Wednesday, June 29
Video shows airport attack
ISTANBUL (AP) — Airport surveillance video is offering some glimpses of last night's deadly attack at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey.
The images appear to show one explosion, a ball of fire that sends passengers racing for safety. Another video appears to show an attacker, brought down by a security officer's gunshot, blowing himself up. Travelers are seen fleeing down a corridor.
The attack left at least 41 people dead and hundreds wounded. The Turkish government is blaming Islamic State extremists.
A Turkish official who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol says the death toll does not include three suicide bombers who died.
Obama expresses condolences to Turkish leader
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has telephoned his condolences to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the deadly bombing at Istanbul's airport.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama also offered U.S. support and assistance in the investigation.
Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 41 people and wounded hundreds Tuesday night at the busy Ataturk Airport.
Obama placed the call from aboard Air Force One as he flew to Ottawa on Wednesday for meetings with the leaders of Canada and Mexico.
North America leaders tackle global warming
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The leaders of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico are spelling out how their nations will work together to curb global warming.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (PAYN'-yuh nee-EH'-toh) say in a joint statement that they'll strive to use renewable sources of energy to generate 50 percent of North America's electrical power by 2025.
That's a significant leap from last year's 37 percent.
They're pledging to accelerate cross-border transmission projects, strengthen energy efficiency standards, and emphasize more efficient products and cleaner vehicles in government purchases.
They say North America has the "capacity, resources and the moral imperative" to build on that agreement.
UPDATE: US stocks move broadly higher
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moving broadly higher on Wall Street as global markets continue to recover following Britain's vote to make a break with the European Union.
Banks, materials stocks and energy companies all posted gains in midday trading Wednesday.
Chevron gained 2.5 percent, the most in the Dow Jones industrial average.
European markets also posted solid gains and the pound edged up against the dollar following its plunge after the British vote last week.
Trump responds to Chamber criticism
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is firing back at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which says his trade plans could damage the U.S. economy.
Trump, in a tweet Wednesday, said the Chamber "must fight harder for the American worker. China, and many others, are taking advantage of U.S. with our terrible trade pacts."
In a speech Tuesday, Trump said he would tear up U.S. trade deals. He threatened new tariffs and called for a new era of economic "Americanism."
The Chamber, a traditional Republican ally, said his proposals would lead to higher prices, fewer jobs and a weaker economy.
In another tweet Wednesday, Trump said: "Why would the USChamber be upset by the fact that I want to negotiate better and stronger trade deals or that I want penalties for cheaters?"
Obama, Clinton to campaign in North Carolina
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and the woman who wants to succeed him are making their first campaign appearance together next week.
Obama and Democrat Hillary Clinton, who was his secretary of state, are campaigning together Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. That's a swing state that Obama won in 2008 but lost in 2012. Democrats dearly want to take North Carolina in the November election, when Clinton is likely to run against Republican Donald Trump.
North Carolina is home to 15 electoral votes. A candidate needs 270 to win the presidency.
Clinton's campaign said in a statement Tuesday that she and Obama will discuss their vision "for an American that is stronger together."
Puerto Rico financial rescue package wins Senate test vote
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico has survived a test vote in the Senate. The vote comes just two days before the island is expected to default on a $2 billion debt payment.
The White House-backed measure would create a control board that would oversee the island's finances and could supervise some debt restructuring. The vote was 68-32.
The House passed the legislation earlier this month. The Senate is expected to vote on final passage Wednesday or Thursday.
Puerto Rico is in a decade-long recession and has $70 billion in debt. The $2 billion payment to creditors is due July 1.
UPDATE: Authorities say 3 train workers presumed dead
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Authorities say the three missing crew members aboard two freight trains that collided head-on in the Texas Panhandle are presumed dead.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dan Buesing said Wednesday that emergency personnel have moved from a rescue effort to recovery operation.
The two BNSF Railway freight trains were on the same track northeast of Amarillo on Tuesday morning when they collided, triggering a fireball and causing containers and cars to tumble onto one another in a pileup.
Buesing says the eastbound train had earlier stopped in Amarillo to refuel for its trip to Chicago. That full load of diesel fuel contributed to a fire that burned into the night.
The westbound train was heading to Los Angeles.
Authorities have not disclosed why the trains were on the same track.
Crews gaining control of central Arizona blaze
CORDES LAKES, Ariz. (AP) — Firefighters are bolstering lines around a blaze that had forced evacuations and the intermittent closure of a major interstate in central Arizona.
Crews were mopping up Wednesday after the blaze came close to homes in the Cordes Lakes area.
Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Dolores Garcia says crews hit the fire hard from the ground and with water-dropping helicopters and air tankers to keep the flames contained on the east side of Interstate 17.
It's considered halfway contained. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office lifted evacuation orders overnight, and most of the interstate was open.
Meanwhile, at least 100 homes in Northern California have been evacuated as a wildfire charged through inaccessible terrain and climbed out of a steep canyon along the middle fork of the American River.
People living in a rural subdivision 50 miles northeast of Sacramento fled yesterday as firefighters braved triple-digit temperatures to battle the blaze.
HETEROSEXUAL PRIDE DAY
NEW: Twitter dominated by tongue-in-cheek #HeterosexualPrideDay
UNDATED (AP) — What appears to be a tongue-in-cheek social media movement to mark June 29 as a day to celebrate heterosexual pride has become one of the day's top online trends.
Hundreds of thousands of tweets have been sent Wednesday with the hashtag HeterosexualPrideDay.
The idea of such a day has outraged many. One of the top responses comes from British comedian Dapper Laughs, who rhetorically asked on Twitter , "What's next, #BreathingAirDay?" Others have flooded the hashtag with gay pride memes and other mentions of support.
The Twitter user who first tweeted it declined to comment to The Associated Press. It's not clear if the account's intent was serious or satire, but there appears to be no formal heterosexual pride day.
President Barack Obama has proclaimed June as LGBT Pride Month.
NATIONAL ANTHEM VIDEO
NEW: Woman awes internet with national anthem at Lincoln Memorial
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida woman's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Lincoln Memorial led to a burst of applause from onlookers — and a hugely popular online video.
The Washington Post reports Star Swain is an assistant principal in Tallahassee, Florida who was visiting Washington, D.C.
In the video Swain says "I'm scared," before launching into the song. After she finishes the final notes, visitors at the memorial cheer.
Benny Bolden, a friend and elder at her church, told the Washington Post it started out as a dare.
Now, the video has millions of views across social media platforms. On Facebook, one posting of the video had over 14 million views. A posting on YouTube had over 175,000 views.
RALPH STANLEY FUNERAL
Hundreds attend funeral of music legend Ralph Stanley
MCCLURE, Va. (AP) — Legendary bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley has been laid to rest in his hometown of McClure, Virginia.
Media outlets report that hundreds of friends, neighbors and music fans turned out for Stanley's funeral Tuesday evening. Stanley died Thursday at the age of 89 after battling skin cancer.
Stanley began playing music in 1946 with his brother, Carter Stanley, as The Stanley Brothers. He later formed The Clinch Mountain Boys. Stanley won a 2002 Grammy Award for the song, "O Death," which was featured in the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
On Tuesday, artists like Larry Sparks, Judy Marshall and Dan Marshall sang Stanley Brothers classics. Friends and fellow musicians, like Ricky Skaggs and Jim Lauderdale, stood beside Stanley's flag-draped casket and spoke of his impact.