Obama to announce plans to fight heroin use

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will take steps to improve doctor training and ease access to drug treatment as part of an effort to help communities battling the scourge of heroin and prescription painkiller abuse.

  • Written by KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press

UN chief urges calm amid Palestinian-Israeli violence

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for calm during a surprise visit to Jerusalem on Tuesday ahead of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, in a high-profile gambit to bring an end to a monthlong wave of violence.

  • Written by IAN DEITCH, Associated Press

US F-18 jet crashes in England, 1 person reported killed

LONDON (AP) — British police said one person was killed when a military jet crashed Wednesday near an air base. The U.S. Embassy in London said the plane was a supersonic F-18, and the Air Force said it was investigating.


Syria's President Assad met with Russian leader in Moscow, in 1st trip abroad since 2011

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — President Bashar Assad has traveled to Moscow in his first known trip abroad since war broke out in Syria in 2011, meeting his strongest ally Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The two leaders stressed that the military operations in Syria— in which Moscow is the latest and most powerful addition— must lead to a political process.


Rep. Ryan seeks unity from House GOP to run for speaker


WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is seeking unity in a place it's rarely found, telling House Republicans he will serve as their speaker only if they embrace him by week's end as their consensus candidate.

  • Written by ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent