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Trump heads to Mexico before laying out immigration ideas
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Donald Trump is making a quick trip to Mexico on Wednesday, meeting with the president of a nation he derided at the start of his White House campaign as a source of rapists and criminals coming to the U.S. The trip, a politically risky move with just 10 weeks until Election Day, comes just hours before Trump delivers a highly anticipated speech on illegal immigration. That's been a defining issue of his presidential campaign, but also one on which he's appeared to waver in recent days. While he's accepting an invitation from President Enrique Pena Nieto to visit, Trump will nevertheless arrive in a country where he is widely despised.


Mexico wonders why its president is meeting with Trump
MEXICO CITY (AP) - President Enrique Pena Nieto awoke to a storm of criticism from Mexicans over his decision to meet Wednesday with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is widely reviled in Mexico for referring to its migrants as rapists and criminals. Immigrant rights activist Maria Garcia said she was already rushing out of her house Wednesday morning to buy cloth for a banner to carry at one of several protests called to coincide with Trump's visit. The former Chicago resident said she plans to paint, "Trump, You're not welcome here" on it. Former first lady Margarita Zavala, herself a potential presidential candidate, aimed a tweet at Trump, saying: "Even though you may have been invited, we want you to know you're not welcome.


Clinton speech to stress American leadership in world
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - Hillary Clinton plans to address America's leadership in the world during a speech in the battleground state of Ohio, arguing that Republican nominee Donald Trump would undermine the country's greatness while she would maintain it. Clinton's midday address at the American Legion's annual convention in Cincinnati Wednesday comes as Trump plans a last-minute trip to Mexico hours before he delivers a long-expected speech on immigration. A Clinton campaign official said the Democratic nominee will use her first public event in days to portray her Republican opponent as a questionable leader who would "walk away from our allies, undermine our values, insult our military - and has explicitly rejected the idea of American exceptionalism."


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Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba
SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) - The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War. Cheers broke out in the cabin of JetBlue flight 387 as the plane touched down. Passengers - mostly airline executives, U.S. government officials and journalists, with a sprinkling of Cuban-American families and U.S. travelers - were given gift bags with Cuban cookbooks, commemorative luggage tags and Cuban flags, which they were encouraged to wave for the TV cameras at the tarmac.


Russia claims killing IS Syria figure; group not confirming
BEIRUT (AP) - The Islamic State group's spokesman and chief strategist, who laid out the blueprint for the extremist group's attacks against the West, has been killed while overseeing operations in northern Syria, the group has announced. The IS-run Aamaq news agency said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani was "martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns in Aleppo." It did not provide any further details on when or how he died. A later statement issued by the Islamic State group in Aleppo province vowed to avenge his death. Both statements were released late Tuesday evening. Russia's Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that its airstrike killed al-Adnani.


The Latest: Maine governor: I don't have 'mental issues'
Maine Gov. Paul LePage is rejecting some lawmakers' assertions that he has addiction or mental health issues and is vowing that he won't resign. Addressing a handful of reporters Wednesday, the Republican said he's not an alcoholic or drug addict and doesn't "have mental issues." LePage says he plans to seek "spiritual guidance" in hopes of quieting a controversy he created when he left an obscene message on a Democratic lawmaker's voicemail and then said he wished he could challenge him to a duel and point a gun at him. But he also blamed the media for fueling the controversy and said he won't be speaking to reporters anymore.


Hurricane churns toward Hawaii; people stock up, board up
HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Preparing for what could be the first hurricane to make landfall in Hawaii in years, residents on the Big Island are stocking up on food and water and seeking shelter for their animals. The National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning as the storm dubbed Madeline churned west Tuesday toward the island, urging residents to rush through preparations to protect themselves and their property and expect hurricane conditions within the next 36 hours. Peggy Beckett, a retiree and beekeeper, stopped at a Hilo supermarket to pick up some onions bagels, cheese, cold cuts and salad to add to her canned food at home.


Jewish avengers unapologetic for targeting Nazis after WWII
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - Seventy years after the most daring attempt of Jewish Holocaust survivors to seek revenge against their former tormentors, the leader of the plot has only one simple regret - that to his knowledge he didn't actually succeed in killing any Nazis. Joseph Harmatz is one of the few remaining Jewish "Avengers" who carried out a mass poisoning of former SS men in an American prisoner-of-war camp in 1946 that sickened more than 2,200 Germans but ultimately caused no known deaths. A recently declassified U.S. military report obtained by The Associated Press has only added to the mystery of why the brazen operation did not kill Nazis, because it shows the amount of arsenic used should have been fatal to tens of thousands.


Africa's elephants rapidly declining as poaching thrives
HONOLULU (AP) - The number of savanna elephants in Africa is rapidly declining and the animals are in danger of being wiped out as international and domestic ivory trades drive poaching across the continent, according to a study released Wednesday. Africa's savanna elephant population plummeted by about 30 percent from 2007 to 2014 and is declining at about 8 percent a year, said a survey funded by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen. "If we can't save the African elephant, what is the hope of conserving the rest of Africa's wildlife?" elephant ecologist Mike Chase, the lead researcher, said in a statement.


After lengthy stand-off with police, Chris Brown arrested
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Brown can't avoid trouble. Following a bizarre, hours-long stand-off with police, the "No Air" and "Kiss Kiss" singer was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a woman called for help from a gathering at his home. He was released from jail late Tuesday night after posting $250,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County jail records. The arrest, which occurred outside the view of several news helicopters that swirled overhead and throngs of camera crews gathered at the bottom of Brown's hilltop estate, marked the conclusion of nearly 14-hour-long stand-off and investigation by police.