The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Wife says Chicago officer was assaulted in prison

CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald was assaulted by inmates in his cell at a Connecticut prison, the officer's wife said Wednesday.

Defense chief: U.S. will not unilaterally withdraw from Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States will not reduce its troop presence in Afghanistan unilaterally, the top Pentagon official said Thursday, pledging that any moves will be fully coordinated with its allies."There will be no unilateral troop reductions," acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan told reporters after his first meeting with NATO defense chiefs.

Humbug holidays: Retail sales fell 1.2% in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell in December, posting the biggest drop since September 2009 and delivering more evidence that last year's holiday sales fizzled unexpectedly. Even e-commerce suffered a big setback.

Judge: Jailhouse informants can testify in murder trial

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has ruled three men who say a fellow detainee confessed to fatally shooting a Chicago police officer in 2010 can testify at the man's trial.

The Chicago Tribune reports Cook County Circuit Judge Stanley Sacks ruled in January the three inmates who said Anton Carter confessed to the shooting death of Officer Michael Bailey were credible witnesses.

Pence urges Europe to quit Iran deal, stop busting sanctions

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Trump administration lashed out at some of America's closest traditional allies on Thursday, accusing Britain, France and Germany of trying to bust U.S. sanctions against Iran and calling on European nations to join the United States in withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal.

AP Fact Check: Declaring emergency for wall not so ordinary

EDITOR'S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump would be taking an extraordinary step by declaring a national emergency to steer money to his promised border wall. He's making it sound quite ordinary.

Highlights of $330 billion bill to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just about President Donald Trump's border wall.

Ex-FBI official feared Russia probe would end after Comey fired

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview aired Thursday that he worried that investigations into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice would be shut down after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Denver strike ends with teacher raises of up to 11%

DENVER (AP) — Denver school administrators and the city's striking teachers reached a tentative deal Thursday to end a three-day educator walkout with a contract agreement that gives teachers raises of 7 to 11 percent, built-in cost-of-living increases and opportunities for future salary hikes.

Year after Parkland massacre, 17 victims remembered

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of students and adults across Florida and beyond observed a moment of silence Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people dead.