Southwest pilot lauded as hero for handling crisis

In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, Lt. Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first women to fly Navy tactical aircraft, poses in front of an F/A-18A with Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 34 in 1992. After leaving active duty in early 1993, Shults served in the Navy Reserve until 2001. Shults was the pilot of the Southwest plane that made an emergency landing on April 17, 2018, after an engine explosion. (Thomas P. Milne/U.S. Navy via AP)

BOERNE, Texas (AP) — The Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in a harrowing emergency landing after a passenger was partially blown out of the jet’s damaged fuselage is also being hailed for her pioneering role in a career where she has been one of the few women at the controls.

UN team fired on at suspected Syria chemical attack site

FILE - In this Saturday, April 14, 2018 file photo, UN vehicles carrying the team of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), arrive at hotel hours after the U.S., France and Britian launched an attack on Syrian facilities for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in Damascus, Syria. The OPCW has been thrust once again into the international limelight by a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain and allegations of a chemical bombardment on the Syrian city of Douma. It is now attempting to investigate, but its experts have not yet been able to visit the scene. (AP Photo/Bassem Mroue, File)

BEIRUT (AP) — Assailants opened fire at a U.N. security team visiting the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, an official said Wednesday, forcing it to retreat to its base and further delaying a fact-finding mission by outside experts to examine the claims.

Starbucks incident highlights perils of shopping while black

Camille Hymes, center, regional vice president of Mid-Atlantic operations at Starbucks Coffee Company, speaks with Asa Khalif, of Black Lives Matter, right, after protesters entered the coffee shop, Sunday, April 15, 2018, demanding the firing of the manager who called police resulting in the arrest of two black men on Thursday. The arrests were captured on video that quickly gained traction on social media. (Mark Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It was a surreal scene that is part of daily life for many black Americans and minorities, an everyday moment gone wrong, ending in complete humiliation.

Trade issues expose the limits of Trump-Abe ‘bromance’

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe for dinner at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe courted the new American president with a golden driver not long after Donald Trump won the White House. He’s met with the billionaire businessman more than any other world leader, and he’s Trump’s second-most frequent caller.

Excavator blamed for island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico

Juan Castro fills a power plant with gasoline to energize the cabinet building workshop where he works, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Officials say it will take 24 to 36 hours to restore power after a Island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday after an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line, officials said, as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria.

Bureaucrat set to replace Raul Castro as Cuba’s president

In this photo released by Cuba's state-run media Cubadebate, Cuba's President Raul Castro, center left, enters the National Assembly followed by his successor Miguel Diaz-Canel, center right, for the start of two-day legislative session in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The Cuban assembly selected the 57-year-old First Vice President as the sole candidate to succeed Castro on Wednesday, in a transition aimed at ensuring that the country's single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it. (Irene Perez/Cubadebate via AP)

HAVANA (AP) — A 57-year-old bureaucrat will take Raul Castro’s place as the president of Cuba on Thursday as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world’s last communist states.

Tess spacecraft embarks on quest to find new planets

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket transporting the Tess satellite lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The satellite known as Tess will survey almost the entire sky, staring at the brightest, closest stars in an effort to find any planets that might be encircling them. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Tess spacecraft embarked Wednesday on a quest to find new worlds around neighboring stars that could support life.

First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and ‘Black Panther’

Visitors wait in front of a "Black Panther" movie banner, during an invitation-only screening, at the King Abdullah Financial District Theater, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Saudi Arabia held a private screening of the Hollywood blockbuster "Black Panther" Wednesday, to herald the launch of movie theaters that are set to open to the public next month. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood’s blockbuster “Black Panther” premiered in Saudi Arabia’s first movie theater.

Militia members convicted of Somali refugee bomb plot

FILE - This combination of Oct. 14, 2016, file booking photos provided by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office in Wichita, Kan., shows from left, Patrick Stein, Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright, three members of a Kansas militia group who were charged with plotting to bomb an apartment building filled with Somali immigrants in Garden City, Kan. A federal jury on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, found the three men guilty. All were convicted of one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of conspiracy against civil rights. Wright was convicted of a charge of lying to the FBI. Sentencing is set for June 27. (Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Three Kansas militia members were convicted Wednesday of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees, an attack thwarted by another member of the group who tipped off federal authorities about escalating threats of violence.

NKorea has a new budget and it’s full of fiscal hijinks

FILE - In this April 13, 2017, file photo, North Korean men, women and soldiers walk past apartment blocks along Ryomyong street, a collection of more than a dozen apartment buildings in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea under leader Kim Jong Un has been on a spending spree, evidenced in projects like the new Ryomyong Street residential district. But outside economists looking for clues of the country’s fiscal health say its latest budget reveals conflicting desires to keep up appearances, especially for potential foreign investors, while obscuring even the most basic economic indicators. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

TOKYO (AP) — Imagine a national budget that reflects steady growth, gives a healthy boost to science and technology while reserving big slices of the overall pie to defense and social spending. It’s generous with infrastructure improvements, and is certain of unquestioning, unanimous approval in parliament.

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