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Trump to make quick trip to Mexico before immigration speech
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - In a surprise move, Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, just hours before the Republican delivers a highly anticipated speech on immigration. Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday night to say he looks "very much forward" to meeting with the Mexican leader. Pena Nieto's office confirmed the meeting with its own tweet, saying the two men would meet privately. The unexpected trip comes as Trump seeks to clarify his stand on illegal immigration, a contentious issue that has been a centerpiece of his Republican presidential campaign. Trump has long called for deporting people currently living in the U.S.


Islamic State group says spokesman killed in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) - The Islamic State group's spokesman and chief strategist, who laid out the blueprint for the extremist group's attacks against the West, has been killed while overseeing operations in northern Syria, the group announced Tuesday. The IS-run Aamaq news agency said Abu Muhammed al-Adnani was "martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns in Aleppo," and vowed to avenge his death. It did not provide any further details on when or how he died. If confirmed, it would be a major blow to the extremist group, which has been on the retreat in Syria and Iraq, where the borders of its self-declared Islamic caliphate have been steadily eroded in recent months.


10 Things to Know for Wednesday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: 1. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP CHIEFTAIN REPORTEDLY KILLED IN SYRIA If confirmed, the death of chief strategist Abu Muhammed al-Adnani would be a major blow to the extremist group, which has been on the retreat in Syria and Iraq. 2. EU ORDERS APPLE TO PAY NEARLY $15B IN BACK TAXES TO IRELAND The move dramatically escalates the fight over whether America's biggest corporations are paying their fair share around the world. 3. WHY VICTORY FOR HILLARY WOULD CARRY DOWNSIDE FOR BILL If his wife wins the White House, Bill Clinton says he will have no choice but to step aside from the foundation that has shaped so much of his post-presidential legacy.


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US evaluating Taliban video of captive couple in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department said Tuesday it is evaluating a video released by the Afghan Taliban showing a Canadian man and his American wife warning that their Afghan captors will kill them and their children unless the Kabul government ends its executions of Taliban prisoners. The video, which has not been independently verified by The AP, shows Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012, calling on Canada and the United States to pressure the Afghan government into changing its policy on executing captured Taliban prisoners. Coleman has told her family that she gave birth to two children in captivity.


Vote on whether to remove president nears in Brazil's Senate
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - Senators debated the fate of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff into the wee hours of Wednesday, then planned a short break before casting votes that will decide whether to remove her permanently as leader of Latin America's most populous country. Many of the 81 senators signed up to speak Tuesday afternoon on the fifth day of her impeachment trial, prompting Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski to announce that they would go as long as it took for everyone to be heard. He said the trial would resume late Wednesday morning for the final vote on removing her. Passionate closing arguments by Rousseff's accusers and speeches by her allies appeared to be doing little to tip the balance in her favor on the eve of the impeachment decision.


McCain defeats Republican challengers to win Arizona primary
PHOENIX (AP) - U.S. Sen. John McCain beat back a primary challenge Tuesday from a Republican tea party activist to win the right to seek a sixth Senate term in November in a race that has been inundated with questions about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. The 2008 GOP presidential nominee easily defeated former state Sen. Kelli Ward and two other Republicans. He faces a tough Democratic challenge in the November general election from U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick. She advanced Tuesday after facing only a write-in opponent in the primary. McCain, who turned 80 on Monday, had been campaigning hard, rallying campaign workers and making get-out-the-vote stops in keeping his vow not to take the primary for granted.


911 calls: 'Gunshots going like crazy' in Pulse nightclub
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Friends and relatives of patrons trapped in a gay Florida nightclub where a mass shooting left 49 people dead asked police dispatchers why it was taking so long for their loved ones to be rescued. Audio recordings of 911 calls released Tuesday by the Orange County Sheriff's Office show mounting frustration by friends and family members who were texting, calling and video-chatting with trapped patrons of the Pulse nightclub where Omar Mateen opened fire in June. "My son was shot in the club. ... He is still in the bathroom. He is bleeding, and he got shot and nobody is going in for him," said one caller to 911, almost three hours after the shooting began.


North Carolina beaches thin out ahead of tropical weather
RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) - Crowds thinned Tuesday on the beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks ahead of a tropical weather system that threatened to bring strong winds and heavy rains that could flood low-lying areas. Elsewhere, a powerful hurricane threatened to pass "dangerously close" to Hawaii, and a hurricane watch was issued for parts of Florida's Gulf Coast because of a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico. On North Carolina's Hatteras Island, a slow stream of dozens of cars from places including Maryland, New York and Ohio headed north toward a bridge to the mainland - but other vacationers stayed and some surfers dove in for taller waves.


The Latest: Trump says immigrants taking minorities' jobs
A day before his highly-awaited speech on immigration, Donald Trump is accusing people in the country illegally of taking minority workers' jobs. Trump tells a rally crowd in Washington state that refugees and people living in the U.S. illegally "take jobs from hardworking African-Americans and Hispanic citizens." The GOP nominee also says he's going to stop the flow of drugs across the southern border. He says he'll address the issue in Wednesday's speech. Trump said on Twitter earlier Tuesday that he would meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday.


After lengthy stand-off with police, Chris Brown arrested
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Brown can't avoid trouble. Following a bizarre, hours-long stand-off with police, the "No Air" and "Kiss Kiss" singer was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a woman called for help from a gathering at his home. The arrest, which occurred outside the view of several news helicopters that swirled overhead and throngs of camera crews gathered at the bottom of Brown's hilltop estate, marked the conclusion of nearly 14-hour-long stand-off and investigation by police. Los Angeles police spokesman Lt. Chris Ramirez said officers first responded to Brown's property in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles around 3 a.m.



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AP Top News at 12:16 a.m. EDT

Trump to make quick trip to Mexico before immigration speech
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - In a surprise move, Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, just hours before the Republican delivers a highly anticipated speech on immigration. Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday night to say he looks "very much forward" to meeting with the Mexican leader. Pena Nieto's office confirmed the meeting with its own tweet, saying the two men would meet privately. The unexpected trip comes as Trump seeks to clarify his stand on illegal immigration, a contentious issue that has been a centerpiece of his Republican presidential campaign. Trump has long called for deporting people currently living in the U.S.


Islamic State group says spokesman killed in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) - The Islamic State group's spokesman and chief strategist, who laid out the blueprint for the extremist group's attacks against the West, has been killed while overseeing operations in northern Syria, the group announced Tuesday. The IS-run Aamaq news agency said Abu Muhammed al-Adnani was "martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns in Aleppo," and vowed to avenge his death. It did not provide any further details on when or how he died. If confirmed, it would be a major blow to the extremist group, which has been on the retreat in Syria and Iraq, where the borders of its self-declared Islamic caliphate have been steadily eroded in recent months.


10 Things to Know for Wednesday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: 1. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP CHIEFTAIN REPORTEDLY KILLED IN SYRIA If confirmed, the death of chief strategist Abu Muhammed al-Adnani would be a major blow to the extremist group, which has been on the retreat in Syria and Iraq. 2. EU ORDERS APPLE TO PAY NEARLY $15B IN BACK TAXES TO IRELAND The move dramatically escalates the fight over whether America's biggest corporations are paying their fair share around the world. 3. WHY VICTORY FOR HILLARY WOULD CARRY DOWNSIDE FOR BILL If his wife wins the White House, Bill Clinton says he will have no choice but to step aside from the foundation that has shaped so much of his post-presidential legacy.


Watch Top News Video




US evaluating Taliban video of captive couple in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department said Tuesday it is evaluating a video released by the Afghan Taliban showing a Canadian man and his American wife warning that their Afghan captors will kill them and their children unless the Kabul government ends its executions of Taliban prisoners. The video, which has not been independently verified by The AP, shows Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012, calling on Canada and the United States to pressure the Afghan government into changing its policy on executing captured Taliban prisoners. Coleman has told her family that she gave birth to two children in captivity.


Vote on whether to remove president nears in Brazil's Senate
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - Senators debated the fate of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff into the wee hours of Wednesday, then planned a short break before casting votes that will decide whether to remove her permanently as leader of Latin America's most populous country. Many of the 81 senators signed up to speak Tuesday afternoon on the fifth day of her impeachment trial, prompting Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski to announce that they would go as long as it took for everyone to be heard. He said the trial would resume late Wednesday morning for the final vote on removing her. Passionate closing arguments by Rousseff's accusers and speeches by her allies appeared to be doing little to tip the balance in her favor on the eve of the impeachment decision.


McCain defeats Republican challengers to win Arizona primary
PHOENIX (AP) - U.S. Sen. John McCain beat back a primary challenge Tuesday from a Republican tea party activist to win the right to seek a sixth Senate term in November in a race that has been inundated with questions about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. The 2008 GOP presidential nominee easily defeated former state Sen. Kelli Ward and two other Republicans. He faces a tough Democratic challenge in the November general election from U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick. She advanced Tuesday after facing only a write-in opponent in the primary. McCain, who turned 80 on Monday, had been campaigning hard, rallying campaign workers and making get-out-the-vote stops in keeping his vow not to take the primary for granted.


911 calls: 'Gunshots going like crazy' in Pulse nightclub
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Friends and relatives of patrons trapped in a gay Florida nightclub where a mass shooting left 49 people dead asked police dispatchers why it was taking so long for their loved ones to be rescued. Audio recordings of 911 calls released Tuesday by the Orange County Sheriff's Office show mounting frustration by friends and family members who were texting, calling and video-chatting with trapped patrons of the Pulse nightclub where Omar Mateen opened fire in June. "My son was shot in the club. ... He is still in the bathroom. He is bleeding, and he got shot and nobody is going in for him," said one caller to 911, almost three hours after the shooting began.


North Carolina beaches thin out ahead of tropical weather
RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) - Crowds thinned Tuesday on the beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks ahead of a tropical weather system that threatened to bring strong winds and heavy rains that could flood low-lying areas. Elsewhere, a powerful hurricane threatened to pass "dangerously close" to Hawaii, and a hurricane watch was issued for parts of Florida's Gulf Coast because of a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico. On North Carolina's Hatteras Island, a slow stream of dozens of cars from places including Maryland, New York and Ohio headed north toward a bridge to the mainland - but other vacationers stayed and some surfers dove in for taller waves.


The Latest: Trump says immigrants taking minorities' jobs
A day before his highly-awaited speech on immigration, Donald Trump is accusing people in the country illegally of taking minority workers' jobs. Trump tells a rally crowd in Washington state that refugees and people living in the U.S. illegally "take jobs from hardworking African-Americans and Hispanic citizens." The GOP nominee also says he's going to stop the flow of drugs across the southern border. He says he'll address the issue in Wednesday's speech. Trump said on Twitter earlier Tuesday that he would meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday.


After lengthy stand-off with police, Chris Brown arrested
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Brown can't avoid trouble. Following a bizarre, hours-long stand-off with police, the "No Air" and "Kiss Kiss" singer was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a woman called for help from a gathering at his home. The arrest, which occurred outside the view of several news helicopters that swirled overhead and throngs of camera crews gathered at the bottom of Brown's hilltop estate, marked the conclusion of nearly 14-hour-long stand-off and investigation by police. Los Angeles police spokesman Lt. Chris Ramirez said officers first responded to Brown's property in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles around 3 a.m.



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