China overturns rejections of 9 Trump trademarks


SHANGHAI (AP) — The Chinese government has granted preliminary approval for nine Donald Trump trademarks it had previously rejected, in whole or in part, The Associated Press found, a turn that is likely to fuel further allegations that Beijing may be giving the president's family business special treatment.

  • Written by By ERIKA KINETZ , Associated Press

Mattis: Trump has delegated decisions on Afghan troop levels


WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday he can now set U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan after receiving the authority from President Donald Trump. It's a break from past practice that Mattis said will enable him to more effectively manage the war effort.

  • Written by By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA BALDOR , Associated Press

Rules to help defrauded students clear loans being revised

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department announced Wednesday that it will change two key Obama-era rules governing student loan forgiveness in cases involving fraud and misconduct by universities.


Death toll rises to 12 in London apartment building inferno

LONDON (AP) — They banged on windows, screamed for help, dropped children from smoky floors in a desperate attempt to save them. Terrified residents of the Grenfell Tower said there was little warning of the inferno that engulfed their high-rise apartment building and left 12 people dead — a toll that officials said would almost certainly rise.

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  • Written by GREGORY KATZ and DANICA KIRKA , Associated Press

Top House GOP leader shot at congressional baseball practice


WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot by a rifle-wielding gunman Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. Several other people were also believed to have been hit, according to a lawmaker who witnessed the shooting.

  • Written by By ERICA WERNER , Associated Press