Obama-GOP alliance on trade raises hopes for new agreements

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trade pacts create odd politics. That's why advocates hope new trade agreements might advance this year despite tensions between the Republican-run Congress and the Democratic White House on so many other issues.

  • Written by CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

Signals heard in Java Sea, but unclear if from AirAsia jet

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Underwater ping-like sounds were heard Friday in an area where searchers are scouring the Java Sea for the crashed AirAsia plane, but it was unclear if they were coming from the all-important black boxes, an official said.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

AP sources: US did not 'hack back' against North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government was not responsible for sustained electronic attacks that crippled North Korea's Internet infrastructure last month, just after President Barack Obama promised that his administration would respond to the hacker break-in at Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., two senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

  • Written by TED BRIDIS, Associated Press JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

French police detain 9 in massive hunt for 2 suspects

PARIS (AP) — Frightened yet defiant, French residents held a day of mourning Thursday for 12 people slain at a Paris newspaper. French police hunted for the two heavily armed brothers suspected in the massacre, fearing they might strike again.

  • Written by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press

Ceremony marks 4-year anniversary of Giffords shooting

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Nineteen solemn bells rang Thursday morning to honor the victims of a shooting in Tucson at a political event for then-Rep. Gabby Giffords four years ago.

  • Written by ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press