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Trump's gyrations on NAFTA cause a flurry of head-scratching

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump campaigned on an "America First" trade policy of bracing clarity: Renegotiate or abandon NAFTA and crack down on China's trade practices. Yet so far, his trade policy has produced mostly confusion and division, even among fellow Republicans.

Protesters attack Macedonian lawmakers after leadership vote

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Scores of protesters, many wearing masks, broke through a police cordon and entered Macedonia's parliament late Thursday, attacking lawmakers to protest the election of a new speaker despite a months-long deadlock in talks to form a new government. The protesters stormed parliament after the country's opposition Social Democrats and parties representing Macedonia's ethnic Albanian minority voted for a new speaker.

Trump tax plan stands to benefit the man in the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Among the likely winners in President Donald Trump's tax-cut plan would be a real estate developer turned reality TV star who now happens to occupy the White House. The one-page proposal released Wednesday seems sure to benefit the president's businesses.

The Latest: Man sentenced to death in trooper's slaying

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) -- The Latest on the trial of a gunman who shot two Pennsylvania troopers at their barracks (all times local): 3:20 p.m. A gunman who shot two Pennsylvania troopers at their barracks, killing one, has been formally sentenced to death. Judge Gregory Chelak on Thursday sentenced Eric Frein (freen) to death plus 97 to 194 years in prison.

Passenger who was dragged off jetliner settles with United

CHICAGO (AP) -- The passenger who was dragged off a flight after refusing to give up his seat settled with United for an undisclosed sum Thursday in an apparent attempt by the airline to put the fiasco behind it as quickly as possible. David Dao's legal team said the agreement includes a provision that the amount will remain confidential. One his lawyers praised United CEO Oscar Munoz.

Trump tax plan: Relief for his voters but lots of unknowns

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's plan to overhaul the nation's tax code could provide significant tax cuts for the working-class voters who elected him, but the unknowns could end up hurting many of these core supporters of the president. A look at how Trump's tax plan could affect families at different income levels: ___ THE WORKING CLASS These are the people who have been left behind by an increasingly globalized economy.

AP FACT CHECK: Be wary of White House claims about tax plan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Getting to the bottom of President Donald Trump's tax plan is difficult because it exists so far as bullet points on a single page, with no detail. Still, there are reasons to be wary about some of the claims coming out of the White House about it. CLAIM: TAX CUT IS BIGGEST EVER Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, in remarks Wednesday, channeled Trump's penchant for exaggeration.

Spacecraft survives unprecedented trip between Saturn, rings

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has survived an unprecedented trip between Saturn and its rings, and has amazing pictures to show for it. Flight controllers regained contact with Cassini on Thursday, a day after it became the first craft to cross this hazardous region. The rings are made up of countless icy particles, any of which could have smacked Cassini.

Kardashian West: Gunpoint heist 'meant to happen to me'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kim Kardashian West says that being held at gunpoint during a Paris jewelry heist last year "was meant to happen." Kardashian West tells Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday's episode of the comedian's chat show that she's "such a different person" after the October robbery. She says she was "definitely materialistic" before being robbed, but now she says she doesn't care about things like jewelry.

US admiral says N. Korea crisis is at worst point he's seen

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific said Thursday that the crisis with North Korea is at the worst point he's ever seen, but he declined to compare the situation to the Cuban missile crisis decades ago. "It's real," Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Why Trump tax cut may not deliver the boost White House says

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's team boasted Wednesday that its tax-cut plan would lighten Americans' financial burdens, ignite economic growth and vastly simplify tax filing. Yet the proposal so far remains short of vital details, including how it would be paid for.

Pentagon joins intensifying probe of former Trump aide Flynn

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Investigations intensified into President Donald Trump's ousted national security adviser, Michael Flynn, on Thursday as the Pentagon watchdog joined lawmakers in probing payments he accepted from foreign sources including a Russian state-sponsored TV network.

UK anti-terror police detain man with knives near Parliament

LONDON (AP) -- Armed police carrying out a counterterrorism operation Thursday swooped in on a man they said was carrying knives in a bag near Britain's Parliament and arrested him on suspicion of planning terrorist acts. A European security official familiar with the individual said the suspect was known to British security agencies and was thought to have been inspired by the Islamic State group.

The Latest: Trump says NAFTA pull-out would shock system

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump's activities (all times local): 1:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says that withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement would be a "pretty big ... shock to the system." Trump said Thursday at the White House he'd been planning to terminate NAFTA "as of two or three days from now." But the president says he was persuaded to reconsider by the leaders of Canada and Mexico.

Trump 'absolutely' considered breaking up 9th Circuit Court

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump, still chafing over rulings blocking his travel ban early this year, says he's considered breaking up the West Coast-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Asked during a White House interview by the Washington Examiner if he'd thought about proposals to break up the court, Trump replied, "Absolutely, I have." He added that "there are many people that want to break up the 9th Circuit. It's outrageous.

A look at North Korea's evolving brinkmanship

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea observers have long marveled at the ability of a small, impoverished, autocratic nation to go toe-to-toe with the world's superpowers. Part of the secret to North Korean success has always been the ruling Kim family's mastery of the art of brinkmanship.

D'oh! 'Simpsons' needle Trump ahead of 100-day milestone

"The Simpsons" is taking on President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office in a short animation released online. The clip shows an animated Trump in bed at the White House counting up accomplishments as president, like lowering his golf handicap and increasing his Twitter following. The video also imagines the president's daughter, Ivanka, taking Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's seat on the Supreme Court.

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TRUMP'S ABOUT-FACE ON NAFTA Hours after the administration threatened to pull out of the trade pact, Mexico and Canada agreed to renegotiate the deal to "the benefit of all three countries." 2.

Trump to sign order creating accountability office at VA

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Thursday creating an accountability and whistleblower protection office at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump, who made improving veterans' care a prominent issue as he campaigned for office, was to issue the order while visiting the VA. It will create a new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection within the department.