Officials: Police had Champs-Elysees attacker in their grasp

PARIS (AP) — The Champs-Elysees gunman who shot and killed a police officer just days before France's presidential election was detained in February for threatening police but then freed, two officials told The Associated Press on Friday. He was also convicted in 2003 of attempted homicide in the shootings of two police officers.


  • Written by LORI HINNANT and JOHN LEICESTER , Associated Press

Trump's budget chief says money for border wall a must

WASHINGTON (AP) — Money for the wall President Donald Trump wants to build along the U.S. border with Mexico must be part of the massive spending bill Congress is preparing, the White House budget director says.


  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

US Defense Sec'y Mattis: Syria still has chemical weapons

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel on Friday, warning against the banned munitions being used again.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS , AP National Security Correspondent

Finance leaders defend trade, worry about those left behind

WASHINGTON (AP) — World finance leaders, confronted by a growing backlash against globalization, will seek to build support for free trade by finding ways to help those left behind.


  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER and PAUL WISEMAN , Associated Press