NEW YORK | US and European stocks slide again; S&P 500 hits annual low

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks are falling in choppy trading, and the S&P 500 is down to its lowest in more than a year. Health insurers and hospitals are falling after a federal judge in Texas ruled that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Retailers and technology stocks are also sinking. Some of the … Continue reading NEW YORK | US and European stocks slide again; S&P 500 hits annual low

HOUSTON | Deported immigrants get their last flight on ‘ICE Air’

HOUSTON— Shackled at their ankles and wrists and their shoelaces removed, a long line of men and women waited on the tarmac as a team of officers patted them down and checked inside their mouths for anything hidden. Then one by one, they climbed a mobile staircase and onto a charter plane the size of … Continue reading HOUSTON | Deported immigrants get their last flight on ‘ICE Air’

WASHINGTON | Russia social media influence efforts ongoing, report says

WASHINGTON  — Russia’s sweeping political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media was more far-reaching than originally thought, with troll farms working to discourage black voters and “blur the lines between reality and fiction” to help elect Donald Trump in 2016, according to reports released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee. And the campaign didn’t end … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Russia social media influence efforts ongoing, report says

WASHINGTON | Trump plans to create unified US Space Command

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order before the end of the year creating a U.S. Space Command as a major military command. Vice President Mike Pence will make the announcement Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, two U.S. officials said, and Trump could sign the order as … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump plans to create unified US Space Command

WASHINGTON | Sentencing bill splits conservatives but expected to pass

WASHINGTON — Legislation to ease federal sentencing laws is pitting conservatives against each other as President Donald Trump looks to score a major legislative win before the end of the year. The Senate is expected to advance the bill Monday. Final passage would come later in the week, but not until the chamber has debated … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Sentencing bill splits conservatives but expected to pass

BERLIN | 5 Frankfurt police suspected of sharing far-right images

BERLIN — German authorities say five Frankfurt police officers are under investigation over allegations they shared far-right images, videos and texts in a chat group with one another. The dpa news agency reported a special Hesse state police task force began working Monday on the case overseen by the Frankfurt prosecutors’ office. The five police … Continue reading BERLIN | 5 Frankfurt police suspected of sharing far-right images

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungary: Protesting MPs ejected from state broadcaster HQ

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Security forces physically ejected Hungarian opposition lawmakers from the headquarters of the Hungarian state broadcaster MTVA in Budapest in the early hours of Monday morning. In a video posted on opposition lawmaker Bernadett Szel’s Facebook page, she and fellow independent opposition lawmaker Akos Hadhazy are seen being pushed out of the MTVA … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungary: Protesting MPs ejected from state broadcaster HQ

YEHUD, Israel | First private Israeli lunar mission will launch in February

YEHUD, Israel — An Israeli nonprofit on Monday said it has pushed back the launch of what it hopes will be the first private spacecraft to land on the moon until February. Officials from SpaceIL and its project partner, the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, announced that the landing craft, dubbed “Beresheet,” or Genesis, will ship … Continue reading YEHUD, Israel | First private Israeli lunar mission will launch in February