US says some remains of sailors found on USS John McCain SINGAPORE (AP) - The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said some remains of Navy sailors were found in a compartment of the USS John McCain on Tuesday, a day after the warship's collision with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters left 10 sailors missing. Adm. Scott Swift also said at a news conference in Singapore that Malaysian officials had found one body, which had yet to be identified. The focus of the search for the missing sailors shifted Tuesday to the damaged destroyer's flooded compartments. The collision on Monday tore a gaping hole in the McCain's left rear hull and flooded adjacent compartments including crew berths and machinery and communication rooms.
The Latest: Pence says Trump favors 'resolve and commitment' Vice President Mike Pence says President Donald Trump is sending a "message of resolve and commitment" on Afghanistan. Speaking on NBC's "Today" show Tuesday, Pence said Trump is offering "a whole new regional strategy for South Asia." During a nationally televised address Monday night, Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan. Trump did not detail how many more U.S. troops will be sent. Pence said the exact numbers were "yet to be seen." Pence also defended Trump, who touched off a firestorm after saying "both sides" were to blame for violence that erupted at a rally organized by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Analysis: Trump promises victory, but his plan is murky WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is vowing to win what has seemed to be an unwinnable war. How he plans to do so is still murky despite the months of internal deliberations that ultimately persuaded Trump to stick with a conflict he has long opposed. In a 26-minute address to the nation Monday, Trump alluded to more American troops deploying to Afghanistan, but refused to say how many. He said victory would be well-defined, but outlined only vague benchmarks for success, like dismantling al-Qaida and preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan. He said the U.S. would not offer Afghanistan a "blank check," but provided no specific timetable for the end of an American commitment that has already lasted 16 years.
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10 Things to Know for Today Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. 'FIGHT TO WIN' Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, Trump recommits the U.S. to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, but declined to disclose how many more troops will be dispatched to wage America's longest war. 2. TRUMP HEADS TO ARIZONA FOR ANOTHER CAMPAIGN-STYLE RALLY But the president is likely to hear some protests over his immigration policies and his comments about a white supremacist rally. 3. WHERE DIVERS FOUND SOME OF THE 10 MISSING US SAILORS The commander of the U.S.
3 children pulled from rubble on quake-hit Italian island MILAN (AP) - Firefighters on the Italian resort island of Ischia first freed a 7-month-old baby and then his two older brothers from the rubble Tuesday, working through the night and often by hand to rescue the children after a 4.0-magnitude quake toppled homes and other buildings on the island. At least two people were killed in the quake that struck just before 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) Monday, while another 39 were injured and some 2,600 were left homeless. The victims were an elderly woman who was in a church that crumbled in the quake, and a second person who was located in the rubble but had not yet been extracted.
As NKorea vows response, US dismisses calls to pause drills OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AP) - As North Korea vowed "merciless retaliation" against U.S.-South Korean military drills that it claims are an invasion rehearsal, senior U.S. military commanders on Tuesday dismissed calls to pause or downsize exercises they called crucial to countering a clear threat from Pyongyang. The heated North Korean rhetoric, along with occasional weapons tests, is standard fare during the spring and summer war games by allies Seoul and Washington, but always uneasy ties between the Koreas are worse than normal this year following weeks of tit-for-tat threats between President Donald Trump and Pyongyang in the wake of the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month.
Mattis in Baghdad to meet with Iraqi leaders, US commanders BAGHDAD (AP) - Islamic State militants, driven from their main stronghold in northern Iraq, are trapped in a military vise that will squeeze them on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said. Mattis arrived in the Iraqi capital Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump outlined a fresh approach to the stalemated war in Afghanistan. Trump also has pledged to take a more aggressive, effective approach against IS in Iraq and Syria, but he has yet to announce a strategy for that conflict that differs greatly from his predecessor's. In Baghdad, Mattis was meeting with Iraqi government leaders and U.S.
Passenger: Train moving 'super-fast' before crash injures 42 UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) - A regional rail train crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal early Tuesday morning, injuring dozens of passengers and the train's operator, a regional rail spokeswoman said. Rail spokeswoman Heather Redfern said none of the 42 people hurt in the crash suffered life-threatening injuries. "Some were considered walking wounded," she said. An inbound Norristown High Speed train crashed into an unoccupied train at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday. Redfern said hours later that the train operator had been treated at a hospital and released. A passenger, Raymond Woodard, told WPVI-TV, that he was riding home from work when the train crashed.
4 surviving Barcelona attack suspects appear in court MADRID (AP) - Four alleged members of a terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Barcelona and a Spanish resort appeared in court Tuesday, a day after the last missing member of the cell was gunned down by police near Barcelona. The four men were arrested last week for their alleged involvement in the planning or execution of attacks in Barcelona on Thursday and the northeastern resort town of Cambrils early Friday. They were to testify before National Court Judge Fernando Andreu in Madrid, who will decide whether they should be jailed or released. Spanish media have named the suspects as Driss Oukabir, Mohammed Aalla, Salh el Karib and Mohamed Houli Chemal.
Posers or terrorists? Deaths put spotlight on neo-Nazi group TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The friendship of the four young roommates - though cemented in the dark trappings of an obscure neo-Nazi group called Atomwaffen Division - never seemed destined for bloodshed. One was described as a former science nerd, serving in the Florida National Guard. Two others worked temp jobs at a recycling plant and talked about joining the military. The fourth caught flak from his roommates for wasting his days with video games. Now two of the young men are dead, the other two are in jail and authorities are left to answer this question: Was Atomwaffen Division plotting violent acts or were the four young men merely posers?