Trump to order aluminum imports investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump will direct his administration Thursday to expedite a new investigation into whether aluminum imports are jeopardizing U.S. national security. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the president will sign a memo ordering him to determine the impact of rising aluminum imports. High-purity aluminum is used in a number of defense applications, including military planes and the armor-plating of military vehicles.

Trump to order probe into aluminum imports

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump will direct his administration Thursday to expedite a new investigation into whether aluminum imports are jeopardizing U.S. national security. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the president will sign a memo ordering him to determine the impact of rising aluminum imports. High-purity aluminum is used in a number of defense applications, including military planes and the armor-plating of military vehicles.

The Latest: Trump makes brief stop in North Korea meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump did not attend the entire meeting with senators who gathered to discuss the crisis in North Korea. An administration official says Trump attended only the first five minutes of the meeting. He delivered opening remarks before handing it over to his national security team.

Asian stock slip as investors mull Trump tax plan

HONG KONG (AP) -- Asian shares slipped Thursday as investors digested the scant details of President Donald Trump's U.S. tax overhaul, and economic and corporate reports. Investors also were awaiting a policy statement from the Bank of Japan that's expected to provide fresh insights into the state of Asia's second-biggest economy. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 0.2 percent to 19,243.76 while South Korea's Kospi dipped 0.3 percent to 2,201.39.

China launches its first domestically-made aircraft carrier

BEIJING (AP) -- China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes. The 50,000-ton carrier was towed from its dockyard just after 9 a.m.

Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration told lawmakers Wednesday it will apply economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, as an extraordinary White House briefing served to tamp down talk of military action against an unpredictable and increasingly dangerous U.S. adversary. President Donald Trump welcomed Republican and Democratic senators before his secretary of state, defense secretary, top general and national intelligence director conducted a classified briefing.

BC-AP News Digest 3 am

Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. -------------------------- NEW & DEVELOPING -------------------------- IRAN-US -- U.S. Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf. SENT: 140 words.

China launches 1st domestically-made aircraft carrier

BEIJING (AP) -- China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes. The 50,000-ton carrier was towed from its dockyard just after 9 a.m.

Moving beyond China and Mexico, Trump targets Canada trade

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has long railed about unfair trade practices of China and Mexico. Now he's drawn a new target -- Canada. The two countries are suddenly sparring openly over inexpensive Canadian timber and Canada's barriers to U.S. dairy products -- disputes that go back years but rarely get such a public airing.

Senator: Trump won't let NKorea build missile to reach US

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior Republican senator says he emerged from a dinner meeting with Donald Trump confident the president will not allow North Korea to build a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States. "If I were North Korea, I would not underestimate President Trump's resolve to stop them from getting a missile to hit our homeland," Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters Tuesday. Graham joined Sen.

Trump's 100-days promises: Fewer than half carried out

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It's also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn't raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow. Add a Supreme Court justice -- no small feat -- and call these promises kept.

US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- In a defiant bit of timing, South Korea announced Wednesday that key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system had been installed a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power. The South's trumpeting of progress on setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered U.S.

Trump's 100-days promises: A long way to go on most of them

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It's also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn't raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow. Add a Supreme Court justice -- no small feat -- and call these promises kept.

In call to Trump, Chinese leader urges restraint over NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the world braces for a possible North Korean nuclear test, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday urged restraint in a call to President Donald Trump. America's U.N. envoy warned of a strike if Pyongyang attacks a U.S. military base or tests an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Transcript of AP interview with Trump

A transcript of an Oval Office interview Friday with President Donald Trump by AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace. Where the audio recording of the interview is unclear, ellipses or a notation that the recording was unintelligible are used. AP: I do want to talk to you about the 100 days. TRUMP: Good. AP: I want to ask a few questions on some topics that are happening toward the end of the interview.

AP FACT CHECK: Misfires in Trump's AP interview

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In an Associated Press interview, President Donald Trump claimed more progress than he's achieved on his 100-day plan and showed he was not completely familiar with what he had promised in that "contract" with voters. A look at some of his assertions in the interview conducted Friday and other statements he made over the past week: TRUMP, on his 100-day plan: "I'm mostly there on most items.

North Korea quiet amid expectation of missile follow-up

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- A U.S. guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea on Tuesday and envoys from the U.S., Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, as North Korea prepared to mark the anniversary of the founding of its military. Although a major event around the anniversary was viewed as possible, the morning came and went without any nuclear tests or ballistic missile launches.

Transcript of AP interview with Trump

A transcript of an Oval Office interview Friday with President Donald Trump by AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace. Where the audio recording of the interview is unclear, ellipses or a notation that the recording was unintelligible are used. AP: I do want to talk to you about the 100 days. TRUMP: Good. AP: I want to ask a few questions on some topics that are happening toward the end of the interview.

AP FACT CHECK: When Trump takes credit and assigns blame

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of the most consistent features of President Donald Trump's public statements is his drive to take credit and assign blame. It's a tendency that consistently lands him in trouble with history, either recent or long ago, and has been on display as he approaches his 100th day in office. Over the past week, the president claimed unprecedented achievement as he tried to shape perceptions of his 100-day legacy.