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By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 11, 2017 at 9:41 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — :President Donald Trump has issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against nuclear North Korea, declaring the U.S. military "locked and loaded" and warning that the communist country's leader "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against U.S. territories or allies. The president appeared to draw another red line that would trigger a U.S. attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for its leader, Kim Jong Un.

DENVER (AP) — Taylor Swift's attorney says he's proud to represent the singer after a judge tossed a lawsuit from a former radio host she accused of groping her. Outside court Friday, Douglas Baldridge pointed to the pop star's willingness to file a countersuit after David Mueller sued her to claim she ruined his career. Baldridge says he's grateful to the judge.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it has rejected a request from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to speak by phone with President Donald Trump. A statement released late Friday by the White House press secretary says, "Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country." Trump said earlier Friday that he wouldn't rule out military action against Venezuela in response to the country's descent into political chaos following Maduro's power grab.

NEW YORK (AP) — The "Son of Sam" killer who terrorized New York 40 years ago says he thought he was doing something "to appease the devil." David Berkowitz said in a CBS News interview broadcast Friday that he had "surrendered to those very dark forces" when he killed six people and wounded seven. Thursday was the 40th anniversary of Berkowitz's Aug. 10, 1977 arrest.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The fiance of Justine Damond, an Australian woman shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer, has told more than 200 mourners "it felt like a privilege" to love her. Don Damond spoke Friday night at the memorial at a stage at Lake Harriet in southwest Minneapolis. He shared with the crowd some of the optimism expressed in three or four pages of words she would free-write every morning.

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