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.

Q&A on 'unmasking' and leaking classified information

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After FBI Director James Comey publicly has acknowledged the existence of an ongoing counterintelligence investigation into potential links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the White House introduced a new narrative to push back against the allegations. "Michael Flynn was umasked and then illegally, his identity was leaked out to media outlets," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday.

Q&A on 'unmasking' and leaking classified information

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After FBI Director James Comey publicly acknowledged Monday the existence of an ongoing counterintelligence investigation into potential links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the White House introduced a new narrative to push back against the allegations. "Michael Flynn was umasked and then illegally, his identity was leaked out to media outlets," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday.

Morning Coverage Outlook

COVERAGE OUTLOOK Planning for 3/20/2017: -------------------------------------------------------------------- HIGHLIGHTS -------------------------------------------------------------------- DC, TRUMP-RUSSIA - FBI Director James Comey says the FBI and Justice Department have no information to substantiate President Donald Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him before the election. Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers are testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on allegations of Russian hacking and whether there were any connections between Moscow and Trump's campaign. See National.

The Latest: Trump keeping tabs on Russia hearing, tweeting

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on a congressional inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election (all times local): 3:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is keeping tabs on the congressional hearing on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He's tweeting that the FBI and National Security Agency are telling Congress that Russia did not influence the electoral process.

Trump's allies melting away on wiretapping claims

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's explosive allegation that Barack Obama wiretapped his New York skyscraper during the presidential campaign has left him increasingly isolated, with allies on Capitol Hill and within his own administration offering no evidence to back him up. On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he had not given Trump any reason to believe he was wiretapped by President Obama. Republican Rep.

The Latest: Lawmakers want Americans' identities protected

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the congressional investigation into Russian hacking during the 2016 campaign and contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says the FBI has promised members of the Senate Judiciary Committee a classified briefing soon to discuss whether there was any warrant issued to surveil any of Donald Trump's associates during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump's allies melting away on wiretapping claims

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's explosive allegation that Barack Obama wiretapped his New York skyscraper during the presidential campaign has left him increasingly isolated, with allies on Capitol Hill and within his own administration offering no evidence to back him up. On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he had not given Trump any reason to believe he was wiretapped by President Obama. Republican Rep.

Trump White House sees influence of shadowy "deep state"

NEW YORK (AP) -- The White House and its allies are stepping up their attacks on a foe typically associated with fragile democracies, military coups and spy thrillers. The "deep state," an alleged shadowy network of powerful entrenched federal and military interests, has increasingly become the focus of Republicans who accuse such forces of trying to undermine the new president.

Trump White House sees "deep state" behind leaks, opposition

NEW YORK (AP) -- The White House and its allies are stepping up their attacks on a foe typically associated with fragile democracies, military coups and spy thrillers. The "deep state," an alleged shadowy network of powerful entrenched federal and military interests, has increasingly become the focus of Republicans who accuse such forces of trying to undermine the new president.

Correction: Attorney General-Russia story

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a story March 3 about the federal prosecutor in line to oversee an investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the U.S. Attorney's office in Maryland under Rod Rosenstein led the 2010 leak prosecution against former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake. The case was overseen by Justice Department attorneys from Washington.

Classified US satellite launched from California

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- A rocket carrying a classified U.S. satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office has been launched from California. The Atlas 5 rocket lifted off at 9:49 a.m. Wednesday and roared away into a clear sky over Vandenberg Air Force Base. All systems were going well when the launch webcast concluded about five minutes into the flight, as is customary during such missions.

Probe of US-based Turk hacker leads to Austrian intel fight

VIENNA (AP) -- Austria's intelligence services on Tuesday confirmed a news report that they have tracked down a U.S.-based Turkish hacker who attacked several government websites. The report in the daily Kurier cited the military intelligence service as saying that a Turkish activist directed the attacks from his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The man, identified as Arslan A.