In draft of speech, Trump using softer language about Islam

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will use his first visit to the Middle East to call for unity in the fight against radicalism in the Muslim world, casting the challenge as a "battle between good and evil" and urging Arab leaders to "drive out the terrorists from your places of worship," according to a draft of the speech obtained by The Associated Press.

  • Written by VIVIAN SALAMA and JONATHAN LEMIRE , Associated Press

Freed Nigerian schoolgirls to meet families after 3 years

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The 82 Nigerian schoolgirls recently released after more than three years in Boko Haram captivity were reuniting with their families for the first time Saturday, officials said.

  • Written by BASHIR ADIGUN , Associated Press

Hawaii-bound passengers noticed unruly man before take-off

HONOLULU (AP) — After landing in Honolulu on a flight from Los Angeles, passengers described a midair disruption involving an unruly man whose attempts to get to the front of the jetliner prompted flight attendants and passengers to subdue him. and fighter jets to escort the plane.

  • Written by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and MICHAEL BALSAMO , Associated Press

Alabama's GOP approves new maps; Dems vow repeat court fight

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's GOP-dominated legislature redrew legislative maps Friday under court order to fix racial gerrymandering, punctuating a session rife with racial turmoil over issues such as the protection of Confederate monuments and an email that compared lawmakers to monkeys.

  • Written by KIM CHANDLER , Associated Press Writer

NKorea vows to strengthen nukes as US increases pressure

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. defense chief warned Friday that a military solution to the standoff with North Korea would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale," while the North vowed to rapidly strengthen its nuclear-strike capability as long as it faces a "hostile" U.S. policy.

  • Written by EDITH M. LEDERER and MATTHEW PENNINGTON , Associated Press