THE DRIVE: Terror in Sweden; Gorsuch confirmed; Russia not happy
STOLEN TRUCK CRASHES INTO STORE, KILLS 4
STOCKHOLM — Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has laid a bouquet of red roses and lit a candle near the department store in Stockholm where a hijacked beer trucked crashed on a busy shopping street, killing four people and wounding 15 others.
Lofven briefly spoke to a police officer at the site, who said the prime minister was "saddened" by what he is calling a terror attack.
Swedish broadcaster SVT says forensic police have entered the stolen truck to search for evidence. The vehicle was still tucked inside the entrance to the Ahlens department store.
GORSUCH CONFIRMED, WILL BE SWORN IN MONDAY
WASHINGTON — After weeks of turmoil, the Senate confirmed Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch as the Supreme Court's youngest justice Friday, filling a 14-month vacancy after the death of Antonin Scalia and restoring a rightward tilt that could last for years.
Gorsuch will be sworn in Monday and will quickly begin confronting cases of consequence, including one involving separation of church and state that the justices will take up in less than two weeks.
RUSSIA, US OPENLY CRITICIZE ONE ANOTHER
WASHINGTON — After President Donald Trump's election victory, the United States and Russia appeared headed toward their smoothest ties in decades. Not anymore.
The former Cold War adversaries are once again spiraling into confrontation, punctuated by a U.S. attack on a military base controlled by Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russia's client. No longer optimistic about a "reset" in relations, the U.S. and Russia openly bashed each other Friday, trading caustic accusations about who violated international law.
"That's it. The last remaining election fog has lifted," Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev wrote on Facebook on Friday, declaring U.S.-Russian relations "completely ruined." He said Washington came dangerously close to "a military clash" with nuclear-armed Moscow by firing 59 cruise missiles on the Shayrat air base. Trump said Assad's forces launched a gruesome chemical weapons attack from the site earlier in the week.
TRUMP LAUDS RELATIONSHIP WITH XI
PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump said Friday he has developed an "outstanding" relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping after meeting with the leader of a nation Trump has criticized as a menace to the United States.
The widely anticipated meeting of the leaders of the world's two largest economies was largely overshadowed by the U.S. missile strikes at Syria. Those strikes added weight to Trump's threat last week to act unilaterally against North Korea's weapons program.
Trump said in a brief appearance before reporters that he and Xi made "tremendous progress" in their first face-to-face talks and that he believe "lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away."
HOFFMAN COMES BACK TO THE FIELD
Charley Hoffman finished his round Friday at Augusta National as the co-leader of the Masters, sitting at 4 under after shooting a 3-over 75. Hoffman started the day with a four-stroke lead, but a stretch of five bogeys in six holes brought him back to the field.
He is joined at 4 under by Sergio Garcia. Several golfers remained on the course with afternoon tee times.