Trump speaks directly with Taiwan's leader, irking China

BEIJING (AP) — In a break with decadeslong diplomatic tradition, President-elect Donald Trump spoke directly with the president of Taiwan, a move that drew an irritated response from China on Saturday and looked set to cast uncertainty over U.S. policy toward Asia.

  • Written by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press; JOHNSON LAI, Associated Press

San Bernardino recalls terror attack with silence, speakers

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Exactly a year to the moment that a pair of shooters unleashed a terrorist attack on San Bernardino, a bell rang 14 times Friday at the city's Inland Regional Center in honor of the people who died there.

  • Written by AMY TAXIN, Associated Press

Buzz Aldrin gets visit from NASA after polar evacuation

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Buzz Aldrin had an unexpected bedside visit from NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman on Saturday as he continued to recover in a New Zealand hospital from his medical evacuation from the South Pole.

  • Written by NICK PERRY, Associated Press; MARCIA DUNN, Associated Press

Professor fatally stabbed on USC campus, student arrested

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A student stabbed a psychology professor to death on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles on Friday in what was a personal dispute, authorities said.

  • Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS

21 Chinese miners trapped for 4 days confirmed dead

BEIJING (AP) — Twenty-one miners who were trapped for four days after an explosion hit their unlicensed coal mine have been confirmed dead, and four people have been arrested in connection with the disaster, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday.