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Border wall models thwart commandos in tests

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press.

Baltimore police leader fired after record year of homicides

BALTIMORE (AP) — Following a record year in homicides, Baltimore's mayor fired the city's police commissioner, saying Friday that a change in leadership was needed to reduce crime more quickly.

Deputy Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, a 30-year veteran of the force, will take Commissioner Kevin Davis' place immediately, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced.

Supreme Court puts order to redraw N.C. maps on hold

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday delayed a lower-court order that would have forced North Carolina Republican lawmakers to redraw the state's congressional districts by next week because of excessive partisan bias in current lines.

Transcript: Trump dossier focused on 'opaque' business deals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's "opaque" business deals in the former Soviet Union, history of tax disputes and real estate projects abroad were critical areas of research that led to the dossier alleging a compromised relationship between the president and the Kremlin, according to the transcript of a congressional interview released Thursday.

South awaits thaw after snowstorm, icy roads

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Southerners awaited a big thaw that would end days of icy roads, broken pipes, snow and numbing cold after a fierce winter storm blasted their normally mild region.

Pentagon: China, Russia outpace terrorism threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, the Pentagon said Friday.

Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis accused victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.

Gold medalist to Nassar: I won't live as a victim any longer

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber described herself in court Friday as one of 140 survivors of sexual assault by Larry Nassar, as Michigan State University called on the state's attorney general to investigate the school's handling of complaints against the disgraced former sports doctor.

Drone rescue off Australian beach heralded as world's first

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue.

Monty Greenslade and Gabe Vidler got into trouble on Thursday at Lennox Head, 750 kilometers (470 miles) north of Sydney.

California prosecutor says couple's abuse of 12 kids became torture

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — They were starved and shackled to their beds, sometimes for months. They were beaten and choked. They were given scant medical care, often denied use of a toilet and allowed to shower but once a year. They lived mostly at night, out of sight of neighbors, and knew virtually nothing of the outside world.