Officials: US considers easing ban on dollars to help Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering easing financial restrictions that prohibit U.S. dollars from being used in transactions with Iran, U.S. officials said. Angry lawmakers countered that Tehran would be getting more than it deserves from last...

Trump’s abortion flub shows risks of ‘winging it’ on policy

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — It was a question sure to come up at some point in the Republican primary campaign. “What should the law be on abortion?” asked MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to Donald Trump at a town hall event in Wisconsin. “Should the woman be...

Police: Suspect in bus station shooting dead; 3 others hurt

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The suspect in a shooting at a Richmond bus terminal that wounded a trooper and two civilians has died, Virginia State Police said. The suspect shot the trooper and died after two other troopers returned fire. State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller...

Police: 3 hurt in bus station shooting; suspect in custody

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say two troopers responding to a shooting at a Richmond bus station and a civilian have been taken to a hospital. Spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the shooting suspect was in custody Thursday afternoon. She had no details on the...

Obama, Xi vow to narrow differences, work closely on NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged Thursday to cooperate to confront the North Korean nuclear threat while working to narrow persistent differences over cybersecurity, human rights and maritime conflicts. Obama, opening a...

Violent times encourage a step to the right in some nations

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Brussels attacks have given a boost to the far right in Belgium and beyond, and their anti-Islam language is finding a special resonance after another bloodbath by Islamic State extremists. Just as the Paris attacks that killed 130 people in November...

Trump stumbling in Wisconsin as forces coalesce against him

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Next Tuesday’s Wisconsin presidential primary is emerging as a crucial lifeline for Republicans desperate to stop Donald Trump’s march to their party’s nomination. One of his worst weeks of the 2016 campaign is colliding with a state...

Kasich pitches himself as a sturdy alternative to GOP rivals

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Often an afterthought in the chaotic GOP presidential contest, John Kasich is soldiering on with the belief that he can convince hundreds of delegates to swing his way at a contested summer convention by warning that the alternative could be detrimental...

US joins with South Korea, Japan in bid to deter North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States pledged Thursday to deepen cooperation with allies South Korea and Japan on deterring the North Korean nuclear threat, working to ramp up pressure following worrying provocations. Leaders of the three countries urged the world community...

Overpass collapse kills 21, leaves others trapped in India

KOLKATA, India (AP) — A long section of an overpass under construction collapsed Thursday in a crowded Kolkata neighborhood and sent tons of concrete and steel slamming onto midday traffic, killing at least 21 people and leaving scores of others injured, police said. More...