The Latest: Obama arrives for speech to Canadian Parliament President Barack Obama has arrived on Parliament Hill for his address to Canada's Parliament. Obama was greeted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, before they approached a crowd of schoolchildren to shake hands and exchange high-fives. The three then walked back along a red carpet and into Parliament's Centre Block where the two leaders began a private meeting. Obama will become the ninth American leader to address Parliament, and the first to do so since President Bill Clinton in 1995.
Attackers kill 42 in scenes of chaos at Istanbul airport ISTANBUL (AP) - Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 42 people and wounded hundreds at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport, apparently targeting Turkey's crucial tourism industry. The government blamed the attack on Islamic State extremists but there was no immediate confirmation from the group. Scenes of chaos and panic unfolded Tuesday night as gunfire and explosions sent crowds fleeing in all directions. Airport surveillance video posted on social media appeared to show one explosion, a ball of fire that sent terrified passengers racing for safety. Another appeared to show an attacker, felled by a gunshot from a security officer, blowing himself up seconds later.
External attacks rise as Islamic State fortunes fall BEIRUT (AP) - International terror attacks seemingly inspired by the Islamic State group are increasing as its fortunes fall in Syria and Iraq. The attack on the Istanbul airport was still unfolding Tuesday night when Turkish authorities said IS is the likely culprit, although no group has claimed responsibility so far. If IS is behind the latest carnage, it would be in keeping with its accelerated campaign of exporting terror, a tactic which appears aimed at deflecting attention from mounting territorial losses in Syria and Iraq. Here's a look at what the Islamic State group would hope to gain from such an attack: PROJECTING STRENGTH Two years after it declared a caliphate across large parts of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is in crisis.
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EU spells out conditions for single market access to Britain BRUSSELS (AP) - European Union leaders drew a stark line along the British Channel on Wednesday, telling the U.K. that it cannot keep valuable business links with its former continental partners in a seamless single EU market, if it doesn't also accept European workers. The challenge cuts to the heart of the British vote to leave the bloc following a virulent campaign where migration from poorer EU countries was a key concern. It also sets the scene for the complex departure negotiations facing departing Prime Minister David Cameron's successor, for which nominations opened in London Wednesday. Meeting for the first time without the U.K., the 27 other EU nations set out a united strategy to face the next British government which will seek to salvage as many of the EU rights as possible while reneging on a maximum amount of obligations.
North America leaders defend free trade, resist isolationism OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico pushed back Wednesday on calls for walling off their nations from free trade, arguing that more commerce with the outside world is inevitable and will deliver measurable benefits for their citizens. President Barack Obama's meetings with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto come at a time of growing isolationist sentiments, not only in North America. Britain's decision to exit the 28-member European Union has brought to the forefront concerns in many nations that the forces of globalization are having negative effects on their local economies and lifestyles.
GOP shifting to become the anti-trade party DENVER (AP) - Donald Trump's break with conservative economic thinking on free trade comes as Republicans are increasingly relying on older, downscale white voters who are the most skeptical of trade deals and have lost out during an age of globalization. Polls on the complex issue of trade are mixed, but many show that Republican voters more than Democratic ones oppose trade deals. A Pew Research Center survey in March found that 52 percent of Republicans viewed trade deals as bad, while only 30 percent of Democrats did. A Bloomberg poll found that 53 percent of Republicans said the North American Free Trade Agreement was bad, while only 36 percent of Democrats did.
McConnell bids to shelter GOP senators from Trump upheaval WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is wrestling with an unenviable, arguably impossible task this election year: protecting Senate Republicans from the political upheaval caused by Donald Trump's presidential candidacy. If he fails it won't be for lack of preparation, hard work and cold-blooded political calculation. In many ways Trump's polar opposite, the close-mouthed, deliberate, uncharismatic McConnell maneuvered into his dream job as majority leader just last year, and has been working every angle to ensure he hangs onto it even if a backlash against Trump provokes a Democratic tidal wave. If they keep the presidency, Democrats need to pick up four Senate seats to take back the majority.
It sucks _ startups look to redesign the breast pump NEW YORK (AP) - Ask many mothers and they'll tell you, pumping sucks in more than one sense of the word. "It feels like you are a cow. You are hooked up to a machine - it's the opposite of breastfeeding," says Nina Emlen, who works full-time in college admissions and pumps milk twice a day for her son, Asher. Women praise the pumps for giving them the freedom to spend time away from their baby. This can mean working, working out or getting a pedicure. But the complaints are manifold: The machines use harsh plastic parts, they are noisy and cumbersome, and they require a lot of maintenance and cleaning, which challenge bleary-eyed new parents.
Congress edges closer to passing Puerto Rico rescue package WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress edged closer to delivering relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico as the Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for passage of a last-minute financial rescue package for the territory of 3.5 million Americans. Puerto Rico is in a decade-long recession and has $70 billion in debt. A $2 billion payment to creditors is due Friday. Thousands have fled the island and moved to the U.S. mainland as businesses have closed, schools have struggled with limited electricity and hospitals have asked for cash payment in advance for some medication. The White House and Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress have warned that without help from Washington, Puerto Rico will descend into economic chaos, with signs already pointing to a humanitarian crisis.
Media use in America up a full hour over just last year NEW YORK (AP) - The typical American adult is using media for a full hour a day more than just last year, with smartphones accounting for most of the increase. People spent an average of 10 hours, 39 minutes each day with smartphones, tablets, TV, radio, computers and video games during the first three months of 2016, according to a Nielsen company study released this week. It was nine hours, 39 minutes during the same period in 2015. Even these numbers are probably underestimated, since while Nielsen measures the amount of time spent online on smartphones, it doesn't count texting, taking selfies or talking on the phone.