Hawaii-bound passengers noticed unruly man before take-off

HONOLULU (AP) — After landing in Honolulu on a flight from Los Angeles, passengers described a midair disruption involving an unruly man whose attempts to get to the front of the jetliner prompted flight attendants and passengers to subdue him. and fighter jets to escort the plane.

  • Written by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and MICHAEL BALSAMO , Associated Press

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