Israel carries out airstrikes in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel's military says it has carried out five airstrikes in Gaza after militants exchanged fire with soldiers.

Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said the military struck training camps of the militant Islamic group Hamas that rules Gaza and has been leading protests along the border with Israel.

He said troops exchanged fire with militants on 3 separate occasions.

Manelis said turn out by Monday afternoon was about 40,000. He said the army views that number as a "failure for Hamas."

He said the army noticed there were more women at the front of the protest than in past rallies and accused Hamas of paying people to protest.

At least 41 Palestinians were killed by Israeli army fire Monday making it the bloodiest day there since a 2014 war with Israel


The Latest: Gaming group says ruling a win for safe betting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The NCAA's chief legal officer says the organization is still reviewing the Supreme Court's decision but adds that it "will adjust sports wagering and championship policies to align with the direction from the court.

Donald Remy added that the NCAA is reviewing the decision "to understand the overall implications to college sports."



Trump: US will help penalized Chinese company

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprising overture to China, President Donald Trump says he would help a Chinese telecommunications company get "back into business," saying too many jobs in China are at stake after the U.S. government cut off access to its American suppliers.

As trade negotiations continue between China and the U.S., it was not immediately clear how the ZTE Corp. case fits in.

At issue is the Commerce Department's move last month to block the ZTE Corp., a major supplier of telecoms networks and smartphones based in southern China, from importing American components for seven years. The U.S. accused ZTE of misleading American regulators after it settled charges of violating sanctions against North Korea and Iran.


Marijuana growers diversify with hemp amid CBD boom

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — An over-supply of legal marijuana has driven pot prices to record lows in Oregon.

That's prompting some growers to pivot to another type of cannabis to make ends meet — one that doesn't come with a high.

Applications for state licenses to grow hemp — marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin — have increased more than twentyfold since 2015 and Oregon now ranks No. 2 behind Colorado among the 19 states with hemp cultivation.

The rapidly evolving market comes amid skyrocketing demand for a hemp-derived extract called cannabidiol oil, or CBD, that is seen by many as a health aid.

Like marijuana, CBD is still considered a controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

But eager farmers say in its purified distilled form, CBD oil can command thousands of dollars per kilogram.


Noisy Hawaiian volcano lava fissure prompts more evacuations

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — A new fissure in Hawaii's Puna District sent gases and lava exploding into the air on Sunday, spurring officials to call for more evacuations as residents waited for a possible major eruption at Kilauea volcano's summit.

Hawaii County Civil Defense issued an emergency cellphone alert after the fissure was discovered early Sunday morning. The agency said one "unidentified structure" was destroyed by the new vent, bringing the total number of homes and other buildings lost to the lava to nearly 40.

Residents in the immediate area were told to evacuate, and two nearby community centers were serving as shelters for people and pets.

Geologists warn that Kilauea's summit could have an explosive steam eruption that would hurl huge rocks and ash miles into the sky.


Shiite cleric Sadr leads in Iraq's initial election results

BAGHDAD (AP) — The coalition of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has taken an early lead in Iraq's national elections in partial returns announced by the Iraqi electoral commission.

An alliance of candidates linked to Iraq's powerful Shiite paramilitary groups was in second, according to the results announced late Sunday. The alliance is headed by Hadi al-Amiri, a former transport minister with close ties to Iran who became a senior paramilitary commander in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi performed poorly across majority Shiite provinces that should have been his base of support.

The announcement came just over 24 hours after polls closed amid record low voter turnout. It included full returns from only 10 of the country's 19 provinces, including the provinces of Baghdad and Basra.


'No one cares': Life in Johannesburg's 'hijacked' buildings

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Up to 100,000 people are living in hundreds of abandoned buildings across downtown Johannesburg, one of Africa's wealthiest cities but also one of its most unequal.

The mayor wants the squatters cleared out to make way for an urban revival, calling the buildings "hijacked" and pushing proposals to expropriate dozens of buildings and turn them over to private developers.

The problem? There's nowhere to put the residents. More than 200 evicted last year now live in filthy, rat-infested tents on a sports ground as the city's temporary solution.

Johannesburg's abandoned buildings make a perilous home. Last month, three children died when a wall collapsed on them in the building their families shared with about 300 people. For months the residents had asked city officials for emergency housing, calling conditions unsafe.


UN health agency aims to wipe out transfats worldwide

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization has released a plan to help countries wipe out transfats from the global food supply.

In a release issued Monday, the U.N. health agency said eliminating transfats is critical to preventing deaths worldwide. WHO estimates that eating transfats — commonly found in baked and processed foods — leads to the deaths of more than 500,000 people from heart disease every year.

Several countries including Denmark have already virtually eliminated transfats by introducing legal limits on the industrially-produced oils. Transfats are also naturally found in meat and dairy products.

Dr. Tom Frieden, a former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called transfats "an unnecessary toxic chemical that kills," noting that New York got rid of it a decade ago.


Father of Ohio teen who died in van poses multiple questions

CINCINNATI (AP) — The father of a 16-year-old boy who died after being trapped in a minivan has questioned why responding officers didn't get out of their cruiser.

Ron Plush also asked at a Cincinnati City Council meeting Monday whether exact GPS coordinates existed for his son's location.

Plush promised to help improve the city 911 system but also said he would be asking difficult questions.

Mayor John Cranley told Plush he would receive written responses to every question and called the police report on the case incomplete.

Plush found the body of his son, Kyle Plush, on April 10 inside the 2004 Honda Odyssey in a parking lot near his school nearly six hours after Kyle's first 911 call. A coroner says he died of asphyxiation from his chest being compressed.


The Latest: Trump tweets 'congratulations' to Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem has been a "long time coming."

Trump gave a video address that aired at the opening of the new embassy Monday. He announced late last year that he would fulfill his campaign promise to move the embassy.

Trump said that the U.S. had "failed to acknowledge the obvious" for many years, adding that "today, we follow through on this recognition."

Trump added that the new embassy was opening "many, many years ahead of schedule."

The embassy move has enraged the Palestinians. Trump said he remained committed to "facilitating a lasting peace agreement."

Trump stressed a close bond with Israel. He also said he was "extending a hand of friendship to Israel, the Palestinians and to all of their neighbors."