- Congress OKs $1.3 trillion budget, averting another shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress gave final approval Friday to a giant $1.3 trillion spending bill that ends the budget battles for now, but only after late obstacles skirted close to another shutdown as conservatives objected to big outlays on Democratic priorities at a time when Republicans control the House, Senate and White House.
- Bolton replacing McMaster as Trump national security adviser
WASHINGTON (AP) — Charging ahead with the dramatic remaking of his White House, President Donald Trump said he would replace national security adviser H.R. McMaster with the former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, a foreign policy hawk entering a White House facing key decisions on Iran and North Korea.
- Life support ending for 'brain dead' school shooting victim
A teenage girl was brain dead days after being shot when a classmate opened fire inside their Maryland high school and was to be removed from life support, her mother said Thursday.
- China may hike tariffs on US pork, aluminum, other goods
BEIJING (AP) — China announced a $3 billion list of U.S. goods including pork, apples and steel pipe on Friday that it said may be hit with higher tariffs in a spiraling trade dispute with President Donald Trump that companies and investors worry could depress global commerce.
- Communist Party will regulate China's media, film industry
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media will be getting more propaganda now that the Communist Party has announced it will be in direct control of broadcasters and the regulators of everything from movies and TV to books and radio programs.
- NCAA Latest: Underdogs again rule in first half of Sweet 16
The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):
- Gritty K-State delivers another upset, 61-58 over Kentucky
ATLANTA (AP) — Barry Brown Jr. darted into the lane, blowing by everybody in blue, and delivered a rare burst of offense just in the nick of time.
- Noles roll: Florida St beats Gonzaga 75-60 in 3rd NCAA upset
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Terance Mann grabbed the basketball with both hands and screamed, relishing his turn to be the high-scoring hero while Florida State steadily pulled away from Gonzaga.
- Loyola beats Nevada 69-68, continues improbable NCAA run
ATLANTA (AP) — With Loyola-Chicago's captivating NCAA Tournament run hanging in the balance, it was Marques Townes' turn to deliver another memorable finish.
- Streaking Michigan routs Texas A&M 99-72 in West semifinals
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michigan took all the drama out of this NCAA Tournament victory, burying Texas A&M under a barrage of 3-point shots.