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.

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.

The Latest: London attacker not linked to IS or al-Qaida

LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on London attack investigation (all times local): 4:55 p.m. A senior British counterterrorism officer says police have found "no evidence" Westminster attacker Khalid Masood was associated with the Islamic State group or al-Qaida. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu says Masood clearly had "an interest in jihad," but police have no evidence he discussed his attack with others.

Police: 'No evidence' London attacker associated with IS

LONDON (AP) -- Police have found no evidence that the man who killed four people in London last week was associated with the Islamic State group or al-Qaida, a senior British counterterrorism officer said Monday. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu of the Metropolitan Police said Westminster attacker Khalid Masood clearly had "an interest in jihad," but police have no indication he discussed his attack plans with others.

Why the London attacker's links to Saudi Arabia might matter

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The British man who killed four people in a rampage in London last week had made three trips to Saudi Arabia in his lifetime. Though millions of foreigners from around the world live and work in the kingdom, Khalid Masood's time there immediately raised questions about whether the country's ultraconservative brand of Islam impacted his worldview and radicalized him. The answer is not so simple.

Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Pentagon said Saturday. In confirming the death of Qari Yasin, U.S.

Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from US

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former CIA Director James Woolsey has accused the Trump administration's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, of participating in a discussion with Turkish officials about possibly subverting the U.S. extradition process to remove a Turkish cleric from the United States. The Wall Street Journal first reported Woolsey's comments and posted a video interview with him late Friday .

The Latest: UK honors lawmaker who tried to save policeman

LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on the attacks in London (all times local): 8:20 p.m. A lawmaker who battled to save the life of a police officer stabbed in the Parliament attack has been honored with an appointment as an adviser to Queen Elizabeth II. British Prime Minister Theresa May's office says Tobias Ellwood has been named to the Privy Council, a committee of senior lawmakers, judges and others that advises the queen.

The Latest: Dozens of French teenagers return to homeland

LONDON (AP) -- The latest on the attack outside Britain's Parliament (all times local): 11 p.m. Dozens of French teenagers have returned to their homeland after a traumatic school trip to London during which some of them witnessed the attack on Westminster Bridge. A plane chartered by their insurance company landed Thursday night at an airport in Quimper, in France's western Brittany region.

Movie of Vince Flynn's 'American Assassin' to debut Sept. 15

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The late Minnesota author Vince Flynn's counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp is coming to the big screen in September. CBS Films and Lionsgate announced Wednesday that "American Assassin," based on Flynn's best-seller, will hit theaters Sept. 15 nationwide and in North America. "American Assassin" stars Dylan O'Brien as Rapp and Michael Keaton as his mentor, Stan Hurley.

Spying claim by Intel chair renews fight over Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Private communications of Donald Trump and his presidential transition team may have been scooped up by American intelligence officials monitoring other targets and improperly distributed throughout spy agencies, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday -- an extraordinary public airing of often-secret information that brought swift protests from Democrats. Republican Rep.

Ousted national security adviser didn't sign ethics pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn did not sign a mandatory ethics pledge ahead of his forced resignation in February, raising questions about the White House's commitment to the lobbying and ethics rules it imposed as part of the president's promise to "drain the swamp." Flynn "didn't have the opportunity to sign it," said Price Floyd, a spokesman for the retired Army general.

The Latest: New Zealand leader condemns attack in London

LONDON (AP) -- The latest on the attack outside Britain's Parliament (all times local): 1:35 a.m. New Zealand's prime minister is condemning the attack outside Britain's Parliament that resulted in five deaths, including the assailant. Prime Minister Bill English told reporters in Rotorua that he has written to British Prime Minister Theresa May to express support for her government and to offer his country's condolences to the victim's families.

Officials: US expects next North Korean missile launch soon

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military expects another North Korean missile launch in the next several days, American defense officials said Tuesday. The officials said the U.S. has increased its surveillance over the isolated, communist country and has seen a North Korean missile launcher moving around, as well as construction of VIP seating in the eastern coastal city Wonsan.

Syrian troops respond as rebels renew attack on Damascus

BEIRUT (AP) -- Airstrikes and artillery fire shook Damascus on Tuesday as government forces tried to repel a second rebel attack on the Syrian capital in three days. The military deployed tanks along the city's leafy Fares al-Khoury Avenue leading to the eastern Jobar and Qaboun neighborhoods, where opposition forces have been pinned for years, and the cracks of gunfire could be heard from Abbassin Square.

Administration tries to distance campaign aides from Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is distancing itself from two former senior members of Donald Trump's team amid an FBI investigation into possible connections between Trump "associates" and Russia. White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday referred to Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, as a "volunteer of the campaign.

The Latest: Royal Jordanian to enforce ban starting Friday

CAIRO (AP) -- The Latest developments related to the U.S. government move to bar passengers in eight Muslim-majority countries from bringing laptops and other electronics onboard direct flights to the United States (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Jordan's national carrier says it will begin to restrict most electronics equipment, including laptops, on direct flights to the U.S., in line with new rules set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, starting Friday.

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.