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• Security scare briefly halts flights to, from Berlin airport

BERLIN (AP) - Flights to and from Berlin's Tegel airport were briefly suspended Saturday after police cleared a terminal to investigate a suspicious suitcase.

The airport operator said shortly after midday that flights to Tegel were being diverted as officers examined a piece of unclaimed baggage at Terminal B.

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• Regional rail service resumes after Amtrak power problem

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Service on a regional rail line serving suburban Philadelphia has been restored an hour after Amtrak power problems halted trains during big events including the NFL Draft and the Penn Relays track and field competition taking place in the city.

The service halt came in the middle ...

• Dane Powell, 'Black bloc' protester, pleads guilty to felonies from Inauguration Day rioting

A Florida man with the radical "black bloc" protest network pleaded guilty Friday to felony rioting and assault for his role in the Inauguration Day chaos in Washington, D.C.

Dane Powell, 31, of Tampa was the first to enter a guilty plea on felony charges brought against 212 protesters accused ...

• NSA scales back warrantless collection of emails, internet communications

The National Security Agency will stop using a controversial form of warrantless surveillance that collects Americans' communications with those outside the United States based on the mention of a foreign surveillance target.

The decision was announced Friday and followed an evaluation prompted by "compliance lapses," according to a statement issued ...

• David Clarke, Milwaukee County sheriff, eyed for Homeland Security post: Sources

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke may soon have himself a new job in President Donald Trump's administration.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the White House's plans for filling a Department of Homeland Security spot at the Office of Partnership and Engagement told Politico on Friday that Mr. Clarke is a ...

• Machete-wielding man asked political affiliation before Transylvania University attack: Witnesses

A 19-year-old former Transylvania University student has been arrested after a machete attack on the central Kentucky campus left a woman injured, police said.

Lexington police said Mitchell W. Adkins, of Cincinnati, walked into Jazzman's Cafe on campus armed with a machete and a bag full of knives shortly before ...

• Tennessee lawmakers lash out at colleague after mistakenly passing resolution honoring KKK figure

Tennessee lawmakers said Thursday they never meant to adopt a resolution this month honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and early member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Members of the Tennessee General Assembly passed the resolution on April 13 by a 94-0 vote, seemingly recognizing the contributions of Shane ...

• Syrian man who sued over travel bans brings family to U.S.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An attorney for a Syrian man living in Wisconsin who sued over President Donald Trump's travel bans said Friday that the man has been reunited with his wife and young daughter after three years.

Attorney Vincent Levy told The Associated Press that his client's wife and ...

• Jeff Sessions: Secure borders, recruitment prevention key to fighting gangs

Secure borders and efforts to deter gang recruitment will be key to the Justice Department's strategy to reduce gang violence like that wrought by MS-13, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday during a visit to Long Island, New York.

Gang members' ability to sneak across the border and to entice ...

• Wayne LaPierre, NRA CEO: Academic, political, media elites 'America's greatest domestic threats'

ATLANTA — Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association, on Friday told gun-rights activists they have to do their best to support President Trump because "leftist zealots" and elites are determined to tear him down.

"We must do all we can to support our president, ...

• Court halts case on Clean Power Plan, paves way for dismantling of carbon emissions rule

In a major victory for the White House, the D.C. Court of Appeals on Friday suspended a case on the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, paving the way for the administration to dismantle the rule without interference from the courts.

President and Trump and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt want ...

• 'Pravda Act' passes first hurdle; bill would add Russian election meddling to California curriculum

Russia's involvement in last year's U.S. presidential race is one step closer to being taught in California high schools upon the advancement Wednesday of a state lawmaker's so-called "Pravda Act."

California Assemblyman Marc Levine, a Democrat, first introduced the bill back in February to ensure high schoolers in ...

• Police search for David Watson, escaped convict, in woods near Maryland prison: Reports

Police in Maryland are searching for a convict who escaped from the custody of correctional officers in Howard County Friday morning.

David M. Watson II was arriving from Wicomico County on Maryland's Eastern Shore at a state hospital facility in Howard County when he escaped from corrections officers and ran ...

• Zach Ruff, assistant principal, tells pro-life teens to 'go to hell' with aborted babies

A Philadelphia-area assistant principal has been placed on leave after video surfaced of him telling pro-life teenagers to "go to hell" with aborted babies.

Dr. Zach Ruff of Downingtown STEM Academy in Chester County was filmed on April 21 yelling at the teen, protesting on a sidewalk outside the building. ...

• George H.W. Bush released after latest Houston hospital stay

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush has been released from a Houston hospital where he received treatment for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis during a two-week stay.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement that the 92-year-old Bush was discharged from Houston Methodist Hospital ...

• Assad blasts Trump's foreign policy after airstrike on Syria suggests about-face

President Trump has abandoned campaign trail promises and other pre-inaugural pledges in lieu of letting special interests shape his administration's foreign policy agenda, Syrian President Bashar Assad said this week.

"As we have seen in the past few weeks, he changed his rhetoric completely and subjected himself to the terms ...

• Jeff Sessions not poised to intervene in states with legal marijuana: Colorado governor

A meeting this week with Attorney General Jeff Sessions has left the governor of the first state to legalize marijuana less concerned over the possibility of the federal government pursuing a war against recreational use.

While Mr. Sessions has hardly been reserved about his opinions on pot, Colorado Gov. John ...

• Aaron Robertson, an Ohio Boy Scouts leader suspected of raping teen, is indicted

OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio (AP) — A former suburban Cleveland Boy Scouts troop leader suspected of raping a teenage boy has been charged with rape, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition.

Twenty-eight-year-old Aaron Robertson was arrested last month and terminated from his role as a voluntary, unarmed auxiliary police officer in Olmsted ...

• Florida officials says 90,000 mosquitoes negative for Zika

No mosquitoes in Florida have tested positive for Zika virus, The Associated Press reported on Friday.

Nearly 90,000 individual mosquitoes, in more than 6,500 pools of the insects, were tested with the support of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer services.

Of those collected in 2017, none yielded a ...

• Amtrak: Penn Station work to cause 2-3 major summer outages

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Accelerated track repairs at New York's Penn Station in the wake of recent derailments will require two or three "significant" disruptions to weekday service this summer, Amtrak's CEO told lawmakers Friday, an indication that commuters may be spared what many assumed would be daily delays lasting ...


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