Tuesday, June 28
NEW: Ten reported dead in Turkish airport attack
ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish official says two attackers have blown themselves up at Istanbul's Ataturk airport after police fired at them.
Turkish media quoted Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag as saying 10 people were killed in the attack on Tuesday.
Turkey's state-run news agency quoted Bekir Bozdag as saying: "According to the information I was given, a terrorist at the international terminal entrance first opened fire with a Kalashnikov and then blew himself up. We have around 10 martyrs (dead) and around 20 wounded."
The official said the attackers detonated the explosives at the entrance of the international terminal before entering the x-ray security check.
Turkish airports have security checks at both at the entrance of terminal buildings and then later before entry to departure gates.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol.
Trump: Time to declare economic independence
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump says the U.S. has become more dependent on foreign countries and it's "time to declare our economic independence once again."
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is blaming harmful trade deals and the loss of manufacturing jobs on former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Trump has been critical of past trade deals, saying it has stripped the U.S. of manufacturing jobs. He says he plans to make it a major contrast with Hillary Clinton.
Trump says the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was signed by Bill Clinton, was a "disaster" and points to the Clintons' support for normalizing trade relations with China.
He is warning that the Trans-Pacific Partnership could be even worse. He says the TPP "would be the death blow for American manufacturing."
NEW: Traditional GOP ally blast Trump proposals
WASHINGTON (AP) — A traditional Republican ally is blasting GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's economic proposals, saying it would lead to a weaker economy.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is rebutting Trump's Pennsylvania speech on trade, saying his policies would lead to millions of job losses and an economic recession.
The Chamber says in a blog post that Trump's proposals to place tariffs on imports from Mexico and China would spark a trade war. Even if China and Mexico don't retaliate, the Chamber says the U.S. would still lose a minimum of 2 million jobs.
The Chamber is also pushing back against Trump on Twitter, saying, "Under Trump's trade plans, we would see higher prices, fewer jobs, a weaker economy."
UPDATE: Clinton suggests student loan deferment
DENVER (AP) — Hillary Clinton is suggesting that business developers be allowed to defer making student loan payments -- as a way to create jobs and stimulate growth.
She was speaking today to a crowd of coders at a Denver tech incubator that is home to several start-ups.
Clinton says the founders of start-ups, and their early employees, should be allowed to forgo payments on their federal student loans for up to three years.
Clinton also called for connecting every household to high-speed internet by 2020 and training 50,000 new computer science teachers.
Clinton says nothing new in Benghazi report
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says the House Benghazi committee found nothing different than previous investigations into the 2012 attack that killed four Americans.
Clinton says no one has lost more sleep than she has over the attack which occurred while she was secretary of State. Republicans have long criticized her handling of the incident.
She said at a campaign stop in Denver that after more than two years, the committee "found nothing -- nothing -- to contradict the conclusions of the independent accountability board," that previously investigated the attack.
The committee faulted the Obama administration Tuesday for lax security and a slow response to the attacks, but it produced no new allegations about Clinton.
Clinton's campaign has slammed the report as partisan. She said "I'll leave it to others to characterize this report, but I think it's time to move on."
Obama says he doesn't anticipate huge change from EU exit
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says that he doesn't anticipate "major, cataclysmic changes" as a result of Britain's pending exit from the European Union.
Speaking to NPR, Obama also says there are more differences than similarities when it comes to Britain's election compared with the current presidential election in the United States where discontent has fueled Republican Donald Trump's rise.
Obama says Europe hasn't fared as well as the United States since the financial crisis that struck in 2008, and there was some belief that the European Union was moving too fast and without as much consensus as it should.
Obama says a similarity he sees in the two elections is the ability some have to tap into fear that people may have about losing control.
NEW: Obama pays tribute to late former Tennessee coach
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Pat Summitt's legacy is measured by the legions of young women and men who admired her competitiveness and character.
Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who helped boost the women's game to the big time in a 38-year career at Tennessee, has died at 64.
Obama calls the legendary coach a "patriot" and notes she earned Olympic medals for the country as a player and coach.
He says he was honored to give Summitt the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony in 2012.
Obama says even as Alzheimer's started to rob Summitt of her memory in a brave and public fight against the disease, she maintained grace and perspective.
He says he and Michelle are sending condolences to Summitt's family, former players, fans on Rocky Top and across America.
Unclear whether crash-prevention technology used
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A spokesman for BNSF Railway says it's not clear whether new safety technology was being used along the track in the Texas Panhandle where two freight trains collided head-on, injuring one crew member and leaving three others missing.
BNSF and other freight carriers have pledged to meet a 2018 federal deadline to adopt the technology, called positive train control or PTC.
With that deadline still two years away, it appears unlikely that the measures were in place Tuesday when the trains collided northeast of Amarillo. But BNSF spokesman Joe Faust says he needed to confirm with company officials whether any such technology was being used.
PTC relies on GPS, wireless radio and computers to monitor train positions and automatically slow or stop trains that are in danger of colliding, derailing due to excessive speed or about to enter track where crews are working or that is otherwise off limits.
UPDATE: Fathers held back as fire kills wives, 4 kids
GORMAN, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says officers had to hold back two hysterical fathers as their wives and children died in a fiery minivan wreck on a highway in north Los Angeles County.
The dads escaped the van after the crash early Tuesday and suffered burns trying to save their families. The women and four children were killed.
CHP Officer Frank Romero says the minivan was partially in the right-hand lane after a minor wreck on Interstate 5, about 65 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. A semi-truck slammed into the van from behind, and it caught fire.
The truck driver and two CHP officers also scrambled to help save the victims. But Romero says the fire was burning too fast and hot for fire extinguishers or life-saving efforts to work.
The men were taken to a hospital.
FORMER ASTRONAUT-MURDER CHARGES
NEW: Wrongful death lawsuits filed against ex-astronaut in crash
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The families of two girls who were killed in a DUI crash involving a former NASA astronaut in rural west Alabama have filed wrongful-death lawsuits in state and federal courts.
Authorities have said 11-year-old Niomi James and 13-year-old Jayla Parler were killed in a crash that left two others injured on June 6 in rural west Alabama.
Former NASA astronaut 59-year-old James Halsell has been charged with reckless murder in the crash and now faces wrongful-death lawsuits in Tuscaloosa County and in federal court.
Latrice Parler identifies herself in court documents as the girls' custodial parent. Parler is suing in federal court, while injured passenger Pernell James filed a lawsuit in Tuscaloosa County. Attorney James Sturdivant is representing Halsell in the criminal case. He has declined to comment.
Judge: Lighthouse migrants must return to Cuba
MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a group of 21 Cuban migrants who reached a lighthouse off the Florida Keys last month are not on U.S. soil and must return to Cuba.
Judge Darrin Gayles ruled Tuesday that the American Shoal lighthouse does not count as dry land under U.S.'s "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy.
Lawyers for the migrants had argued the lighthouse is U.S. territory, and their clients should get to stay.
Attorneys for the federal government acknowledged the lighthouse is U.S. property but argued it was not equal to dry land.
The lighthouse is located about 7 miles from Sugarloaf Key. Under the "wet foot, dry foot" policy, Cubans who reach U.S. shores are usually allowed to stay, while those intercepted at sea are generally returned home.
The migrants have been aboard a Coast Guard cutter since May 20.