Merkel renews demand that Turkey drop Nazi swipes

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that her demand that Turkey cease drawing Nazi comparisons with Germany and its allies applies "without ifs or buts," and pointed to a government threat last week that it could prevent Turkish politicians entering the country.

Crews battle wildfire near Colorado college town

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters were able to contain about half of a small but potentially dangerous wildfire just west of downtown Boulder, Colo., that forced hundreds to flee and sent up thick plumes of black smoke.

Syrian army retakes Damascus areas captured by rebels

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces on Monday regained control of parts of Damascus that were attacked and captured by rebels and militants the previous day, with dozens killed on both sides during the fighting, the military and an activist group said.

Already in peril, rural hospitals unsure about health care bill

CLAXTON, Ga. (AP) — Talmadge Yarbrough had just sat down at his desk and opened a box of pecans when he let out a gasp that could have been his last breath. He'd gone into cardiac arrest in his office, a co-worker called 911, and an ambulance drove him two miles to the small hospital that serves this rural community in southeast Georgia.

Comey: FBI probing links between Russia, Trump associates


WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday that the bureau is investigating possible links and coordination between Russia and associates of President Donald Trump as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in last year's presidential election.

Who's happy, who's not: Norway tops list, U.S. falls

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you want to go to your happy place, you need more than cash. A winter coat helps — and a sense of community.

A new report shows Norway is the happiest country on Earth, Americans are getting sadder, and it takes more than just money to be happy.

Senate hearings underway for Trump Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirteen months after Antonin Scalia's death created a vacancy on the Supreme Court, hearings are getting underway on President Donald Trump's nominee to replace him.

Republicans join Democrats against Trump's Great Lakes cuts

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — It sounds like an idea that would warm a conservative Republican's heart: Kill funding of a regional environmental cleanup that has lasted seven years and cost the federal government more than $2 billion, with no end in sight. If states want to keep the program going, let them pick up the tab.

Britain: Trump spying claim 'ridiculous;' White House won't repeat it

LONDON (AP) — A spokesman for Britain's prime minister says the White House has promised that it won't repeat a claim that U.K. spies snooped on U.S. President Donald Trump.

Health secretary prods GOP to 'collaborate' on health care overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health secretary Tom Price prodded divided Republicans on Friday to "get together and collaborate" on a health care overhaul as GOP leaders hoped to push the legislation through the House next week.