French hero officer who swapped himself for hostage dies

TREBES, France (AP) — A French police officer who offered himself up to an Islamic extremist gunman in exchange for a hostage has died, raising the death toll in the attack in southern France to four. He was honored Saturday as a national hero of "exceptional courage and selflessness."

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  • Written by By LORI HINNANT , Associated Press

Trump order would ban most transgender troops from serving

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump released an order Friday night banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under "limited circumstances," following up on his calls last year to ban transgender individuals from serving.

  • Written by By KEN THOMAS , Associated Press

Stocks tumble on trade fears; S&P has worst week in 2 years

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks around the world plunged Friday as investors feared that a trade conflict between the U.S. and China, the biggest economies in the world, would escalate. A second day of big losses pushed U.S. stocks to their worst week in two years.

  • Written by By MARLEY JAY , AP Markets Writer

China tells US it will defend interests after Trump tariffs

BEIJING (AP) — China's newly appointed economic czar told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Saturday that Beijing is ready to defend its interests after President Donald Trump announced plans to slap tariffs on nearly $50 billion in Chinese imports.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FBI seeks motive for fiery van crash at California air base

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Investigators are working around the clock as they struggle to determine why a man with no apparent ties to terrorism drove a flaming minivan full of propane tanks and gasoline cans through the main gate of a major Northern California Air Force Base this week.

  • Written by By DON THOMPSON and PAUL ELIAS , Associated Press