Man who slapped French President Macron to go on trial

VALENCE, France — A 28-year-old man who slapped French President Emmanuel Macron will be tried on Thursday, facing possible jail time and a fine if found guilty of assaulting a public official. Damien Tarel was quickly arrested after the swipe Tuesday that caught Macron in the face with an audible

Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife seeks relief from guilty plea

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A judge reset a hearing on Tuesday to address a request by the ex-wife of slain NBA player Lorenzen Wright to throw out her guilty plea in his 2010 killing in Memphis, Tennessee. Sherra Wright filed a petition for relief of conviction or sentence after her surprise

US envoy heads to Turkey seeking to ensure aid to Syrians

UNITED NATIONS — The U.S ambassador to the United Nations headed to Turkey late Tuesday seeking to ensure that humanitarian aid can be delivered to Syria across borders, a program Russia has severely limited in recent years while insisting the Syrian government should control all assistance to millions in need.

Whimsical new NYC waterfront park floats over Hudson River

NEW YORK — A whimsical new park that appears to float on pilings above the Hudson River opened to the public just off the Manhattan shoreline Friday, four years after a fight between media mogul Barry Diller and a billionaire real estate developer threatened to derail it. The new park,

Spain, Morocco turn focus to young migrants stuck at border

CEUTA, Spain — With border crossings of migrants apparently under control, Spain and Morocco turned their attention Thursday to the plight of hundreds of mostly teenagers stranded on both sides of their frontier amid one of the biggest diplomatic spats between the two countries in recent years. In Ceuta, the

Police probe sidewalk brawl involving Palestinian supporters

LOS ANGELES — A brawl involving pro-Palestinians who attacked Jewish diners at a Los Angeles restaurant will be investigated as a hate crime, the city’s mayor said. Witnesses said members of a car caravan flying Palestinian flags attacked outdoor diners just before 10 p.m. Tuesday at a sushi restaurant in

China authorities evacuate, investigate shaking skyscraper

BEIJING — Authorities in the southern Chinese tech center of Shenzhen have evacuated a 70-story skyscraper after it began swaying and are investigating the cause. Thousands of people in the SEG Plaza and surrounding areas fled after it wobbled on Tuesday. The Shenzhen government said no additional swaying had been

Putin says school shooting in Kazan 'has shaken all of us'

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that the deadly school shooting in Kazan “has shaken” the country and ordered the government to revise school security protocols and tighten control over civilian gun ownership. “The tragedy has definitely shaken all of us,” Putin said, speaking at a meeting

Man pleads guilty to stealing $800K from disabled kids group

CHICAGO — The former executive director of a suburban Chicago nonprofit created to help children with disabilities pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges he stole more than $800,000 from the organization. Stuart Nitzkin, 45, of Deerfield, Illinois, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud during an arraignment conducted by

Top Hong Kong national security officer under investigation

HONG KONG — Hong Kong police said Wednesday that they are investigating a top national security officer after a police raid found him at an unlicensed massage business. The person under investigation is Frederic Choi, head of the police National Security Department that was set up last year after Beijing