Trump orders more cash for apprenticeships

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is ordering more money and a bigger role for private companies in designing apprenticeship programs meant to fill some of the 6 million open jobs in the U.S.Trump on Thursday was signing an executive order to roughly double to $200 million the taxpayer money spent on learn-to-earn programs. The money would come from existing job training programs.

Student freed by N. Korea has severe neurological injury

WYOMING, Ohio (AP) — An American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and returned to his home state of Ohio in a coma suffered a "severe neurological injury," a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday.

Restaurant siege in Somalia leaves 31 dead

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic extremists attacked a popular Somalia restaurant in an overnight siege and killed 31 people — many at point-blank range — before they were slain by security forces, police said Thursday.

UPDATE: Gunman from Illinois had 'a lot of ammo'

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday, wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others as congressmen and aides dove for cover. The assailant, prepared with “a lot of ammo,” fought a gun battle with police before he, too, was shot and later died.

The latest: 4 injured in shooting at UPS facility in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest on a shooting in San Francisco (all times local):

10:20 a.m.

A UPS spokesman says four people were injured in a shooting at a package delivery facility in San Francisco and that the shooter was an employee.

Dozens sent to jail for protest in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Two days after widespread anti-government rallies, protesters in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, are facing a severe crackdown with local courts sending dozens of them to jail.

Michigan health chief charged in Flint water probe

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The head of the Michigan health department was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter, the highest-ranking member of Gov. Rick Snyder's administration to be snagged in a criminal investigation of Flint's lead-contaminated water.

2 inmates still on run after 2 prison guards killed

Two Georgia inmates described as "dangerous beyond description" remained on the run Wednesday after their guards on a prison bus were disarmed and killed. Reward money for information leading to their arrests continued to grow.

London high-rise blaze leaves at least 6 dead, 74 injured

\LONDON (AP) — A fast-moving overnight fire engulfed a 24-story apartment tower in London on Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring 74 others, police said. Desperately trying to avoid the flames, residents threw babies and small children from high windows to people down on the sidewalk, witnesses said.

White House torn over Mueller's role as pressure grows

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top aide to President Donald Trump suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased even as the White House worked to end a day of speculation over whether the president is considering firing the head of the Russia probe.