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Apparent suicide bomber at Ariana Grande concert kills 22
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - An apparent suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert as it ended Monday night, killing 22 people among a panicked crowd of young concertgoers, some still wearing the star's trademark kitten ears as they fled. Teenage screams filled the arena just after the explosion, which also killed the attacker and injured dozens. The attack sparked a nightlong search for loved ones - parents for the children they had accompanied or agreed to pick up, and friends for each other after groups were scattered by the blast. Twitter and Facebook were filled with appeals for the missing. Public transport shut down, and taxis offered to give stranded people free rides home, while residents opened their homes to provide lodging.


The Latest: Trump blames 'evil losers' for Manchester attack
President Donald Trump is expressing solidarity with the United Kingdom in the wake of a deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, condemning the "evil losers" behind the blast. Trump spoke Tuesday after a meeting in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS'). Manchester police say an apparent suicide bomber set off an improvised explosive device at the end of the concert, killing 22 people. Trump says the attack preyed on "innocent children." He says this "wicked ideology must be obliterated. And I mean completely obliterated." Manchester police so far have said nothing about the attacker's identity or possible motivation.


Trump condemns 'evil losers' who carried out concert attack
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - President Donald Trump condemned the "evil losers" responsible for the deadly attack on concert-goers in England Tuesday and called on leaders in the Middle East in particular to help root out violence. "The terrorists and extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out from our society forever," Trump said during remarks in Bethlehem alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. "This wicked ideology must be obliterated." Trump spoke on his fourth and final day in the Middle East. After meetings with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, the president has been pushing the prospect of peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.


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Trump's Yad Vashem visit highlights mixed Holocaust record
JERUSALEM (AP) - President Donald Trump's brief visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial may prove to be the most explosive stop during a hypersensitive trip to Israel. While Trump touts his Jewish daughter and his strong support for Israel, he has suffered a series of missteps on Jewish issues and appeared cavalier at times about the Holocaust. Nearly all foreign leaders make a pilgrimage to Yad Vashem's vast complex in Jerusalem during official trips to Israel and most visits typically last about an hour and a half and include a tour of the museum. Previous American presidents have had lengthy, emotional visits.


Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is sending Congress a $4.1 trillion spending plan that relies on faster economic growth and steep cuts in a range of support programs for low-income individuals to balance the government's books over the next decade. The proposed budget, for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, was being delivered to Congress Tuesday, setting off an extended debate in which Democrats are already attacking the administration for trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poor. Lawmakers from both parties have said major changes will be needed as the measure moves through Congress.


Gestures tell of friendship that toppled S. Korea president
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A steely gaze from one woman. A slight, apologetic bow from another. On the first day of the biggest trial in South Korea in years, two small gestures reflect the state of a friendship that toppled a president. Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was a study in determination as she strode into a packed Seoul courtroom Tuesday to begin a trial that could send her to prison for life if convicted on the most serious charges. She sat down and fixed her hard gaze on a spot in front of her. Park's face betrayed no hint of whatever emotions roiled within, even as flashes exploded and a horde of cameras zoomed in for extreme close-ups that were piped to millions of curious South Koreans.


In Syria's devastated twin towns, tears mix with rubble
ZABADANI, Syria (AP) - Arriving with her husband and 10-year-old daughter to check on their home for the first time in five years, Adibeh Ghosn had trouble recognizing the neighborhood. In disbelief, she walked over the mounds of rubble leading to her home. "Where are the neighbors, where are the people? What has happened here?" she cried, wiping away tears as she gazed at the horizon of collapsed buildings, houses stripped of doors and windows, and finally her own charred home. Once a popular summer resort famed for its fruit trees and favored by tourists from rich Gulf Arab countries, the Damascus suburb of Zabadani is now a deserted endless vista of pulverized buildings after thousands of rebels were driven out, along with the town's original inhabitants.


Former CIA head to answer questions about Russian meddling
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former CIA Director John Brennan is set to testify publicly about the intelligence underpinning the Obama administration's conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and could shed light on concerns about the security risk posed by President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Brennan's testimony before the House intelligence committee on Tuesday comes one day after Flynn invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination in response to a subpoena from the Senate intelligence committee. The panel had sought a wide range of information and documents about his and the Trump campaign's contacts with Russians dating back to June 2015.


Reaction to Manchester explosion at Ariana Grande concert
Reaction to the fatal explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words." - Ariana Grande, via Twitter. "My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love." - pop star Taylor Swift, via Twitter "Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande's show" - pop star Katy Perry, via Twitter "Stunned by the news coming in from the UK. my thoughts are with the fans and families at Ariana's Manchester show. Awful" - TV producer, host Ryan Seacrest, via Twitter "Sending love to those affected in Manchester." - singer Ellie Goulding, via Twitter "Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives..praying for everyone and all #arianators." - pop star Demi Lovato, via Twitter "I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel." - pop star Bruno Mars, via Twitter "I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight." - pop star Harry Styles, former member of One Direction, via Twitter "My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K.


Warriors ready for third straight NBA Finals appearance
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Kevin Durant does not need to be told that Golden State should have a muted celebration after winning the Western Conference Finals. Durant is fully aware a tough challenge waits for them. It's why Durant signed with the Warriors and why Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green embraced him at the expense of their own stats. "We have a bigger goal in mind," Durant said. Golden State has a chance to earn their second championship in three years after sweeping the San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory Monday night. The Warriors became the first team in league history to open the playoffs 12-0, which provides them with a week of rest prior to their third straight finals appearance.