Trump confirms TV contributor Kudlow to be economic adviser

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that he has picked CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow as his top economic adviser and said the country is in line for a long run of upbeat financial news.

Slovak government resigns over slain journalist crisis

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and his government resigned on Thursday as a way out of the political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee.

U.S., France, Germany blame Russia for U.K. nerve agent attack

LONDON (AP) — The leaders of the United States, France and Germany joined Britain on Thursday in blaming Russia for poisoning a former spy with a powerful nerve agent, calling the attack "the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War."

U.S. imposes sanctions on Russians for election meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday imposed sanctions on 19 Russians for alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, including 13 indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his Russia-related investigation.

Across the area, high school students take a stand by walking out

In Champaign and Urbana, hundreds of high school students walked out of class just before 10 a.m. Wednesday and joined a 17-minute peaceful protest inspired by their peers from Parkland, Fla.

Merkel faces stormy times in 4th term as German leader

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel is embarking on her fourth term as German chancellor in stormy times, facing pressure to bolster a fractious European Union and prove that liberal democracy can succeed as she faces a trade standoff with an increasingly protectionist U.S. and a confident China and Russia.

House Dems cite 'evidence' of Trump-Russia collusion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are sharply disagreeing with Republicans on the panel who say they don't see any evidence of collusion or coordination between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia.

Trump's visit to California sparks protests, rallies

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Donald Trump's motorcade Tuesday zipped past demonstrators who both jeered and cheered him and his plans for a "big beautiful border wall" after he inspected prototypes.

Pick for top diplomat seen as tight with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pompeo's hawkish instincts may seem at odds with traditional diplomatic norms.

Britain expels 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning

LONDON (AP) — Britain will expel nearly two dozen Russian diplomats, sever high-level bilateral contacts with Moscow and take both open and covert action against Kremlin meddling after the poisoning of a former spy, the prime minister said Wednesday, plunging U.K.-Russian relations into their deepest freeze since the Cold War.