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Trump handshake showdown: France’s Macron just won’t let go

Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump met his match in a handshake showdown with France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron. At their first meeting, ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday, the two men locked hands for so long that knuckles started turning white. Trump finally seemed ready to pull away — but Macron evidently wasn’t. The French ... Read More »

The Latest: Merkel demands Incirlik access for legislators

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the NATO summit in Brussels (all times local): 4:00 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she will tell Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that she plans to withdraw her country’s troops from an air base near the Syrian border if lawmakers are banned from visiting them. Germany has some 270 troops stationed at Turkey’s ... Read More »

Angry UK to confront Trump on leaks as NATO leaders meet

Donald Trump, Charles Michel

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump opened meetings with European Union leaders Thursday against the backdrop of striking anger from Britain over intelligence leaks and a decision by Manchester police to withhold information from the United States about the investigation into this week’s bombing. A British official said Thursday that Manchester police have decided not to share further information on ... Read More »

Democratic congressman has heart valve replacement procedure

Elijah Cummings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has undergone a heart procedure and will remain hospitalized for a few days. That’s the word from Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland. He says in a statement that he had what he calls a “minimally invasive medical procedure” on Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital to treat ... Read More »

Ford replaces management team as new CEO takes helm

DETROIT (AP) — Ford’s new CEO is shaking up the company’s senior management. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker named a new head of global product development as well as new heads of its operations in North America, Europe and Asia. Among the biggest changes is the rehiring of Sherif Marakby, a longtime Ford executive who was head of Uber’s global vehicle ... Read More »

Man who had lethal injection delayed 7 times to be executed

Tommy Arthur

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama inmate Tommy Arthur — called the “Houdini” of death row by some after he got seven prior execution dates postponed — is scheduled to be put to death Thursday evening. Arthur, 75, was convicted in the 1982 murder-for-hire slaying of Troy Wicker. The twisting legal saga over the years has involved three trials, a jail ... Read More »

Iraqi forces release videos countering claims of abuse

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi commander says allegations that an elite interior ministry unit fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul abused civilian detainees are “incorrect.” Abdul Amir al-Muhammadawi, spokesman for the Emergency Response Division, said Thursday his unit released two videos of interviews with civilians allegedly tortured in which they refute the report by Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine published ... Read More »

GOP candidate for US House charged with assaulting reporter

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Republican candidate in the nationally-watched election Thursday for Montana’s sole congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly grabbing a reporter by the neck and throwing him to the ground. Voters decide in the special election whether Republican Greg Gianforte or Democrat Rob Quist will fill the U.S. House seat left vacant when ... Read More »

Survey finds US honeybee losses improve from horrible to bad

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a glimmer of hope for America’s ailing honeybees as winter losses were the lowest in more than a decade, according to a U.S. survey of beekeepers released Thursday. Beekeepers lost 21 percent of their colonies over last winter, the annual Bee Informed Partnership survey found. That’s the lowest winter loss level since the survey started in ... Read More »

Dr. Beach names Florida’s Siesta Beach best beach in US

Siesta Beach

SIESTA KEY, Fla. (AP) — The sand on Siesta Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast is as fine as powdered sugar, a pure, sparkling white and soft as a kitten’s fur — all because it’s comprised of 99 percent pure crushed quartz. For that reason, and many others, it was selected this year as the best beach in America by a ... Read More »