Obama ready to face historic, haunted ground of Hiroshima HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) - Convinced that the time for this moment is right at last, President Barack Obama on Friday will become the first American president to confront the historic and haunted ground of Hiroshima. Here, at this place of so much suffering, where U.S. forces dropped the atomic bomb that gave birth to the nuclear age, Obama will pay tribute to the 140,000 people who died from the attack seven decades ago. He will not apologize. He will not second-guess President Harry Truman's decision to unleash the awful power of nuclear weapons. He will not dissect Japanese aggression in World War II.
Obama's every gesture will be scrutinized in Hiroshima visit HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) - Every gesture. Every word uttered or avoided. Every person Barack Obama speaks with, listens to and stands beside in Hiroshima. All of it will help determine the success of a trip with huge potential political and diplomatic pitfalls, both in America and Asia. The leader of the United States is already one of the world's most watched people. But that daily scrutiny will be magnified exponentially when Obama makes the first presidential journey to the place where the first atomic bomb attack killed tens of thousands 71 years ago. Obama's mere presence among the nightmare images of death and destruction that linger in Hiroshima will be what most casual observers will remember.
10 Things to Know for Friday Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. OBAMA READY TO FACE HIROSHIMA'S HISTORIC GROUND The first American president to confront the place of great suffering, he will pay tribute to the 140,000 people who died from the attack seven decades ago. 2. TRUMP SEWS UP DELEGATES TO SEAL GOP NOMINATION The feat completes an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign. 3. MANY OPT TO TAKE SOCIAL SECURITY BEFORE FULL RETIREMENT AGE An AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll says 43 percent of those 50 and older plan to claim their benefits before 65 or 66 for those born between 1943 and 1954 - even though that means a smaller check each month.
Watch Top News Video
G7 leaders pledge collective action on sagging global growth ISE, Japan (AP) - The leaders of the Group of Seven advanced economies have pledged to "collectively tackle" major risks to global growth, including direct political threats to the international order from terrorist attacks, violent extremism and refugee flows. G-7 leaders wrapped up their annual summit Friday with a declaration that claimed a "special responsibility" for leading international efforts to cope with those challenges. They committed to a cooperative approach in beefing up policies to stimulate and sustain growth of their sluggish economies with use of flexible spending strategies to create jobs and shore up confidence in uncertain times.
Over the top: Trump sews up delegates to seal GOP nomination BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Triumphantly armed with a majority of his party's delegates, Republican Donald Trump unleashed a broadside attack Thursday on Hillary Clinton's prescriptions for energy, guns, the economy and international affairs, shifting abruptly toward the general election with his likely Democratic opponent locked in a divisive primary contest. The New York billionaire shrugged off signs of discord in his party hours after sewing up the number of delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination, a feat that completed an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign. "Here I am watching Hillary fight, and she can't close the deal," Trump crowed during an appearance in North Dakota.
The Latest: G-7 leaders weigh in on Asian maritime disputes The G-7 leaders have expressed their concern about territorial disputes among Asian countries in the East and South China Seas. In a communique at the end of their two-day meeting, they emphasized "the fundamental importance of peaceful management and settlement of disputes." G-7 member Japan is embroiled in a territorial dispute with China over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. Japan and the U.S. have also expressed concern about China's island-building activities in the South China Sea, where several countries have overlapping territorial claims. --
Trump uses energy speech to outline general election pitch BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled an "America first" energy plan he said would unleash unfettered production of oil, coal, natural gas and other energy sources to push the United States toward energy independence. But the speech, delivered at the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, went far beyond energy, as Trump laid out, in his most detail to date, a populist general election pitch against likely rival Hillary Clinton. "She's declared war on the American worker," Trump said of Clinton, reading from prepared remarks in a stadium packed with thousands. Trump delivered the policy address just hours after The Associated Press determined he had won the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican presidential nomination.
Black activists are looking beyond the courtroom for change BALTIMORE (AP) - Black activists in Baltimore and beyond say they are disappointed but not discouraged after neither of the first two police officers to stand trial in the death of Freddie Gray was convicted. A number of black leaders said that they had low expectations of seeing anyone found guilty, and that bringing about real and lasting change in the criminal justice system will require action both inside and outside the courtroom, including pushing for new laws and reforms in police procedures. "You don't judge a war by winning or losing battles," said the Rev. Al Sharpton, the longtime civil rights leader.
More severe weather and tornadoes roil Plains; no injuries CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) - Severe weather spawning numerous tornadoes roiled large stretches of Kansas for a second day Thursday, prompting residents to anxiously watch the skies but causing only scattered damage in rural areas and no injuries or deaths. A late afternoon tornado warning in the Kansas City area prompted a brief precautionary evacuation of Kansas City International Airport in Missouri, forcing travelers and other visitors into parking garage tunnels, local media reported. The airport was back in operation by early evening. The area was on high alert a day after a half-mile-wide tornado stayed on the ground for about 90 minutes near Chapman, Kansas, Wednesday night and traveled 26 miles.
Rapper arrested in T.I. concert shooting that killed 1 NEW YORK (AP) - Police investigating a deadly shooting at a packed hip-hop concert arrested a rap artist Thursday, saying surveillance footage showed him stalking through the venue firing a gun. Roland Collins, who's from Brooklyn and goes by the stage name Troy Ave, will face attempted murder and weapons charges, a police spokesman said. Four people were shot, one fatally, when a fight started Wednesday night in a performers' lounge at a Manhattan concert hall where the star rapper T.I. was scheduled to perform. The man who died, Ronald McPhatter, was a member of Collins' entourage and had been there to provide security, according to his family.