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Suicide blasts kill dozens at Istanbul airport
ISTANBUL (AP) - Suicide attackers killed dozens and wounded more than 140 at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport, the latest in a series of bombings to strike Turkey in recent months. Turkish officials said the massacre was most likely the work of the Islamic State group. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said 36 people died Tuesday as well as the three suicide bombers, who arrived at the airport in a taxi and blew themselves up after opening fire. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said 147 were wounded. Another senior government official told The Associated Press the death toll could climb much higher. The senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol, at first said close to 50 people had already died, but later said that the figure was expected to around that many.

The Latest: German security chief condemns airport attack
Germany's top security official is condemning the attack on Istanbul's airport as "cowardly and brutal." Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said his thoughts were with the victims and their families, and vowed that "we will continue our fight against terrorism together with our allies with full force." De Maiziere said in a statement Wednesday he was "deeply shocked by the cowardly and brutal attack on Istanbul's airport." He says "terrorism has once again shown its ugly face and innocent people have lost their lives."

Divisiong, confusion as EU rethinks future without Britain
BRUSSELS (AP) - EU leaders are meeting without Britain for the first time to rethink their union and keep it from disintegrating after Britain's unprecedented vote to leave. Divisions between the EU founders and newer countries in the east threaten to complicate any bold new plans at Wednesday's meeting. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says: "It's not only the British voters who have doubts about European cooperation. There is skepticism in many other EU countries." Other EU countries are now facing calls, especially from the far right, for referendums on quitting the bloc. The 27 remaining EU members are also divided over how to deal with migration, which was a major issue in Britain's vote last week.

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Jordan widens IS crackdown; signs of home-grown extremism
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - Two dozen men charged with supporting the Islamic State group squeezed into a cage in Jordan's state security court. After brief questioning from a judge, they filed back out, and guards ushered in the next group of accused militants. The court's heavy load is part of a widening domestic crackdown on the extremist group. Hundreds have been sentenced to prison, are awaiting trial or are being held for questioning about links to IS. Under toughened anti-terror laws, even liking or sharing the group's propaganda on social media can land someone a prison sentence. Some say the crowded court rooms - along with recent attacks - signal that the pro-Western kingdom has a more serious problem with home-grown extremism than it has acknowledged in public.

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.

Pyonghattan 2.0: More skyscrapers go up in N. Korea capital
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Hoping to show the world his country is doing just fine despite sanctions and outside pressure over its nuclear weapons program, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has put his soldier-builders to work on yet another major project - a series of apartments and high-rises that are once again changing the Pyongyang skyline. The project is intended to show "the spirit of the DPRK standing up and keeping up with the world, despite all sorts of sanctions and pressure by the U.S. imperialists and their followers," and "the truth that the DPRK is able to be well-off in its own way and nothing is impossible for it to do," state-media quoted Kim as saying when he ordered the beginning of construction in March.

Final Benghazi report: No 'smoking gun' pointing to Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans on Tuesday concluded their $7 million, two-year investigation into the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, with fresh accusations of lethal mistakes by the Obama administration but no "smoking gun" pointing to wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state and now the Democrats' presumptive presidential nominee. After the long investigation, filled with partisan sniping by panel members, none of the new revelations highlighted by the House Benghazi committee in its 800-page report pointed specifically to Clinton's actions before, during or after the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in the eastern Libyan city.

Facebook CEO's Hawaii neighbors grumble about new wall
HONOLULU (AP) - Some of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's neighbors are grumbling about a rock wall he's having built on his property on the north shore of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Retiree Moku Crain said Tuesday the wall looks daunting and forbidding. Crain hopes and expects Zuckerberg will soften the wall's look by planting foliage around it. The wall began going up about four to six weeks ago. It runs along the property next to a road in the semi-rural community of Kilauea. "Whereas before when we drove along the road we could see the ocean and see through the property, it's closing off that view," Crain said.

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.

Players, coaches make pilgrimage; say goodbye to Pat Summitt
Dozens of Pat Summitt's former Tennessee players and coaches descended on Knoxville over the weekend, making the basketball pilgrimage to say their final goodbyes to the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history. Summitt, who died Tuesday morning at age 64, was much more than just their coach. She was a role model, a second mother, a friend, a mentor. WNBA stars Candace Parker and Tamika Catchings knew they had to see her one more time. So they flew in over the weekend between WNBA games. "She's touched so many lives in the game of basketball and has grown the game," Parker said.