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By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 19, 2017 at 1:50 a.m.



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BEIJING (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is sounding a complimentary tone as he wraps up his Asia trip at meetings with Chinese leaders in Beijing. Tillerson says the United States is looking forward to the first meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng). A key topic of talks has been North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

TOKYO (AP) — The Korean Central News Agency is reporting North Korea's test of a new high-thrust rocket engine to be used for North Korea's space and satellite-launching program.. KCNA reports leader Kim Jong Un calls it a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space program. North Korea is banned by the United Nations from conducting long-range missile tests, but says its satellite program is for peaceful use, a claim that's doubted in the West.

HONOLULU (AP) — The government wants a federal judge in Hawaii to clarify his order blocking President Trump's revised travel ban, arguing that it shouldn't apply to new rules on refugees. A Justice Department motion is asking Judge Derrick Watson to clarify the scope of his temporary restraining order, arguing it should only apply to Trump's temporary ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries.

PARIS (AP) — An investigation continues in France after an airport attack. A prosecutor says a suspected Islamic extremist attacked a French soldier Saturday morning at Paris' Orly Airport and wrested away her assault rifle, yelling that he wanted to kill and die for Allah. The prosecutor says two colleagues on her patrol shot and killed the man before he could fire the military-grade weapon. No one else was hurt. The suspect was born in France.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The man who most people say defined rock 'n' roll is dead. Musical legend Chuck Berry was 90. Police west of St. Louis say they responded to a medical emergency and found Berry unresponsive. He couldn't be revived and was pronounced dead. Berry hit the Top 10 in 1955 with "Maybellene" and went on to influence generations of musicians with hits such as "Johnny B. Goode" and "Roll Over Beethoven."

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