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  1. Erdogan to return to Turkey’s governing party on May 2

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s prime minister says the governing party will be inviting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to rejoin its ranks on May 2.

    Speaking to reporters after Friday prayers in Antalya, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, “we will restart the membership of the president, our founding chairman and our leader” at a meeting of the Justice and Development Party, or AKP.

    The “yes” outcome in the April 16 referendum has meant the cancellation of a constitutional article that required the president to sever his party ties.

    The AKP is scheduled to hold an extraordinary congress on May 21, where many expect the party to re-elect Erdogan as chairman.


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  2. When I-85 reopens, Atlanta mass transit hopes to keep riders

    ATLANTA (AP) — As work on the rebuilding of the section of the Interstate 85 bridge that collapsed last month progresses, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority hopes to keep its new passengers.

    WABE-FM reports (http://bit.ly/2psTaHK ) that MARTA saw a 21 percent increase in train ridership the day after the March 30 bridge collapse and has since experienced an average train ridership increase of 11 percent.

    MARTA spokesman Erik Burton says the influx has led to parking challenges as lots quickly fill up. MARTA currently has 25,000 parking spots across 38 rail stations and has partnered with companies since the bridge collapse on short-term lease agreements to provide 2,400 additional spots.

    Burton says MARTA stations with park-and-ride lots have seen the largest ridership gains. Brookhaven station leads with a 64 percent increase.

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    Information from: WABE-FM, http://www.wabe.org/


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  3. Chemical weapons team ready to visit Syria if safety assured

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog says his team of experts is ready and willing to travel to the site of a deadly nerve gas attack in Syria if their safety can be assured.

    Ahmet Uzumcu of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says the experts are “willing to go to Khan Sheikhoun” — the town where almost 90 people died this month — and that they’ve “undertaken some actions.”

    However, Uzumcu cautioned on Friday the area is controlled by opposition fighters and that a temporary ceasefire would be needed to assure his team’s safety.

    Uzumcu didn’t call the April 4 incident a chemical weapons attack but said tests by his organization have established beyond doubt that sarin or a similar toxin was used.


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  4. General Motors profit up 34 percent on US truck, SUV sales

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors’ first-quarter profit rose 34 percent as the company’s strong truck and SUV lineup helped it increase U.S. sales when the rest of the industry is slowing.

    The Detroit automaker says its net income was $2.6 billion, or $1.70 per share, from January through March on strong profits in North America and China. The earnings were a first-quarter record since the company left bankruptcy in 2009.

    The earnings shattered Wall Street expectations. Analysts polled by FactSet expected $1.47 per share.

    Revenue rose 11 percent to $41.2 billion, also beating estimates of $40.6 billion.

    GM made $3.4 billion before taxes in North America, up almost 50 percent in its most lucrative market. U.S. sales rose just under 1 percent in the quarter while the whole was down 1.5 percent.


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  5. Poland’s ruling Party backs out of plan to expand Warsaw

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s ruling party says it is halting a plan to expand the capital city following protests, saying it needs more consultation with the people.

    The populist Law and Justice party previously had dropped plans to toughen Poland’s anti-abortion law and reversed the liberalization of forestry law that had led to excessive logging.

    The plan to enlarge Warsaw by incorporating 32 neighboring municipalities also provoked protests. Critics said it was aimed at helping Law and Justice win power in Warsaw, where it is much less popular then in the surrounding municipalities. The party argued that it wanted to help the suburbs develop.

    The plan’s author, Jacek Sasin, said Friday it was to be withdrawn from parliament and submitted to extensive public debate.


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