Republicans another two years at the helm?

  • Written by By LISA MASCARO and MATTHEW DALY