41 dead in Istanbul airport attack; Turkish govt blames IS ISTANBUL (AP) - Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 41 people and wounded hundreds at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport, apparently targeting Turkey's crucial tourism industry. The government blamed the attack on Islamic State extremists but there was no immediate confirmation from the group. Travelers and airport workers described scenes of chaos Tuesday night as gunfire and explosions sent fleeing crowds first in one direction, then another. Airport surveillance video posted on social media appeared to show the moment of one explosion, a ball of fire that sent terrified passengers racing for safety. Another appeared to show an attacker, felled by a gunshot from a security officer, blowing himself up seconds later.
Trump's 'America First' echoes old isolationist rallying cry WASHINGTON (AP) - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump boils down his foreign policy agenda to two words: "America First." For students of U.S. history, that slogan harkens back to the tumultuous presidential election of 1940, when hundreds of thousands of Americans joined the anti-war America First Committee. That isolationist group's primary goal was to keep the United States from joining Britain in the fight against Nazi Germany, which by then had overrun nearly all of Europe. But the committee is also remembered for the unvarnished anti-Semitism of some of its most prominent members and praise for the economic policies of Adolf Hitler.
Trump gets rock-bottom ratings in international survey WASHINGTON (AP) - A new multi-nation survey finds that confidence in Donald Trump's ability to manage foreign policy should he become U.S. president is rock-bottom in a host of countries in Europe and Asia. In seven of 15 countries outside of the U.S. polled by Pew Research Center, Trump's ratings are in the single digits. Large majorities in 11 of the countries have little or no confidence in the prospective Republican presidential nominee ability to manage international affairs. That includes 92 percent of Swedes, 89 percent of Germans and 82 percent of Japanese. He polls best in China, where there is a split between 40 percent who have no confidence in Trump and 39 percent who do not offer an opinion.
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EU to Britain: No access to single market without migration BRUSSELS (AP) - European Union leaders spelled out stark conditions for a new relationship with a departing Britain on Wednesday, warning that if British business wants to keep access to Europe's single market, the country must accept European workers, too. The leaders produced no clear rehaul for their shaken union after an unusual and emotionally charged summit, but agreed they must make it more relevant to citizens and keep it from disintegrating after Britain's unprecedented vote to leave. The 27 remaining presidents, chancellors and prime ministers said they're "absolutely determined to remain united," EU Council President Donald Tusk said. They met without British Prime Minister David Cameron, who left Brussels on Tuesday night without any clear divorce plan, fending off pressure for a quick exit and punting the complex departure negotiations to his successor.
Dispatcher: 'Gunshots closer, multiple people screaming' ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Police dispatchers heard repeated gunfire, screaming and moaning from patrons of the Pulse nightclub who called to report that gunman Omar Mateen was opening fire inside the club, according to written logs released Tuesday. The first call of "shots fired" came in at 2:02 a.m. and the caller reported "multiple people down." One caller said Mateen had gone upstairs where six people were hiding. Dispatchers heard up to 30 gunshots in the background at another point as callers screamed and moaned. "My caller is no longer responding, just an open line with moaning," one dispatcher said in the report.
Senate set to begin voting on Puerto Rico rescue package WASHINGTON (AP) - The top Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate on Wednesday implored their colleagues to back a rescue package for cash-strapped Puerto Rico, just 48 hours before the island is expected to default on a $2 billion debt payment. As the Senate opened its session, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pressed for support on a morning test vote that would determine if the Senate moves forward on the bill. The alternative, with the House out of session, is an unraveling of the carefully negotiated package. "We must act now to prevent matters from getting worse," McConnell said.
New cameras keep electronic eye on Western wildfires ELDORADO NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (AP) - As the summer wildfire season heats up in the West, a growing network of online cameras installed on forested mountaintops is changing the way crews fight fires by allowing early detection that triggers quicker, cheaper and more tactical suppression. The network of roughly 20 high-definition cameras being installed around the Lake Tahoe region can pan, tilt and zoom into fires. They can rotate 360 degrees. And the cameras even have night vision to supplement human lookouts that only work during daylight hours. "At night, it becomes real easy to see a fire. Just a few days ago, we could see a fire from northern Nevada into Oregon, about 100 miles away, and it wasn't hard to see at all," said Graham Kent, director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory and a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.
FDA has a few questions for makers of hand sanitizer WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim - and whether there are any health risks to their growing use. The Food and Drug Administration is asking for new studies on how the antiseptic gels and rubs fight germs and get absorbed into the body, with a particular focus on children and pregnant women. The proposal unveiled Wednesday is part of an ongoing government effort to review decades-old chemicals that have never had a comprehensive federal review. Agency officials stressed that the review "does not mean the FDA believes these products are ineffective or unsafe." Hand sanitizers have become nearly ubiquitous over the last 20 years, offered in workplaces, schools, restaurants and other public spaces to reduce the spread of germs.
Cops: Man, 80, killed 81-year-old by graves over unpaid loan TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) - Police say a dispute over an unpaid loan was the motive for an 80-year-old man to kill an 81-year-old man in a Rhode Island cemetery. Tiverton Police Chief Thomas Blakey tells The Newport Daily News that Edward Acquisto had taken out a "significant" loan in 2011 from a church in Kingston, Massachusetts. Police say parishioner John Cloud met him June 13 in Pocasset Hill Cemetery to discuss it, and Acquisto shot him to death among the gravestones. Acquisto later led police on a car chase before officers fatally shot him. Blakey wouldn't say how much money Acquisto borrowed or what he did with it, but he did say Acquisto hadn't repaid any substantial amount.
Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's first guitarist, dies at 84 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revolutionary sound and inspired a generation of musicians that included Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen, died Tuesday. He was 84. Moore died at his home in Nashville, said biographer and friend James L. Dickerson, who confirmed the death through a family friend. "As a musician, I consider him one of the co-founders of rock 'n' roll because of the guitar licks that he invented," Dickerson said, calling Moore an icon. Presley's ex-wife Priscilla Presley echoed that sentiment in a statement Tuesday night: "Elvis loved Scotty dearly and treasured those amazing years together, both in the studio and on the road.