Death toll hits 39 in Italy bridge collapse; blame begins

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Italian prosecutors on Wednesday focused their investigation into the Genoa highway bridge collapse on possible design flaws or inadequate maintenance, as the death toll rose to 39 and Italian politicians looked for someone to blame.

  • Written by By FRANCES D'EMILIO and PAOLO SANTALUCIA , Associated Press

Manafort jury to hear closing arguments in his fraud trial

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Closing arguments were expected Wednesday in the trial of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman accused of tax evasion and bank fraud.

  • Written by By CHAD DAY, MATTHEW BARAKAT and MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press

Parkland students start school year with tightened security

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School returned to a more secure campus on Wednesday as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building. But some say they still won't feel protected despite $6.5 million in security enhancements, including 18 safety monitors, new classroom locks and upgraded video surveillance.

  • Written by By KELLI KENNEDY , Associated Press

Some primary night 'firsts' as Dems pick diverse slates

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a night of firsts, Democrats in Vermont's primary chose the nation's first transgender gubernatorial nominee. In Minnesota, they picked a woman who would be the first Somali-American member of Congress. Connecticut Democrats nominated a candidate who could become the first black woman from the state to serve in Congress.

  • Written by By STEVE PEOPLES and KYLE POTTER , Associated Press

Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul, killing 25

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted students preparing for university exams in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 25 young men and women studying together in an attack that was blamed on the Islamic State group.