Christie ends shutdown, but beach pictures left an imprint


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie, by his own admission, entered lame-duck territory on Tuesday, signing his final budget after a bruising three-day state government shutdown that included a viral photo of him lounging on a state beach that was closed to the public because of a budget impasse.

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  • Written by By MICHAEL CATALINI , Associated Press

Kim vows North Korea's nukes are not on negotiation table


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed Wednesday his nation will "demonstrate its mettle to the U.S." and never put its weapons programs up for negotiations, a day after successfully testing its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

  • Written by By FOSTER KLUG and HYUNG-JIN KIM , Associated Press

Monsoon floods kill 20 in India, leave thousands homeless


GAUHATI, India (AP) — Heavy rains since the start of India's monsoon season have triggered floods and landslides in parts of the remote northeastern region, causing at least 20 deaths, authorities said Wednesday.

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No 'specific agenda,' but Trump, Putin have lots to discuss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday will be brimming with global intrigue, but the White House says there's "no specific agenda." So in the absence of a set list of topics, what are two of the world's most famously unpredictable leaders to discuss?

  • Written by By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE , Associated Press

Merkel stands by suggestion Europe can't rely fully on US


BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel stood by her suggestion that Europe can no longer entirely rely on the U.S. and declared Wednesday that Germany and China can work together to help calm the world's problems.

  • Written by By GEIR MOULSON , Associated Press