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Family: 2 suspects in Mexico border killings arrested in US
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Relatives of nine U.S. dual-national women and children killed in northern Mexico in November say U.S. authorities told them they have two suspects under detention in the United States. Bryan LeBaron said Thursday U.S. officials told the family that two suspects had been detained in the United States, but did not specify what role they had played in the Nov. 4 ambush attack. Earlier this week, prosecutors said more than 40 suspects have now been identified in connection with the killings of the extended Langford and LeBaron families who have lived in northern Mexico for decades.
The Latest: Iran invites US agency to help with crash probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran has invited the U.S. accident-investigating agency to take part in the probe of this week’s crash of a Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran. The National Transportation Safety Board says it will “evaluate its level of participation in the investigation.” The extent of the NTSB’s role could be limited by U.S. sanctions on Iran. Under rules set by a United Nations aviation organization, the NTSB is entitled to participate in the investigation because the crash involved a Boeing 737-800 jet that was designed and built in the U.S.
House approves measure to restrain Trump’s actions on Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House has approved a resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran. The war powers resolution is not binding on Trump and would not require his signature. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi nonetheless insists it "has real teeth" because "it is a statement of the Congress of the United States." The House approved the measure, 224-194. Trump claims he has no obligation to give lawmakers advance warning, saying Democrats like Pelosi “want us to tell them so they can leak it to their friends in the corrupt media.”
Pelosi to 'soon' send impeachment articles for Senate trial
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she'll "soon'' transmit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for a trial. It's a sign of a potential thaw in the standoff with Senate Republicans as Pelosi warns against rushing to an acquittal without a fair trial. Pelosi faces mounting pressure from Republicans and some Democrats to quit delaying the trial. It's been three weeks since the House impeached Trump on charges of abuse and obstruction. Republicans say Democrats are embarrassed by their vote. But Pelosi says Democrats are ‘’proud'' of upholding the Constitution. Many on Capitol Hill expect the trial to begin next week.
Boeing papers show employees slid 737 Max problems past FAA
Newly released Boeing documents show that company employees knew about problems with flight simulators for the now-grounded 737 Max jetliner and talked about misleading regulators. Boeing says the employee comments in emails and text messages released to Congress on Thursday are unacceptable and don't reflect the company. Boeing said the statements “raise questions about Boeing’s interactions with the FAA” in getting the simulators qualified. The 737 Max is still grounded after two crashes that killed 346 people. Boeing is still working to update software and other systems on the plane to convince regulators to let it fly again.
Asian shares rise after US stocks set records as fears fade
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are rising as worries recede that the United States and Iran might be stepping closer to the edge of war, and U.S. indexes hit records overnight. Benchmarks in Japan, Australia, South Korea and Hong Kong are higher in morning trading. On Wall Street, money flowed into riskier investments, such as technology stocks, and trickled out of traditional hiding spots for investors when they’re nervous, such as gold.
Steyer is 6th candidate to qualify for next week's debate
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Billionaire Tom Steyer has qualified for next week's Democratic presidential debate in Iowa. He'll be on stage alongside Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar. Steyer qualified by hitting polling requirements in South Carolina and Nevada, two of the early voting states. He said while campaigning in New Hampshire on Thursday that his campaign has momentum. A new Fox News poll conducted in South Carolina put Steyer at 15%, and another Fox News poll in Nevada put him at 12%. In previous early state and national polls, Steyer has mostly been in the low to mid-single digits.
Trump boasts Iranian general's death was 'American justice'
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump is using his first campaign election rally of 2020 to argue that he served up “American justice" by ordering a drone strike to take out Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. While in Ohio on Thursday, he also mocked Democratic leaders for questioning his decision to carry out the strike without first consulting Congress. Trump said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wasn't “operating with a full deck,” and he called House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff “pencil neck.” The president's comments came shortly after the Democratic-controlled House approved a resolution asserting that Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran.
Iranians shot down airliner, Western leaders declare
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S., Canadian and British leaders say it is “highly likely” that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed a civilian Ukrainian jetliner late Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board. President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson all agreed that the fatal anti-aircraft missile could well have been fired at the jetliner by mistake. It came amid intentional missile launches and continuing high tension after a U.S. drone strike killed an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general. At least 63 of the people on board were Canadians.
Edd Byrnes, who played "Kookie" in "77 Sunset Strip," dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Edd Byrnes, who played Kookie on the hit TV show “77 Sunset Strip,” scored a gold record with a song about his character’s hair-combing obsession and appeared in the 1978 movie “Grease,” has died at 87. His son, Logan Byrnes, says Byrnes died Wednesday in Santa Monica, California. Born to a poor New York City family, Byrnes came to Los Angeles in 1955 and a few years later hit fame as Kookie, a hip parking attendant who helped LA private detectives solve cases. His teen idol fame also led to a hit record called “Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)."