AP-NORC Poll: Worries about the country, hopes for economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans believe the country's overall direction has dipped in the past year. What's more, only 28 percent are optimistic that things will get better in the year to come.

  • Written by LAURIE KELLMAN and EMILY SWANSON , Associated Press

Latest Mueller indictment spells trouble for bankers, too


NEW YORK (AP) — Recently filed federal charges against President Donald Trump's ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort could also pose legal and regulatory risks for the banks that loaned him millions of dollars against his New York real estate in recent years.

  • Written by By JAKE PEARSON and JEFF HORWITZ , Associated Press

Officials say suicide bomber kills 2 in Afghan capital



KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber killed at least two and wounded seven in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group in the diplomatic area of Afghanistan's capital on Saturday, and at least 18 soldiers died in an attack on a checkpoint by Taliban insurgents in the country's west, authorities said.

  • Written by By RAHIM FAIEZ , Associated Press

GOP tax law leads to a tax hike, more revenue in some states

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Republican tax overhaul is giving most Americans a break on their federal income taxes. But fallout from the same law means many people could actually see their state income taxes rise.