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Trump, Putin signal new effort to cooperate on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled improving prospects for cooperation in Syria Tuesday in what the White House called a “very good” phone discussion that included a focus on setting up safe zones in the war-torn nation. The Kremlin said the leaders also agreed to try to set up their first in-person meeting in July, on the sidelines of an international summit in Germany. The White House later confirmed that information. Tuesday’s call marked the first time Trump and Putin have spoken since the U.S. launched missiles against an air base in Syria, an attack that outraged Russia, one of the Syrian government’s strongest backers. The U.S. military action sparked new tensions between Washington and Moscow, with top U.S. officials sharply condemning Putin’s continued support for embattled Syrian leader Bashar Assad. But the leaders appeared to again be edging toward closer cooperation following Tuesday’s call. The Kremlin said Trump and Putin agreed to bolster diplomatic efforts to resolve the Syrian civil war, which has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions more displaced. The White House announced it would send a top State Department official to Russian-led talks on Syria that begin today in Kazakhstan. “President Trump and President Putin agreed that the suffering in Syria has gone on for far too long and that all parties must do all they can to...

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White ex-officer pleads guilty in black man’s slaying

In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, file photo, former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager, right, walks from the Charleston County Courthouse under the protection of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department after a mistrial was declared for his trial in Charleston, S.C. Slager is pleading guilty to violating the civil rights of an unarmed black motorist he shot and killed during a 2015 traffic stop. A copy of the plea agreement obtained by The Associated Press Tuesday, May 2, 2017, also shows state prosecutors are dropping a pending murder charge against Slager. (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File) CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP)...

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Police: Suspect in Texas stabbings had mental health trouble

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The man suspected of stabbing four students at the University of Texas, one fatally, suffered from mental health troubles and had been involuntarily committed for treatment in another city, authorities said Tuesday. University Police Chief David Carter said Kendrex J. White was “obviously” suffering from some kind of mental difficulties, but he did not elaborate on the suspect’s condition or treatment. “This was not a conspiracy. This was not a person that had a vendetta against any particular group,” Carter said. White, 21, who was also enrolled at the Austin campus, was armed with a large hunting knife. He was described by former classmates as intelligent and easygoing and was active in a student group for black professionals. Two of the people wounded in Monday’s attack were treated and released from hospitals and a third remained hospitalized, university President Greg Fenves said. The student who was fatally stabbed was identified as freshman Harrison Brown. Fenves described him as a talented musician who had not yet decided on a major. The president met with Brown’s family Tuesday morning. “His family and our community will never be able to hear Harrison play and sing again,” Fenves said. Brown was the first person to be stabbed as White struck a path across a plaza in the heart of campus. The area is near a gym and recreation center...

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National news in brief

Milwaukee jail death shines spotlight on divisive sheriff MILWAUKEE (AP) — A lengthy inquest into the dehydration death of a Milwaukee inmate has raised troubling questions about how Sheriff David Clarke manages the county jail, just as the White House is said to be considering the tough-talking lawman for a job. Seven jail staffers could face criminal charges after the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office outlined a case for a jury that suggested disobedient inmates were routinely deprived of water as punishment and pleas for help were ignored. Clarke wasn’t among the seven staffers, including two supervisors, who the jury recommended should be charged because prosecutors say he wasn’t directly involved in the events that led to the death last year of 38-year-old Terrill Thomas, who was deprived of water for seven days. But the death happened under the leadership of the brash cowboy hat-wearing sheriff, which his critics say is sufficient cause for his removal from office. “I think there is a counterproductive and negative culture that has been established at that jail,” said Supreme Moore Omokunde, a Milwaukee county supervisor who called on Clarke to resign in December. “The creation of that culture starts at the top with Sheriff Clarke.” Leak in line from gas well blamed in fatal Colorado blast FIRESTONE, Colo. (AP) — A home explosion in Colorado that killed two people was caused by...

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Venezuelans block roads to protest Maduro constitution call

People block a highway in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Residents blocked streets with trash bags, broken concrete and twisted metal Tuesday to protest the president’s bid to rewrite the constitution amid a deepening political crisis. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Caracas residents blocked streets with broken concrete and twisted metal and flaming piles of trash Tuesday to protest the socialist president’s bid to rewrite the constitution amid a deepening political crisis. President Nicolas Maduro signed a decree Monday to begin the process of rewriting the country’s charter. Opposition leaders called the planned constitutional assembly a...

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Putin, Merkel spar in Russia over election meddling

MOSCOW (AP) — During a tense appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied on Tuesday that Moscow ever interferes in elections in other countries. Speaking during a joint news conference following talks at his Black Sea residence, Putin said accusations of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election were “simply rumors” that were being used as part of the political fight in Washington. He also denied interfering in European elections. U.S. intelligence agencies say they have definitive evidence that Russia was behind the hacking of Democratic email accounts, with the aim of benefiting Donald Trump’s campaign and harming his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Merkel said she was confident that Germany can weather any disinformation campaign targeting Germany’s upcoming election. Asked about the threat during the news conference, she cited two recent incidents of what she described as “gross misinformation.” In one instance, Russian state media and the foreign minister claimed that a 13-year-old girl of Russian origin had been kidnapped and raped by asylum-seekers in Berlin, and that German authorities were covering up the case. Police later determined the girl had made up the kidnapping, though a man in his 20s was charged with sexual abuse of a minor because she was below the age of consent. Merkel said Germany would take “decisive measures” if it believed there was foreign meddling in the election, adding...

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Islamic State attack on displaced in Syria kills nearly 40

This frame grab from video provided by the Hawar News Agency, shows a woman wounded in an attack by the Islamic State group, in bed at a clinic in Hasakeh province, Syria, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Islamic State militants staged a surprise attack early Tuesday at a crossing frequently used by Iraqi and Syrian civilians seeking safety in northeastern Syria, killing at least 37 people, most of them civilians who had fled fighting in areas held by the extremist group, Kurdish officials and activists said. (Hawar News Agency, via AP) BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants staged a surprise...

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May vows to be ‘bloody difficult’ as EU slams UK Brexit aims

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May eats a chip during an election campaign stop in Mevagissey, Cornwall, Tuesday May 2, 2017. Britain will hold a general election on June 8. (Dylan Martinez/PA via AP) LONDON (AP) — Britain and the European Union say they want an amicable divorce. But negotiations have not even started yet, and the sniping has already begun. Prime Minister Theresa May vowed Tuesday to be a “bloody difficult woman” in talks with the bloc, after EU officials accused the U.K. of failing to grasp the complexity of the task ahead. European Parliament Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt,...

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World news in brief

3 Americans killed in fatal vehicle crash in Czech Republic PRAGUE (AP) — A police official in the Czech Republic says three Americans have been killed in a collision between a car and a truck. Police spokeswoman Lucie Novakova says the crash happened early Tuesday afternoon near the town of Melnik, north of Prague. Novakova says that of the six Americans traveling in a rented Mitsubishi Outlander, two of them — a man and a woman — died immediately. A woman died in a hospital in the northern city of Liberec. Another woman from the U.S. was transported in critical condition to Prague’s Military University Hospital, while two men escaped unharmed. Police would not reveal the identity of the victims. Novakova says police are investigating, but a possible cause might have been that the car didn’t give the right of way to the truck. 5 detained, weapons seized in French anti-terrorism raids PARIS (AP) — Five men were detained and weapons seized in anti-terrorist operations across France on Tuesday as the country prepares for a tense presidential runoff, the Paris prosecutor’s office said. The suspects are between 18 and 24 years old. The prosecutor’s office said they were picked up in three locations: near the Normandy city of Rouen, in Villeneuve d’Ascq near Lille in northern France, and in Roanne in central France. The Paris prosecutor oversees anti-terrorism investigations....

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For brunch, what could be easier than a versatile frittata?

By The Culinary Institute of America We’ve romanticized brunch to the point that in certain cities, we will wait in a two-hour line to eat waffles with a side of French fries. But if you’ve served brunch at home, you know that a two-hour line can be a picnic compared to the stress of getting a full meal on a decorated table before noon. It’s a struggle to resist the urge to overcomplicate a party. But the truth is, a simple, well-executed meal is more enjoyable for your guests than one that leaves you frantic in the kitchen. The simple answer for your brunch woes? A frittata. Think of a frittata as a crust-less quiche, which is great since the crust is the hard part — the rest is just cutting veggies and cracking eggs. The beauty of a frittata is twofold: It can be filled with the odds and ends from your refrigerator, and it can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature. Frittatas are typically studded with a combination of meats, vegetables, and cheese, but the versatility of the dish is its greatest asset. This Spring Leek Frittata calls for leeks, peppers, and goat cheese, but your ingredients are limited only by your imagination. Leftover grilled veggies, baby spinach, and scraps of cheese can all find a home in your frittata. The texture of...

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