41 dead in Istanbul airport attack blamed on Islamic State ISTANBUL (AP) - Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 41 people and wounded scores of others at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport in an attack the government blamed on Islamic State extremists. Funerals were expected Wednesday for some of the victims - who included at least 23 Turkish citizens and 13 foreign nationals - as Turkish authorities tried to piece together how the attack happened. A Turkish official said authorities are going through surveillance footage and interviewing witnesses to establish a preliminary timeline and details. The death toll excluded the three bombers, who arrived in a taxi and eventually blew themselves up after coming under fire, according to the government, though there were conflicting reports about exactly where they detonated their explosives.
The Latest: Russia eases sanctions against Turkey Saudi Arabia's state-owned news channel says four Saudi citizens were among the 41 people killed in the attack on Istanbul's Ataturk Airport. Al-Ekhbariya news channel was quoting its correspondent in Turkey on Wednesday, hours after reporting that at least seven Saudi nationals had been wounded in the attack. The kingdom, which has close ties with Turkey's government and is also a strong backer of Sunni rebels trying to oust Syria's President Bashar Assad, says it "condemns and rejects the terrorist attack", which has been blamed on the Islamic State group. Muslim-majority Turkey is a popular tourist destination for Arabs from the Gulf, particularly during the summer months.
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. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP BLAMED FOR TURKISH AIRPORT ATTACK Suicide attackers kill dozens and wound more than 140 at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport, the latest in a series of bombings to strike Turkey in recent months. 2. DIVISION, CONFUSION AS EU RETHINKS FUTURE WITHOUT BRITAIN European Union leaders meeting in Brussels will talk about Europe without the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, Britain's Conservative Party will reveal the candidates for a new leader to replace David Cameron. 3. WHAT NORTH AMERICAN LEADERS ARE CONFRONTING The leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico are facing a rising tide of economic protectionism and nationalism as they meet in Ottawa.
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Dispatcher: 'Gunshots closer, multiple people screaming' ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Police dispatchers heard repeated gunfire, screaming and moaning from patrons of the Pulse nightclub who called to report that gunman Omar Mateen was opening fire inside the club, according to written logs released Tuesday. The first call of "shots fired" came in at 2:02 a.m. and the caller reported "multiple people down." One caller said Mateen had gone upstairs where six people were hiding. Dispatchers heard up to 30 gunshots in the background at another point as callers screamed and moaned. "My caller is no longer responding, just an open line with moaning," one dispatcher said in the report.
Trump's 'America First' echoes old isolationist rallying cry WASHINGTON (AP) - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump boils down his foreign policy agenda to two words: "America First." For students of U.S. history, that slogan harkens back to the tumultuous presidential election of 1940, when hundreds of thousands of Americans joined the anti-war America First Committee. That isolationist group's primary goal was to keep the United States from joining Britain in the fight against Nazi Germany, which by then had overrun nearly all of Europe. But the committee is also remembered for the unvarnished anti-Semitism of some of its most prominent members and praise for the economic policies of Adolf Hitler.
Division, confusion as EU rethinks future without Britain BRUSSELS (AP) - EU leaders met Wednesday without Britain for the first time to rethink their shaken union, make it more relevant to citizens and keep it from disintegrating after Britain's unprecedented vote to leave - but conflicting visions of Europe's future are complicating the high-stakes summit. British Prime Minister David Cameron left Brussels on Tuesday night without any clear divorce plan, fending off pressure for a quick exit and punting the complex departure negotiations to his successor. In Britain, nominations opened Wednesday for a new Conservative leader to replace him after his devastating political miscalculation in calling last week's referendum.
On Ireland's border, Britain's EU exit threatens jobs, peace BLACKLION, Ireland (AP) - Hugh Maguire can't believe the British really did it. The Northern Ireland farmer, like many residents along the United Kingdom's virtually unmarked land border with the Republic of Ireland, faces the risk of financial ruin if Britain proceeds with plans to exit the European Union. EU farm subsidies provide most of his income from highland pastures of cows and sheep - around 80,000 euros ($90,000) annually to support his 241-hectare (600-acre) farm. He gets the subsidies under the EU's "Less Favored Areas" rating - farms on marginally productive but environmentally valued land. Maguire called last week's referendum verdict - with 52 percent voting U.K.-wide to leave the bloc, including 44 percent in Northern Ireland - "a disaster." "I can't see Britain subsidizing us the same as the EU has done," said Maguire, who voted to remain.
North American leaders confront rising tide of protectionism OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - The leaders of North America confront a rising tide of economic protectionism and nationalism as they hold a summit Wednesday in the Canadian capital. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the first time is hosting U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Ottawa for the North American leaders' summit. Obama will also address the Canadian Parliament. The meeting comes one day after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the United States blamed globalization for the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs, and he threatened to extricate the U.S. from the 2-decade-old North American Free Trade Agreement.
Records: City lawyers weak link in police accountability CHICAGO (AP) - When a federal judge concluded that a lawyer employed by the city of Chicago concealed audio evidence in a civil trial, the court issued a sharp rebuke, saying the recordings showed police lied about the events that led officers to shoot and kill a black motorist. Mayor Rahm Emanuel portrayed it as an isolated instance of unscrupulous lawyering, but City Hall lawyers have, in fact, faced similar criticism in nearly half a dozen police-misconduct cases in recent years. And it's not just Chicago. An Associated Press review of hundreds of court records nationwide revealed similar patterns of behavior involving municipal attorneys in other cities, including New York, Baltimore, Denver and Spokane, Washington.
Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's first guitarist, dies at 84 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revolutionary sound and inspired a generation of musicians that included Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen, died Tuesday. He was 84. Moore died at his home in Nashville, said biographer and friend James L. Dickerson, who confirmed the death through a family friend. "As a musician, I consider him one of the co-founders of rock 'n' roll because of the guitar licks that he invented," Dickerson said, calling Moore an icon. Presley's ex-wife Priscilla Presley echoed that sentiment in a statement Tuesday night: "Elvis loved Scotty dearly and treasured those amazing years together, both in the studio and on the road.