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The Latest: Erdogan says Turkey will overcome terror groups
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will overcome terror groups, including Kurdish rebels and the Islamic State group, which have intensified their attacks. Speaking at a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner Wednesday Erdogan said the terror organizations were trying to impede Turkey's ambitions, including becoming one of the world's 10 strongest economies and building the world's largest airport. He was addressing his staff a day after suspected IS militants attacked Istanbul's busiest airport with gunfire and bombs, killing 42 people and wounding scores of others. Erdogan said: "Neither the PKK, the DHKP-C, nor Daesh ... will succeed in deterring Turkey from its goals." He was referring in turn to the Kurdish rebels, an outlawed leftist militant group and the Islamic State group.


Attackers kill 42 in scenes of chaos at Istanbul airport
ISTANBUL (AP) - Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 42 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. Scenes of chaos and panic unfolded Tuesday night as gunfire and explosions sent crowds fleeing in all directions. Airport surveillance video posted on social media appeared to show 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.


External attacks rise as Islamic State fortunes fall
BEIRUT (AP) - International terror attacks seemingly inspired by the Islamic State group are increasing as its fortunes fall in Syria and Iraq. The attack on the Istanbul airport was still unfolding Tuesday night when Turkish authorities said IS is the likely culprit, although no group has claimed responsibility so far. If IS is behind the latest carnage, it would be in keeping with its accelerated campaign of exporting terror, a tactic which appears aimed at deflecting attention from mounting territorial losses in Syria and Iraq. Here's a look at what the Islamic State group would hope to gain from such an attack: PROJECTING STRENGTH Two years after it declared a caliphate across large parts of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is in crisis.


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EU spells out conditions for single market access to Britain
BRUSSELS (AP) - European Union leaders drew a stark line along the British Channel on Wednesday, telling the U.K. that it cannot keep valuable business links with its former continental partners in a seamless single EU market, if it doesn't also accept European workers. The challenge cuts to the heart of the British vote to leave the bloc following a virulent campaign where migration from poorer EU countries was a key concern. It also sets the scene for the complex departure negotiations facing departing Prime Minister David Cameron's successor, for which nominations opened in London Wednesday. Meeting for the first time without the U.K., the 27 other EU nations set out a united strategy to face the next British government which will seek to salvage as many of the EU rights as possible while reneging on a maximum amount of obligations.


McConnell bids to shelter GOP senators from Trump upheaval
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is wrestling with an unenviable, arguably impossible task this election year: protecting Senate Republicans from the political upheaval caused by Donald Trump's presidential candidacy. If he fails it won't be for lack of preparation, hard work and cold-blooded political calculation. In many ways Trump's polar opposite, the close-mouthed, deliberate, uncharismatic McConnell maneuvered into his dream job as majority leader just last year, and has been working every angle to ensure he hangs onto it even if a backlash against Trump provokes a Democratic tidal wave. If they keep the presidency, Democrats need to pick up four Senate seats to take back the majority.


The Latest: Obama not giving up on trans-Pacific trade deal
President Barack Obama says he'll keep working for a trans-Pacific trade deal that is stuck in the U.S. Congress and opposed by both of the candidates who are vying to succeed him. Addressing a news conference, Obama says the goal in an integrated global economy is not for countries to shut themselves off from the world. Instead, he says the goal is to work together to raise standards around the world for workers and the environment. He says that's exactly what the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement does. Obama says the pact is the right thing to do and "we're going to keep working for it." The presumptive Republican and Democratic presidential nominees, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, both oppose the TPP.


Congress edges closer to passing Puerto Rico rescue package
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress edged closer to delivering relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico as the Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for passage of a last-minute financial rescue package for the territory of 3.5 million Americans. Puerto Rico is in a decade-long recession and has $70 billion in debt. A $2 billion payment to creditors is due Friday. Thousands have fled the island and moved to the U.S. mainland as businesses have closed, schools have struggled with limited electricity and hospitals have asked for cash payment in advance for some medication. The White House and Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress have warned that without help from Washington, Puerto Rico will descend into economic chaos, with signs already pointing to a humanitarian crisis.


West Virginia flood: Stormy morning turns into a nightmare
RAINELLE, W.Va. (AP) - Penny McClure eyed the creek swelling up behind the Go Mart as she worked her shift on the morning of June 23. It didn't seem ominous. Just an unpleasant, rainy day in West Virginia. Customers streamed in for supplies. Nobody seemed too worried. Then the rain sped up in the afternoon. The creeks churned faster and the sky grew dark - so dark that Robert Frank's young daughter asked if she had fallen asleep and woken up at night. McClure's phone beeped with alert after alert from the National Weather Service. Thunderstorms, forecasters warned. Potential flash floods.


Authorities: 3 train workers in Texas wreck presumed dead
DALLAS (AP) - Three missing crew members from the two freight trains that collided head-on in the Texas Panhandle are presumed dead, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday. Emergency personnel at the scene of Tuesday's collision about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo have moved to a recovery operation, DPS Sgt. Dan Buesing said. Each train had a two-member crew. One man jumped in the moments before the crash and remained hospitalized Wednesday with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. The two BNSF Railway freight trains were on the same track when they collided, triggering a fireball and causing containers and cars to tumble onto one another in a pileup.


Elevated park opens at WTC site, overlooks 9/11 memorial
NEW YORK (AP) - An elevated park that offers a new view to visitors at the World Trade Center opened Wednesday, built atop a security center that screens vehicles and overlooking the memorial to those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. The one-acre Liberty Park, a $50 million project, is modeled after Manhattan's High Line - the abandoned railroad tracks that were transformed into one of the world's most visited green spaces. The park features the newly planted "Living Wall," a vertical garden. "It's appropriate to have this place for people to recreate, reflect and have lunch," said Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that owns the trade center site.

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