Senate intel leaders pledge Russia probe cooperation

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pledging cooperation, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee said Wednesday they would steer clear of politics in their panel's probe of Russian interference in last year's election. They made a point of putting themselves at arm's length from the House investigation marked by partisanship and disputes.

The Latest: Feds extend deadline for first border wall bids

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the proposed U.S. border wall with Mexico (all times local): 2:10 p.m. The federal government has extended its deadline for companies to bid on the first contracts for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the six-day extension to April 4 will allow companies time to consider answers to dozens of questions that potential bidders submitted ahead of Wednesday's initial deadline.

'Angel of Death' serial killer badly beaten in Ohio prison

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A serial killer known as the "Angel of Death" after he admitted killing three dozen hospital patients in Ohio and Kentucky during the 1970s and '80s was beaten in his cell and is in critical condition, state authorities said Wednesday. Donald Harvey, who is serving multiple life sentences, was found in his cell Tuesday afternoon at the state's prison in Toledo, said JoEllen Smith, spokeswoman for Ohio's prison system.

Zinke: Border wall 'complex,' faces geographic challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Geographic and physical challenges -- including the Rio Grande and threatened wildlife -- will make it difficult to build the "big, beautiful wall" that President Donald Trump has promised on the U.S.-Mexico border, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday. Building a wall "is complex in some areas," including Big Bend National Park and along the river, which twists through nearly half of the 2,000-mile border, Zinke said.

US ambassador to UN calls Congo government 'corrupt'

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says the U.N. is partnering with a "corrupt" government in Congo, and she supports a large cut in the world's largest peacekeeping mission there. Ambassador Nikki Haley spoke Wednesday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. The Trump administration has been vocal about reducing U.S. funding for the U.N. as part of proposed deep cuts in foreign aid.

US opens formal investigation into civilian deaths in Mosul

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military has launched a formal investigation into what role the U.S. played in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul, Iraq, earlier this month, amid warnings from a top American general that the dense urban fight is making it harder to avoid killing innocents. Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S.

Questions, answers about funding threats to sanctuary cities

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration is issuing a fresh threat to withhold or revoke law enforcement grant money from communities that refuse to cooperate with federal efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement this week combined two issues at the fore of the promised crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities.

Nuke Testing 101: How, and why, North Korea tests its bombs

TOKYO (AP) -- Let's say you're North Korea and you have this nuclear device you really want to test. And let's say you'd rather some of the more sensitive details remain private. Physicists, geologists, imagery analysts, some of the best militaries in the world, monitoring posts set up by non-proliferation organizations -- beating the technology arrayed against you will be no mean feat.

Military digging up WWII battle remains from Hawaii cemetery

HONOLULU (AP) -- Military and Veterans Affairs officials are digging up the remains of 94 unidentified Marines and sailors killed on a remote atoll in the Pacific during one of World War II's bloodiest battles. The servicemen were killed in the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 and buried as unknowns at a national cemetery in Honolulu after the war. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency spokeswoman Maj.

Former Pentagon chief Ash Carter returns to teach at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter is returning to teach at Harvard after leaving the Pentagon. The Ivy League school said Tuesday that Carter is being hired as a professor of technology and global affairs and as director of Harvard's Belfer Center think tank. Carter is returning to academia after serving as defense secretary under President Barack Obama from 2015 until this year. He previously taught at Harvard from 1996 to 2009.

Commander says US may have played role in Mosul deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. airstrikes probably played a role in the death of dozens of civilians in Mosul earlier this month, but an ongoing investigation may reveal a more complicated explanation, the top commander of American forces in Iraq said Tuesday. One possibility is that Islamic State militants rigged the building with explosives. Speaking from Baghdad to reporters at the Pentagon, Army Lt. Gen.

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Israelis protest military draft

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrated in Jerusalem on Tuesday over military service in one of several protests following the recent detention of a rabbi's son who refused to report to a draft office. Military service is mandatory for Jews in Israel, but ultra-Orthodox leaders say their communities serve the Jewish nation through religious study and prayer, and fear integration into the army would threaten their insular, pious lifestyle.

Myanmar's armed Rohingya militants deny terrorist links

BANGKOK (AP) -- An armed militant group fighting Myanmar's government on behalf of the country's Muslim Rohingya minority has issued a statement asserting its right to self-defense and denying links to any terrorist group. The statement, dated March 29 but released Tuesday through overseas sympathizers, is the first public announcement issued in the name of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, which previously called itself the Faith Movement, or Harakah al-Yaqin.

EU commissioner calls on Hungary to comply with asylum rules

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary's new legislation allowing for the detention of asylum-seekers in shipping containers at border camps took effect Tuesday, with the European Union's commissioner for migration saying that it needs to comply with the bloc's rules. Dimitris Avramopoulos said that EU and Hungarian experts will meet to discuss the new law, which has been sharply criticized by U.N. agencies and human rights advocates.

Court cuts sentence of UK marine who killed injured militant

LONDON (AP) -- A British court on Tuesday shortened the sentence of a Royal Marine convicted of killing a wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan, meaning he will likely be released from prison within weeks. Sgt. Alexander Blackman was convicted of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 10 years by a military court in 2013 for the September 2011 killing in Helmand Province.

McConnell criticizes Iran nuke deal as 'windfall' for Tehran

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Aiming to prove their commitment to Israel, senior U.S. lawmakers are backing bipartisan legislation that would slap Iran with new sanctions while maintaining rigorous enforcement of the landmark nuclear deal. The measures, unveiled ahead of the opening of the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, seek to build consensus among Republicans and Democrats who are so often bitterly at odds on domestic issues.

US denies loosening rules for avoiding civilian casualties

BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. airstrikes probably played a role in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul earlier this month, U.S. and Iraqi military officials acknowledged Tuesday, but they denied the rules for avoiding civilian casualties have been loosened despite a recent spike in civilian casualties. Speaking from Baghdad to reporters at the Pentagon, the top commander of U.S.

Hannity angry at treatment by CBS in interview

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity is calling on CBS News to release the full tape of his interview with Ted Koppel for "Sunday Morning," in which the veteran "Nightline" anchor answered "yes" when Hannity asked if Koppel thought he was bad for America.

Manufacturer: Drones should transmit identifier for security

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The world's largest manufacturer of civilian drones is proposing that the craft continually transmit identification information to help government security agencies and law enforcement figure out which might belong to rogue operators. DJI, a Chinese company, said in a paper released Monday that radio transmissions of an identification code, possibly the operator's Federal Aviation Administration's registration number, could help allay security concerns while also protecting the operator's privacy.