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Hurricane Maria smashes Dominica, now menaces Puerto Rico


Sen. Graham upbeat about health care repeal effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the GOP effort to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law (all times local): 2:52 p.m. A chief sponsor of Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare says he’s “never fe...



  • Homicide

    Police think 2 Louisiana slayings likely racially motivated

    BATON ROUGE, La. >> The slayings of two black men in Baton Rouge last week were likely racially motivated, police said Sunday, and a suspect — a 23-year-old white man — was in custody. In both shootings the gunman fired from his car then walked up to the victims as they were lying on the ground and fired again multiple times. The suspect, Kenneth Gleason, was being held on drug charges. Authorities did not yet have enough evidence to charge him with murder, but the...

    By MIKE KUNZELMAN Associated Press|

  • Politics

    Top US diplomat says closing Embassy in Cuba ‘under review’

    NEW YORK >> The Trump administration is considering closing down the recently reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana following a string of unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday. Tillerson’s comments were the strongest indication to date that the United States might mount a major diplomatic response, potentially jeopardizing the historic restart of relations between the U.S. and Cuba. The two former...

    By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press|

  • Tropical storms

    New storm Maria a growing threat to Irma-slammed Caribbean

    MEXICO CITY >> The hurricane-battered islands of the Caribbean are facing yet another storm threat: Forecasters said Sunday that Tropical Storm Maria is likely to hit the Leeward Islands as a strengthening hurricane by Monday night. Hurricane watches were in effect for many of the very islands still trying to cope with the devastation left by Hurricane Irma, including St. Martin, St. Barts and Antigua and Barbuda. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Maria was likely to...

    By the Associated Press|

  • Politics

    Bossert out front as Trump’s detail man on homeland threats

    WASHINGTON >> At nearly 6-foot-6, Tom Bossert is hard to miss. Yet he came and went through the gilded lobby at Trump Tower multiple times during the presidential transition largely unnoticed among the parade of White House job candidates headed for the elevators. A Nov. 17 video from the lobby shows Trump adviser Dave Bossie twirling colleague Kellyanne Conway as Bossert looks on, generally ignored by reporters staking out the scene. Bossert quickly caught the eye of the...

    By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press|

  • Disaster planning and response

    Harvey recovery czar faces limits to ‘future-proofing’ Texas

    AUSTIN, Texas >> The man tasked with overseeing Texas’ Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts sees his job as “future-proofing” before the next disaster, but he isn’t empowered on his own to reshape flood-prone Houston or the state’s vulnerable coastline, which has been walloped by three major hurricanes since 2006. Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp will face the same political and bureaucratic challenges that have long stalled meaningful...

    By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press|

  • Terrorist attacks

    UK police make ‘significant’ arrest in London subway blast

    LONDON >> British police made a “significant” arrest Saturday in the manhunt for suspects a day after the London subway was hit by a partially-exploded bomb and launched a heavily armed search of a home southwest of London. The fast-moving inquiry into the subway blast that wounded 29 people has shifted to Sunbury, on the outskirts of the British capital, where neighbors were evacuated amid the police operation as a precaution. A no-fly zone was established...

    By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press|

  • Protests and demonstrations

    St. Louis braces for more protests over cop’s acquittal

    ST. LOUIS >> Hundreds of people protesting the acquittal of a white former St. Louis police officer in the fatal shooting of black man marched for hours in mostly peaceful demonstrations, until a broken window at the mayor’s home and escalating tensions led riot police to lob tear gas to disperse the crowds. For weeks, activists had been threatening civil disobedience if Jason Stockley were not convicted of murder for killing Anthony Lamar Smith, prompting authorities to...

    By JIM SALTER Associated Press|

  • Political and civil unrest

    Bangladesh accuses Myanmar of violating its airspace

    COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh >> Bangladeshi authorities summoned Myanmar’s envoy to protest what they said were violations of their airspace as the number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in western Myanmar in the past three weeks reached more than 400,000. Myanmar’s presidential spokesman on Saturday said there’s no evidence of any trespassing and that Dhaka should have reached out to discuss its concerns instead of issuing public statements. The...

    By JULHAS ALAM Associated Press|

  • Hurricanes

    Nursing home tragedy unfolded days after Hurricane Irma’s initial hit

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. >> The first 911 call from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills didn’t sound ominous: A nursing home patient had an abnormal heartbeat. An hour later, came a second call: a patient had trouble breathing. Then came the third call. A patient had gone into cardiac arrest — and died. Over the next few hours of Wednesday morning, the dire situation at the Rehabilitation Center for fragile, elderly people would come into clearer view. Three...


  • Arson

    Malaysia police arrest 7 boys linked to deadly school fire

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia >> Malaysian police said Saturday they have arrested seven boys suspected of intentionally starting a fire at an Islamic boarding school that killed 23 people because students there had teased them. Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh said the boys, aged 11 to 18, were rounded up since Friday night after they were identified in CCTV footage from a neighboring building that showed them near the school the night of the fire. The pre-dawn blaze Thursday...

    By EILEEN NG Associated Press|

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