Trade dispute between Trump, China grows as markets tumble
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unwilling to yield, President Donald Trump and China's government escalated their trade clash Friday, with Beijing vowing to "counterattack with great strength" if Trump follows through on threats to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods….
AP sources: EPA chief spent millions on security and travel
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's concern with his safety came at a steep cost to taxpayers as his swollen security detail blew through overtime budgets and at times diverted officers away from investigating environmental crimes….
China applies its own maximum pressure policy on Pyongyang
TOKYO (AP) — As the U.S.-North Korea summit looms, President Donald Trump's maximum pressure policy on North Korea may be working – thanks to China….
House’s Steny Hoyer takes a last shot at the top spot
WASHINGTON (AP) — Steny Hoyer, who has been eyeing the top spot in the House of Representatives for more than a decade, has been traveling through Republican-friendly corners of western Wisconsin this week….
Gaza violence is latest salvo in war of narratives
JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians took part in a mass protest along Gaza's volatile border with Israel, the second large-scale demonstration in what is expected to be a steady turnout over the coming weeks….
Arizona, Texas send 400 troops to border after Trump’s call
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Arizona and Texas announced Friday that they would send 400 National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border by next week in response to President Donald Trump's call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration….
Brazil’s Lula creates standoff with defiance of prison order
SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, Brazil (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's defiance of a judge's deadline to turn himself in and start serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption has created a tense standoff with the ex-leader holed up with supporters in a union headquarters….
Northern California rains raise rivers, and flood concerns
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tourists streamed out of Yosemite National Park, San Francisco baseball fans had a game cancelled by rain for the first time in a dozen years, and authorities kept a close eye on swelling rivers and rising water at a damaged dam as a "Pineapple Express" storm drenched Northern California….
Koreas discuss communication issues ahead of summit
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea on Saturday held talks over establishing a telephone hotline between their leaders and other communication issues ahead of a rare summit between the rivals later this month….
Patrick Reed halfway home to 1st major at Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Patrick Reed is halfway home to his first major championship….