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  • Hurricanes

    Hurricane Maria smashes Dominica, now menaces Puerto Rico

    ROSEAU, Dominica — Dominica’s leader sent out an emotional call for help as Category 5 Hurricane Maria smashed into the Caribbean island, causing “mind-boggling” devastation, but an ominous silence followed as the island lost all communications on Tuesday and the hurricane took aim at Puerto Rico. The governor of the U.S. territory warned that Maria could hit “with a force and violence that we haven’t seen for several...

    By CARLISLE JNO BAPTISTE and DANICA COTO Associated Press|

  • Health care policy

    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 felt better about where we’re at” but stopped short of predicting the GOP has the votes to pass the measure. That word comes from South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham who spoke to reporters after Republicans’ closed-door...

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  • Executive branch

    Trump threatens ‘total destruction’ of North Korea

    UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the nation’s “Rocket man” leader does not abandon his drive toward nuclear weapons. Trump, who has ramped up his rhetoric throughout the escalating crisis with North Korea, told the murmuring crowd of world leaders on Tuesday that “it is far past time for the nations of the world to...

    By JONATHAN LEMIRE and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press|

  • Business

    Got an Amazon return? Kohl’s soon will send it back for you

    Amazon, in its relentless pursuit to be your one-stop e-commerce shop, has concocted a package return program with Kohl’s. The retailers in October will offer a free return service at 82 Kohl’s stores on certain Amazon purchases. The return program will launch at 82 Kohl’s stores in the Los Angeles and Chicago areas. A representative with Kohl’s said Tuesday a specific store list would be shared closer to the launch date. “This is a great...

    By Samantha Gowen sgowen@scng.com @sammigo on Twitter|

  • Ethnic cleansing

    Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar’s map

    YANGON, Myanmar — For generations, Rohingya Muslims have called Myanmar home. Now, in what appears to be a systematic purge, the minority ethnic group is being wiped off the map. After a series of attacks by Muslim militants last month, security forces and allied mobs retaliated by burning down thousands of Rohingya homes in the predominantly Buddhist nation. More than 500,000 people — roughly half their population — have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the...

    By ROBIN McDOWELL Associated Press|

  • Lawsuits

    Lawsuit alleges Tesla, other automakers used illegal foreign workers to build plants

    Widening earlier claims of immigration fraud at the Tesla factory, a recently unsealed whistleblower suit says several other major automakers, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volkswagen, illegally used foreign construction workers to build their U.S. factories. The charges expand on an investigation by the San Jose Mercury News last year into foreign construction workers building Tesla’s paint shop in Fremont. The federal suit charges that the carmakers used hundreds of Eastern...

    By Louis Hansen San Jose Mercury News|

  • Immigration policy

    Several LA-area DACA immigrants among those suing Trump administration

    SAN FRANCISCO — Six immigrants brought to the United States as children who became teachers, graduate students and a lawyer sued the Trump administration on Monday over its decision to end a program shielding them from deportation. The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco alleges the move violated the constitutional rights of immigrants who lack legal status and provided information about themselves to the U.S. government so they could participate in the...

    Staff and Wire Services|

  • Defense appropriations

    Senate on track to pass $700 billion defense bill

    WASHINGTON — The Senate is on track to pass a defense policy bill that pumps $700 billion into the Pentagon budget, expands U.S. missile defenses in response to North Korea’s growing hostility and refuses to allow excess military bases to be closed. The legislation is expected to be approved on Monday by a wide margin in another burst of bipartisanship amid President Donald Trump’s push for cooperation with congressional Democrats. The 1,215-page measure defies a...

    By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press|

  • International relations

    Trump calls for UN reform, but with more restrained tones

    UNITED NATIONS >> President Donald Trump used his United Nations debut on Monday to prod the international organization to cut its bloated bureaucracy and fulfill its mission. But he pledged U.S. support for the world body he had excoriated as a candidate, and his criticisms were more restrained than in years past. “In recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential due to bureaucracy and mismanagement,” Trump said. “We are not seeing the...

    By Jonathan Lemire and Darlene Superville Associated Press|

  • Fish and shellfish farming

    Parasite plagues world salmon industry

    ST. ANDREWS, New Brunswick — Salmon have a lousy problem, and the race to solve it is spanning the globe. A surge of parasitic sea lice is disrupting salmon farms around the world. The tiny lice attach themselves to salmon and feed on them, killing or rendering them unsuitable for dinner tables. Meanwhile, wholesale prices of salmon are way up, as high as 50 percent last year. That means higher consumer prices for everything from salmon fillets and steaks to more expensive...

    By PATRICK WHITTLE Associated Press|

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