Police kill 6 militants, rescue 13 hostages in Dhaka attack DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Bangladeshi forces stormed an upscale Dhaka restaurant where heavily armed militants held dozens of people hostage Saturday morning, killing at least six of the attackers and rescuing 13 captives including foreigners at the end of the 10-hour standoff. Seven Japanese are unaccounted for. About 35 people were taken hostage, including about 20 foreigners, when gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka's Gulshan area, a diplomatic zone, on Friday night. "We have gunned down at least six terrorists and the main building is cleared but the operation is still going on," Lt. Col. Tuhin Mohammad Masud, commander of the Rapid Action Battalion, told The Associated Press three hours after the commandos launched the rescue operation.
The Latest: Bangladesh prime minister vows to fight terror DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - The Latest on the attack on a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has condemned the Dhaka restaurant attack by militants who took dozens hostage and vows to fight what she calls terrorist attacks that have rattled Bangladesh. Hasina also said that security officials arrested one of the militants. Six others were killed, 13 hostage rescued while seven Japanese are unaccounted for. Hasina says: "Because of the effort of the joint force, the terrorists could not flee." She vowed to fight terrorist attacks in the country and urged people to come forward.
Seeking post-Brexit calm, Obama walks back UK trade warning WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is backtracking on his warning that Britain would go to the "back of the queue" for a U.S. trade deal, as he tries to contain the fallout of the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union. The shift in tone illustrates how Britain's vote has abruptly scrambled Obama's reality. Where the president had tried to encourage the U.K. not to rashly abandon the European bloc, he now must reassure Britain that its decision to do so won't mean its demise. His priority of locking in trade deals before leaving office now becomes a distant second, behind the more urgent task of restoring confidence in the financial markets and in Europe's future.
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In VP search, Trump and Clinton eye different priorities WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump wants a running mate who has what he lacks - political experience. Hillary Clinton is putting a premium on diversity as she searches for a No. 2. Yet the presidential rivals are running strikingly similar processes for tapping their vice presidential picks: relying on prominent Washington lawyers to comb through the background of top contenders, seeking guidance from a small circle of trusted advisers and family members, and weighing their personal chemistry with prospects. Trump, a wealthy businessman who has never held public office, is mulling a small number of political veterans. He's seriously considering former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Gov.
'Cajun John Wayne' targets congressional seat OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - Body-armored and gripping a high-powered rifle, former Sheriff's Capt. Clay Higgins looks at the camera and leaves no doubt what he thinks of the young men alleged to be members of a violent Louisiana gang called the Gremlins. "Thugs." "Animals." "Heathens." On-camera, Higgins, who is white, refers to the law enforcement officers arrayed behind him, along with several black community leaders. "Men like us?" he says. "Son, we do dumbbell presses with weights bigger than you." Higgins' boss, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, told Higgins to tone down the rhetoric. Instead, the man dubbed by the media as the "Cajun John Wayne" resigned - and now he's running for Congress.
Lynch meeting latest episode to strain Clinton trust WASHINGTON (AP) - An impromptu meeting between Bill Clinton and the nation's top cop could further undermine Hillary Clinton's efforts to convince voters to place their trust in her, highlighting perhaps her biggest vulnerability. Attorney General Loretta Lynch expressed regret on Friday that she met with the former president earlier in the week at the Phoenix airport while the Justice Department's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices nears a conclusion. Lynch acknowledged that it "cast a shadow" on the public's perception of the case. "I certainly wouldn't do it again," Lynch said of the meeting with the former president, who nominated her to serve as U.S.
Attorney general wishes she hadn't met with Bill Clinton WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Loretta Lynch is expressing regret that she sat down with Bill Clinton while his wife is under federal criminal investigation, a chance encounter she acknowledges "cast a shadow" on the public's perception of a case bound to influence the presidential campaign. "I certainly wouldn't do it again," Lynch said of the meeting. For Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, the episode raised the risk that voters will see her anew as half of a power couple that makes its own rules. Lynch hastened to add that she intended to follow the recommendations of career prosecutors on whether to file criminal charges at the close of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, indicating that she would accept whatever decision is presented to her.
Bill Clinton and his loose-cannon episodes WASHINGTON (AP) - Long regarded as having one of the shrewdest political minds among recent presidents, Bill Clinton has at times angered and alienated Democrats and Republicans alike while campaigning for his wife, Hillary Clinton. His apparently spur-of-the moment decision to chat this week with Attorney General Loretta Lynch even as her agency is overseeing a sensitive investigation of his wife's use of a private email server as secretary of state was only the latest in a series of loose-cannon episodes. In 2008: -In remarks that struck some as racial politics, Bill Clinton equated Barack Obama's win in the South Carolina Democratic primary in January 2008 with Jesse Jackson's victories in the state in 1984 and 1988.
The Latest: North Carolina LGBT law left largely intact The North Carolina General Assembly has largely left intact a law limiting protections for LGBT people. The House and Senate approved a change late Friday night that restores workers' ability to use state law to sue over workplace discrimination. However, the change doesn't enhance workplace protections on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Legislative leaders have said that's the only change to the law planned this session. There was no appetite among Republican lawmakers to undo a requirement that transgender people must use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings. Nor did they alter provisions that exclude gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide antidiscrimination protections.
Attention in Istanbul bombing focused on Chechen extremist ISTANBUL (AP) - Attention focused Friday on whether a Chechen extremist known to be a top lieutenant in the Islamic State group was involved in the suicide attacks that killed 44 people at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, told CNN that Akhmed Chatayev directed Tuesday night's attack at one of the world's busiest airports. The CIA and White House declined to comment on McCaul's assertion and officials said the investigation of the bombing is still ongoing. McCaul could not be reached for further comment. Turkish officials also were not able to confirm Chatayev's role.