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Pyongyang drivers scramble as gas stations limit services

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Car users in Pyongyang were scrambling Friday to fill up their tanks as gas stations began limiting services or even closing amid concerns of a spreading shortage.

Paris gunman shot at French police before

PARIS (AP) — The Champs-Elysees gunman who shot and killed a police officer just days before France's presidential election was detained in February for threatening police but then freed, two officials told The Associated Press on Friday. He was also convicted in 2003 of attempted homicide in the shootings of two police officers.

Fleeing with student, teacher took guns, cash and wife's car

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — Teacher Tad Cummins took guns, money and his wife's car before kidnapping a 15-year-old female student and taking her on a 2,500-mile cross-country journey that ended Thursday, court records show.

He had just been suspended from teaching and police were zeroing in on him, questioning his relationship with the girl.

Arkansas conducts first execution since 2005

VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas carried out its first execution in nearly a dozen years despite a flurry of legal challenges that had spared three convicted killers, but courts still could scuttle the remainder of the nation's most ambitious death penalty schedule since capital punishment was restored in 1976.

Turkish opposition challenges presidential powers vote

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Days after Turkey's election authority rejected a request to annul the referendum on boosting the president's powers, the country's main opposition party on Friday took its petition to the nation's highest administrative court.

The latest: Trump says China could solve N. Korea 'problem'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump says that if China wants to solve "the North Korean problem, they will."

Trump has been pressing China both publicly and privately to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear ambitions.

As orbit gets more crowded, risk from space debris grows

BERLIN (AP) — Decades' worth of man-made junk is cluttering up Earth's orbit, posing a threat to spaceflight and the satellites we rely on for weather reports, air travel and global communications.

More than 750,000 fragments larger than a centimeter are already thought to orbit Earth, and each one could badly damage or even destroy a satellite.

Motive unclear in killing of 2 utility workers

ST. LOUIS (AP) — As police investigated why a gunman killed two utility workers in St. Louis before fatally shooting himself, workers from Laclede Gas Co. and other utilities cautiously returned to the field Friday.

China tries to drive away planes carrying Filipino officials

PAG-ASA ISLAND, South China Sea (AP) — Chinese forces tried to drive away two Philippine planes carrying Manila's defense and military chiefs Friday near a Chinese man-made island, officials said, adding they admired seeing up close the stunning city-like features, including buildings, roads and a runway in the South China Sea's hotly contested region.

Poll: Black teens most active on social media apps

Teenagers and their technology are inseparable, but a new poll shows black teens are the most likely to have access to smartphones — which could explain why they're the biggest and most frequent users of mobile-friendly social media apps Snapchat and Instagram.