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Apparent suicide bomber at Ariana Grande concert kills 22
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - An apparent suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert as it ended Monday night, killing 22 people among a panicked crowd of young concertgoers, some still wearing the star's trademark kitten ears as they fled. Teenage screams filled the arena just after the explosion, which also killed the attacker and injured dozens. The attack sparked a nightlong search for loved ones - parents for the children they had accompanied or agreed to pick up, and friends for each other after groups were scattered by the blast. Twitter and Facebook were filled with appeals for the missing. Public transport shut down, and taxis offered to give stranded people free rides home, while residents opened their homes to provide lodging.


The Latest: Social media joins in Manchester's victim hunt
Social media users are helping the desperate hunt for people missing in the Manchester concert bombing by circulating names and photos with the MissingInManchester hashtag. The city's regional government and its mayor, Andy Burnham, were among scores of Twitter users that circulated the hashtag to help people seeking missing family members and friends. Those named as missing included Olivia Campbell. Her mother, Charlotte Campbell, said the 15-year-old attended the Ariana Grande concert with a friend from school who has since been found and is being treated in a hospital. But Olivia is missing, having last called home just before the concert, the mother told ITV television's Good Morning Britain breakfast show.


Trump tests waters for Mideast peace in meeting with Abbas
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - Testing the waters for Middle East peace, President Donald Trump traveled Tuesday through the barrier ringing biblical Bethlehem to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The White House has downplayed the prospect for a significant breakthrough on the peace process during Trump's visit, his first overseas trip as president. Still, Trump's unconventional approach to diplomacy has raised hopes that he may be well positioned to jump-start talks bogged down by entrenched interests and ancient enmity. "I've heard it's one of the toughest deals of all, but I have a feeling that we're going to get there eventually," Trump said during a meeting Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


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Trump's Yad Vashem visit highlights mixed Holocaust record
JERUSALEM (AP) - President Donald Trump's brief visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial may prove to be the most explosive stop during a hypersensitive trip to Israel. While Trump touts his Jewish daughter and his strong support for Israel, he has suffered a series of missteps on Jewish issues and appeared cavalier at times about the Holocaust. Nearly all foreign leaders make a pilgrimage to Yad Vashem's vast complex in Jerusalem during official trips to Israel and most visits typically last about an hour and a half and include a tour of the museum. Previous American presidents have had lengthy, emotional visits.


Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is sending Congress a $4.1 trillion spending plan that relies on faster economic growth and steep cuts in a range of support programs for low-income individuals to balance the government's books over the next decade. The proposed budget, for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, was being delivered to Congress Tuesday, setting off an extended debate in which Democrats are already attacking the administration for trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poor. Lawmakers from both parties have said major changes will be needed as the measure moves through Congress.


Corruption trial begins for ex-South Korean President Park
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Former President Park Geun-hye stared straight ahead and denied that she engaged in bribery and leaking government secrets at Tuesday's start of the criminal trial that could send South Korea's first female leader to prison for life if she is convicted. Police escorted Park, in handcuffs with her eyes downcast, into court for her first public appearance since she was jailed on March 31 based on the corruption allegations that also led to her removal from office. Cameras flashed as Park emerged from a bus, her inmate number 503 attached to her dark-colored jacket, and walked into the Seoul Central District Court.


In Syria's devastated twin towns, tears mix with rubble
ZABADANI, Syria (AP) - Arriving with her husband and 10-year-old daughter to check on their home for the first time in five years, Adibeh Ghosn had trouble recognizing the neighborhood. In disbelief, she walked over the mounds of rubble leading to her home. "Where are the neighbors, where are the people? What has happened here?" she cried, wiping away tears as she gazed at the horizon of collapsed buildings, houses stripped of doors and windows, and finally her own charred home. Once a popular summer resort famed for its fruit trees and favored by tourists from rich Gulf Arab countries, the Damascus suburb of Zabadani is now a deserted endless vista of pulverized buildings after thousands of rebels were driven out, along with the town's original inhabitants.


Former CIA head to answer questions about Russian meddling
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former CIA Director John Brennan is set to testify publicly about the intelligence underpinning the Obama administration's conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and could shed light on concerns about the security risk posed by President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Brennan's testimony before the House intelligence committee on Tuesday comes one day after Flynn invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination in response to a subpoena from the Senate intelligence committee. The panel had sought a wide range of information and documents about his and the Trump campaign's contacts with Russians dating back to June 2015.


Reaction to Manchester explosion at Ariana Grande concert
Reaction to the fatal explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words." - Ariana Grande, via Twitter. "My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love." - pop star Taylor Swift, via Twitter "Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande's show" - pop star Katy Perry, via Twitter "Stunned by the news coming in from the UK. my thoughts are with the fans and families at Ariana's Manchester show. Awful" - TV producer, host Ryan Seacrest, via Twitter "Sending love to those affected in Manchester." - singer Ellie Goulding, via Twitter "Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives..praying for everyone and all #arianators." - pop star Demi Lovato, via Twitter "I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel." - pop star Bruno Mars, via Twitter "I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight." - pop star Harry Styles, former member of One Direction, via Twitter "My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K.


5 jurors picked for Cosby trial, 2 know a sex assault victim
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The search for 12 jurors and six alternates for Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is off to a brisk start even though a third of the initial jury pool had an opinion about Cosby's guilt or innocence and an equal number said they or someone close to them had been sexually assaulted. Three men and two women, all white, were selected Monday. The lawyers studied each person's race, sex, age, occupation and interests to try to guess their inherent sympathies, experts said. Cosby, in an interview last week, said he thinks race "could be" a motivating factor in the accusations against him.