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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trump, Congress and 100 days: Lofty goals hit reality

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For Donald Trump, self-proclaimed master negotiator, making deals with Congress was supposed to be easy. "This Congress is going to be the busiest Congress we've had in decades, maybe ever," Trump predicted shortly after taking office. Not so far.

Trump's tweets aren't rocketing quite like they used to

WASHINGTON (AP) -- His "FAKE NEWS" tweets don't rocket like they once did. His exclamation points (!) don't excite quite the same old way. Donald Trump's 140-character volleys helped define the first 100 days of his presidency. But the traction on his medium of choice has slipped a bit as his tone and button-pushing tendencies have cooled.

Justice Dept. names new acting national security leader

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has named a new acting head of its national security division, which is responsible for overseeing an investigation into potential ties between Russia and the campaign of President Donald Trump. Dana Boente, a longtime federal prosecutor who had been serving as acting deputy attorney general, was named Friday to the national security post. He will replace Mary McCord, who announced last week that she would leave in May.

Guns at the gun convention? Not with the president there

ATLANTA (AP) -- For the excited NRA faithful, one aspect of seeing President Donald Trump open their annual meeting Friday was a bit of a downer: No guns allowed. Guns are allowed in most public places in Georgia, including in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta where the National Rifle Association is holding its annual meeting this weekend. But as with most presidential appearances, firearms weren't allowed.

Pentagon: US airstrike killed 8 al-Qaida operatives in Yemen

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says a U.S. airstrike in Yemen on Sunday killed eight operatives of group known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, including a key leader. A spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said the airstrike April 23 killed Abu Ahmed Awlaqi (ah-lah'-key), who had led AQAP operations in Shabwa province. Davis said he was a plotter of external attacks and had facilitated the extremist group's transfer of weapons and explosives.

Friendly fire may have killed 2 Army Rangers in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says the two Army Rangers killed during a raid on an Islamic State compound in Afghanistan may have died as a result of friendly fire. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis says the U.S. military is investigating to see if they were accidentally killed by ground fire from Afghan commandoes or other American forces. He says it does not appear deliberate.