NEW YORK | Colbert jokingly claims severance denied to ex-CBS boss

NEW YORK — Stephen Colbert is laying claim to the $120 million in severance that CBS’ board of directors said wouldn’t be paid to ousted former CEO Leslie Moonves — at least half of it. The late-night host joked, “the other half goes to Tom Selleck’s mustache.” Colbert didn’t avoid his network’s big news in … Continue reading NEW YORK | Colbert jokingly claims severance denied to ex-CBS boss

WASHINGTON | Trump suggests US troops no longer needed in Syria

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump says U.S. troops do not need to remain in Syria. Trump tweeted Wednesday: “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.” His tweet followed a series of news reports that the U.S. is preparing to withdraw its troops from Syria. The news was … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump suggests US troops no longer needed in Syria

WASHINGTON  | The Latest: Senate to vote Wednesday on stopgap funding bill

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on the fight over funding for a U.S.- Mexico border wall and a potential partial government shutdown (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll be introducing a stopgap measure to continue funding the government until Feb. 8 to avert a government shutdown. McConnell says the Senate … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | The Latest: Senate to vote Wednesday on stopgap funding bill

WASHINGTON | US home sales rose 1.9 percent in November

WASHINGTON— U.S. home sales increased in November for the second straight month, but sales plummeted 7 percent from a year ago amid growing affordability pressures. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing homes rose 1.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.32 million last month. But higher mortgage rates … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US home sales rose 1.9 percent in November

COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Denmark, Norway advise against hiking alone in Morocco

COPENHAGEN, Denmark— Authorities in Denmark and Norway have warned their citizens from hiking alone without local guides in Morocco after the bodies of two female Scandinavian tourists were found in the Atlas Mountains, a popular hiking destination. Danish police said Wednesday it had sent an officer to Morocco to assist in the investigation. The bodies … Continue reading COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Denmark, Norway advise against hiking alone in Morocco

ISLAMABAD | Taliban say talks focused on US withdrawal from Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD — The latest talks between the Taliban and a U.S. peace envoy on the war in Afghanistan focused on the withdrawal of NATO troops, the release of prisoners and halting attacks on civilians by pro-government forces, a Taliban spokesman said Wednesday. U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who tweeted that talks held this week in the … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Taliban say talks focused on US withdrawal from Afghanistan