President Barack Obama  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama threatens to veto GOP-backed bill on Zika virus aid

The White House Thursday promised that President Barack Obama would veto the long-delayed response of the Republican-controlled Congress to …

Judge Michael Dwyer listens as defense attorney Rebecca Wittman speaks to him during opening statements for Sarah Ferguson at the Oneida County Courthouse Thursday, June 23, 2016 in Utica, N.Y. Ferguson was one of nine people charged in the attack that killed 19-year-old Lucas Leonard and put his 17-year-old brother in the hospital last October. (Tina Russell/Observer-Dispatch via AP)

First trial begins in deadly New York church beating

The first trial began Thursday in what New York authorities say was a 14-hour group attack during a church counseling session that killed a …