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White House says Trump won't pull out of NAFTA — for now

President Donald Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a renegotiated pact is not "a fair deal for all."Trump tweeted early Thursday that he has agreed to...

Delaware trooper fatally shot outside convenience store; suspect still in standoff

Officers came under fire again early Thursday outside a home where the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Delaware state trooper remained holed up.Delaware State Police said in a statement that officers were fired at about 4 a.m. at the home in Middleton. Police say officers used explosives to...

Build the wall: It's not just the U.S. that has put up physical barriers in recent years

As President Donald Trump marks 100 days in office, he is vowing to keep his campaign promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Despite widespread skepticism and Mexico's refusal to pay for the wall, as Trump has demanded, the U.S. government has been soliciting bids and test sections...

Thai prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Red Bull heir over hit-and-run that killed cop

An heir to the Red Bull fortune failed to show up Thursday to face charges over an alleged hit-and-run that killed a Thai police officer almost five years ago, as prosecutors declared they would now seek a warrant for his arrest. Prayuth Petchkhun, a deputy spokesman for the attorney general's...

White House says Trump won't pull out of NAFTA

President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that.The White House made the surprise ...

Wisconsin Gov. Walker: Won't remove Sheriff David Clarke over jail dehydration death

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he won't remove Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke from office over the death of an inmate who was denied water for seven days. Walker said while he has the authority to remove Clarke, he doesn't feel it's his job. He acknowledged that reports...

White House: Trump tells Mexico, Canada that U.S. will not withdraw from NAFTA

President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not immediately pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that. The White House made the surprise...

Delaware trooper fatally shot outside convenience store; suspect in standoff

A man shot and killed a Delaware state trooper outside a convenience store Wednesday and later barricaded himself inside his house, where he continued to fire shots at officers, police said. The trooper was shot multiple times and died at a hospital, state police Superintendent Col. Nathaniel ...

Suspected arsonist in custody after 2 fires in Trump Hotel in Las Vegas

Officials say one person is injured and a suspect is in custody after two separate fires were discovered at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. The Clark County Fire Department released a statement saying toasters, towels and various other materials were used to ignite the fires at the...

Jury sentences ambush shooter of 2 Pennsylvania troopers to death penalty

The bell atop the Pike County Courthouse last tolled the fate of a condemned killer in the 1980s. On Wednesday, it rang again. Eric Frein, the would-be revolutionary who shot two Pennsylvania troopers, one fatally, in a late-night attack at their barracks, was sentenced to death late Wednesday....

Website aims to help women self-induce abortions at home using medication

An international advocacy group concerned about restrictive laws in the United States plans to help women self-induce abortions at home, offering online advice and counseling about how to use medications that can terminate their pregnancies. Women Help Women, a three-year-old organization ...

Utah Rep. Chaffetz needs immediate foot surgery, will be away for weeks

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah says he needs immediate foot surgery and will be out of Washington for three to four weeks, missing a key vote on a spending bill to keep the government open. Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, surprised the political world last week by ...

White House: Trump tells Mexico, Canada that U.S. will not withdraw from NAFTA

President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that. The White House made the surprise announcement...

Trump administration talks tough on North Korea, but frustrated lawmakers want details

President Donald Trump and his top national security advisers briefed congressional lawmakers Wednesday on what a senior aide called the "very grave threat" posed by North Korea, but they offered few details about the administration's strategy to pressure Pyongyang. Administration officials ...

Jury sentences ambush shooter of 2 Pennsylvania troopers to death penalty

A bell tolled the fate of a gunman after a jury on Wednesday condemned him to die for shooting two Pennsylvania troopers at their barracks in a late-night ambush, killing one and leaving a second with devastating injuries. Eric Frein, 33, was sentenced by a jury to death by lethal injection a ...

How Trump's tax proposal could impact his own business empire

President Donald Trump's massive tax-cut proposal would slash taxes on hundreds of businesses he and his family own. The White House on Wednesday unveiled a proposal that would cut the top tax rate for corporations, as well as entities known as pass-through businesses, to 15 percent. That could...

Elephant tranquilizer makes lethal entry into opioid crisis

A substance used to tranquilize elephants that is 100 times more potent than the drug that killed Prince is presenting a new and difficult challenge in the nationwide opioid epidemic. The exotic and toxic sedative named carfentanil has been linked in recent weeks to fatal overdoses in Illinois,...

White House backs down on ACA demand, clearing path for spending deal

President Donald Trump is backing down from a threat to end subsidy payments under the Affordable Care Act, a concession to Democrats that is expected to clear the way for a bipartisan agreement to keep the government open past Friday. White House officials notified lawmakers Wednesday that Trump...

Trump proposes dramatic tax cuts, including reducing individual tax brackets from 7 to 3

President Donald Trump proposed dramatic cuts in corporate and personal taxes Wednesday in an overhaul his administration asserts will spur national economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to America's middle class. But his ambitious plan is alarming lawmakers who worry it will balloon ...

Meeting with lawmakers, Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on North Korea

The Trump administration told lawmakers Wednesday it will apply economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, as an extraordinary White House briefing served to tamp down talk of military action against an unpredictable and increasingly dangerous U.S....

Archaeology shocker: Study claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago

Some 130,000 years ago, scientists say, a mysterious group of ancient people visited the coastline of what is now Southern California. More than 100,000 years before they were supposed to have arrived in the Americas, these unknown people used five heavy stones to break the bones of a mastodon....

Mnuchin: Trump has 'no intention' of releasing tax returns

President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns to the public, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Wednesday, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters. For decades, presidents have released their tax returns. But Trump has...

Ohio woman's cries for help lead to rescue from pit in neighbor's shed

A man with mental health problems kidnapped a neighbor who had reported receiving harassing phone calls from him and kept her trapped in a small pit in his backyard shed, where her cries for help alerted others and led to her rescue, police said. Police in Blanchester, about 40 miles ...

Coulter calls it 'dark day for free speech' after canceling Berkeley event

Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she was forced to cancel her speaking event Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley amid concerns of violence, calling it "a dark day for free speech in America." Police and university officials said they were still preparing for possible violence and...

Arkansas set to conclude executions with 4th on Thursday

Arkansas' aggressive effort to execute condemned inmates is set to conclude Thursday after the state Supreme Court refused to halt the execution of a man who killed a former deputy prison warden following an escape. Kenneth Williams, 38, was sentenced to death for killing Cecil Boren after ...

China launches its first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier

China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes. The 50,000-ton carrier was towed from its dockyard...

Trump orders review of national monuments, accuses Obama of 'massive federal land grab'

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of dozens of national monuments on federal lands, calling the protection efforts "a massive federal land grab" by previous administrations. It was yet another executive action ...

From Mojave dunes to Pacific islands, the 19 national monuments being reconsidered under Trump

President Trump will sign an executive order calling into question the future of dozens of national monuments proclaimed by the last three presidents.

Trump proposes dramatic tax cuts for companies big and small

President Donald Trump proposed dramatic cuts in the taxes paid by corporations big and small Wednesday in an overhaul his administration says will spur economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to America's middle class. But his ambitious plan alarmed lawmakers who worry about ballooning ...

Conservative Freedom Caucus announces support for revised health care bill

The conservative House Freedom Caucus announced its support Wednesday for a newly revised GOP health care bill, a month after the group's opposition forced Republican leaders to pull the legislation in an embarrassing retreat.The group's support, while significant, does not necessarily guarantee...

Trump opens office to aid victims of crimes by immigrants

The Trump administration on Wednesday opened an office dedicated to helping victims of crimes committed by immigrants — an initiative criticized as misguided because studies have shown immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens. The Victims of Immigrant Crime ...

Trump orders review of national monuments, accuses Obama of 'massive federal land grab'

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of dozens of national monuments on federal lands, as he singled out "a massive federal land grab" by the Obama administration. It was yet another executive action from a president...

Ferguson courts 'in disarray' after police killing: state auditor

An audit launched in the wake of unrest following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson found the city's court system "in disarray" and disorganized, according to a report released Wednesday by the Missouri state auditor. State Auditor Nicole Galloway was in St. Louis to release...

Attorney: Aaron Hernandez hinted at suicide weeks before his death

Aaron Hernandez hinted about suicide weeks before he was found hanging by a bedsheet in prison last week, according to a jailhouse friend who once sought to share a cell with the former NFL star. Lawrence Army Jr., an attorney for inmate Kyle Kennedy, said Wednesday that Hernandez told his ...

A human outpost on the moon? China considering lunar base as launch pad for future missions

Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports. The secretary general for China's space agency, Tian Yulong,...

Trekker missing for 47 days rescued in Nepal days after girlfriend died

A Taiwanese man who was missing on a mountain in Nepal for 47 days was rescued Wednesday, but his girlfriend died just three days before they were discovered, trekking officials said. Asian Trekking agency official Madhav Basnet said 21-year-old Liang Sheng Yueh was found Wednesday on a ledge ...

France says analysis shows Syrian regime behind sarin attack

France said Wednesday that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was responsible. Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said France came to this conclusion after ...

On Twitter, Trump vows to take fight over sanctuary city defiance to Supreme Court

President Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to bring his fight against the sanctuary city movement to the Supreme Court after a federal judge blocked a White House move to withhold funds from municipalities refusing to cooperate with immigration officials. The decision Tuesday by a federal judge in...

Serena Williams: News of pregnancy became public because she hit the wrong button on Snapchat

Serena Williams seems pretty savvy with social media, but she revealed a pretty big secret last week by pressing the wrong button on Snapchat. That secret, of course, is that the tennis superstar is pregnant with her first child. And it was revealed when she accidentally made public a bikini shot...

Layoffs at ESPN could affect close to 100 employees: 'Around 50 names you will recognize'

In a message sent Wednesday to ESPN employees, network president John Skipper announced the company was beginning its next round of layoffs, a long-anticipated move that is expected to thin the ranks of ESPN's on-air and online talent. "A necessary component of managing change involves constantly...

'Much-loved' giant rabbit found dead after United flight to O'Hare

April truly is the cruelest month, at least when it comes to public relations disasters for United Airlines. In the airline's latest high-profile calamity, a giant 10-month-old rabbit - which could have grown to a record-setting size - was found dead after traveling on a United Airlines flight...

Trump's tax overhaul billed as 'largest tax reform' in U.S. history

President Donald Trump is proposing "the biggest tax cut" ever even as the government struggles with mounting debt, in an effort to fulfill promises of bringing jobs and prosperity to the middle class. White House officials on Wednesday were to release broad outlines of a tax overhaul that would...

Death of giant rabbit adds to United Airlines woes

United Airlines is investigating the death of a giant rabbit on one its trans-Atlantic flights, adding to a growing list of customer complaints for the U.S. carrier. Distraught breeder Annette Edwards told The Associated Press by phone Wednesday that a veterinarian checked Simon, a 10-month-old,...

U.S. Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel coming near it in the Persian Gulf, an American official said on Wednesday, the latest tense naval encounter between the two countries. The incident happened Monday as the vessel attempted to...

Senate bill would expand protections for air travelers, require study of airline overbooking

Legislation set to be introduced in the Senate on Wednesday would bar airlines from involuntarily removing passengers once they've boarded a flight and eliminate the caps on the compensation they can receive if they are bumped. The goal the bill's sponsors, Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Brian...

Massive Trump tax cuts face big hurdles as debt mounts

President Donald Trump is proposing tax cuts for individuals and businesses even as Washington struggles with mounting debt and the populist president tries to make good on promises to bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class. Trump is scheduled Wednesday to unveil the broad outlines of a...

France says analysis shows Syrian regime behind sarin attack

France's foreign minister said on Wednesday that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was responsible for the deadly assault. According to Foreign Minister ...

After 13 years at Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is ready for its grand finale

What do you do with a 20-year-old spacecraft that has spent 13 years orbiting Saturn, logged 4.1 billion miles in space and is about to run out of fuel? You could crash it into one of the dozens of moons that orbit the ringed planet. Or you could let it hang out in a wide orbit around the gas ...

Fox News hit with lawsuit alleging racial discrimination and 'plantation-style management'

An expanded lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Fox News Channel of racial discrimination "that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment." The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court, adds eight former and current Fox employees to a case involving ...

Trump to order review of national monuments

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as "national monuments," an action that could upend protections put in place in Utah and other states as Trump tries to rack up ...