U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis Visits Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived on a surprise visit to Afghanistan’s war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in the city and wounded 90 others. As helicopters patrolled the skies over Kabul, Mattis arrived accompanied by Gen. Joseph…

Burt Reynolds, Star of Film, TV and Tabloids, Dead at 82

NEW YORK (AP) — Burt Reynolds, whose credits included acclaimed films such as “Deliverance” and commercial hits like “Smokey and the Bandit,” has died. The handsome film and television star died at age 82, according to his agent Todd Eisner. No other details were immediately available Thursday. During a long, erratic career, Reynolds starred in…

Police Respond To Active Shooter In Downtown Cincinnati

By ANGIE WANG , Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say they’ve responded to an active shooter situation at the Fifth Third Bank building in downtown Cincinnati and there are multiple injuries. The police department in a Tweet described it as an “active shooter/officer involved shooting incident.” The situation appeared to be under control shortly…

Big Quake Hits Northern Japan, Leaving 9 Dead, 30 Missing

By EUGENE HOSHIKO, HARUKA NUGA and MARI YAMAGUCHI , Associated Press SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — A powerful earthquake Thursday on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido triggered dozens of landslides that crushed houses under torrents of dirt, rocks and timber, prompting frantic efforts to unearth any survivors. At least nine people were killed, Prime Minister…

Trump fumes Over NYT Op-ed; Top Officials Swiftly Deny Role

By ZEKE MILLER, CATHERINE LUCEY and JONATHAN LEMIRE , Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing back against explosive reports his own administration is conspiring against him, President Donald Trump lashed out against the anonymous senior official who wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times claiming to be part of a “resistance” working “from…

Kim Jung Un Reportedly Hopeful About Trump Administration Relations

(AP)  A South Korean presidential official says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told him he still had faith in U.S. President Donald Trump despite ongoing difficulties in the nuclear negotiations. Chung Eui-yong said Kim emphasized he has not once talked negatively about Trump to anyone including his closest advisers. Chung says Kim said that…

Democrat Logs 35K Miles in Long-Shot Bid in Trump Territory

REDMOND, OR (AP) — One of the largest U.S. congressional districts voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in 2016, yet an Oregon Democrat campaigning against a Republican incumbent doesn’t see it as hostile territory. Buoyed by electoral wins by a couple of Democrats elsewhere in Trump territory, candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner is undaunted, traveling a district that’s…