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TOP STORIES

Trump criticizes fellow Republicans over debt ceiling ‘mess’

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump picks new fight with fellow Republicans whose support he needs to advance his policy agenda, saying congressional leaders could have avoided “mess” over raising the U.S. debt ceiling if they had heeded his advice. (USA-TRUMP/BUDGET (UPDATE 4, PIX), expect by 1930 GMT/3.30 PM ET, by David Alexander and Makini Brice, 900 words)

U.S. holds powerful but risky tool to halt North Korea’s nuclear progress

WASHINGTON – U.S. government is turning screws on companies that do business with North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions but stops short of taking more aggressive, and riskier, move of targeting Chinese banks that facilitate Pyongyang’s trade in arms and other banned goods. (NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/USA-SANCTIONS (TV), moved, by Yeganeh Torbati and David Brunnstrom, 1,000 words)

+ See also:

– NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/ICBM (PIX), moved, by Jack Kim and Heekyong Yang, 628 words

Trump ‘very committed’ to Mideast peace, envoy Kushner says

JERUSALEM – U.S. President Donald Trump remains “very committed” to achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace, his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, tells Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at start of talks. (ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/ (UPDATE 1, TV), moved, by Jeffrey Heller, 515 words)

U.S. Navy suspends sea search efforts for missing USS McCain sailors

SINGAPORE – U.S. Navy suspends wider search and rescue operations for sailors missing after warship USS John S. McCain collided with merchant vessel in waters near Singapore and Malaysia earlier this week. (USA-NAVY/CRASH (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Aradhana Aravindan, 408 words)

SPECIAL REPORT

How Taser inserts itself into investigations involving its weapons

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Taser International defends safety of its stun guns by spending millions on studies and forging close ties with police, medical examiners and consultants. When someone dies after altercation involving Taser, manufacturer is quick to offer guidance to investigators, Reuters finds. (USA-TASER/EXPERTS (SPECIAL REPORT, PIX, TV), moved, by Jason Szep, Tim Reid and Peter Eisler, 3,888 words)

+ See also:

– USA-TASER/STRIKEBACK, moved, by Tim Reid and Paula Seligson, 606 words

– USA-TASER/CASES, moved, by M.B. Pell, 814 words

UNITED STATES

U.S. gasoline prices rise, refineries shut as Texas braces for hurricane

SAN ANTONIO – U.S. gasoline prices surge to three-week high as Hurricane Harvey moves across Gulf of Mexico and threatens to slam oil refineries in Texas when it comes ashore this weekend. (STORM-HARVEY/ (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), moved, by Jim Forsyth, 547 words)

D.C. judge approves government warrant for data from anti-Trump website

WASHINGTON – District of Columbia Superior Court judge approves government warrant seeking data from anti-Trump website related to Inauguration Day protests, but he adds protections to safeguard “innocent users.” (USA-COURT/DREAMHOST (UPDATE 2), moving shortly, by Robert Iafolla, 400 words)

EUROPE

Has ‘ambitious’ British PM aimed too high with EU demands?

LONDON – Prime Minister Theresa May always said she would be “ambitious” in negotiating Britain’s exit from European Union, and government documents show scale of that ambition — wanting closest of ties without costs. (BRITAIN-EU/ (PIX), moved, by Elizabeth Piper, 825 words)

Belgium gave tip to Catalan police about imam before attack -source

MADRID – Belgian policeman told Catalan colleague in 2016 that imam thought to have instigated last week’s Barcelona attack was suspicious person, but no information was found then to tie him to Islamist militancy, Catalan government source says. (SPAIN-SECURITY/BELGIUM (UPDATE 2, TV, PIX), moving shortly, by Julien Toyer, 900 words)

AFRICA

Angola’s ruling party takes commanding lead in provisional election results

LUANDA – Angola’s ruling MPLA party has commanding lead in provisional general election results, winning 64.57 percent of votes tallied compared with the opposition UNITA party’s 24.4 percent, electoral commission says. (ANGOLA-ELECTION/ (UPDATE 2, PIX), moving shortly, by Stephen Eisenhammer, 600 words)

ASIA

Seoul court to rule on Samsung scion Lee in bribery trial

SEOUL – South Korean court will rule Friday on corruption charges against Jay Y. Lee, billionaire head of Samsung Group, after six-month trial in nationwide bribery scandal that triggered dismissal from office of country’s president. (SAMSUNG-LEE/ (PIX, TV), moved, by Joyce Lee and Soyoung Kim, 668 words)

(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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