Trump calls first trip abroad 'home run' as challenges await NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Sicily (AP) - President Donald Trump on Saturday said his maiden trip abroad was a "home run" and he vowed to overcome the threat of terrorism, concluding a grueling five-stop sprint that ended with the promise of an imminent decision on the much-discussed Paris climate accord. Trump ended his nine-day trip with a speech to U.S. troops in Sicily, where he recounted his visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium and Italy and his work to counter terrorism. The president said recent terrorist attacks in Manchester, England and Egypt underscored the need for the U.S. to "defeat terrorism and protect civilization."
Trump makes G-7 deal on trade, takes rain check on climate TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) - Seven wealthy democracies ended their summit Saturday in Italy without unanimous agreement on climate change, as the Trump administration plans to take more time to say whether the U.S. is going to remain in the Paris accord on limiting greenhouse gas emissions. The other six nations in the Group of Seven agreed to stick with their commitment to implement the 2015 Paris deal that aims to slow down global warming. The final G-7 statement, issued after two days of talks in the seaside town of Taormina, said the U.S. "is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics." Trump tweeted he would decide on Paris next week.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump tells tall tales even without Twitter WASHINGTON (AP) - It's been a muted week for the "real" Donald Trump, the Twitter account where the president normally says a lot of things that are unreal. Other frequent sources of free-range Trump - extended TV interviews, news conferences, speeches to supporters - were also missing on his first foreign trip since taking office. Even a more cautious or scripted Trump, though, does not always tell it straight, and the release of his proposed budget stirred a fresh round of questionable rhetoric from his stateside aides. A look at some of the statements under scrutiny over the past week: TRUMP: "But 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense.
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Computer outage grounds hundreds of BA flights in London LONDON (AP) - British Airways canceled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Saturday as a global IT failure upended the travel plans of tens of thousands of people on a busy U.K. holiday weekend. The airline said it was suffering a "major IT systems failure" around the world. It didn't say what was causing the problem but said there was no evidence of a cyberattack. BA operates hundreds of flights from the two London airports on a typical day - and both are major hubs for worldwide travel. Several hours after problems began cropping up Saturday morning, BA suspended flights up to 6 p.m.
Police identify suspect in double killing on Oregon train PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The 35-year-old man identified by authorities in the fatal stabbing of two people on a Portland light-rail train has a criminal record that includes stints in prison. Court records show that Jeremy Joseph Christian was convicted of robbery, kidnapping and a weapons charge in 2002. Christian is being held in the Multnomah County Jail on suspicion of aggravated murder and attempted murder. Police say two people died Friday and another was hurt in the stabbing after Christian yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Police say that before the stabbing, the assailant on the train was ranting on many topics, using "hate speech or biased language." One person was dead at the scene and another died at a hospital.
In opioid crisis, a new risk for police: accidental overdose BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - As Cpl. Kevin Phillips pulled up to investigate a suspected opioid overdose, paramedics were already at the Maryland home giving a man a life-saving dose of the overdose reversal drug Narcan. Drugs were easy to find: a package of heroin on the railing leading to a basement; another batch on a shelf above a nightstand. The deputy already had put on gloves and grabbed evidence baggies, his usual routine for canvassing a house. He swept the first package from the railing into a bag and sealed it; then a torn Crayola crayon box went from the nightstand into a bag of its own.
AP reports Kushner back channel with Russia involved Syria WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's son-in-law and now top White House adviser Jared Kushner proposed a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with a leading Russian diplomat, The Associated Press has learned. Kushner spoke with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about creating that line of communication to facilitate sensitive discussions aimed at exploring the incoming administration's options with Russia as it developing its Syria policy, according to a person familiar with the discussions. The intent was to connect Trump's chief national security adviser at the time, Michael Flynn, with Russian military leaders, said this person, who wasn't authorized to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Tributes pour in for ex-national security adviser Brzezinski WASHINGTON (AP) - Well before he won the presidency in 1977, Jimmy Carter was impressed by the views of foreign policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski. That Carter immediately liked the Polish-born academic advising his campaign was a plus. "He was inquisitive, innovative and a natural choice as my national security adviser when I became president," Carter said in a statement following Brzezinski's death Friday. "He helped me set vital foreign policy goals, was a source of stimulation for the departments of defense and state, and everyone valued his opinion," Carter said. "He played an essential role in all the key foreign policy events of my administration." Earnest and ambitious, Brzezinski (ZBIG'-nyef breh-ZHIN'-skee) helped Carter bridge wide gaps between the rigid Egyptian and Israeli leaders, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin, leading to the Camp David accords in September 1978.
With new law, Lyft, Uber set to return to Texas capital city AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft, which left Texas's tech-savvy capital city a year ago over local fingerprint requirements for drivers, are set to return after state lawmakers intervened. Both companies say they'll be rolling on Austin's streets again Monday, when Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign into law a bill that puts the state - not local governments - in charge of regulating the ride-hailing industry. Local leaders in Austin, the conservative state's most liberal city, argued unsuccessfully that its tech-driven economy was uniquely positioned to launch capable alternatives that could fill the gap. "Austin is an incubator for technology and entrepreneurship, and we are excited to be back in the mix," Uber spokesman Travis Considine said Thursday.
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