Senators press Trump officials on safeguarding 2018 ballots


WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are expected to press Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on the department's efforts to secure state election systems as the Senate Intelligence Committee launches an effort to safeguard against foreign meddling in this year's elections.

  • Written by By MARY CLARE JALONICK, CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and CHAD DAY , Associated Press

Witnesses: Boko Haram returns Nigerian kidnapped schoolgirls


LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram extremists returned almost all of the 110 girls abducted from their Nigeria boarding school a month ago with an ominous warning, witnesses said Wednesday.

  • Written by By HARUNA UMAR and ISMAIL ALFA ABDULRAHIM , Associated Press

Emails show FEMA silent amid chaos after Hurricane Maria


WASHINGTON (AP) — As hundreds of people stood in line for food and many went hungry during the days and weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Walmart Inc. and local supermarkets threw out tons of spoiled meat, dairy and produce.


  • Written by By TAMI ABDOLLAH , Associated Press

Spending talks nearly done, $1.3T bill soon to be unveiled

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators on a $1.3 trillion government spending bill officially dropped protections for so-called Dreamer immigrants and gave President Donald Trump only a partial victory on round of funding for his U.S.-Mexico border wall as talks entered the final stage on Wednesday.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

APNewsBreak: Key design change stymied bridge cost, schedule


MIAMI (AP) — Construction of the pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six people in the Miami area was behind schedule and millions over budget, in part because of a key change in the design and placement of one of its support towers.


  • Written by By JASON DEAREN and JENNIFER KAY , Associated Press