The Latest: Suspected van driver charged in Canada deaths A judge in Canada has ordered the 25-year-old man suspected of plowing a van into pedestrians in north Toronto detained on 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 of attempted murder. Suspect Alek Minassian learned of the charges in a brief initial hearing before a judge in Toronto on Tuesday. Minassian wore a white jail jumpsuit and had his hands handcuffed. He showed little emotion. He was asked to say his name and if he understood an order not to have any contact with anyone injured in Monday's crash scene on a busy sidewalk. He did not enter a plea to the charges and was ordered to return to court on May 10.
Motive elusive after van driver kills 10 on Toronto sidewalk TORONTO (AP) - Police in Canada's biggest city were piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video on Tuesday to determine why a 25-year-old man plowed a van into a busy stretch of sidewalk on a sunny afternoon in one of the deadliest incidents of violence in the country's history. Witnesses and the city's police chief said the suspect, who was quickly captured following a tense confrontation with police, appeared to intentionally drive the rental van into the crowd along busy Yonge Street in north Toronto. "It was like he playing a video game, trying to kill as many people as possible," said Panna Patel, 42, who works in the area and was getting cash from an ATM when she heard what at first sounded like explosions.
Mental health and guns an issue after Waffle House attack NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Without knowing who he was or what he might do, police briefly had Travis Reinking in their sights days before the deadly assault on a Waffle House restaurant. Alerted to the theft of a BMW from a car dealer last week, officers decided against a risky police chase, knowing the car had a GPS device and could soon be located. Sure enough, the car was recovered the same day, outside Reinking's apartment. But police didn't figure out who stole it until Sunday, after the Waffle House attack. By then, police say, the 29-year-old with a troubled past used an assault weapon - the same AR-15 once taken from him at the FBI's request - to kill four people and wound four others.
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Trump praises strength of US-French alliance WASHINGTON (AP) - Praising the strength of America's oldest alliance, President Donald Trump welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron to the White House Tuesday with a pomp-filled ceremony on the South Lawn, opening a day of talks on the future of the Iran nuclear deal and the crisis in Syria. Trump said the partnership he forged with Macron at the start of his presidency was a testament to the "enduring friendship that binds our two nations." He thanked the French leader for his "steadfast partnership" during the recent missile strike in response to the chemical attack in Syria. Macron told Trump that together the U.S.
AP-NORC poll: Privacy debacle prompts social-media changes NEW YORK (AP) - If you've made changes to how you use social media since Facebook's Cambridge Analytica privacy debacle, you're not alone. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 7 out of 10 of online adults who've heard of the scandal - revelations that a data mining firm may have accessed the private information of some 87 million Facebook users to influence elections - have unfollowed accounts, deleted their profiles or made other changes in how they use social media. And since 9 in 10 Americans have heard at least a little bit about Cambridge Analytica, this means the scandal has led to widespread changes in the use of social media among Americans.
Ahead of summits, US tones down war games with S. Korea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Spring on the Korean Peninsula is normally the season of D-Day-style beach landings with big guns thumping in the distance and skies crisscrossed by the contrails of fighter aircraft. But as the North and South prepare for their first summit in more than a decade this Friday, there is something different in the air: the hope of detente. Or at least of a much-needed respite. Korea has for decades been the site of the world's largest annual military maneuvers between the U.S. and its ally South Korea. This year, the exercises have been postponed, scaled back, probably shortened and certainly toned down.
Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics One in three older Americans with Medicare drug coverage is prescribed opioid painkillers, but for those who develop a dangerous addiction there is one treatment Medicare won't cover: methadone. Methadone is the oldest, and experts say, the most effective of the three approved medications used to treat opioid addiction. It eases cravings without an intense high, allowing patients to work with counselors to rebuild their lives. Federal money is flowing to states to open new methadone clinics through the 21st Century Cures Act, but despite the nation's deepening opioid crisis, the Medicare drug program for the elderly covers methadone only when prescribed for pain.
Senators considering a delay for VA confirmation hearing WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators were discussing plans to delay the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to be Veteran Affairs secretary over growing questions about the nominee's ability to manage the government's second-largest department. The hearing for Ronny Jackson, Trump's White House doctor and a Navy rear admiral, was scheduled for Wednesday. "Some Republican colleagues have told me that they think the hearing should be postponed, which certainly deserves consideration," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. "I think there may well be a need for more time, in fairness to Admiral Jackson, so he and the administration have an opportunity to answer these questions fully and fairly," he said.
Mummified body found in Iran could be father of last shah DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A mummified body discovered near the site of a former royal mausoleum in Iran may be the remains of Reza Shah Pahlavi, the founder of the Pahlavi dynasty and the father of the country's last shah. The recent find of the gauze-wrapped body - and the speculation it triggered - puts new hurdles in the way of the Islamic Republic's efforts to fully erase the country's dynastic past, which includes the jack-hammered destruction of the autocrat's tomb immediately after the 1979 revolution. Yet, as disaffection and economic problems grow ahead of the Islamic Revolution's 40th anniversary, mystique around Iran's age of monarchies persists even with its own history of abuses.
Cosby jury to decide: Serial rapist or con artist's mark NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Accompanied for the first time by his wife of more than 50 years, Bill Cosby walked into a courthouse Tuesday morning ahead of closing arguments in his sexual assault retrial. Camille Cosby had been absent from the courtroom as prosecutors called a series of women to the stand who testified her husband drugged and sexually assaulted them, but she was by his side Tuesday for the trial's conclusion. The jury that will start deliberating Cosby's fate has heard the comedian described over the past two weeks both as a "serial rapist" and a con artist's victim. They have seen a half-dozen accusers testify that the man once revered as "America's Dad" had a sordid secret life that involved preying on women for his own sexual gratification.