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'Super invader' tree conquering U.S. South

NEW ORLEANS—The tallow tree, a “super invader” with toxic leaves and no natural enemies in North America, is conquering the U.S. South.

Overtaking forests from Texas to Florida, tallows grow three times faster than most native hardwoods, and each one casts off 100,000 seeds a year.

Controlled burns haven't stopped their spread, nor have herbicide sprays from helicopters.

Magnitude 6.5 quake hits Costa Rica coast, shakes capital

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 shook Costa Rica on Sunday night, knocking items from shelves and sending people rushing outside in panic.

The country’s Public Safety Ministry said it had reports of two serious injuries as a result of the quake, but did not provide additional details.

Trump says US will no longer be taken advantage of on trade

DANANG, Vietnam — Promising to put “America first” in his trade practices, President Donald Trump used a speech in Vietnam Friday to denounce multilateral agreements embraced by the region and deliver what appeared to be a rebuke to China, railing against trade practices he says have put Americans out of work.

Ex-British double agent says Russian spies must save world

MOSCOW — A former British intelligence officer who worked as a double agent for the Soviet Union said Russian spies now have “the difficult and critical mission” of saving the world, according to a statement released Friday.

George Blake has lived in Russia since his escape from a British prison in 1966. He turns 95 on Saturday.