Cold snap exposes cracks in upkeep of timeworn schools

BALTIMORE (AP) — The recent spell of cold weather exposed the poor state of school buildings in many big-city districts, including Baltimore, where the failure of heating systems closed dozens of institutions after children were left shivering in frigid classrooms.

Trump lashes out at court over immigration ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at the federal court that temporarily blocked his administration from ending a program protecting nearly 800,000 young immigrants from deportation. His twitter attack came as lawmakers planned talks on extending those protections.

Dem report warns of Russian meddling across Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report by Senate Democrats warns of deepening Russian interference throughout Europe and concludes that even as some Western democracies have responded with aggressive countermeasures, President Donald Trump has offered no strategic plan to bolster their efforts or safeguard the U.S. from again falling victim to the Kremlin's systematic meddling.

Threats spur lockdown after teacher-handcuffed video

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana school board's office went on temporary lockdown after getting death threats from around the world in response to widely viewed video of a teacher screaming while being handcuffed at a school board meeting.

The latest: South Korea's Moon willing to meet North's Kim

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The latest on efforts to reduce tensions between North and South Korea (all times local):

10:50 a.m.

South Korea's president says he's willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under certain conditions, after their countries agreed in high-level talks to cooperate in next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Issa will not seek re-election after 9th term in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California says he will not seek re-election after serving out his ninth term in Congress.

Issa's decision continues a string of GOP lawmakers who have decided to retire rather than take on what would be a difficult re-election battle.

Democrats had made defeating Issa one of their top priorities in the midterm elections.

Trump celebrates tax win, but some fear backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) — A triumphant President Donald Trump and jubilant fellow Republicans celebrated the passage of their $1.5 trillion tax overhaul Wednesday as a "historic victory for the American people." The American people, however, will need some convincing.

Duckworth: 'I do have some real concerns' with GOP tax plan

CHAMPAIGN — Although she said she hadn't seen the details of the Republican tax plan, Sen. Tammy Duckworth said Friday that she believed it wasn't fair to small- and medium-sized businesses and middle-income families.

GOP senator: Wealthy invest, others spend on booze or women

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Republican senator is defending GOP efforts to reduce the hit to the wealthy from the federal estate tax because it helps those who invest rather than people who spend their money on "booze or women or movies."

Jim Dey: Still no arrest in Locksley case

Nearly two months after the murder of a onetime Centennial High School football star and son of a former Illini football coach, police in Maryland remain baffled by the case.