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Trump said to praise ‘great job’ in Philippine drug fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump praised the Philippines’ president for an “unbelievable job” in a fight against illegal drugs that has left thousands dead and drawn condemnation from American lawmakers, according to a leaked transcript of their telephone conversation last month. Trump’s discussion with Rodrigo Duterte is likely to reinforce the impression that Trump is sidelining human rights concerns ... Read More »

Many states have laws intended to keep kids away from guns

Many states have adopted laws that make it a crime for adult gun owners to allow children to access or possess their firearms, particularly when they are used to injure. In some cases, these laws are intended to reduce violent crime among youths. At least 21 states and the District of Columbia have child-access laws that deal with negligent storage ... Read More »

Consultant charged in scheme to trade US secrets for profit

NEW YORK (AP) — A Washington consultant is among five people charged in a scheme to convert government secrets into hedge fund profits. Prosecutors say secrets came from an employee of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. An indictment unsealed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court charges consultant David Blaszczak with conspiracy, securities fraud and other crimes. Also charged is ... Read More »

Trump budget chief defends plan in face of opposition

Mick Mulvaney

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House budget chief on Wednesday delivered a spirited defense of President Donald Trump’s proposal to slash programs from food stamps to health care for the poor in the face of strong Democratic opposition and Republican skepticism. Mick Mulvaney, the former tea party congressman, told the House Budget Committee that he went line by line through ... Read More »

Activists: Fighting, airstrikes target southern Syrian city

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces battling insurgents carried out a series of airstrikes on Wednesday on a city in southern Syria, an area named as a safe zone under a recent Russia-sponsored deal, opposition activists and an independent monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces carried out at least 12 airstrikes and dropped at ... Read More »

US, Russia calls increase to avoid air mishaps in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior American Air Force commander says daily U.S. military phone calls with Russia have increased as the two countries work to avoid aircraft mishaps in the increasingly crowded skies over Syria. Air Force Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, who is in charge of U.S. air operations in the Middle East, says the U.S. has also set up ... Read More »

No Joke: Unconscious man rode on car’s trunk for miles

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When police pulled over a Tennessee couple and told them a body was lying on the trunk of their car, they thought it was a joke — until they got out to look. They found an unconscious man who had somehow remained on the trunk for about 14 miles (23 kilometers). Driver Carl Webb told reporters ... Read More »

Need cash? Facebook expands personal fundraising tools

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is expanding its fundraising tools that let users ask friends and strangers to give them money to help pay for education, medical or other expenses. The company has been testing the tool, which is similar to online fundraising services such as GoFundMe, since March. With the latest update, it has added sports and community fundraisers ... Read More »

Islamic State-linked militants besiege Philippine city

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (AP) — Islamic State group-linked militants swept through a southern Philippine city, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Catholic priest and his worshippers and raising the black flag of IS, authorities said Wednesday. President Rodrigo Duterte, who had declared martial law across the southern third of the nation, warned he may expand it nationwide. At ... Read More »

Somalia car bomb kills at least 4 in capital, police say

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police officer says at least four people have been killed and more than 10 injured in a car bomb blast in the capital, Mogadishu. Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the car had been parked outside a restaurant near the city’s port. There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast. But the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab ... Read More »