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

Prospect of NAFTA rewrite gives US farmers a case of jitters

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump's presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law.

  • Written by PAUL WISEMAN , AP Economics Writer

Trump leaves tumult at home, will visit Middle East, Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's maiden international trip, a five-stop marathon across the Middle East and Europe, has long loomed as a crucial first test abroad for the chaos-courting president.

  • Written by JONATHAN LEMIRE , Associated Press

Prosecutors: Times Square driver wanted to 'kill them all'

NEW YORK (AP) — A man charged with slamming his speeding car into pedestrians on the sidewalks of Times Square, killing a teenage tourist and injuring nearly two dozen people, said he wanted to "kill them all" and police should have shot him to stop him, a prosecutor revealed Friday.


  • Written by COLLEEN LONG , Associated Press