Trump tweets strain US-Britain 'special relationship'


LONDON (AP) — A few days after his inauguration, U.S. President Donald Trump stood beside British Prime Minister Theresa May in the White House and proclaimed the strength of the "most special relationship" between their two countries.

  • Written by By JILL LAWLESS , Associated Press

Jury acquits Mexican man in San Francisco pier killing


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury on Thursday found a Mexican man not guilty in the killing of a woman on a San Francisco pier that touched off a fierce national immigration debate two years ago, rejecting possible charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter to first-degree murder.

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  • Written by By PAUL ELIAS , Associated Press

Pope says 'Rohingya' in emotional encounter with refugees


DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Pope Francis asked for forgiveness Friday from refugees in Bangladesh for all the hurt and persecution they have endured, demanded their rights be recognized and pronounced the word he had so assiduously avoided only days earlier in Myanmar: "Rohingya."

  • Written by By NICOLE WINFIELD and JULHAS ALAM , Associated Press

Wisconsin senator to back tax bill, boosting GOP hopes


WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders gained support from one more senator for the GOP tax bill on Friday, giving needed momentum to the effort and boosting leaders' hopes that they can push the $1.4 trillion legislation through the Senate later in the day.

  • Written by By MARCY GORDON and STEPHEN OHLEMACHER , Associated Press

US putting off planned ban on its use of cluster bombs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has put off indefinitely a planned ban on using certain cluster bombs, which release explosive sub-munitions, or bomblets. The U.S. military considers them a legitimate and important weapon, although critics say they kill indiscriminately and pose hazards to civilians.

  • Written by By ROBERT BURNS , AP National Security Writer