An explosion struck an Ariana Grande concert attended by thousands of young music fans in northern England, killing at least 19 people and injuring dozens in what police said Tuesday was being treated as a terrorist attack.

Blast at Ariana Grande concert in England kills 22 people

 

MANCHESTER, England — Manchester police say the man who set off an improvised explosive device at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England died in the attack.

 

Police said Tuesday 22 people died in the attack Monday night. It wasn't clear if that included the suspected suicide bomber. Dozens more were injured.

 

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said forensic investigations are continuing as police try to determine if the attacker had accomplices.

 

He did not provide any information about the individual who detonated the device.

 

 

 

Trump's $4.1T budget relies on deep domestic cuts

 

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid, while relying on rosy projections about the nation's economic growth to balance the budget within 10 years.

 

The cuts are part of a budget blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year that amount to a dramatic restructuring of the government, with protection for retirement programs for the elderly, billions of dollars more for the military and the rest of the government bearing the bulk of the reductions.

 

The plan was outlined in White House summary documents. It will be officially released on Tuesday.

 

 

 

Corruption trial begins for ex-South Korean President Park

 

SEOUL, South Korea — Former President Park Geun-hye stared straight ahead in court Tuesday and denied that she engaged in bribery and leaking government secrets at the start of a criminal trial that could send South Korea's first female leader to prison for life if convicted.

 

Police escorted Park, in handcuffs with her eyes downcast, into court for her first public appearance since she was jailed on March 31 based on the same corruption allegations that led to her removal from office.

 

Cameras flashed as Park emerged from a bus, her inmate number 503 attached to her dark-colored jacket, and walked into the Seoul Central District Court. Her hands were then un-cuffed, and she entered the courtroom and sat before a three-judge panel while a throng of journalists captured images, often in extreme close up, of her somber face.

 

When Judge Kim Se-yun asked Park, "What is your occupation?" she replied: "I don't have any occupation."

 

 

 

Predators, Warriors advance to respective finals

 

Colton Sissons scored his third goal with 6:00 left, ensuring the Nashville Predators' magical postseason now includes the franchise's first trip to the Stanley Cup Final after eliminating the Anaheim Ducks with a 6-3 win in Game 6 on Monday night.

 

Meanwhile, Stephen Curry scored 36 points and the Golden State Warriors closed out the Western Conference Final against the injury-ravaged San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory, becoming the first team in league history to start the playoffs 12-0.

 

Golden State led by as many as 22 points in cruising to its third straight NBA Finals. The Warriors await a possible third straight championship matchup with Cleveland, which leads Boston 2-1 in the East finals.