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August 24, 2017 - 8:23 am


Within 24 hours, a pair of wildly different Trump speeches

RENO, Nev. (AP) — President Donald Trump can shift dramatically in tone from one speech to the next.

Within a 24-hour span, Trump delivered one speech in which he tore into the media and members of his own party, and a second in which he called for national unity and love.

The about-face seemed to reflect the president's real-time internal debate between calls for moderation and his inclination to let loose.

On Wednesday, the president spoke in measured tones and stuck to his prepared remarks as he praised veterans at an American Legion conference in Nevada as examples for a nation yearning to set aside its differences. The night before, the president cut loose in Arizona, defying instructions from his aides to stick to the script and angrily renewing his fight with the press.


Charlottesville, DOJ to host 'community recovery' town hall

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Charlottesville residents are getting a chance to talk with city officials about a white nationalist rally earlier this month that devolved into deadly violence.

The Virginia city is hosting what it calls a "community recovery town hall" Thursday evening, in collaboration with a division of the Department of Justice. The event comes a day after workers covered two Confederate statues in black to mourn the death of a woman killed while protesting the rally.

A news release says the city will provide an update on "recovery efforts" and offer opportunities for public comment.

It's been nearly two weeks since the rally, which attracted what's believed to be the largest gathering of white nationalists in at least a decade.


White House envoy Jared Kushner begins Mideast peace push

JERUSALEM (AP) — White House adviser Jared Kushner has begun a round of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as he resumes efforts to restart peace negotiations.

Kushner, who is President Donald Trump's son in law, arrived at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem on Thursday afternoon. He was then to head to the West Bank city of Ramallah to see Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the evening.

Kushner told Netanyahu that Trump is "very committed" to achieving a deal that will bring "prosperity and peace to all people in this area."

Trump took office with hopes of forging what he calls the "ultimate deal" between Israelis and Palestinians.

But there have been no breakthroughs so far, and Palestinian officials have begun to voice impatience with the lack of progress.


The Latest: Hurricane warning issued for Texas coast

MIAMI (AP) — A hurricane warning has been issued for a section of Texas' Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Harvey approaches.

The warning, issued Thursday morning, covers an area from Port Mansfield to Matagorda.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 kph) but the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Harvey is expected to strengthen to a hurricane by Friday, when it's expected to approach the southern Texas coast.

As of 5 a.m. EDT, the storm was centered about 370 miles (595 kilometers) southeast of Port Mansfield and was moving north near 10 mph (17 kph).


Winning ticket sold in Chicopee, Massachusetts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Massachusetts State Lottery officials have corrected the site where the single winning ticket for the Powerball $758.7 million jackpot was sold to Chicopee (CHIH'-kuh-pee), not Watertown.

The Massachusetts State Lottery had announced around 2:30 a.m. Thursday that a convenience store in Watertown, near Boston, had sold the winning ticket.

But shortly before 8 a.m., the lottery said it had made a mistake, and that the winning ticket was sold across the state at the Pride Station & Store in Chicopee, in Western Massachusetts.

The lottery did not say how the error was made .

It said the store in Watertown did sell a ticket that won a $1 million prize.


Dutch say Spain shared 'specific' threat info

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Rotterdam's police chief says Spanish police had passed on "specific" information about the threat on a U.S. rock band's concert in the Dutch city. He added that that the arrest of a 22-year-old man early Thursday meant the threat was now over.

Police Chief Frank Paauw said the man arrested in Brabant province south of Rotterdam is suspected of being "involved in the preparation of a terrorist attack."

He said: "There is no threat because we have arrested a suspect and the information about the threat was so specific on the location of the event that with that arrest we can conclude that the threat is gone."

No further details of the suspect's identity have been released.

A concert by Los Angeles band Allah-Las was cancelled Wednesday night after a tip off from Spanish police.


More divers joining search of flooded McCain

SINGAPORE (AP) — The U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet says more Marine Corps divers are joining the search of flooded compartments in the USS John S. McCain and multinational search efforts at sea are continuing.

Divers have found remains in the McCain, which is docked at Singapore's naval base, but the Navy has not provided more specific information.

Separately, relatives have named at least five of the 10 missing sailors.

The fleet said the multinational search of seas east of Singapore continues to expand with aircraft and ships from Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia and Singapore deployed Thursday.

It said four sailors who were injured and evacuated by helicopter to a hospital in Singapore were released on Wednesday.


In Kiev, Mattis says Moscow wants to redraw borders by force

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is accusing Russia of trying to redraw international borders by force.

He is telling Ukrainian leaders Washington won't accept Moscow's takeover of Ukraine's Crimea region.

Mattis was in Kiev Thursday to meet President Petro Poroshenko and other government leaders.

He also attended an independence day parade marking Ukraine's split from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Mattis is the first Pentagon chief to visit Ukraine in a decade.

Fighting in Ukraine between government forces and Russia-backed rebels has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014, and Mattis' trip coincides with U.S. deliberations about providing weapons to Kiev.

Former President Barack Obama rejected such proposals because he was concerned that American weaponry would worsen the violence.

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has been trying to improve U.S.-Russian relations.


Many addicts seeking opioid recovery find relapse and fraud

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With addiction to opioids destroying families across America, there's a huge need for effective treatment centers to wean addicts off drugs and into recovery.

But investigators are seeing much more insurance fraud that relies on keeping addicts hooked. Experts say it's a lethal, multi-million dollar cycle of intentional failure, involving unscrupulous treatment providers who profit by keeping and ultimately killing their clients.

A focal point for this fraud is South Florida, where a law enforcement task force recently made more than 30 arrests.

The FBI has found unnecessary lab tests, or faked urine samples, double-billing and illegal kickbacks. Some centers even withhold treatment or give patients addictive drugs so that they relapse and keep qualifying for coverage.


Qatar foreign minister spoke with Iran's FM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar says its foreign minister spoke with Iran's foreign minister just before announcing its ambassador would return to Tehran.

Qatar's Foreign Ministry in a statement said that Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani spoke by phone to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif.

The ministry's statement said the two "discussed bilateral relations and means of boosting and developing them, as well as a number of issues of common concern."

Iran's Foreign Ministry did not immediately acknowledge the telephone call.

Qatar had pulled its ambassador in early 2016 after Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric sparked attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in Iran. The decision to return the ambassador comes amid a diplomatic dispute between Qatar and other Arab nations.

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