Trump says he's brought 'profound change' to Washington WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Saturday marked his 100th day in office by saying he had brought "profound change" to Washington and reaffirming that "my only allegiance" is to those he governs. On a threshold that Trump has both derided and tried to define, the president also said he is putting Americans first even as he learns on the job. "My only allegiance is to you, our wonderful citizens," Trump said in his weekly radio address. It was a preview of a day on which Trump was traveling to Pennsylvania to emphasize such priorities as American manufacturing, better trade deals for the U.S.
Trump's first 100 days: A president's very public education WASHINGTON (AP) - Health care is complicated. China can be a useful ally. NATO isn't obsolete. Being president is hard. Over the course of his 100 days in office, President Donald Trump has been startlingly candid about his public education in the ways of Washington and the world. He's been blocked by the courts and befuddled by a divided Republican Party that's running Congress, and his first months on the job have left the long-time reality-TV and real estate tycoon struggling for major governing victories and searching for a new approach to many of his campaign promises. His "America first" campaign rhetoric has bumped up against the challenges of conflict overseas.
Pope's timely Egypt visit comforts grief-stricken Christians CAIRO (AP) - Pope Francis wrapped up a brief but deeply symbolic visit to Egypt on Saturday with an open-air Mass for the country's tiny Catholic community, defying security concerns to show his support for the Christians of this Muslim majority Arab nation who have increasingly become targeted by Islamic militants. Military helicopters flew overhead and police fanned out in force as Francis zoomed around the soccer stadium in suburban Cairo where Mass was held, using an open-topped golf cart and waving to members of the congregation, evidence of his hallmark desire to be close to his flock at all costs.
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EU leaders unite ahead of Brexit divorce talks with UK BRUSSELS (AP) - European Union leaders vowed Saturday to stand shoulder-to-shoulder behind their negotiating team during the divorce proceedings with Britain and warned that demands from British Prime Minister Theresa May will be dealt with "firmly." The 27 EU leaders in Brussels finalized the cornerstones of their negotiating stance within four minutes of starting a short smooth summit, a month after the British leader triggered two years of exit talks on March 29. The negotiations themselves are to open shortly after Britain holds an early election on June 8. "We now have unanimous support from all the 27 member states and the EU institutions, giving us a strong political mandate for these negotiations" under chief negotiator Michel Barnier, EU Council President Donald Tusk said.
Marchers use Trump's 100th day to protest climate policies WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of people across the U.S. are marching on President Donald Trump's hundredth day in office to demand action on climate change. In Washington, D.C., large crowds on Saturday made their way down Pennsylvania Avenue in sweltering heat. They planned to encircle the White House. Organizers say about 300 other protest marches are expected around the country. Participants in the Peoples Climate March say they're objecting to Trump's rollback of restrictions on mining, oil drilling and greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants, among other things. In Augusta, Maine, protesters outside the statehouse said they wanted to draw attention to the damage climate change can cause marginalized communities.
Latest use of sedative keeps death penalty debate alive COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Is unorthodox the same as cruel and unusual punishment? It's the central question of the current U.S. death penalty debate, highlighted by the latest execution involving a disputed sedative that appeared to involve discomfort to the inmate. States struggling to find lethal drugs believe they've got the answer in midazolam, a sedative that's taking the place of barbiturates and anesthetics no longer available because drug manufacturers don't want them used in executions. States that have the drug won't say where they've obtained it, but in recent months have secured enough supplies to carry out or plan executions.
Hacker releases stolen copies of Netflix series SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A hacker claims to have followed through on a threat to release several episodes from the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series "Orange Is The New Black." The hacker, who goes by the name The Dark Overlord, announced the move on Twitter early Saturday. The post included a link to an illegal file-sharing service where purportedly 10 episodes from the series' upcoming fifth season were available for download. The Associated Press could not legally confirm the authenticity of the uploaded files. New episodes of "Orange" are scheduled for official release on June 9. Pirated copies of the series' episodes could dent Netflix's subscriber growth and the company's stock price.
Fyre Fest fiasco: Bahamas party becomes huge disappointment In this day and age, the young and beautiful live and die on social media. In the case of the ill-fated Fyre Festival - a multiday music, art and culture party that promised "an invitation to let loose and unplug with the likeminded" on the Bahamian island of Exuma - it's been a sudden and ugly death, chronicled in real-time on YouTube and filtered through Facebook. Organizers canceled the event at the last minute after poor planning, disorganization and lack of accommodations. Most of the A-list acts had pulled out of the festival days before, citing a lack of payment. It was supposed to be a sun-soaked experience filled with yachts, gourmet food and models.
In Trump's absence, 'nerd prom' challenged by Bee's bash WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington's once-glitzy "nerd prom" is about to get overshadowed. Late-night TV star Samantha Bee was pulling in celebrities for the first "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" on Saturday - a tongue-in-cheek play on the real bash, where journalists, the president and, in recent years, lots of bold-face names have mingled. But President Donald Trump was skipping the White House Correspondents' Association gala, instead marking his 100th day in office with a rally in Pennsylvania. No president had declined an invitation since Ronald Reagan in 1981, and he was recovering from an assassination attempt. Still, Reagan phoned in some friendly, humorous remarks.
Turkish court formally blocks access to Wikipedia ISTANBUL (AP) - In a move that social media users called censorship, a Turkish court on Saturday blocked access to Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, enforcing an earlier restriction by Turkey's telecommunications watchdog. The Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) said an Ankara court ordered Saturday that a "protection measure" related to suspected internet crimes be applied to Wikipedia. Such measures are used to block access to pages or entire websites to protect "national security and public order." In response, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales tweeted his support for those who labeled the decision censorship: "Access to information is a fundamental human right.