Judge OKs work on Illinois highway some say threatens bee

CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge says work can proceed on a suburban Chicago highway on which construction was halted because of concerns it threatened an endangered bumblebee. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said Friday opponents of work on the nearly 6-mile-long (9.6 kilometers) Longmeadow Parkway in Kane County, Illinois, failed to show it put the rusty patched bumblebee at risk.

Venezuela formally notifies OAS it will leave amid protests

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela formally notified the Organization of American States on Friday of its intention to leave the regional body amid sometimes violent protests at home and international calls for its embattled government to hold delayed elections and release prisoners. Venezuelan interim ambassador Carmen Velasquez submitted a letter announcing the move in Washington to OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, a strong critic of socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

Filipino troops kill notorious Abu Sayyaf kidnapper in clash

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine marines have killed an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and a notorious kidnapper who had sailed across the sea border into Malaysia to snatch tourists and sailors for ransom, the military chief said Saturday. Gen. Eduardo Ano told The Associated Press that Alhabsy Misaya was slain in a clash with marines late Friday in the jungles between the towns of Indanan and Parang in Sulu province.

US military: Ohio soldier killed in raid in Afghanistan

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A soldier from Ohio was among two Army Rangers killed in a raid in Afghanistan who may have died as the result of friendly fire, the U.S military said Friday. The Department of Defense statement said Sgt. Cameron Thomas, 23, of Kettering, in southwest Ohio, was killed in the raid Wednesday on an Islamic State compound in eastern Afghanistan.

The Latest: Venezuela calls OAS forum for 'coercion'

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The Latest on Venezuela's ongoing political crisis. (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Samuel Moncada, Venezuela's deputy minister of foreign affairs for North America, said his country is pulling out of the Organization of American States because the group has become a forum for "coercion" instead of cooperation.

Trump: North Korea 'disrespected' China with missile test

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Friday that North Korea had "disrespected" China by attempting to launch another ballistic missile. Trump has said he is counting on Chinese President Xi Jinping to encourage North Korea to give up its pursuit of ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. Trump has also said he thinks Xi will do the right thing. China is North Korea's benefactor.

Review: Coal terminal would boost global climate-warming gas

SEATTLE (AP) -- A coal-export terminal proposed in Washington state would increase cancer risks for some residents, make rail accidents more likely and add millions of metric tons of climate-changing greenhouse gas globally every year, according to an environmental study released Friday. Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview wants to build the facility along the Columbia River near the city of Longview to handle up to 44 million tons of coal a year.

Head of Motion Picture Association of America to step down

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd is stepping down as chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA said Friday that their board will gather Saturday to name Charles Rivkin as successor to Dodd, who is resigning Sept. 4. Rivkin was previously the U.S. assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs and a U.S. ambassador to France and Monaco.

The Latest: NKorea says its missiles target US mainland

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The Latest on North Korea test-firing a missile Saturday (all times local): 11:35 a.m. North Korea's state media has reiterated the country's goal of developing a nuclear missile capable of reaching the continental United States on the same day rivals Washington and Seoul detected a failed missile launch from an area near Pyongyang.

Personal tragedy shaped congressman's effort on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) -- New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur has experienced personal tragedy and understands the need for health insurance. "I lost my mother at 4 years old. My father had no insurance and I watched him until I was in college pay off medical bills," says the two-term Republican lawmaker. Years later, MacArthur suffered the anguish over the death of his 11-year-old daughter, Gracie. "We had over $1 million of medical bills.

Some want charges for parents in genital cutting cases

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Lawmakers in Minnesota and Texas are pushing to crack down on parents involved with genital cutting after an indictment against a Detroit-area doctor accused of performing the procedure on two young Minnesota girls highlighted the little-known practice. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala is charged with female genital mutilation, conspiracy and other crimes.

Manafort-linked lobbying firm registers as foreign agent

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Washington lobbying firm that worked under the direction of Paul Manafort's firm registered Friday with the Justice Department as a foreign agent -- the same day a spokesman for Manafort backed off his previous statement that Manafort had decided to register. Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort, said he was wrong when he told The Associated Press earlier this month that Manafort would register with the Justice Department.

Autopsy: Man shot by police suffered wounds to back, leg

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- An autopsy report on a North Carolina man shot and killed by police officers in February says he suffered gunshot wounds to his upper back and lower right leg. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/2pGP1kc) the shot that struck 24-year-old Kenneth Lee Bailey Jr. in the back pierced both his lungs and major blood vessels before lodging in his right shoulder.

FDA approves 1st targeted drug for certain leukemia patients

U.S. regulators Friday approved the first targeted drug for certain patients with an aggressive form of leukemia. The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug for adults with acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, who have a genetic mutation called FLT3. Also OK'd was a test to identify those patients. The drug, Rydapt, known chemically as midostaurin, is used along with chemotherapy.

Claims, cost for vehicle damage on state roadways rising

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Taxpayers are spending more to settle claims for vehicles damaged and wrecked on South Carolina's crumbling roads. The State newspaper reports Friday (http://bit.ly/2pu29s4 ) that South Carolina has spent nearly $50 million since 2010 to settle lawsuits and claims for vehicle damage and injuries. About $7 million of that was spent in just the last 10 months. That's nearly $1 million more than was paid during the prior fiscal year.

Trump revives 'Pocahontas' insult of Elizabeth Warren

ATLANTA (AP) -- President Donald Trump revived one of his favorite -- and most provocative -- taunts against Elizabeth Warren on Friday, derisively calling the Massachusetts senator "Pocahontas." Trump mocked Warren repeatedly during the presidential campaign for claims she made about being part Native American.

NSA to stop collecting some internet communications

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's signals intelligence agency said Friday it will no longer collect certain communications moving on the internet simply because they mention a foreign intelligence target, in a move applauded by privacy advocates. The National Security Agency said it will now limit such collection to internet communications sent directly to or from a foreign target.