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Russia says US airstrike on Syria damages peace process

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the airstrike that the United States launched at a Syrian military base earlier this month damages the prospects of a political settlement for the war-torn country. The airstrike was in response to a chemical weapons attack on April 4 on a northern Syrian town that Washington blamed on the Syrian government.

Martin Short strips down at environmental comedy benefit

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Martin Short stripped down to a nude bodysuit to perform a musical number and became a human bagpipe in the hands of a large, kilt-wearing man -- all for the sake of the environment. Short was the multitalented master of ceremonies at "Stand Up! For the Planet," an all-star comedy benefit for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

10 arrested in probe of Paris attacks

PARIS (AP) -- The Paris prosecutors' office has announced 10 arrests in an investigation of suspected suppliers of weapons to one of three attackers who killed 17 people at Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher store in January 2015. The prosecutors' office says arrests started Monday, with more on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, with 10 people in custody so far. The arrests are targeting people suspected of involvement in supplying to weapons to Amedy Coulibaly.

Trump wants a review of national monuments

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as "national monuments," an action that could upend protections put in place in Utah and other states as Trump tries to rack up accomplishments in his first 100 days.

Massive Trump tax cuts face big hurdles as debt mounts

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is proposing tax cuts for individuals and businesses even as Washington struggles with mounting debt and the populist president tries to make good on promises to bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class. Trump is scheduled Wednesday to unveil the broad outlines of a tax overhaul that would provide massive tax cuts to businesses big and small.

Court documents: Mother had abused teen in kidnapping case

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) -- A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who authorities say was kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse at the hands of her mother, according to court documents, making her particularly vulnerable to an adult predator. The mother is scheduled to appear in court next month and has pleaded not guilty to five counts of abuse and neglect involving several of her children.

Ben Carson brings HUD listening tour to urban, rural Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Columbus is the fourth stop on Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's national listening tour. President Donald Trump's housing secretary has been traveling the country gathering input from agency field staff, local leaders and residents of public housing developments. His three-day visit to Ohio begins Wednesday. During the first two days, he'll tour urban housing developments in Columbus.

All in the Family: Trump's potent mix of blood, business

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Not since John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Bobby to be attorney general and his brother-in-law as director of the Peace Corps has a president leaned so heavily on his family. Even Donald Trump's 5-year-old granddaughter Arabella has pitched in. As the administration nears its 100-day mark, Trump has established a White House operation with such an unusual commingling of blood, business and government that it has surprised even his own family.

Different president, same old government shutdown threats

WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's an unconventional new president in the White House. And the Republicans now have a new lock on both ends of Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue. But the capital city is still up to its old gridlock tricks. Just as occurred repeatedly during the Obama administration, the government is only days away from a shutdown, and Congress and the White House are engaged in familiar partisan brinkmanship.

Latest North Carolina and South Carolina sports

SOUTH CAROLINA-STATEHOUSE Staley, national champion Gamecocks honored at Statehouse COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina coach Dawn Staley and her national champion Gamecocks got a standing ovation from lawmakers as they were honored at the Statehouse on Tuesday. The women's basketball team defeated Mississippi State earlier this month for its first national championship.

Lawmakers: Former Trump aide Flynn may have broken US law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House oversight committee say.

In Kashmir, brutality of videos deepen anger against India

SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- One video showed a young Kashmiri man strapped to a patrolling Indian army jeep as a human shield against stone-throwing protesters. Others showed soldiers beating local men with sticks as other troops stood by with guns drawn. As Shabir Ahmed watched the crude clips, captured on cellphone cameras and uploaded to Facebook, he felt terrified.

Leading GOP moderate opposes plan to move House health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leading House conservatives are saying good things about a plan to revive the GOP health care bill. But an influential GOP House moderate is opposing the proposal, leaving party leaders to assess whether the idea could help one of President Donald Trump's premier but most problematic priorities spring back to life.

Thai woman has no anger toward Facebook after girl's killing

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) -- The wife of a Thai man who hanged their 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live said Wednesday her husband is the only person to blame, and she bears no anger toward the social media site or the users who shared the horrific video. The video showed 20-year-old Wuttisan Wongtalay killing his child. He then kills himself. It was broadcast Monday evening and made inaccessible by Facebook late Tuesday afternoon.

Asian stocks climb on hopes for US tax cuts, budget deal

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Shares rose in Asia on Wednesday after hopes for tax cuts by President Donald Trump drove record-breaking gains overnight on Wall Street. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 jumped 1.1 percent to 19,289.43 and South Korea's Kospi rose 0.5 percent to 2,207.84. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index advanced 0.4 percent to 24,562.11 and the Shanghai Composite Index was up 0.2 percent to 3,139.48. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.7 percent to 5,912.00.

Some high plains farmers struggling after fires, drought

DENVER (AP) -- Deep snow is melting into Western mountain streams, but some farmers and ranchers on the high plains are struggling amid a lengthy dry spell and the aftermath of destructive wildfires. A swath of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas has been in a drought or near-drought condition for six months, putting some of the winter wheat crop in doubt.

LEADING OFF: Pedroia set to return, Bundy emerging for O's

A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ WELCOME BACK The Red Sox had to wait another day to get Dustin Pedroia back in the lineup. Manager John Farrell said after Tuesday night's game was rained out that his injured second baseman would have been able to play after missing the previous two games. Instead, Pedroia will return a day later when the Red Sox host the Yankees.

Judge cites Trump's comment in 'sanctuary city' ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him. In a ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick quoted Trump to support his decision to block the president's order to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials.

Eric Thames bashes his way into Brewers' record book

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Eric Thames is bashing his way into the Milwaukee Brewers' record book. No adjustment period necessary for the bushy-bearded first baseman in his first season back in the majors after three years playing ball in South Korea. With a two-run shot on Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds, Thames upped his major league-leading home run total to 11. He also set a franchise record for April homers.

Trump's constant tweeting isn't lifting Twitter's profit

NEW YORK (AP) -- You'd think Twitter would be able to milk its status as President Donald Trump's megaphone. But the company still faces stagnant user growth, has never made a profit and may even report a quarterly revenue decline Wednesday, a first since going public. Trump's frequent tweets ricochet well beyond his 28 million Twitter followers. Anything he tweets can serve as fodder for social media, TV news shows and, often, late-night comedy.