California governor declares end to drought emergency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown declared an end to California's historic drought Friday, lifting emergency orders that had forced residents to stop running sprinklers as often and encouraged them to rip out thirsty lawns during the state's driest four-year period on record.


  • Written by SCOTT SMITH , Associated Press

Trump defends attack on Syria; demands 'end the slaughter'

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump cast the United States assault on a Syrian air base as vital to deter future use of poison gas and called on other nations to join in seeking "to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria."


  • Written by JULIE PACE, VIVIAN SALAMA and LOLITA C. BALDOR , Associated Press

UN images: 18,000 destroyed structures in South Sudan region

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — United Nations satellite images obtained by The Associated Press show at least 18,000 structures have been destroyed in the Yei area of South Sudan. It is one of the most significant caches of evidence of widespread destruction in the country's civil war.


  • Written by JUSTIN LYNCH , Associated Press

Swedish media: Truck crashes into Stockholm store, 3 dead

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, and Swedish radio says the crash has killed three people. People in the downtown area are fleeing the scene in panic.


Russia ups ante by freezing communications with US in Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia reacted to U.S. military strikes on its ally Syria Friday by cutting a hotline intended to prevent midair incidents, a response that demonstrates Moscow's readiness to defy Washington and could even put the two nuclear superpowers on a course toward military confrontation.


  • Written by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV , Associated Press