Kelly kept tragedy out of politics, but Trump brought it up WASHINGTON (AP) - It's known as some of the saddest ground in America, a 14-acre plot of Arlington National Cemetery called Section 60 where many U.S. personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are interred. On Memorial Day this year, President Donald Trump and the man who would be his chief of staff visited Grave 9480, the final resting place of Robert Kelly, a Marine killed Nov. 9, 2010, in Afghanistan. "We grieve with you. We honor you. And we pledge to you that we will always remember Robert and what he did for all of us," Trump said, singling out the Kelly family during his remarks to the nation that day.
As US warns of Cuba attacks, tourists ask: Were we hit, too? CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before. The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to Cuba two years earlier after numbness spread through all four of his limbs within minutes of climbing into bed at the same hotel where the American government workers were housed. Those weren't the only parallels. Convinced the incidents must be related, Allen joined a growing list of private U.S. citizens asking the same alarming but unanswerable question: Were we victims, too?
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. TOURISTS NOW QUESTIONING INVISIBLE ATTACKS IN CUBA Chris Allen, visiting Havana from South Carolina, tells the AP exclusively he had similar neurological symptoms as a U.S. government worker when Allen stayed at the same hotel two years earlier. 2. TRUMP'S REMARKS ON KELLY'S SON CONTRAST WITH MESSY BRAWL THIS WEEK The president's political firefight over his role as consoler-in-chief is a remarkable contrast with his solemn Memorial Day tribute to U.S. personnel lost to war. 3. AS CATALAN DEADLINE PASSES, MADRID TAKES ACTION Spain will hold a special Cabinet meeting on Saturday to trigger the process to take some or full control of Catalonia's semi-autonomous powers.
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Survivors of Maryland office shooting in critical condition WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Two people who survived an office shooting were still in critical condition Thursday morning, a day after a gunman opened fire on his co-workers at a Maryland kitchen countertop business, killing three and sending police on a 10-hour, multistate manhunt. Radee Prince, 37, of Elkton, Maryland, shot five co-workers early Wednesday in Maryland, then drove to Wilmington, Delaware, and shot an acquaintance in the head at a used car lot, police in Maryland and Delaware said. The two survivors of the office shooting remained in critical condition Thursday at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, said spokeswoman Karen Lancaster.
Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic trading partner WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic trading partner as he kicks thorny policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants. His rapid backpedal on a short-term health care fix this week is the latest example to leave Republicans and Democrats alike scratching their heads. "The president has had six positions on our bill," an exasperated Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Wednesday after Trump offered multiple reads on a bipartisan plan to keep health insurance markets in business, ultimately ending with a thumbs-down. Nine months into office, Trump has shown a preference for delegating to lawmakers on everything from health care to immigration to foreign policy.
'Murder insurance' or protection in self-defense cases? ATLANTA (AP) - The National Rifle Association is offering insurance for people who shoot someone, stirring criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false sense of security to shoot first and ask questions later. Some are calling it "murder insurance," and say that rather than promoting personal responsibility and protection, it encourages gun owners to take action and not worry about the consequences. And, they say, it's being marketed in a way that feeds on the nation's racial divisions. Guns Down, a gun-control group formed last year, is running an ad campaign to criticize the NRA's new insurance.
5 months of Marawi siege reveals Philippine city in ruins MARAWI, Philippines (AP) - Smoke wafted from the smoldering carcasses of buildings and houses, with the dome of a mosque blasted out with holes, as Philippine troops battled Thursday to defeat a final stand by the last dozens of pro-Islamic State group militants in a southern city. The desolate war scene, which was witnessed by Associated Press journalists on board a navy patrol gunboat in Lake Lanao, could herald what the government hopes will be the end of a nearly five-month siege by the militants in Marawi city. Filipino troops killed 13 more suspected militants Wednesday night, including one believed to be a top Malaysian terror suspect although his body hasn't been recovered yet, military officials said.
Spain ready to revoke Catalan autonomy amid independence bid BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Spain's government on Thursday immediately rejected a threat by Catalonia's leader to declare independence unless talks are held, calling a special Cabinet session for the weekend to activate measures to take control of the region's semi-autonomous powers. Catalan president Carles Puigdemont's warning came in a letter to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy with minutes to spare before the expiration of a deadline set by the central government for him to backtrack on his calls for secession. "If the central government persists in impeding dialogue and continuing its repression, Catalonia's parliament may proceed ... with a vote to formally declare independence," Puigdemont's letter said.
More conflicts loom after Islamic State defeat in Raqqa BEIRUT (AP) - The Middle East may have turned a page with the defeat of the Islamic State group in its self-declared capital of Raqqa, but the future is looking even more tangled, and potentially as violent. The downfall of a common enemy could open up cracks in temporary alliances created to fight the extremists, and rivalries for influence are now likely to take center stage. Already, a multitude of players in the crowded theaters of Iraq and Syria are racing for the spoils of war. And while the group fights its last battles in what remains of its self-styled caliphate, world powers and smaller players alike are vying to create new facts on the ground.
Cubs avoid sweep, top Dodgers 3-2 to cut NLCS deficit to 3-1 CHICAGO (AP) - Javier Baez sensed he was ready to bust out of his slump and give the Chicago Cubs the lift they needed. As breakthroughs go, this was a big one. Just in time to keep the season going for the defending champs. Baez snapped an 0-for-20 skid with two home runs, Wade Davis hung on for a six-out save and Cubs avoided a sweep, holding off the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series. "We have to be much more offensive," manager Joe Maddon said. "It's got to start happening tomorrow. We're going to do this.