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April 09, 2017 - 7:45 pm


The Latest: Trump, Japan's Abe talk about Syria, North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has spoken with the Japanese prime minister about the recent U.S. missile strikes in Syria as well as about North Korea.

The White House says in a statement on Sunday that the leaders agreed that Syrian President Bashar Assad's "use of chemical weapons against civilians, including women and children, was abhorrent and warranted a strong response from the international community."

The U.S. launched missile strikes on Syrian government installations Thursday in response to the chemical attacks.

The statement says the two also agreed to continue their cooperation on regional issues, "including the threat posed by North Korea."

The White House says the call took place on Saturday.


The Latest: US official condemns 'barbaric attacks' in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. State Department is condemning in the strongest terms what it calls the "barbaric attacks" on Christian places of worship in Egypt.

Bombs at two Coptic churches in northern Egypt killed more than 40 people and wounded about 100 others on Palm Sunday. The Islamic State group is claiming responsibility for the explosions.

In a statement Sunday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner says the U.S. expresses its condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wishes a quick recovery to those injured.

Toner says the U.S. "will continue to support Egypt's security and stability in its efforts to defeat terrorism."


Tillerson steps up on Syria, Russia after avoiding spotlight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is emerging from the shadows of the Trump administration with a leading public role in shaping and explaining the U.S. missile strikes in Syria.

The former Exxon Mobil CEO is set for an even more high-profile mission, heading to Moscow under the twin clouds of Russia's alleged U.S. election meddling and its possible support for a Syrian chemical weapons attack.

Since taking office in February, Tillerson has shunned the spotlight and the press. Yet, Tillerson was surprisingly visible during the announcement of the response to the gruesome chemical attack, fielding questions from reporters on and off camera.

The criticism of Tillerson from the foreign policy establishment's left and right for a not-so-public diplomatic style is dying down.


The Latest: Belgian killed in Stockholm was 31, from Halle

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The mayor of Lembeek, a neighborhood in the Belgian city of Halle, says one of the four people killed Friday in the Stockholm truck attack is a 31-year-old woman who was living in his town.

Dirk Pieters told the Belga news agency "I met her several times. I know very well her parents. They are very nice people who have lived in Halle for a long time."

Pieters added that "I'm shocked after each attack, but when you put a face on a victim and personally know her parents, it's even worse."

Britain said another Stockholm victim was Chris Bevington. He was a 41-year-old executive at the Swedish music-streaming service Spotify.

Two Swedes were also killed in the attack, and 15 people were wounded.


Teen asylum-seeker ID'd as suspect in Norway explosive case

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's security service says a 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with an explosive device found near a busy subway station in Oslo and defused before it detonated.

Signe Aaling, chief prosecutor with the PST security service, said Sunday that the youth was detained on suspicion of handling explosives.

Security service head Benedicte Bjornland says it's unclear if the teen had plans to carry out an attack with the homemade device.

The youth was not identified, but Bjornland says intelligence agencies were aware of him.

Bjornland says he is an asylum-seeker from Russia who arrived in Norway in 2010.

Norway intelligence agency says the terror threat against Norway has been increased for "a two-month period."


New York derailment highlights US infrastructure concerns

A seemingly minor derailment in New York that ended up delaying hundreds of thousands of commuters for days is the latest example of how easily the nation's transportation system can be thrown into disarray.

It highlights how the aging, congested system is so vital that when things go wrong, big and costly disruptions can result. And there is no quick fix.

Although President Donald Trump has promised a $1 trillion infrastructure-rebuilding program, not all of that may go toward transportation.

Even then, it would fall well short of the many trillions needed to fix the country's web of roads, bridges, railways, subways and bus stations.

Lawyer Dominic Boone says the derailment caused him to miss 10 hours of work for which he could have billed clients. He says problems at the station should have been addressed "forever ago."


Hawaii LGBT couples seek equal access to fertility treatment

HONOLULU (AP) — Gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii are pushing for the same access to fertility treatments that heterosexual, married couples enjoy.

It's one of eight states that require insurance companies to cover a medical procedure called in vitro fertilization. But Hawaii's mandate excludes gay and lesbian couples. It only covers the procedure if a woman uses sperm from her male spouse.

A measure pending in the Hawaii Legislature would extend the coverage requirement to same-sex couples. If it passes, Hawaii could become the first state in the nation to include surrogate parents in the mandated coverage. That would help male couples.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii opposed the bill because it does not perform in vitro fertilization with donor eggs or surrogates because of legal issues and medical risks.


The Latest: Family and friends pack service for Chuck Berry

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Music legend Chuck Berry was remembered by friends and fellow musicians at his funeral Sunday.

People who played and worked with Berry as he built a career on hit songs such as "Johnny B. Goode" spoke emotionally about the 90-year-old who died last month.

Gene Simmons of the rock band Kiss was among the crowd Sunday. He wasn't scheduled to speak but someone urged him to take the podium.

Simmons said Berry had a tremendous influence on him as a musician, and he worked to break down racial barriers through his music.

Former President Bill Clinton sent a letter that was read at the funeral by U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Clinton called Berry "one of America's greatest rock and roll pioneers."

Berry played at both of Clinton's presidential inaugurations.


The Latest: Garcia wins 1st major title at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Sergio Garcia has won the first major championship of his career with a dramatic, sudden-death victory over Justin Rose at the Masters.

Garcia finally broke through in his 71st major as a professional, and nearly 18 years after he was runner-up to Tiger Woods in a breakthrough performance in the PGA Championship.

After missing a 5-foot birdie at the 72nd hole, Garcia had to get through one extra hole to finally remove the stigma of being considered the best player never to win one of golf's biggest events.

It was worth the wait.

Playing the 18th hole again, Rose got in trouble with an errant tee shot, forcing him to punch out from behind a giant magnolia tree. He missed a 14-foot par-saving putt that would've put some pressure on the Spaniard.

It didn't matter. Garcia curled in a 12-foot birdie that gave him the green jacket.

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