WASHINGTON (AP) — The finding of a military investigation into the Niger ambush attack that killed four American service members will likely increase scrutiny on U.S. military activity in Africa, particularly the role of special operations forces. U.S. officials familiar with the report said investigators concluded the team didn’t get required senior command approval for a risky mission to capture a high-level Islamic State militant. It doesn’t point to that failure as a cause of the deadly ambush.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says North Korea “seems to be acting positively” after South Korea announced the North would halt nuclear weapons and missile tests and put its entire atomic arsenal up for discussion if the U.S. agrees to enter a negotiation. Trump says the situation on the Korean peninsula cannot be allowed to “fester.” And he hopes the latest offer will be a breakthrough.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal watchdog says White House counselor Kellyanne Conway violated the federal law prohibiting government officials from using their positions to influence political campaigns. The Office of Special Counsel says Conway violated the Hatch Act twice last year when she advocated for embattled Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore and against his Democratic rival, Sen. Doug Jones. The White House disputed the independent agency’s findings.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some West Virginia counties are reopening schools after the Legislature passed a 5 percent pay raise for teachers and others in a deal to end a statewide walkout that closed schools for nine days. Union leaders haven’t said whether they’re calling for an end to the strike, pending a ceremony at the governor’s office later Tuesday. But Kanawha County’s school system announced in phone calls to parents that schools would reopen Wednesday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has resigned after pleading guilty to cheating the city out of thousands of dollars as she carried on an affair with her bodyguard. Barry was a rising star the Democratic Party before she confessed to the extramarital relationship in January. Barry and her former bodyguard, police Sgt. Robert Forrest, both pleaded guilty to felony theft.