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Turkish authorities identify suicide bombers; death toll 43
ISTANBUL (AP) - The three suicide bombers who attacked Istanbul airport were a Russian, an Uzbek and a Kyrgyz, a senior Turkish official said Thursday, hours after police carried out sweeping raids across the city looking for Islamic State suspects. Tuesday's gunfire and suicide bombing attack at Ataturk Airport killed 43 people and wounded more than 230 others. The day opened with police conducting raids on 16 locations in Istanbul, rounding up 13 people suspected of having links to the Islamic State group, the most likely perpetrator of the attack at one of the world's busiest airports. The manhunt spanned three neighbourhoods on the city's Asian and European sides.


Ku Klux Klan dreams of rising again 150 years after founding
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Born in the ashes of the smoldering South after the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan died and was reborn before losing the fight against civil rights in the 1960s. Membership dwindled, a unified group fractured, and one-time members went to prison for a string of murderous attacks against blacks. Many assumed the group was dead, a white-robed ghost of hate and violence. Yet today, the KKK is still alive and dreams of restoring itself to what it once was: an invisible white supremacist empire spreading its tentacles throughout society. As it marks 150 years of existence, the Klan is trying to reshape itself for a new era


Boris Johnson won't run for leadership of Conservative Party
LONDON (AP) - The race to become Britain's next prime minister took a dramatic last-minute turn with former London Mayor Boris Johnson - considered a front-runner - ruling himself out of the race after the defection of a key ally on Thursday. Johnson, a prominent campaigner for British withdrawal from the European Union, told a news conference that the next Conservative Party leader would have needs to ensure Britain's standing in the world. "Having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances in Parliament, I have concluded that person cannot be me," he said. Johnson dropped out after Justice Secretary Michael Gove, Johnson's ally in the EU "leave" campaign, astonished the political world by announcing that he was running to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron.


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10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. RAIDS NET ISTANBUL AIRPORT SUSPECTS Police detain 13 people - including three foreign nationals - in connection with the attack that killed more than 40 people at Ataturk airport, Turkey's state-run news agency says. 2. KU KLUX KLAN DREAMS OF RISING AGAIN 150 YEARS AFTER FOUNDING The ease of online communication is helping the KKK reach new members, but watchdogs say the infamous white supremacist movement remains a shadow of its former self. 3. WHY SOME EU MEMBERS ARE DISENCHANTED Far-right movements, government spending cuts and the influx of migrants have nations other than Britain pondering an exit.


US officials: Military concerned about transgender timeline
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is poised to announce new rules allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military, amid concerns from senior military leaders who believe the department is moving too fast and has yet to resolve many details, U.S. officials told The Associated Press. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to announce the new policy this week, nearly a year after announcing his intention to make the change. The move would end one of the last bans on service in the military. Several senior U.S. officials, however, said that while the chiefs of the military services largely back the change, they sought more time to fully develop and implement the complex new rules.


Hillary Clinton raising big dollars at tiny fundraisers
WASHINGTON (AP) - A single elevator could have accommodated the donors who recently gathered with Hillary Clinton at home of the Pritzker family in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. Small in number, the group was big in largesse, contributing at least $1 million to help elect her and other Democrats this fall. To raise that much money, it would have taken a 37,000-seat stadium of Bernie Sanders fans each chipping in the campaign's self-described average donation of $27. In her quest for the White House, Clinton is using every fundraising technique at her disposal, including intimate salon-style gatherings with elite donors. Together with small-donor efforts such as email marketing and happy hours for young professionals, these events are helping Clinton collect as much as $1 billion to battle presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.


Hospital: Israeli girl, 13, dies after Palestinian stabbing
JERUSALEM (AP) - A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli teenager to death in her bedroom in the West Bank early Thursday before he was shot dead, the Israeli army and a Jerusalem hospital said. The victim in the attack in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba was Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, according to a spokeswoman for Jerusalem's Shaarei Tzedek hospital. The military said Israelis civilian security officers fired at the assailant. One officer was stabbed before the assailant was killed, the army said. The Palestinian health ministry identified the assailant as Mohammed Tarayreh, 19, from the nearby Bani Naim village. The security officer was in a serious condition, emergency services spokesman Yonatan Yagodovsky said.


Conn. police more likely to use stun guns on minorities
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Hispanics shot with stun guns by police in Connecticut in 2015 were more likely to be fired upon multiple times than other racial groups, according to an analysis released Thursday of the first statewide data of police stun gun use in the United States. In cases where police pull stun guns, the report says officers also were more likely to fire them in confrontations involving minorities, as The Associated Press first reported in January after obtaining preliminary data collected from police departments around the state. Officers fired the weapons, as opposed to merely brandishing them, 60 percent of the time in confrontations involving whites, 81 percent of the time in those involving blacks and 66 percent of the time in those involving Hispanics.


Grizzly kills mountain biker near Glacier National Park
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A grizzly bear attacked and killed a 38-year-old mountain biker as he was riding along a trail just outside Glacier National Park, Montana authorities said. Brad Treat and another rider were in the Halfmoon Lakes area of the Flathead National Forest Wednesday when they apparently surprised the bear, Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said. The bear knocked Treat off his bike, and the second rider left to look for help, Curry said. Authorities found Treat's body at the scene, but not the bear. Wildlife and law-enforcement officials were searching for the grizzly Wednesday evening. Treat was a law-enforcement officer with the U.S.


NYPD: Man stuffed bag of feces in woman's pants
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police are looking for a man who stuffed a bag of feces down a woman's pants as she walked in Manhattan. Police say the bizarre incident occurred at 6 p.m. Monday on East 74th Street near First Avenue. The man allegedly grabbed the 27-year-old woman from behind, grabbed her waist and then shoved the bag in her pants. Police say he grabbed her buttocks and tossed a pair of gloves before fleeing. Police say the incident was caught on surveillance video.

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