Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
LONDON (AP) — Germany’s current and former foreign ministers are criticizing comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump about their country and European allies. In extracts of an interview with German weekly Der Spiegel published Friday, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Trump’s verbal attacks against Germany endangered the West’s security. Spiegel quoted Maas saying that “Europe can’t accept that what’s been built up over many years is intentionally damaged for the thrill of being provocative.”
CHIANG RAI, Thailand (AP) — The boys mending from their long ordeal trapped in a cave in Thailand and the rescuers who brought them to safety are starting to share stories of the dangers and their survival. Parents say the boys told them their trek was supposed to last just an hour until flooding trapped them. And the Thai navy SEAL commander acknowledged rescue divers had such difficulty in the cave, they went to the hospital afterward.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a 10-hour hearing that involved shouting matches and finger pointing. Embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok testified publicly for the first time since being removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team following the discovery of texts last year that were traded with an FBI lawyer in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Strzok told lawmakers, “At no time, in any of those texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took.”
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually - a tenfold increase over the past decade. An Associated Press analysis finds that Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children soared from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million in 2017.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Duke University scholar Timothy Tyson says he has turned over to federal authorities recordings of interviews and other research material for his 2017 book on the Emmett Till case. Federal investigators are re-investigating the 1955 brutal slaying of the black teen in North Carolina after Tyson’s book revealed that in a 2008 interview, a white woman said she had lied when decades ago she claimed that Till had grabbed her, whistled and made sexual advances.