IS captures Iraqi town, purges opponents in Syria's Palmyra BAGHDAD (AP) - Islamic State militants have seized another town in Iraq's western Anbar province less than a week after capturing the provincial capital, a tribal leader said Friday, while in neighboring Syria the group's fighters killed dozens of pro-government forces in the ancient town of Palmyra. Islamic State fighters combed Palmyra, detaining and killing dozens of people two days after seizing the town, which is home to one of the Middle East's most famous archaeological sites, activists and officials said.
Ex-con who worked for rich family arrested in their deaths WASHINGTON (AP) - After a multistate manhunt, authorities tracked the suspect in the deaths of a wealthy D.C. family and their housekeeper to a motel parking lot, trailing him and four others through a meandering route before arresting the emotionless ex-convict, officials said. Police have not detailed why Daron Dylon Wint - a welder who once worked for the victim - would want to kill 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos; his 47-year-old wife, Amy; their son, Philip; and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa. Three of the four had been stabbed or bludgeoned before their bodies were found in their burned mansion May 14.
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Obama's Senate allies hope to endorse his trade bill Friday WASHINGTON (AP) - Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits. Senators also plan to address the government's soon-to-expire authority to collect bulk data on Americans' phone records.
Archives show Hillary Clinton OK'd tax breaks for nonprofits LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - As first lady in the final year of the Clinton administration, Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed a White House plan to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations for her husband's presidential library, recently released Clinton-era documents show. The blurred lines between the tax reductions proposed by the Clinton administration in 2000 and the Clinton Library's fundraising were an early foreshadowing of the potential ethics concerns that have flared around the Clintons' courting of corporate and foreign donors for their family charity before she launched her campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
US: Myanmar should share responsibility for Rohingya crisis YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - Navy ships from two countries scoured Southeast Asian waters Friday for boats believed to be carrying thousands of migrants with little food or water, and a top U.S. diplomat said Myanmar needs to shoulder some responsibility for the crisis. That's something it has been reluctant to do. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Rohingya Muslims fleeing the predominantly Buddhist nation are risking perilous journeys and putting their lives in the hands of human traffickers because "they are in despair and don't see a future" at home.
Winds, choppy seas slow cleanup of California oil spill GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - Weather has slowed cleanup efforts at the site of an oil spill that fouled a California shoreline. The National Weather Service says gusty winds are whipping up waves as high as 4 feet early Friday off Santa Barbara County. Several days of calm seas had helped crews.
Surveillance debate produces unusual alliances in Capitol WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress' debate over domestic surveillance is scrambling partisan divisions in the Senate as libertarian-minded Republicans defy their leaders to make common cause with liberal Democrats. Tea party conservative Sen. Mike Lee of Utah is pairing with liberal stalwart Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont to push for Senate passage of the USA Freedom Act, which would end the National Security Agency's collection and storage of domestic calling records after a six-month transition period. Already approved by the House on a large bipartisan vote, the bill could come to a vote in the Senate on Friday, but is opposed by GOP leaders who prefer to extend the existing call collection program unaltered.
South Korean court frees Korean Air 'nut rage' executive SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A South Korean court on Friday suspended the prison term of a former Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her incarceration. The Seoul High Court said Cho Hyun-ah, who is the daughter of the airline's chairman, did not violate the aviation security law when she ordered the chief flight attendant off a Dec. 5 flight, forcing it to return to the gate at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.
AP PHOTOS: Fleeing Yemen war, thousands stuck in Djibouti OBOCK, Djibouti (AP) - Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti, a sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the conflict-torn Arab country. Many of the refugees are relieved to have escaped after two months of Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Yemen's Shiite rebels and fighting on the ground between rival factions that have pushed their country to the brink of collapse.