President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday they had failed to reach a deal that would exempt Japan from new U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, as Abe had wanted.
Instead, the leaders announced they had agreed to start talks on a new "free, fair and reciprocal" trade agreement between the two countries following two days of talks.
"If we can come to an arrangement on a new deal, that would certainly be something we would discuss," Trump said when asked about the tariffs during a joint press conference at his private Mar-a-Lago club.
U.S. airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane, leading to the death of a woman who was partially blown out a window.
The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.
Pressure for the FAA to act grew after an engine on a Southwest plane blew apart on Tuesday, showering the aircraft with debris and shattering a window. A woman sitting next to the window was partially blown out and died of her injuries.
As his frustration with the investigation into his campaign and business expands into threatening new fronts, President Donald Trump refused to say Wednesday whether he plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
"As far as the two gentlemen you told me about, they've been saying I'm going to get rid of them for the last three months," Trump said during a joint press conference with the prime minister of Japan. "Four months. Five months. And they're still here. So we want to get the investigation over with, done with, put it behind us."
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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.
Gunmen shot at the U.N. team in Douma on Tuesday and detonated an explosive, leading it to return to Damascus, said the head of the international chemical weapons watchdog, Ahmet Uzumcu. He did not identify the assailants.
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When an engine on a Southwest flight blew shortly after take off, debris went flying like shrapnel into the plane and broke a window. The suction pulled a woman sitting near the window partially out of the plane.
Tim McGinty was sitting across the aisle from the woman, later identified as 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan. He said he initially felt helpless watching Riordan "flying out the window" as the vacuum pulled the "petite lady." And then he thought: "Maybe I could help."
"I wasn’t strong enough," McGinty said. "A fireman, from Celina, Texas, jumped in there and helped, and between the two of us we were able to get her back in.”
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It may be more than a year before a Northern California prosecutor decides if two police officers broke the law when they fatally shot a black man who was later found to be unarmed, she said Wednesday.
Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said her office doesn't yet have the Sacramento police report into last month's death of 22-year-old Stephon Clark. She also does not have the official autopsy or toxicology report, though a renowned pathologist hired by Clark's family found that he was shot seven times from behind.
The officers were investigating reports that a man was breaking car windows and a neighbor's glass door when they pursued Clark into his grandparents' backyard after he refused to stop and show his hands. They say he turned and advanced toward them when they opened fire. They later found only a cellphone.
President Donald Trump continued to decry the Russia investigation as a “hoax” Wednesday, and said his team has fully cooperated with Mueller’s investigators.
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A federal judge says Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach violated her order that some voters were eligible to cast a ballot while a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship worked its way through the courts.
U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson found Kobach in contempt of court Wednesday. She didn't impose a fine but ordered Kobach to pay for damages, including attorney fees.
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New York state is restoring the voting rights of 35,000 parolees under an executive order from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The governor issued the directive on Wednesday, adding New York to a list of 14 states and the District of Columbia that allow people to vote once they have served their sentence.
Former FBI Director James Comey is defending himself against criticism about his new book that compares President Donald Trump to a mafia don and says he threatens the country.
Some have questioned Comey's decisionmaking during and after the 2016 presidential election based on what he wrote in "A Higher Loyalty," the book Comey is promoting in appearances across the country. But Comey has stood by how he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, his public critiques of Trump amid a possible obstruction of justice investigation and his motivation for writing the book.
"I think it is raw in the sense that I find it really painful to relive — reading that book, doing the audiobook left me physically drained — but I really don't feel a sense of anger" he told Savannah Guthrie on the "Today" show Wednesday.
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They met at a Christmas dance. She was 16. He was 17.
Three years later they were married. The couple stayed together for 73 years, becoming the longest-married couple in presidential history.
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NASA's Tess spacecraft embarked Wednesday on a quest to find new worlds around neighboring stars that could support life.
Tess rode a SpaceX Falcon rocket through the evening sky, aiming for an orbit stretching all the way to the moon.
The satellite — the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or Tess — will scan almost the entire sky for at least two years, staring at the closest, brightest stars in an effort to find and identify any planets around them.
The largest Texas-based manufacturer of bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, announced Wednesday that it will stop taking orders and shut down its website next month.
The announcement comes about a month after President Donald Trump said his administration would "ban" bump stocks, which he said "turn legal weapons into illegal machines."
Time to get in formation: a San Francisco church is set to hold a Beyoncé Mass.
The Vine SF at Grace Cathedral invites parishioners "to sing your Beyoncé favorites and discover how her art opens a window into the lives of marginalized and forgotten — particularly black females."
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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.
Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen 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.