UN: chemical experts found sarin exposure in Syria attack

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A team from the international chemical weapons watchdog found exposure "to sarin or a sarin-like substance" in samples from an April 4 attack in northern Syria that killed over 90 people and now wants to visit the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, a senior U.N. official said Tuesday.

  • Written by EDITH M. LEDERER , Associated Press

UK deploys 1,000 soldiers to protect key sites after bombing

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British security forces arrested three more suspects Wednesday in connection with the Manchester concert bombing and sent hundreds of soldiers to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster.

  • Written by JILL LAWLESS and GREGORY KATZ , Associated Press

Islamic State-linked militants besiege Philippine city

MANILA, 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.

  • Written by JIM GOMEZ and TERESA CEROJANO , Associated Press

States rejecting bills intended to keep guns away from kids


In state after state, proposals that would create or toughen laws intended to keep kids from getting ahold of unsecured guns have stalled — caught up in a debate over whether they are effective prevention measures or just government overreach.

  • Written by RYAN J. FOLEY and NICK PENZENSTADLER , Associated Press and USA TODAY Network

MBA for mom who went to all classes with quadriplegic son

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California university has awarded an honorary degree to the mother of a quadriplegic student after she attended every class with him and took his notes while he pursued his Master of Business Administration.