AP FACT CHECK: Budget chief slams Obama growth forecast


WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney, defending an administration that promises more economic growth than many think it can deliver, said Tuesday it's the Obama administration that went overboard in its forecasts for growth. His indictment glosses over significant differences in the economy now and then.

  • Written by JOSH BOAK , AP Economics Writer

Budget office to gauge health bill effect on coverage, cost

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are about to learn more about whether their drive to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law has been worth the political pain they've been experiencing.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press

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