Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — In advance of a Friday trip to the California/Mexico border, President Donald Trump is backtracking on threats to close down the entire border while threatening to slap harsh tariffs on vehicles coming into the U.S. from Mexico. Trump accuses Mexico of turning a blind eye to the unchecked flow of migrants across the border. Earlier this week he threatened to shut down the entire border unless Mexico immediately halted “ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid complaints from several women that his affectionate and touchy style left them uneasy, former Vice President Joe Biden is set to make public remarks as he considers a 2020 Democratic presidential bid. Biden will speak Friday before the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington, but it’s unclear if he will address the situation. Biden has said publicly that he recognizes a need to modify his behavior as “social norms have begun to change.”
LONDON (AP) — The German government is welcoming Britain’s acknowledgement that a longer delay to Brexit would require the U.K. to participate in European Parliament elections. British Prime Minister Theresa May sought Friday to delay Brexit until June 30 to avoid Britain crashing out without a deal in one week’s time.
CINCINNATI (AP) — A day of false hope has given way to questions about why a man would claim to be an Illinois boy who disappeared eight years ago. The FBI declared the man’s story a hoax Thursday one day after he identified himself to authorities as Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at age 6. Newport Police Chief Tom Collins identified the man to ABC as 23-year-old ex-convict Brian Rini of Medina, Ohio, who was released from prison less than a month ago after serving more than a year.
LONDON (AP) — British police have stationed armed officers outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after tweets from WikiLeaks quoted high-level sources as saying that Julian Assange could be kicked out of the building within “hours to days.” The red-brick embassy building with white window frames and balconies was quiet. And no embassy official or any British authorities commented on the WikiLeaks founder’s status.