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The Latest: WH aide Michael Dubke says his last day is TBD
White House communications director Michael Dubke has confirmed he is leaving the White House and says his last day on the job has not been determined. In a statement, Dubke says: "It has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration. It has also been my distinct pleasure to work side-by-side, day-by-day with the staff of the communications and press departments." A Republican consultant, Dubke joined the White House team in February after campaign aide Jason Miller - Trump's original choice for communications director - withdrew from consideration. Dubke founded Crossroads Media, a GOP firm that specializes in political advertising.


Trump repeats criticism of Germany, Merkel stands by stance
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has renewed his criticism of Germany following Chancellor Angela Merkel's suggestion that her country needs to adopt a more independent stance in world affairs. Trump posted a tweet Tuesday saying "we have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change." Trump rattled some in Europe with his statements on NATO last week. Merkel said Tuesday Germany's relations with the United States are of "outstanding importance" but it must engage with other key nations going forward. She also suggested in the wake of the Trump visit that Europe's relationship with Washington had shifted significantly and reiterated her position that "we in Europe have to take our fate into our own hands."


10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. FORMER PANAMA DICTATOR MANUEL NORIEGA DIES AT 83 The onetime U.S. ally, ousted as Panama's dictator by an American invasion in 1989, ruled with an iron fist, ordering the deaths of those who opposed him and maintaining a murky relationship with the United States. 2. 'WORDS CANNOT MEASURE THE DEPTH OF THEIR DEVOTION' President Donald Trump honors the nation's fallen military men and women during a Memorial Day service at Arlington National Cemetery. 3. WHO SHOWS ANOTHER SIDE OF TRUMP'S 'AMERICA FIRST' U.S.


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Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies at 83
PANAMA CITY (AP) - Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, a onetime U.S. ally who was ousted by an American invasion in 1989, died late Monday at age 83. Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela wrote in his Twitter account that "the death of Manuel A. Noriega closes a chapter in our history." Varela added, "His daughters and his relatives deserve to mourn in peace." Noriega ruled with an iron fist, ordering the deaths of those who opposed him and maintaining a murky, close and conflictive relationship with the United States. After his downfall, Noriega served a 17-year drug sentence in the United States, then was sent to face charges in France.


Protest sparks Texas lawmaker threats of gun violence
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Hundreds of protesters opposing Texas' tough new anti-"sanctuary cities" law launched a raucous demonstration from the public gallery in the Texas House on Monday, briefly halting work and prompting lawmakers on the floor below to scuffle - and even threaten gun violence - as tense divides over hardline immigration policies boiled over. Activists wearing red T-shirts reading "Lucha," or "Fight," quietly filled hundreds of gallery seats as proceedings began. After about 40 minutes, they began to cheer, drowning out the lawmakers below. Protesters also blew whistles and chanted: "Here to stay!" and "Hey, hey, ho, ho, SB4 has got to go," referring to the bill that Gov.


Nighttime, early morning bombings in Baghdad kill 31
BAGHDAD (AP) - A massive bombing by the Islamic State group outside a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad and a rush hour car bomb in another downtown area killed at least 31 people on Tuesday, Iraqi officials said. Later in the day, bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed seven more people. The attacks come as IS militants are steadily losing more territory to U.S.-backed Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul, the country's second-largest city. The Sunni extremists are increasingly turning to insurgency-style terror attacks to detract from their losses. The nighttime attack outside the ice cream parlor in the bustling Karrada neighborhood killed 17 people and also wounded 32, police and health officials said.


Portland mayor aims to nix free-speech rally, fears 'hatred'
The mayor of Portland, Oregon, on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a "Trump Free Speech Rally" and other similar events, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade. Mayor Ted Wheeler said he hopes the victims will inspire "changes in the political dialogue in this country." It comes amid a wider debate in the U.S. about the First Amendment, often in liberal cities like Portland and Berkeley, California, and on college campuses, where violent protests between far-right and far-left protesters have derailed appearances by contentious figures.


Ultimate sacrifice: Teen dies shielding cousin from gunfire
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - It was after midnight when a gunman burst into the living room of a southern Mississippi home where young people were playing video games. Caleb Edwards, 15, said the man - whom he knows as Corey Godbolt - demanded to know where his cousin's parents where. Jordan Blackwell, 18, said they were gone to another town. At that, Godbolt "just started shooting," Caleb said. As people scrambled to hide inside the Brookhaven home, Blackwell used his own body to shield his cousin Caleb from the gunfire. With his mother standing by his side Monday, Caleb spoke calmly as he recounted to The Associated Press how he felt the force of the impact as Blackwell was shot Sunday.


Tiger Woods says medication, not alcohol, led to DUI arrest
Players arriving for a tournament this week at Muirfield Village might notice a framed picture of Tiger Woods with a resplendent smile and bright red shirt. He's posed there with the trophy, an image that embodies the excitement he once brought to golf. A far different photo emerged Monday, this one from the Palm Beach County jail in Florida after Woods was arrested on a DUI charge. Sullen, lifeless eyes. Thinning hair mussed at the top. Scraggly facial hair. A white T-shirt. In another stunning development for a player who became one of the dominant figures in sports, Woods was arrested on suspicion of DUI and spent nearly four hours in jail before he was released on his own recognizance.


Reliving Communist past helps East German dementia patients
BERLIN (AP) - Every weekday morning, white-haired women patiently line up before a door at a Dresden retirement home, step in, and quickly step back nearly six decades into their past in Communist East Germany. Most of the women - in their late 70s at the youngest - are suffering from severe dementia, but the reminders from bygone days trigger memories and skills once thought lost, and produce surprising levels of happiness and comfort. They park their walkers next to a Kaufhalle sign from the former East German grocery chain, put on their colorfully-patterned nylon aprons and start the day just like they did some 50 years ago.