School receptionist Jane Tweddle among the bombing victims LONDON (AP) - The names of the 22 victims killed by a suicide bomber at a Manchester concert on Monday night have not been officially released, but here what's known about them so far: --- Jane Tweddle was a receptionist and well-loved member of the staff at the South Shore Academy in the English seaside town of Blackpool. The academy's principal, Jane Bailey, said tributes had poured in from parents, students and colleagues describing Tweddle as "bubbly, kind, welcoming, funny, generous." She said the mother of three daughters was "irreplaceable, much loved and will never be forgotten." Tweddle had reportedly gone to Manchester with a friend to pick up the friend's daughter, who was attending the Ariana Grande concert.
'We can use peace': Trump and Pope Francis meet VATICAN CITY (AP) - President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe. Trump, midway through a grueling nine-day, maiden international journey, called upon the pontiff in a private, 30-minute meeting laden with religious symbolism and ancient protocol. Neither man, unquestionably two of the most famous in the world, repeated their prior criticism of the other. The statements released afterward were deliberately vague and contained only hints of areas of disagreement. Trump smiled broadly, the pope smiled less, but both agreed, at least for a day, to settle on the same message: the need to avoid conflict.
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Mulvaney defends Trump budget's social safety net cuts WASHINGTON (AP) - White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney told lawmakers on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's plans to slash social programs are designed to increase economic growth to 3 percent and put "taxpayers first." Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that he went "line by line" through the federal budget and asked "Can we justify this to the folks who are actually paying for it?" Mulvaney's appearance was one of four slated Wednesday as Trump Cabinet officials fanned out on Capitol Hill to defend Trump's budget, which contains jarring, politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety net and a broad swath of domestic programs.
A gunshot and a child dies: Should anyone be punished? DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Amy Pittman learned on her first day in jail to bottle up her grief. As soon as she arrived, guards took her shoelaces so she wouldn't try to hang herself. Cry too much or scream too loud and she feared they would come back to take everything she had left - her clothes, a sheet, a plastic spork. But how could she not? How could anyone? Ten weeks before, Pittman was a single mom who worked overnight shifts as a gas station cashier to keep her three kids fed and clothed. Now, alone in a cinderblock cell, she faced criminal charges for not doing enough to protect them.
Women CEOs earned more last year, but few were in top job NEW YORK (AP) - Women CEOs earned big bucks last year, but there's still very few of them running the world's largest companies. The median pay for a female CEO was $13.1 million last year, up 9 percent from 2015, according to an analysis by executive data firm Equilar and The Associated Press. By comparison, male CEOs earned $11.4 million, also up 9 percent. But the number of women in CEO roles has barely budged. Just 6 percent of the top paid CEOs in the U.S. last year were women, according to the Equilar and AP analysis, a slight increase from about 5 percent in 2015 and 2014.
Playboy model who shot nude of unwitting woman due in court LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Playboy centerfold who ignited a backlash of criticism when she secretly snapped a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a locker room and posted it online mocking the woman's body is expected to appear in court Wednesday to resolve a criminal charge. Dani Mathers is planning to show up at a hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court on a misdemeanor charge of invasion of privacy, her lawyer said. Mathers, 30, has apologized for taking the photo at an LA Fitness club in July and posting it on Snapchat with the caption: "If I can't unsee this then you can't either." The posting was accompanied by a selfie of Mathers in a tank top with her hand over her mouth as if she's gasping in horror.
Pope to first lady: what are you feeding Trump? BIZELJSKO, Slovenia (AP) - Thanks to Pope Francis and the U.S. first lady, a traditional Slovenian dish is hitting the headlines. As Melania Trump approached and shook hands with the pontiff on Wednesday, Francis asked in Spanish through his interpreter and pointed toward President Donald Trump: "What do you give him to eat? Potica?" She looked puzzled at first, as did reporters, apparently thinking the pope was talking about pizza. But then the first lady seemed to understand that he meant potica (pronounced paw-tee'-tzah). "Potica, ah yes," the Slovenian-born first lady smiled before stepping aside, still looking a bit confused. Slovenia's public broadcaster carried the news on its website in its entertainment section.
Rangers try to rescue wild elephant in India's northeast GAUHATI, India (AP) - Indian veterinarians are treating a 10-year-old wild elephant with an injured leg to help it escape from a marshy area where it has been stuck for at least five days. The state Forest and Environment Ministry said forest rangers are bringing domesticated elephants to help rescue the trapped male elephant in Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary, 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state. Their first priority is to treat the elephant's injury so it can come out on its own. Such events are becoming increasingly common in the state, which has a large population of wild elephants.
Technical problems force HBO to scrap Jon Stewart venture NEW YORK (AP) - HBO is scrapping a web-delivered satirical project it was developing with Jon Stewart, a change of plans that keeps the popular political humorist on the sidelines as the Trump administration continues to provide his fellow comedians with comic gold. "HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short-form digital animated project," the network said Wednesday. "We all thought the project had great potential but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too difficult given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material." The statement added that other projects with Stewart are in the works "which you will be hearing about in the near future." The four-year exclusive pact between Stewart and HBO was announced in November 2015, three months after Stewart ended his 17-year run as host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." HBO said then that the partnership would launch with an animated parody of a cable news network allowing Stewart to comment on daily breaking news in real time.