The Atlanta Journal-Constitution



1 Turkish election set: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday set the country’s parliament­ary and presidenti­al elections for May 14 — a month earlier than scheduled despite the devastatin­g Feb. 6 earthquake. The elections could be the country’s most significan­t in decades. Erdogan is seeking to extend his two decades in power, and the voting will determine whether Turkey continues on the increasing­ly authoritar­ian course set by the strongman politician.

2 At least 36 dead in Congo: At least 36 people were killed by extremists in conflict-riddled eastern Congo, the military said Thursday. The Allied Democratic Forces, a rebel militia with links to the Islamic State group, killed civilians in Mukondi village in North Kivu province.

3 School officials sued: The parents of a South Carolina high school student are suing a teacher, principal and other education officials, saying she was accosted when she didn’t stop and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Marissa Barnwell says she was walking quietly to class at River Bluff High School last November and decided not to stop for the pledge or a moment of silence that followed. Barnwell says the teacher yelled and pushed her against a wall, and the principal did nothing about it.

4 California town floods: Evacuation­s were ordered Friday in Northern California after a new atmospheri­c river brought heavy rain, thundersto­rms and strong winds, swelling rivers and creeks and flooding several major highways during the morning commute. In Santa Cruz County, a creek bloated by rain destroyed a portion of Main Street in Soquel, a town of 10,000 people, isolating several neighborho­ods.

5 Ford announces cuts: Ford Motor Co. announced Friday that it will cut about 1,100 jobs at its plant in Valencia, Spain.

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