Filipino nailed to cross prays for Belgium, Philippines

SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino devotee was nailed to a cross for the 30th time in an annual Good Friday ritual, which he dedicated to peace in Belgium and other countries targeted by Islamic extremists.

  • Written by RENE CASIBANG, Associated Press

US grew slightly more in 4th quarter than earlier estimated

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the fourth quarter than previously estimated, boosted by stronger consumer spending. Consumers may be providing more lift to the economy in the current January-March period.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

Brussels police conduct more raids linked to deadly bombings

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police raided Brussels neighborhoods again Friday in an operation a local official said was linked to both the airport and subway bombings and to the arrest in the Paris suburbs of a man who may have been plotting a new attack in France.

  • Written by JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, Associated Press LORNE COOK, Associated Press

Removal of Confederate symbols turns nasty in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Backlash against a plan to remove prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans has been tinged by death threats, intimidation and even what may have been the torching of a contractor's Lamborghini.

  • Written by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press

US moving to increase troops in Iraq; IS leader killed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Friday it was moving to increase the number of American troops in Iraq amid new strikes this week that killed the Islamic State's finance minister and other senior leaders. Still, top U.S. defense officials say the deaths won't "break the back" of the extremist group, which is in a fierce fight for an ancient city in Syria and claimed responsibility for bombing a soccer stadium in Iraq.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press