CHINA-US-TRADE-THE LATEST

The Latest: China warns US no deal if tariffs go ahead

BEIJING (AP) — China has warned any agreements with Washington in their talks on settling a sprawling trade dispute “will not take effect” if threatened U.S. sanctions including tariff hikes go ahead.

The statement Sunday came shortly after delegations led by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and China’s top economic official, Vice Premier Liu He, held another round of talks on China’s pledge to narrow its trade surplus with the United States by purchasing more American goods.

The Chinese statement said the two sides made “positive and concrete progress,” but neither side released details.

The statement said, “If the United States introduces trade sanctions including increasing tariffs, all the economic and trade achievements negotiated by the two parties will not take effect.”

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE

Report: Trump lawyers’ made case to Mueller against subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lawyers have made a bold assertion of presidential power. They composed a secret 20-page letter to special counsel Robert Mueller to assert that he cannot be forced to testify in the Russia probe.

They also argued that he could not have committed obstruction because he has absolute authority over all federal investigations.

The existence of the letter composed in January was first reported and posted by The New York Times on Saturday. It was another front on which Trump’s lawyers have argued that the president can’t be subpoenaed in the special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The letter, dated January 29, argues that the Constitution empowers the president to, “if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon.”

AP-US-GUN-VIOLENCE-MARCH

Thousands march across NYC’s Brooklyn Bridge in gun protest

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators have marched across New York’s Brooklyn Bridge in a protest against gun violence.

A student-led group called Youth Over Guns organized Saturday’s protest. The group formed after the deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February.

The protesters marched across the bridge and then rallied in lower Manhattan. Most wore orange to show their support for gun violence awareness.

Aalayah Eastmond, a survivor of the shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, addressed the crowd. Actresses Julianne Moore and Susan Sarandon also were in attendance.

The march was one of several taking place around the country to protest gun violence and urge lawmakers to pass gun restrictions.

ITALY-POLITICS

Italy national pride on display after political crisis ends

ROME (AP) — Italians are marking the anniversary of the founding of their republic with a pomp-filled military parade and the first official outing of its populist government, installed after a three-month political crisis.

Italy’s famed aeronautic acrobatic squad has flown low and loud over downtown Rome trailing smoke in the red, white and green of the Italian flag as President Sergio Mattarella placed a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

The institutional and national pride on display Saturday is a feature of every Republic Day, but it assumed more significance this year after Italy ended three months of political, institutional and financial turmoil and installed a government of the 5-Star Movement and League whose populist and euroskeptic leanings have alarmed Europe.

Premier Giuseppe Conte said Saturday’s celebrations transcend recent tensions.

HEART TRANSPLANT PROGRAM SUSPENDED

Renowned Texas heart transplant program suspends operations

(Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com)

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital has suspended all medical procedures in its renowned heart transplant program following the deaths this year of at least three patients.

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center announced Friday that the transplant program will be inactive for 14 days as administrators assess what’s gone awry with operations.

The decision follows a series of joint reports by the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica revealing the departure of several top physicians and an unusually high number of patient deaths in recent years.

The program’s inactive status means it will turn away all donor hearts during the suspension.

Doug Lawson, CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives Texas Division, which owns St. Luke’s, says in a statement that “recent patient outcomes deserve an in-depth review before we move forward.”

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FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIST-SHOOTING DEATHS-THE LATEST

The Latest: Police seek possible link in 4th shooting death

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in a Phoenix suburb say it’s still unclear if the shooting death of a man at an office park is tied to three other slayings, including the killing of a prominent forensic psychiatrist.

Scottsdale Police Sgt. Ben Hoster says officers were called around 12:10 a.m. Saturday about someone being fatally shot inside a business.

Hoster says the call was made by someone who knows the male victim.

He did not identify the victim.

Authorities say the fatal shootings in the last two days of two paralegals at a Scottsdale law firm and Dr. Steven Pitt at his Phoenix-area office are connected.

Hoster said he could not get into the specifics of the connection.

He says police are asking the public to remain vigilant of anything out of the ordinary.

RFK-ASSASSINATION-THE BUSBOY

Busboy who held dying RFK speaks of lingering pain

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For almost a half a century, the Mexican immigrant busboy who held a dying Robert Kennedy blamed himself and wondered if he could have done more.

Juan Romero, now 67, for years, had asked himself what if Kennedy had not stopped to shake his hand.

In a rare interview, Romero told The Associated Press that he doesn’t hold the guilt anymore but believes he should have been the one to take that bullet. He’s still angry that Kennedy never got the opportunity to lead a fractured nation in 1968.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. The site is now a high school that serves Latino and black students.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA-MATTIS

Mattis warns of bumpy road to US, North Korea nuclear summit

SINGAPORE (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is warning it will be a “bumpy road” to the nuclear negotiations with North Korea later this month. He is telling his South Korean and Japanese counterparts they must maintain a strong defensive stance so the diplomats can negotiate from a position of strength.

Mattis spoke at the start of a meeting with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at the Shangri-La Dialogue security conference.

He says strengthening the allies’ defense cooperation is the best path to peace.

Song says allies must be cautious, but some of Pyongyang’s recent steps are reasons to be optimistic.

Plans are moving forward for a nuclear weapons summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12.

UNCLAIMED VETERANS-PROPER BURIAL

Remains of 8 veterans, long unclaimed, buried in San Antonio

(Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The remains of eight U.S. military veterans stored for years in the basement of a county courthouse in the Texas Panhandle have been interred as part of a formal ceremony in San Antonio.

The servicemen were buried Friday at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery after their cremated remains had been escorted more than 500 miles (805 kilometers) from the Potter County courthouse in Amarillo.

No family or friend had claimed any of the eight men when they died so their bodies were stored.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that Navy petty officer Coy Washington Black, who died at 67, had been in the basement the longest — 15 years.

Friday’s burial was provided by the Missing in America Project, a group that has given final honors to more than 3,500 veterans across the country.

“These veterans that we’re locating served our country honorably,” said Joyce Earnest, Texas coordinator for the project, which has been locating, identifying and interring the unclaimed remains of America’s veterans since 2007. “And they deserve to be treated honorably in their deaths.”

Little is known about the men other than their names, birth and death dates.

The other seven are:

Tech Sgt. Dana Dean Milton Jr., 85, served in the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Navy Aviation Recruit George Machoul Aswad II, 58.

Army Pfc. Andrew Benson Bramlett, 61.

Army Pvt. Robert Pete Brunner, 71.

Navy Seaman Everett Earl Criss, 71.

Army Pfc. Don Stewart, 83.

Marine Pfc. Floyd Ray White, 65.

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STANLEY CUP-THE LATEST

The Latest: Capitals beat Vegas 3-1, lead Cup Final 2-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals have beaten the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 and taken a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored second-period goals and Devante Smith-Pelly added another late in the third period to put the Golden Knights in a hole. The lone Vegas goal came from Tomas Nosek, who cashed in a mistake by Washington goaltender Braden Holtby at 3:29 of the third period.

Vegas pulled goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for the final two and half minutes of the game but couldn’t break through.

It was the first Stanley Cup Final held in the nation’s capital since 1998.

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