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High-rise tower in Dubai catches fire; no injuries reported

A fire broke out Sunday atop a prominent skyscraper in Dubai, sending smoke billowing from its roof and those inside fleeing into the streets before firefighters extinguished the blaze. No injuries were reported. An Associated Press journalist saw smoke pour out of the spire that crowns the Almas Tower in Dubai's Jumeirah Lake Towers neighborhood as ambulances and fire trucks arrived at the scene...

Russia adds Google IPs to registry of banned sites

Russia's communications watchdog agency says it is adding some Google IP addresses to the state register of banned sites, as a dispute over a banned messaging app intensifies. Russia has ordered the popular Telegram messaging app to shut down because it won't share its encryption key with intelligence agencies. Communications watchdog Roskomnadzor then blocked 18 networks that are used by Amazon and...
4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

Four people were killed in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee early Sunday, according to police, who credited a bystander with saving many lives by wresting a weapon away from the gunman. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said via their Twitter account that authorities are searching for 29-year-old Travis Reinking of Morton, Illinois. They said they named him as a person...
Armenia protest leader arrested after failed talks with PM

Armenia protest leader arrested after failed talks with PM

The leader of major political protests that have gripped the Armenian capital for more than a week has been arrested, and the streets of Yerevan are echoing with the blare of car horns in a new technique for expressing opposition. The protests that began on April 13 center on the appointment of former President Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister, part of Armenia's transition to a governmental system...
Turkey opposition OKs party switch in challenge to Erdogan

Turkey opposition OKs party switch in challenge to Erdogan

More than a dozen Turkish opposition lawmakers switched parties Sunday in a show of solidarity as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rivals scramble to challenge him in a surprise snap election that could solidify his rule. A year ago, Erdogan narrowly won a referendum to change Turkey's form of government to an executive presidency, abolishing the office of the prime minister and giving the president...
Why French globalist Macron is befriending nationalist Trump

Why French globalist Macron is befriending nationalist Trump

Of everything Emmanuel Macron has accomplished in nearly a year as France's president, the most important may be his tough-love friendship with Donald Trump. From their first bone-squeezing handshake to Macron's recent claim that he persuaded Trump to bomb Syria, it's been an improbable relationship. And it will be on pomp-filled display starting Monday as Macron goes on a state visit to Washington...
The Latest: Pope calls for peace amid Nicaragua protests

The Latest: Pope calls for peace amid Nicaragua protests

The Latest on unrest in Nicaragua (all times local): 4:40 a.m. Pope Francis has expressed deep worry over deadly violence in Nicaragua fueled by protests and he's pressing for a peaceful solution. Human rights advocates say that since April 18 at least 26 people have been killed in unrest over social security reforms planned by President Daniel Ortega's government. Dozens have been injured or arrested...

Syracuse fraternity permanently expelled over racist video

Syracuse University announced Saturday that it has permanently expelled a fraternity over an offensive video that fraternity members say was intended as satire. Chancellor Kent Syverud called the Theta Tau video "racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, ableist and sexist" in a video posted on the university's website. He said disciplinary actions against the individual students involved could...

Local vote comes as Italy struggles to form government

Voting in one of Italy's tiniest regions is being watched for any shift in voter sentiment as politicians in Rome struggle to form a national government. Residents of Molise, a southern region that is one of Italy's least populous, were voting Sunday for governor and regional representatives. The March 4 national parliamentary election yielded a political stalemate, with the populist 5-Star Movement...

UK calls on social media firms to better protect children

Britain's health secretary says the government will introduce new laws targeting online social media companies if they don't do more to protect children. In a strongly-worded letter to Facebook, Google, Snapchat, Twitter and others, Jeremy Hunt said their failure to prevent young children using social media and exposing children to its "harmful emotional side effects" was "unacceptable...
Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat

Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat

French authorities evacuated tourists from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and searched houses Sunday on the famed outcropping in the English Channel for a visitor who apparently threatened to attack security services. The exceptional evacuation of one of France's most-visited tourist sites came after a string of sporadic attacks around France in recent years targeting police, some of them fatal. The...
Troubled German Social Democrats elect combative new leader

Troubled German Social Democrats elect combative new leader

Germany's center-left Social Democrats on Sunday elected a combative new leader to spearhead their recovery from a disastrous election result while guiding them through a fractious coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. Andrea Nahles, who heads the party's parliamentary group, won two-thirds of delegates' votes at a congress in Wiesbaden. She defeated Simone Lange, the...
Pope ordains 16 priests, tells them always 'be merciful'

Pope ordains 16 priests, tells them always 'be merciful'

Pope Francis is reminding priests to always be merciful, as he ordained 16 men in a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica. In remarks Sunday to the new priests from several nations, Francis said: "Please, don't tire of being merciful" since they themselves sin. He told them to work only in service to God for the good of the faithful. Encouragement toward mercy and selfless service is a hallmark...
Syrian military pummels IS-held districts in Damascus

Syrian military pummels IS-held districts in Damascus

Syrian government forces used warplanes, helicopters and artillery on Sunday to pound districts of the capital held by the Islamic State group, in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal reached with the militants earlier in the week. The militants agreed to give up their last pocket in southern Damascus on Friday but have yet to begin surrendering to government forces and relocating to IS-held areas...
The Latest: Toll from Kabul bombing climbs to 57 dead

The Latest: Toll from Kabul bombing climbs to 57 dead

The Latest on the violence in Afghanistan (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Afghan officials say the toll from a suicide bombing in Kabul claimed by the Islamic State group has risen to 57 dead and 119 wounded. Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro confirmed the toll of Sunday's attack, in which the bomber targeted a voter registration center in the capital. IS claimed the attack, saying it targeted...
What is Earth Day? 5 things to know

What is Earth Day? 5 things to know

Sunday is Earth Day 2018, and more than one billion people across the globe are expected to celebrate with environmentally friendly events. But what exactly is Earth Day? Here's what you need to know: >> Read more trending news  The first Earth Day celebration took place 48 years ago, in 1970, after a devastating oil spill in America brought environmental issues to the forefront of public...
Islamic State suicide bomber kills 57 in Afghan capital

Islamic State suicide bomber kills 57 in Afghan capital

A suicide bomber struck a voter registration center in the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing at least 57 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro said another 119 people were wounded in Sunday's attack, updating an earlier toll. Gen. Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said the suicide bomber targeted civilians who had gathered to receive...
Memphis boy, 9, missing since Friday after not coming home from school

Memphis boy, 9, missing since Friday after not coming home from school

Police in Memphis, Tennessee, need your help finding a 9-year-old boy.  A City Watch was issued for Dewayne Alexander on Saturday night. Police told WHBQ that Alexander was walking home from school Friday in the 3300 block of Ford Road, but he never made it home. He has not been seen or heard from since.  Alexander is described as 3-foot-8 and weighing 50 pounds with a medium...
WATCH: Oakland A's Sean Manaea pitches no-hitter against Red Sox

WATCH: Oakland A's Sean Manaea pitches no-hitter against Red Sox

Oakland A's pitcher Sean Manaea threw the first no-hitter of the 2018 season Saturday, leading the Athletics to a 3-0 win over the Boston Red Sox. According to The Associated Press, Manaea also made history by becoming "the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter against Boston in almost exactly 25 years." The last one, thrown by Seattle pitcher Chris Bosio, happened April 22, 1993. >>...
Missing brothers: Pittsburgh police searching for 2 boys who disappeared Friday

Missing brothers: Pittsburgh police searching for 2 boys who disappeared Friday

Pittsburgh police are seeking assistance in finding two brothers.  Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing about 5 p.m. Friday. >> Read more trending news  According to a news release, the two brothers are known to frequent the Brookline area.  Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to call police at 412-323-7800...
Journalist among over 2 dozen killed in Nicaragua unrest

Journalist among over 2 dozen killed in Nicaragua unrest

In the grainy, nighttime video, journalist Angel Gahona, clad in jeans and a blue shirt, holds up a cellphone and narrates as he approaches the facade of city hall in Bluefields, Nicaragua, reporting live via Facebook on protests that have rocked the Central American nation for four days. Seconds later a gunshot rings out and Gahona slumps lifeless to the curb. Voices cry his name and someone presses...
Mnuchin expresses optimism trade standoffs can be resolved

Mnuchin expresses optimism trade standoffs can be resolved

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank repeatedly warned at their meetings this week that intensifying trade tensions could jeopardize a healthy global economic expansion. But U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed cautious optimism Saturday that countries could settle their differences without a trade war. Mnuchin met during the past three days with financial officials from...
Despite denials, lobbyist tied to condo met with EPA chief

Despite denials, lobbyist tied to condo met with EPA chief

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt met in his office last year with a veteran Washington lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced condo where Pruitt was living. Both Pruitt and lobbyist Steven Hart had previously denied Hart had conducted any recent business with EPA. A spokesman for Hart confirmed Saturday that the lobbyist met with Pruitt at EPA headquarters in July 2017 to discuss efforts...
Regular exercise can prevent older adults from falling, study says

Regular exercise can prevent older adults from falling, study says

Falls and fractures among older adults can lead to long-term disabilities. However, doctors have now found a simple solution to avoid accidents: regular exercise.  Researchers from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recently conducted a review, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, to determine the best practices to avoid falls among people age 65 and...
Man intentionally ran mother, 80, off road, deputies say

Man intentionally ran mother, 80, off road, deputies say

A man intentionally ran his 80-year-old mother off the road Thursday as she was trying to drive to the sheriff’s office to get help, investigators said.  Roger Wayne Lincoln, 58, crashed into his mother’s car around 6 p.m. He was driving in a red 1999 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am as she was driving to the Payette County Sheriff’s Office, according to KTVB. The mother, whose name...
The Latest: Romney promises hard campaign in Senate primary

The Latest: Romney promises hard campaign in Senate primary

The Latest on Mitt Romney's bid to win the GOP nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah at the party's state convention. (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Mitt Romney says he is looking forward to a primary campaign after failing to win the nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Utah at the state GOP convention. Romney said Saturday he expects to do well in the primary and the general election after coming...
Road to N. Korea's denuclearization is littered with failure

Road to N. Korea's denuclearization is littered with failure

Bill Clinton offered oil and reactors. George W. Bush mixed threats and aid. Barack Obama stopped trying after a rocket launch. While Seoul and Washington welcomed Pyongyang's declaration on Saturday to suspend further intercontinental ballistic missile tests and shut down its nuclear test site, the past is littered with failure. A decades-long cycle of crises, stalemates and broken promises gave...
17 killed as 2 dragon boats capsize in southern China

17 killed as 2 dragon boats capsize in southern China

Seventeen people were killed after two dragon boats capsized in southern China, authorities said Sunday. The boats were practicing Saturday for a race in the Taohua River in the city of Guilin when the accident happened, said the fire department of the city of Guilin, capital of Guangxi region. It was not immediately clear what caused the boats to capsize. The fire department said on its official...
World's oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

World's oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

The world's oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died. Nabi Tajima died in a hospital Saturday evening in the town of Kikai in southern Japan, town official Susumu Yoshiyuki said. She had been hospitalized since January. Tajima, born on Aug. 4, 1900, was the last known person born in the 19th century. She raised seven sons and two daughters and reportedly had more than 160 descendants...

Statue unveiled honoring firefighters killed in Arizona fire

A life-sized statue was unveiled Saturday honoring 19 members of a firefighting team known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in a 2013 Arizona wildfire. The statue was dedicated at a state memorial park established where all but one member of the team died in a canyon in mountains near Yarnell on June 30, 2013. Matt Glenn of Provo, Utah-based Big Statues said the "Returning the Favor"...
American Airlines plane with hydraulic fluid leak safely lands at Florida airport

American Airlines plane with hydraulic fluid leak safely lands at Florida airport

An American Airlines plane flying from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Palm Beach International Airport developed a hydraulic leak Saturday afternoon.  Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to the airport after the plane landed safely at the gate at about 1:07 p.m, according to Capt. Albert Borroto. The plane -- which was scheduled to land at PBI -- did not need to make an emergency landing...
Trump considers pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

Trump considers pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

Prodded by actor Sylvester Stallone, President Donald Trump said he’s considering a posthumous pardon for boxing's first black heavyweight champion, more than 100 years after he was convicted by an all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines. Jack Johnson, who died in 1946, was convicted in 1913 for violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state...
Lobbyist tied to condo met with EPA chief, despite denials

Lobbyist tied to condo met with EPA chief, despite denials

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt met in his office last year with a veteran Washington lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced condo where Pruitt was living. Both Pruitt and lobbyist Steven Hart had previously denied Hart had conducted any recent business with EPA. A spokesman for Hart confirmed Saturday that the lobbyist met with Pruitt at EPA headquarters in July 2017 to discuss efforts...
Former male stripper makes another run for Ohio governor

Former male stripper makes another run for Ohio governor

Dayton Democrat Larry Ealy, who once worked as an exotic dancer, is making a second run for Ohio governor. “Why make another run at it? I’ve got some unfinished business,” said Ealy, a 55-year-old father of 10. He said he believes that minorities, particularly African-Americans, have been denied due process and equal rights.  "I believe the Jewish Democratic Party is behind...
Verne Troyer, Mini-Me from 'Austin Powers' films, has died

Verne Troyer, Mini-Me from 'Austin Powers' films, has died

Verne Troyer, who played Dr. Evil's small, silent sidekick "Mini-Me" in the "Austin Powers" movie franchise, has died. He was 49. A statement provided by Troyer's representatives that was also posted to his Instagram and Facebook accounts said the actor died Saturday. No cause of death was given, but the statement describes Troyer as a "fighter" who was unable to overcome...

Iranian foreign minister wants 'respect' from US

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the U.S. government of arrogance and belligerence, saying that Washington needed "a change in attitude" before any meaningful negotiations can begin over several U.S. citizens being held prisoner in Iran. "It is important... for the (Trump) administration to show the ability to engage in a respectful dialogue," Zarif said. "...
Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

President Donald Trump says he's considering a posthumous pardon for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after the late Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines. Trump announced Saturday on Twitter that the actor Sylvester Stallone, a friend of his, had called to bring Johnson's story to his attention. "His trials...
Nicaragua's Ortega agrees to talk as deadly protests rage on

Nicaragua's Ortega agrees to talk as deadly protests rage on

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said Saturday that his government is willing to enter into talks over social security reforms that have sparked four days of protests and clashes in which, rights monitors say, at least 25 people have died. A journalist covering the unrest was also killed. In a nationally televised address, his first public appearance since the demonstrations began Wednesday, Ortega...
Turkish opposition leader says Erdogan will lose at polls

Turkish opposition leader says Erdogan will lose at polls

The leader of Turkey's main opposition party predicted Saturday that voters who backed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the past would "side with democracy" instead of a "dictatorship" during the next elections in June. Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said he is confident of ousting Erdogan from office by winning the snap parliamentary and presidential elections...
Cuba's Diaz-Canel receives Maduro in first act as president

Cuba's Diaz-Canel receives Maduro in first act as president

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro Saturday in his first official act as the country's leader. Maduro is the first president to visit Diaz-Canel since he was selected by outgoing President Raul Castro to lead the island's government earlier this week. The Associated Press was told that Castro did not attend the welcome ceremony for the Venezuelan president...
Hungary: Anti-government rally focuses on media freedom

Hungary: Anti-government rally focuses on media freedom

Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Hungary for the second consecutive Saturday, this time against the media policies and campaign against civic groups pursued by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government. Opposition parties from across the political spectrum participated in this week's rally. Organizers said there were over 100,000 people in attendance, comparable to the turnout for the largest...

Rep. Scalise out of hospital after surgery tied to shooting

The No. 3 House Republican leader has been released from a hospital after follow-up surgery related to the wounds he received from a shooting at a GOP baseball practice 10 months ago. Rep. Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') of Louisiana is out of MedStar Washington Hospital Center after successful surgery Monday and is expected to recover at home for several days. That's according to a statement from the...

Texas 8th-graders asked to list positives of slavery

A San Antonio charter school has apologized after a teacher asked students in an eighth grade American history class to list the positive and negative aspects of slavery. The Great Hearts Monte Vista teacher who distributed the worksheet titled "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View" was placed on leave and the school said it would audit the textbook associated with the lesson, said Aaron...
Retiring Sen. Hatch bids farewell to Utah Republicans

Retiring Sen. Hatch bids farewell to Utah Republicans

One of the longest-serving senators in U.S. history bid farewell to Utah Republican Party delegates Saturday, offering a solemn goodbye to the state that sent him to the Senate for 41 years. Orrin Hatch's remarks to the state GOP convention were brief but emotional. "Together, we have accomplished incredible things," the longtime lawmaker told a largely adoring crowd in suburban Salt Lake...

Iran's president slams morality police's tactics with women

Iran's state TV is reporting that the country's president has criticized the morality police's use of violence against women failing to observe the national Islamic dress code. Hassan Rouhani's condemnation came after such an incident in Tehran was caught on video and went viral on social media channels. Rouhani said Saturday that "promoting virtue and preventing vice" — the morality...
Barbara Bush funeral: George H.W. Bush wears special socks in literacy campaign tribute

Barbara Bush funeral: George H.W. Bush wears special socks in literacy campaign tribute

Former President George H.W. Bush is known for wearing festive socks. He wore a special pair of socks Saturday to the funeral of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, in tribute to her work in literacy awareness. >> Read more trending news  Barbara Bush, the wife of the nation’s 41st president and mother of the nation’s 43rd, died Tuesday at her Houston home. She was 92. Bush...

Romney facing complex Utah nominating system in Senate race

U.S. Senate hopeful Mitt Romney will speak to thousands of Utah Republicans gathering Saturday at a party convention to vote for candidates ranging from Congress to state Legislature. He's going to face off against nearly a dozen contenders in a fight to secure the support of far-right-leaning party delegates, but even if he loses he'll be on the Republican primary ballot because he's already won...
Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries 'lawful lynching'

Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries 'lawful lynching'

Amnesty International gave former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his kneeling protest of racial injustice that launched a sports movement and might have cost him his job. Onetime San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid presented Kaepernick with the award during a ceremony in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. In his acceptance speech, the...
Suburban Seattle getting rare, private US airport terminal

Suburban Seattle getting rare, private US airport terminal

It's not uncommon to see brand new commercial jets flying in and out of Paine Field, just north of Seattle, defying rain and low visibility that define the region. That's because the airport with two runways has for decades served as home to Boeing assembly lines, rolling out models such as the 777 for test flights over the Pacific Ocean. Now an entrepreneur is getting a chance to build the airport's...
French nun known as allied troops 'White Angel' dies at 103

French nun known as allied troops 'White Angel' dies at 103

The mayor of a city in France's Normandy region says a 103-year-old nun known as the "White Angel" to allied soldiers injured during a failed World War II raid has died. The city of Dieppe in Normandy said that a tribute to Sister Agnes-Marie Valois will be held on April 24 at the Canadian cemetery. The ceremony is set to be attended by the Canada ambassador to France. Most of the soldiers...

Red Cross says shooting in Yemen kills staffer

Unidentified armed men shot dead a humanitarian aid worker in Yemen's southwestern province of Taiz early Saturday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. Hanna Lahoud of Lebanon, who was in charge of the ICRC's detention program in Yemen, was shot at while on his way to visit a prison. He was rushed to hospital but died from his wounds. Other staff members accompanying him were unharmed...
The Latest: World Bank approves increase in lending capacity

The Latest: World Bank approves increase in lending capacity

The Latest on the global finance meetings in Washington (all times local): 5:15 p.m. The World Bank's policy committee has approved a $13 billion increase in the bank's lending capacity. The proposal was approved late Saturday by the World Bank's Development Committee, which sets policies for the 189-nation lending agency. The increase in lending capacity was tied to a package of lending reforms that...
How a Wright-Patt office is working to arm fighter jets with lasers

How a Wright-Patt office is working to arm fighter jets with lasers

The Air Force has targeted arming an F-15 fighter jet with a laser by 2021, one of what could become a wider use of directed-energy weapons to protect aerial refueling tankers to military bases, a leading researcher says. Facing increased competition from Russia and China, the Air Force launched an office at Wright-Patterson to explore experimental technologies and bring them to the battlefield faster...
Irish premier launches bid to overturn abortion restrictions

Irish premier launches bid to overturn abortion restrictions

Ireland's premier has urged his country to show compassion as he launched a campaign to overturn some of Europe's strictest abortion rules. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Saturday that Ireland's May 25 referendum on whether to lift a constitutional ban on most abortions is an opportunity to "put compassion at the center of our laws." He said the current restrictions do not prevent abortions...
NYC postal worker arrested after police find 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail

NYC postal worker arrested after police find 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail

A New York City postal worker was arrested Thursday after 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail were found in his car, apartment and locker, authorities said. Aleksey Germash, who has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 16 years, possessed undelivered mail since 2005, WPIX reported. He told investigators he held onto the mail because he was overwhelmed by how much mail he had to...

It's true! Broadway was traffic-free for 2 Manhattan miles

It was a bold New York experiment: closing Broadway to traffic for two Manhattan miles. On Saturday, 30 blocks of Broadway was open only to pedestrians and anything on two wheels but no motor, from Times Square down to Union Square. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., city officials invited pedestrians and cyclists to join the fun, food and games marking global Earth Day, which falls on Sunday. A part of New York...
The Latest: Barbara Bush buried at presidential library

The Latest: Barbara Bush buried at presidential library

The Latest on the funeral and burial of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Former first lady Barbara Bush has been laid to rest at her husband's presidential library in Texas. Family spokesman Jim McGrath says the ceremony was "a very brief but poignant and beautiful ending to a very moving and incredible day. It would have been exactly what Barbara Bush wanted."...

Pakistan: Traders call for reopening of Afghan border

Pakistani traders have demanded the reopening of an Afghan border point closed last week after a deadly clash between the two sides. Nazir Ahmed, a representative of traders in Parachinar, said Saturday that the closure has badly affected their businesses. Last Sunday's clash at the Laka Tega border post left five Pakistani paramilitary soldiers dead. Pakistan's Foreign Office said earlier this week...
Family, friends provide loving tributes to Barbara Bush at funeral service

Family, friends provide loving tributes to Barbara Bush at funeral service

Approximately 1,500 guests attended former first lady Barbara Bush's private funeral ceremony in Houston Saturday. Barbara Bush, the wife of the nation’s 41st president and mother of the nation’s 43rd, died Tuesday at her Houston home. She was 92. About 2,500 mourners paid their respect at a public viewing held Friday in Houston, The Associated Press reported. >> Read more trending...
Trump rips New York Times reporter, defends Cohen

Trump rips New York Times reporter, defends Cohen

President Donald Trump came out swinging on Twitter Saturday morning, firing off three tweets attacking The New York Times and reporter Maggie Haberman. A story published Friday in the Times -- written by Haberman, Sharon LaFraniere and Danny Hakim -- suggested that Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen might cooperate with federal authorities, who are investigating him for activities...
Pulitzer honoree is latest to win after leaving journalism

Pulitzer honoree is latest to win after leaving journalism

Ryan Kelly won a Pulitzer Prize this week for his photo of a car plowing into protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia - an image he snapped on the final day of his newspaper job before leaving to work at a brewery. The photographer has joined a growing list of journalists who have won the profession's highest honor on their way out the door of a once-thriving newspaper...
After town says 'nyet' to Russia monument, others say 'da'

After town says 'nyet' to Russia monument, others say 'da'

A monument honoring a secret World War II spy mission could still find a home in the United States after a North Carolina town rejected the statue because of current tensions between the U.S. and Russia. The Military Aviation Museum in Virginia has offered a place for it. So has a coastal North Carolina funeral home owner. And the co-chairman of a Russian-American commission on POWs and MIAs said...
UN officials in Sweden for talks on North Korea, Syria

UN officials in Sweden for talks on North Korea, Syria

The U.N. secretary-general and ambassadors from countries on the Security Council assembled Saturday in Sweden for an informal meeting on weighty international issues, including developments on the Korean Peninsula and in Syria. The annual joint brainstorming session for the United Nations' movers and shakers is being hosted this year by the Swedish government on the picturesque farm estate of Dag...
New lynching memorial offers chance to remember, heal

New lynching memorial offers chance to remember, heal

Elmore Bolling defied the odds against black men and built several successful businesses during the harsh era of Jim Crow segregation in the South. He had more money than a lot of whites, which his descendants believe was all it took to get him lynched in 1947. He was shot to death by a white neighbor, according to news accounts at the time, and the shooter was never prosecuted. But Bolling's name...
Tension, arrests at neo-Nazi rally in metro Atlanta

Tension, arrests at neo-Nazi rally in metro Atlanta

Barricades and fencing are in place around a city park in a small metro Atlanta town preparing for a rally Saturday by a Michigan-based neo-Nazi group. Authorities in Newnan have spent nearly a month preparing for the rally since the National Socialist Movement applied for and received a permit from the city. >> Read more trending news  The Michigan-based "white civil rights...
Trump says he doesn't think personal lawyer will 'flip'

Trump says he doesn't think personal lawyer will 'flip'

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he doesn't expect Michael Cohen, his longtime personal lawyer and fixer, to "flip" as the government investigates Cohen's business dealings. Trump, in a series of tweets fired off from Florida on the morning of former first lady Barbara Bush's funeral, accused The New York Times and one of its reporters of "going out of their way to destroy...
Queen Elizabeth turns 92: 5 fun facts

Queen Elizabeth turns 92: 5 fun facts

Queen Elizabeth II turned 92 on Saturday, and after 65 years on the throne, she holds the distinction of ruling longer than any monarch in the United Kingdom’s history.  The queen actually celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday, which is April 21; and one in June when she hosts a parade -- weather permitting -- called “Trooping the Color.” Here are some other...

The Latest: OPCW team visits Douma to probe chemical attack

The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The global chemical weapons watchdog says a team of inspectors has visited the Syrian town of Douma to collect samples for an investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack there two weeks ago. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons issued a statement Saturday saying the team "visited one of the sites in...
Armenia protests: 70 arrested, including 2 suspected bombers

Armenia protests: 70 arrested, including 2 suspected bombers

Armenian authorities say more than 70 people have been arrested, including two people suspected of building bombs, as large protests against the new government entered their second week in the capital. Thousands of demonstrators on Saturday closed off streets in Yerevan during a march pressing demands for the prime minister to resign. Former President Serzh Sargsyan was named premier this week as...
Vive la France: Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinner

Vive la France: Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinner

Now it's President Donald Trump's turn to pull off the ultimate charm offensive. Wined and dined on multiple state visits during his tour of Asia last year, Trump is paying it forward and celebrating nearly 250 years of U.S.-French relations by playing host to President Emmanuel Macron at a glitzy White House state dinner on Tuesday. Months in the making, it's the first state visit and first big soiree...
Smyths Toys to take over Toys R Us stores in Germany

Smyths Toys to take over Toys R Us stores in Germany

Ireland-based Smyths Toys has reached a deal to take over more than 90 Toys R Us stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In March, Toys R Us said it would be liquidating its U.S. business. Its German branch said in a statement Saturday that Smyths Toys has signed an agreement to take over its activities in the three countries, with 93 stores and four online shops. Smyths Toys, which according...
Stormy Daniels' attorney talks about 'locked and loaded' DVD, Sean Hannity

Stormy Daniels' attorney talks about 'locked and loaded' DVD, Sean Hannity

The attorney for Stormy Daniels reiterated that a DVD of evidence of the adult film actress’ affair with President Donald Trump is “locked and loaded,” Newsweek reported.  Michael Avenatti appeared on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” and in the online-only Overtime segment, the attorney was grilled about the DVD, which he teased with a photograph...
Woman impaled during crash: 'I don't know how I'm alive'

Woman impaled during crash: 'I don't know how I'm alive'

A Massachusetts woman said she was happy to be alive after being impaled by a pole in an automobile accident. Katherine Ibanez, 31, was driving in Attleboro on April 3 when she said she swerved to avoid another car. "My car just spun all the way around. And then when I looked down, I had a pole stuck right here,” Ibanez said, pointing to her chest. "It was here, right here. &ldquo...
Myanmar evicts kin of officer who told of reporters' setup

Myanmar evicts kin of officer who told of reporters' setup

Myanmar police on Saturday evicted the family of a police officer who had testified a day earlier that he and others were ordered to entrap two Reuters news agency reporters facing charges that could get them up to 14 years in prison, the officer's wife said. The reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, have been detained since Dec. 12 on charges of violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act. The...
Dwayne Johnson answers girl's prom request, rents out theater for her

Dwayne Johnson answers girl's prom request, rents out theater for her

An 18-year-old Minnesota student isn’t going to the prom with “The Rock,” but the actor and former wrestling star gave her the next best thing. Katie Kelzenberg of Stillwater Area High School had tweeted a video to Johnson, asking him to be her date for her school’s senior prom on May 5. Friday during the school’s morning announcements, Kelzenberg and her fellow classmates...
India approves death penalty for rape of young children

India approves death penalty for rape of young children

India's government on Saturday approved of the death penalty for people convicted of raping children under 12, responding to widespread outrage over the recent rape and killing of a young girl and other attacks on children. An order was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet and was being sent to the president for his approval, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. It will require...
Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

The audience at Royal Albert Hall got a rare treat Saturday — the chance to sing "Happy Birthday" to the longest reigning monarch in British history. Queen Elizabeth II, with her eldest son Prince Charles at her side, waved to the crowd as they celebrated her 92nd birthday in song. Charles got an enthusiastic response when he introduced her as: "Your majesty, mummy." The...
Chemical weapons inspectors collect samples from Syria site

Chemical weapons inspectors collect samples from Syria site

Chemical weapons inspectors collected samples from Syria's Douma on Saturday, two weeks after a suspected gas attack there followed by retaliatory strikes by Western powers on the Syrian government's chemical facilities. The site visit, confirmed by the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, would allow the agency to proceed with an independent investigation to determine what chemicals...
The Latest: Hamas mourns slain engineer 'commander'

The Latest: Hamas mourns slain engineer 'commander'

The Latest on developments related to Gaza protests (all times local): 5:50 p.m. The Hamas militant wing is suggesting that a Palestinian engineer and lecturer shot dead in Malaysia was one of its commanders. The armed wing of Hamas has opened a mourning house in Gaza Saturday for Fadi al-Batsh. A main banner at the entrance of the tent described al-Batsh as a member of the military wing and "...
LeBron James sends Cavaliers to Game 3 in matching suits

LeBron James sends Cavaliers to Game 3 in matching suits

Basketball superstar LeBron James has made a habit of buying his teammates gifts during the NBA playoffs. Previous gifts have included Beats by Dre headphones, Apple watches, Samsung Edge phones and even personalized shields. This year, James wanted his teammates to look sharp when they arrived for Game 3 of the Cavaliers’ first-round series, which shifted to Indianapolis on Friday. So, he bought...
Man killed in random knife attack at California steakhouse

Man killed in random knife attack at California steakhouse

A homeless man who randomly stabbed a patron in a crowded Southern California restaurant to death as he was holding his daughter was reported just a few hours earlier for disruptive behavior, but police ultimately determined he was not a threat, authorities said Saturday. Jamal Jackson, 49, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of 35-year-old Anthony Mele. He was being held in Ventura...
Prince Charles will succeed Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth

Prince Charles will succeed Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth

It’s official: Prince Charles will succeed Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth, the BBC reported. The Queen had said it was her “sincere wish” that the Prince of Wales succeed her when she dies. Leaders of the Commonwealth discussed the issue before making their decision, the BBC reported. Unlike the British crown, the lead role in the Commonwealth is non-hereditary...
European regulators tighten order for jet fan blade tests

European regulators tighten order for jet fan blade tests

The European Aviation Safety Agency has tightened a nearly month-old directive ordering inspections of some fan blades in engines like those used on a Southwest Airlines jet involved in a fatal accident. A directive published by EASA late Friday called for inspections within 20 days of blades in the oldest CFM56-7B engines — those that have been through 30,000 engine cycles or more since installation...
Hamas vows revenge for key member killed in Malaysia

Hamas vows revenge for key member killed in Malaysia

Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group said Saturday that a man who was gunned down in Malaysia was an important member of the organization, accusing Israel of being behind the brazen killing. Hamas said Palestinian engineer Fadi al-Batsh was a "loyal" member and a "scientist of Palestine's youth scholars." It gave no further details on his scientific accomplishments but said he had...
'Smallville' actress Allison Mack indicted for alleged role in sex trafficking case

'Smallville' actress Allison Mack indicted for alleged role in sex trafficking case

Actress Allison Mack, who starred as Chloe Sullivan in the television series “Smallville,” was indicted Friday on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy, the Justice Department said in a statement. Mack, 35, who starred in the series from 2001 to 2011, allegedly was involved with an organization called Nxivm that claimed to be a female mentorship...
'Sorry,' says man, 19, who opened fire at Florida high school

'Sorry,' says man, 19, who opened fire at Florida high school

The 19-year-old gunman who caused panic and fear at a Florida high school when he opened fire Friday morning said he was “sorry.” The gunman, identified as Sky Bouche, brought a shotgun onto campus at Forest High School in Ocala and shot a 17-year-old student in the ankle, deputies said.  The shooting happened on the day planned for a national classroom walkout to protest gun violence...
2 Louisiana elementary school students arrested over nude Snapchat photos

2 Louisiana elementary school students arrested over nude Snapchat photos

Police in Louisiana arrested a female elementary school student who took nude pictures of herself, as well as her male classmate who shared the photographs through a social media app, WGNO reported. The students, who are enrolled at Bonne Ecole Elementary in Slidell, were charged with distribution of child pornography, the Slidell Police Department said. The nude photographs were sent and shared through...
Florida commissioner allegedly fed, housed couple in exchange for sex twice a week

Florida commissioner allegedly fed, housed couple in exchange for sex twice a week

A Florida county commissioner was arrested Thursday on multiple prostitution-related charges after authorities said he housed and fed a couple in exchange for having sex with the man’s wife twice a week, The Tampa Bay Times reported. Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson, 71, was arrested Thursday by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with one count of...
New Jersey state trooper indicted for pulling women over to ask for dates

New Jersey state trooper indicted for pulling women over to ask for dates

A New Jersey state trooper was indicted Thursday on charges he allegedly pulled over women on traffic stops to ask them out on dates, The Trentonian reported. Eric Richardson, 32, of Camden, faces charges including official misconduct, criminal coercion and tampering with records, the state attorney’s office announced. According to the six-count state grand jury indictment, Richardson allegedly...
Romney must compete in primary for Senate seat

Romney must compete in primary for Senate seat

Mitt Romney was forced into a Republican primary in his bid for U.S. Senate in Utah after losing a nomination battle Saturday at the state's far-right-leaning GOP convention. Romney remains the heavy favorite overall to replace long-serving Sen. Orrin Hatch in November and said he was ready to keep campaigning hard. If he had won the party delegate vote at the convention, he would have bypassed a...
Israel's Lieberman blames Hamas over Gaza deaths

Israel's Lieberman blames Hamas over Gaza deaths

Israel's defense minister said Saturday that Hamas leaders are the "only culprits" in continued bloodshed on the Gaza border, as the European Union and a top United Nations official made new demands to investigate shootings of unarmed Palestinians by Israeli soldiers, including the killing of a 14-year-old boy. Avigdor Lieberman's comments on Twitter came a day after four Palestinians, including...
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