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More students enrolled in skilled trades

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — There is a waiting list to get into Martin Ballard’s classes at Avondale High School, where students learn by getting their hands on expensive digital tools. Along with drones and 360-degree cameras, a $20,000 laser cutter and a $25,000 3-D printer are part of a ...

NYC truck attack: Investigators scour driver’s background

NEW YORK — Investigators worked through the night to determine what led a truck driver to plow down people on a riverfront bike path near the World Trade Center, brandishing air guns and yelling “God is great” in Arabic as his deadly route of terror ended with a crash, authorities ...

Artist, designer turning Flint water bottles into fashion

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — An artist and a fashion designer are planning to make clothing out of the water bottles piling up from the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint. Conceptual artist Mel Chin has teamed up with Detroit native Tracy Reese and the Queens Museum in New York City. They plan to ...

Thai junta firmly in command after year of mourning for king

BANGKOK— Thailand’s military government has emerged from the year of official mourning for King Bhumibol Adulyadej with a firm grip on power and in no apparent rush to hold elections it has repeatedly delayed during the four years since its coup. The five days of solemn and choreographed ...

WW1 battle re-enacted in Israel on centennial

BEERSHEBA, Israel — A century to the day after Australian horsemen broke through Ottoman defenses in a daring First World War victory, nearly 200 horsemen — including descendants of the soldiers who fought that day — paraded today through the streets of a southern Israeli city in a ...

Libyan officials accuse Egypt of bombing civilians in eastern city

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan lawmakers and forces controlling an eastern city today accused Egypt’s air force of conducting airstrikes that killed a dozen civilians, including an entire family. Lamwaker Hamad al-Bandaq told The Associated Press that fighter jets bombed a house in al-Fatayah ...

Catalan ex-leader to speak in Brussels as asylum rumors grow

BRUSSELS — Catalonia’s ousted regional president will give a news conference in Brussels today, European officials said, as speculation mounted that he might seek political asylum in Belgium and try to avoid possible prosecution in Spain for declaring Catalan independence. Carles ...

Bailey to leave iconic British band

LONDON (AP) — Designer Christopher Bailey, who was replaced as Burberry chief executive earlier this year, will leave the British brand in 2018, ending a 17-year stint in which he helped transform a company once known mainly for trench coats into a global luxury icon. Bailey added the title ...

Trump calls for liberation from ‘scourge’ of addiction

WASHINGTON (AP) — In ringing and personal terms, President Donald Trump has pledged that “we will overcome addiction in America,” declaring opioid abuse a national public health emergency and announcing new steps to combat what he described as the worst drug crisis in U.S. ...

EPA: Michigan should boost water safety in Flint, statewide

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.— Staff and funding shortages and poor data management are preventing Michigan environmental regulators from making sure that state residents have safe drinking water, federal officials said Thursday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said deficiencies in ...

Pentagon chief Mattis stresses diplomacy in Korean crisis

PANMUNJOM, Korea (AP) — On his first visit to the tense but eerily quiet frontier between North and South Korea as U.S. secretary of defense, Jim Mattis conveyed the message he hopes will win the day: Diplomacy is the answer to ending the nuclear crisis with the North, not war. He made the ...

Water main repairs continue

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Crews have installed new sections of a broken 48-inch line that prompted a boil water advisory to about a dozen suburban Detroit communities. The Great Lakes Water Authority says Thursday that work is continuing to restore service to thousands of customers who ...

Fantasy Fest helps Irma recovery

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Key West’s Fantasy Fest has attracted thousands of visitors who are helping to restore the tourism-based economy following Hurricane Irma. The 10-day festival includes a zombie bike ride, a pet parade, today’s masquerade march and Saturday night’s flamboyant ...

Factory inferno kills 47

TANGERANG, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police on Friday said they were questioning the owner of a fireworks factory that exploded into an inferno, killing at least 47 people, and have accounted for the safety of three of 10 workers still missing. Investigators were trying to determine the ...

Misplaced monarchs: Clusters of butterflies stuck up north

WASHINGTON— Monarch butterflies, those delicate symbols of spring and summer, should mostly be in Texas by now, winging their way to Mexico for the winter. But Darlene Burgess keeps seeing colorful clusters of them — and she lives in Canada. “As nice as this is to see, I really wish I ...

Kenyan police, protesters clash during election

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police today fired tear gas at stone-throwing protesters in some opposition areas after the start of Kenya’s second presidential election since August, reflecting bitter divisions in a country whose main opposition leader urged his followers to boycott the ...

House GOP moves to pass budget, start tax debate

WASHINGTON— House Republicans are focusing squarely on tax cuts rather than deficit discipline as they look to shoehorn a GOP budget plan through the House. Passage of the $4 trillion budget measure today would pave the way for Republicans controlling Washington to pass a 10-year, $1.5 ...

US new home sales soar to highest level in a decade

WASHINGTON — Sales of new U.S. homes jumped last month to the highest level since October 2007, a sign that Americans — unable to find existing homes — are turning to new construction. Damage from last month's hurricanes may have also inflated the data. New home sales leapt 18.9 percent ...

World briefing

4 killed in Finland train crash COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A train collided with a military vehicle at a railroad crossing in southern Finland early today, killing at least four people, police and military officials said. The crash in Raseborg, about 53 miles southwest of Helsinki, also ...