Children among victims of suicide bomb at Ariana Grande show MANCHESTER, England (AP) - A suicide bomber blew himself up as young concert-goers left a show by the American singer Ariana Grande in the northern English city of Manchester, killing at least 22 people, some wearing the star's trademark kitten ears and holding pink balloons as they fled. Teenage screams filled the arena just after the explosion Monday night, which also killed the attacker and injured dozens. British Prime Minister Theresa May said Manchester had fallen victim to "a callous terrorist attack." "We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage," she said.
The Latest: Pope Francis tells of 'dismay' over attack Pope Francis has expressed profound dismay over the "barbaric" attack at a concert in Manchester, England. A condolence telegram sent in his name says he was "mindful in a particular way" of the many children and young people who perished, as well as their grieving families. He prayed for "God's blessings of peace, healing and strength" upon Britain. The telegram said Francis expressed "heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence" and commended the "generous efforts" of emergency and security personnel. Francis offered assurances of his prayers for the dead and many injured.
UK blast: Blood, horror as bomber strikes young crowd MANCHESTER, England (AP) - For the young crowd of music fans, the Ariana Grande concert was supposed to be a night of high-energy candy pop and fun on a school night. The scene quickly turned into sheer terror when a bomb went off at the end, sending terrified parents into a desperate search for their loved ones. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives as the American singer wrapped up her show Monday night in Manchester for thousands of her so-called Arianators, the name adopted by her fans - many of them teenagers and 'tweens. Police said children were among the 22 people killed.
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Trump pushes for Mideast peace, but avoids thorny details JERUSALEM (AP) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday pushed for elusive peace between Israel and the Palestinians, calling on both sides to put aside the "pain and disagreements of the past." Trump met with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his quick stop in the region. Speaking at the Israel Museum, he declared both sides ready to move forward, though there were no tangible signs of the dormant peace process being revived. "Palestinians are ready to reach for peace," Trump said. Turning to the prime minister, who joined him for the speech, Trump said, "Benjamin Netanyahu wants peace." The president notably avoided all of the thorny issues that have stymied peace efforts for decades.
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. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP CLAIMS DEADLY MANCHESTER CONCERT BOMBING The suicide attack at an Ariana Grande show leaves at least 22 people dead and 59 injured. 2. TRUMP CONDEMNS 'EVIL LOSERS' IN CONCERT ATTACK In a visit to the West Bank to meet the Palestinian president, the U.S. president also calls on Mideast leaders to help root out violence. 3. WHAT TRUMP IS SAYING ABOUT MIDEAST PEACE The Republican says that if Israel and the Palestinians can forge peace, it will spill over across the region.
Former CIA head to answer questions about Russian meddling WASHINGTON (AP) - Former CIA Director John Brennan is set to testify publicly about the intelligence underpinning the Obama administration's conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and could shed light on concerns about the security risk posed by President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Brennan's testimony before the House intelligence committee on Tuesday comes one day after Flynn invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination in response to a subpoena from the Senate intelligence committee. The panel had sought a wide range of information and documents about his and the Trump campaign's contacts with Russians dating back to June 2015.
Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is sending Congress a $4.1 trillion spending plan that relies on faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs supporting low-income individuals to balance the government's books over the next decade. The proposed budget, for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, was being delivered to Congress Tuesday, setting off an extended debate in which Democrats are already attacking the administration for trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poor. Lawmakers from both parties have said major changes will be needed as the measure moves through Congress. The proposal projects that this year's deficit will rise to $603 billion, up from the actual deficit of $585 billion last year, But the document says if Trump's initiatives are adopted the deficit will start declining and actually reach a small surplus of $16 billion in 2027.
In Syria's devastated twin towns, tears mix with rubble ZABADANI, Syria (AP) - Arriving with her husband and 10-year-old daughter to check on their home for the first time in five years, Adibeh Ghosn had trouble recognizing the neighborhood. In disbelief, she walked over the mounds of rubble leading to her home. "Where are the neighbors, where are the people? What has happened here?" she cried, wiping away tears as she gazed at the horizon of collapsed buildings, houses stripped of doors and windows, and finally her own charred home. Once a popular summer resort famed for its fruit trees and favored by tourists from rich Gulf Arab countries, the Damascus suburb of Zabadani is now a deserted endless vista of pulverized buildings after thousands of rebels were driven out, along with the town's original inhabitants.
AP Exclusive: CEOs got biggest raise since 2013 NEW YORK (AP) - The typical CEO at the biggest U.S. companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year, raking in $11.5 million in salary, stock and other compensation last year, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. That's the biggest raise in three years. The bump reflects how well stocks have done under these CEOs' watch. Boards of directors increasingly require that CEOs push their stock price higher to collect their maximum possible payout, and the Standard & Poor's 500 index returned 12 percent last year. Over the last five years, median CEO pay in the survey has jumped by 19.6 percent, not accounting for inflation.
Warriors ready for third straight NBA Finals appearance SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Kevin Durant does not need to be told that Golden State should have a muted celebration after winning the Western Conference Finals. Durant is fully aware a tough challenge waits for them. It's why Durant signed with the Warriors and why Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green embraced him at the expense of their own stats. "We have a bigger goal in mind," Durant said. Golden State has a chance to earn their second championship in three years after sweeping the San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory Monday night. The Warriors became the first team in league history to open the playoffs 12-0, which provides them with a week of rest prior to their third straight finals appearance.