UK lowers terror threat level to 'severe' as more arrested

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Britain reduced its terrorism threat level a notch, from "critical" to "severe," as authorities said major progress has been made in unravelling the plot behind the Manchester bombing. More arrests are expected.

  • Written by MSTYSLAV CHERNOV and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

A sister uses her gifts to send messages to fallen soldier

NEENAH, Wis. (AP) — She begins each time by sharpening her tools, with the sound of metal on metal echoing through the sunlit old house she calls both home and workshop. Making a violin is a methodical art. For Sonja St. John, that structure is a necessity — and the routine, in many ways, a saving grace.

  • Written by MARTHA IRVINE , AP National Writer

CEO pay by the numbers: How big were last year's raises?

The typical big-company CEO raked in $11.5 million last year in salary, stock and other compensation, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. That's an 8.5 percent raise from a year earlier, the biggest in three years.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

AP FACT CHECK: No Medicaid cuts in Trump budget? Really?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump's budget director insists the administration's spending plans won't cut Medicaid money, but by any conventional measure of federal financing the health care program for families and the poor is clearly on the chopping block.

  • Written by JOSH BOAK , AP Economics Writer

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's suspect claim about Iran's collapse

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump tells it, Iran would be a collapsed state by now if only the Obama administration had refused the 2015 deal that eased economic sanctions in return for a freeze on Iranian nuclear development. This starved-into-submission scenario, however, doesn't fit with the circumstances of that time.

  • Written by BRADLEY KLAPPER , Associated Press