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5 former presidents appear at hurricane relief concert

All five living former Presidents appeared together for the first time since 2013 on Saturday, as they appeared at a benefit concert in Texas to raise money for hurricane relief efforts, CNN reported. Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama attended “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” on the campus of Texas A&M University. President...
Embracing bodies found in national park died in ‘sympathetic murder-suicide’

Embracing bodies found in national park died in ‘sympathetic murder-suicide’

The bodies of a couple embracing each other discovered at Joshua Tree National Park likely died in a “sympathetic murder-suicide” while they were lost amid the desert’s boiling heat.  Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 22, had been missing for nearly three months after going for a hike in late July.  Crews spent more than 2,100 hours scouring the rugged terrain before...
Former presidents call for unity at hurricane aid concert

Former presidents call for unity at hurricane aid concert

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The five living former presidents put aside politics and appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a concert on Saturday to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush gathered in College...

The Latest: O'Reilly says he was one of many accused at Fox

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the parent company of the Fox News Channel saying it knew a news analyst had threatened to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly when it renewed the popular personality's contract in February (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Bill O'Reilly says after 21st Century Fox fired founding CEO Roger Ailes following harassment charges, he was one of scores of...
Fox renewed O'Reilly contract despite knowing of allegations

Fox renewed O'Reilly contract despite knowing of allegations

NEW YORK (AP) — The parent company of the Fox News Channel says it knew a news analyst planned to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly when it renewed the popular personality's contract in February. The New York Times reported Saturday the company renewed O'Reilly's contract after he reached a $32 million settlement with the analyst, Lis Wiehl. In a statement, 21st Century...
Park hikers may have died in 'sympathetic murder-suicide'

Park hikers may have died in 'sympathetic murder-suicide'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Friends and relatives of a couple whose bodies were found in Joshua Tree National Park say they believe the two got lost while hiking in the sprawling desert park and struggled in the searing heat with little food or water before they died in a "sympathetic murder-suicide." Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 22, had been missing for nearly three months after...
After years of influence, GOP kingmaker's future uncertain

After years of influence, GOP kingmaker's future uncertain

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina political strategist Richard Quinn has boasted a client list that includes Republican notables such as Lindsey Graham and John McCain. The veteran consultant's name has long been synonymous with Republican political success in South Carolina. Quinn's indictment this week on criminal conspiracy and illegal lobbying charges could mean difficult and, at the...
54 Egyptian police killed in ambush, say officials

54 Egyptian police killed in ambush, say officials

CAIRO (AP) — At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo was ambushed, officials said Saturday. The ensuing firefight was one of the deadliest for Egyptian security forces in recent years. Two police officials told The Associated Press that the exchange of fire began late Friday in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya area...
Honolulu bans smokers in cars when children are present

Honolulu bans smokers in cars when children are present

Smoking in a car in Honolulu can bring a hefty fine if there are children in the vehicle, KHON reported. In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Honolulu City Council passed a bill that would make it illegal to smoke in a vehicle if someone under 18 is in inside. The ban also extends to electronic cigarettes, KHON reported. First offenders would be fined $100, and the fee jumps to $200 if a smoker...
US probe alleges corruption by top Honolulu law enforcers

US probe alleges corruption by top Honolulu law enforcers

HONOLULU (AP) — A curious allegation of mailbox theft unraveled into a tale of corruption that reached the highest levels of Honolulu law enforcement, culminating in a U.S. investigation that found the former police chief and his prosecutor wife bilked clients and relatives out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on their lavish lifestyle and then used their power to orchestrate a plot...
Those old Precious Moments figurines could be worth hundreds of dollars

Those old Precious Moments figurines could be worth hundreds of dollars

If you collect Precious Moments figurines, you may be sitting on a small fortune. Some of the company’s earliest offerings can sell for hundreds of dollars online. Precious Moments was founded in 1978 and originally featured 21 collectibles. “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver,” one of the so-called Original 21, retailed for $15 at the time. Today, it’s worth a...

Police investigate 3rd suspicious death in Florida community

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Police believe the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old autistic man who took the wrong bus home from work on Thursday night is linked to two other suspicious deaths in a Florida neighborhood. The deaths, which took place in the same neighborhood over the past 10 days, prompted Tampa police to warn residents in the Seminole Heights neighborhood not to walk alone at night. And they've...
US probe alleges corruption by top Honolulu law enforcers

US probe alleges corruption by top Honolulu law enforcers

HONOLULU (AP) — A curious allegation of mailbox theft unraveled into a tale of corruption that reached the highest levels of Honolulu law enforcement, culminating in a U.S. investigation that found the former police chief and his prosecutor wife bilked clients and relatives out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on their lavish lifestyle and then used their power to orchestrate a plot...
The Latest: Slain Vegas officer buried at veterans cemetery

The Latest: Slain Vegas officer buried at veterans cemetery

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of an off-duty Las Vegas police officer killed when a gunman fired from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert (all times local): 5:15 p.m. An off-duty Las Vegas police officer who was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded country music concert has been laid to rest at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Charleston...
Trump drawing of Empire State Building sells for $16,000

Trump drawing of Empire State Building sells for $16,000

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A sketch of the Empire State Building drawn by President Donald Trump has sold at auction for $16,000. Julien's Auctions says the 12-inch-by-9-inch black marker depiction of the iconic New York City skyscraper was created by Trump for a charity auction in Florida during the time he opened his Mar-a-Lago estate as a private club in 1995. Julien's says the piece signed by Trump...
Northern Michigan University offers marijuana studies degree

Northern Michigan University offers marijuana studies degree

A new program at Northern Michigan University gives students a unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the business and science of marijuana. >> Read more trending news  The four-year degree program, formally called Medical Plant Chemistry, is in its inception this semester. About a dozen students are currently enrolled in the program, and more and more students are showing interest...
Wild boars rampage through German town, injure at least 4

Wild boars rampage through German town, injure at least 4

BERLIN (AP) — Police say a pair of wild boars have gone on the rampage and injured at least four people in the northern German town of Heide. Authorities warned people to stay indoors after the adult boars appeared early Friday and began aggressively attacking pedestrians. Public broadcaster NDR reported that at least one man had a finger partially bitten off. Police said one of the boars was...
Senate approves budget in crucial step forward for Republican tax cuts

Senate approves budget in crucial step forward for Republican tax cuts

The Senate approved the Republican-backed budget Thursday night, a major step forward for the GOP effort to enact tax cuts.  The budget's passage will allow the GOP to use a procedural maneuver to pass tax legislation through the Senate with 50 or more votes, removing the need for support from Democratic senators.  "Tonight, we completed the first step toward replacing our broken tax...
Senators demand online ad disclosures as tech lobby mobilizes

Senators demand online ad disclosures as tech lobby mobilizes

Sen. John McCain and two Democratic senators moved on Thursday to force Facebook, Google and other internet companies to disclose who is purchasing online political advertising, after revelations that Russian-linked operatives bought deceptive ads in the runup to the 2016 election with no disclosure required.  But the tech industry, which has worked to thwart previous efforts to mandate such...
Countries with the highest pollution deaths, mortality rates

Countries with the highest pollution deaths, mortality rates

NEW DELHI (AP) — Increasing pollution worldwide is proving deadlier than war, natural disasters or smoking, according to a new report published in the Lancet medical journal. Based largely on 2015 data from the Global Burden of Disease, the report estimates that at least 9 million premature deaths were caused during the year by diseases from toxic exposure. While the highest death tolls were...
EU leaders struggle to break through Brexit talks impasse

EU leaders struggle to break through Brexit talks impasse

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders of Britain and the 27 other European Union members agreed Friday that much remains to be done in Brexit talks amid deep divisions about the terms of their breakup, particularly on how much London should pay in the divorce. While EU President Donald Tusk said that "reports of a deadlock between the European Union and the United Kingdom have been exaggerated,"...
New Battle of the Alamo is brewing over Texas shrine revamp

New Battle of the Alamo is brewing over Texas shrine revamp

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Remember the Alamo? A new Texas battle is brewing over how best to do so. Land Commissioner George P. Bush is overseeing a 7-year revamp of the shrine where 189 Texas independence fighters were killed by Mexican Gen. Santa Anna's troops in 1836. The site's size would quadruple after excavation and restoration of historical structures, the closing of nearby streets and the...
New Zealand to hold marijuana vote under new leader Ardern

New Zealand to hold marijuana vote under new leader Ardern

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand is poised to slash immigration, rethink trade deals and vote on legalizing marijuana under a new government that takes office next week. After nine years of conservative rule, liberal Jacinda Ardern was confirmed as the nation's next prime minister on Thursday, following negotiations after a close September election. Ardern's Labour Party will be joined...
Critics say  Museum of Ice Cream’s plastic sprinkles pose environmental risks

Critics say Museum of Ice Cream’s plastic sprinkles pose environmental risks

Environmentalists in San Francisco and Los Angeles are concerned about the effects of one feature at local Museum of Ice Cream locations: sprinkles.  Critics say the plastic pieces are littering California streets blocks from the pop-up museums as they’re carried out on the clothes of museum visitors. The plastic material becomes litter and has the potential to end up in the water, a danger...
Bipartisan Senate bill aims to prevent Western wildfires

Bipartisan Senate bill aims to prevent Western wildfires

WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires rage across California and the West, Democratic and Republican senators have joined forces to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires. A bill introduced Thursday by senators from three Northwestern states would authorize more than $100 million to help at-risk communities prevent wildfires and create a pilot program to cut down...
California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings

California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wildfires that have devastated Northern California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities increased the count of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000. Both numbers were expected to rise as crews continued assessing areas scorched by the blazes that killed 42 people, a total that makes...
It’s been a month and Puerto Rico still needs your help — where to donate your money, how to volunteer and more

It’s been a month and Puerto Rico still needs your help — where to donate your money, how to volunteer and more

Puerto Ricans are still in need of aid nearly one month after Hurricane Maria’s devastation. The official death toll on the U.S. island territory has increased to 48, but more than 100 people are still missing, officials said. According to CNN, as of Wednesday, about 1 million people are still without running water and 3 million people are without power. Only 45 of 70 hospitals...
BREAKING: Court refuses to declare missing Delray woman dead

BREAKING: Court refuses to declare missing Delray woman dead

A judge Thursday refused to declare Isabella Hellmann dead, saying she needs a declaration that authorities have completed their investigations into Hellman’s mysterious disappearance. It’s been five months since the 41-year-old suburban Delray Beach real estate broker’s husband, Lewis Bennett, reported she’d vanished at sea. On Thursday, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Kathleen...
Food Lion vice president arrested in underage sex sting, police say

Food Lion vice president arrested in underage sex sting, police say

An executive at Food Lion's corporate office was arrested Wednesday in a sting and charged with a sex offense. Detectives from North Carolina's Hendersonville Police Department took Paul Robert LaCroix, 54, into custody following the investigation. Lacroix, from Concord, has been charged with conspiracy to commit a first-degree statutory sex offense. He is being held in the Henderson County...
Is Trump violating the Constitution? In absentia, he defends himself in court

Is Trump violating the Constitution? In absentia, he defends himself in court

The defendant was elsewhere, stirring and twittering in his new city, his name rarely spoken — just the title sufficed — but always top of mind inside an overstuffed Manhattan courtroom.  “The president” is a businessman, the plaintiffs’ lawyer reminded the judge. “The president” refuses to leave the marketplace. This is hardly a fair fight, the logic...

Grace Mugabe goes to court over diamond ring

The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has gone to court in an attempt to seize assets of a Lebanese businessman who allegedly failed to deliver to her a diamond ring worth more than $1.35 million dollars. Grace Mugabe said in court papers this week that in 2015 she paid in advance for the delivery of an "at least 100 carat" diamond ring for her wedding anniversary celebrations,...
French actress Danielle Darrieux has died aged 100

French actress Danielle Darrieux has died aged 100

Danielle Darrieux, a prolific French actress whose movie and theater career spanned eight decades, has died. She was 100. One of France's best-loved actresses, Darrieux appeared in dozens of plays and more than 100 films during her long career. Generations of French moviegoers watched her mature from a precocious, fresh-faced teen into a radiant nonagenarian starring in films into her 90s. Darrieux...
Trump cries foul on judges, but he's ahead of Obama

Trump cries foul on judges, but he's ahead of Obama

President Donald Trump says Democrats are holding up his judicial nominees, but almost nine months into his presidency, he has had more judges confirmed than President Barack Obama did in the same time period, and his numbers aren't far off those of other recent presidents. Trump counts the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as one of his signature achievements. But on Monday he charged...
Divers removing 30-year-old junk reef off California coast

Divers removing 30-year-old junk reef off California coast

Divers are removing hundreds of old tires, plastic jugs and other junk that was dumped off the Southern California coast nearly 30 years ago by a man who thought he was helping the ocean environment. The cleanup began last week off of Newport Beach, the California Coastal Commission announced Wednesday. "It's about time this was cleaned up. Dumping plastic and other trash into our oceans is not...
Broward lawyer drops emoluments clause suit against President Trump

Broward lawyer drops emoluments clause suit against President Trump

Recognizing that others are already accusing President Donald Trump of running afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clauses, a Broward County lawyer has dropped his lawsuit that makes similar claims. “(The) argument is being adequately made by others, and with best wishes for their success,” attorney Patrick Goggins wrote last week, alerting U.S. District Judge Robin...

Orthodox Christians try to halt play, clash with police

Greek riot police have used batons to stop an attempted theater invasion by monks, priests and other Orthodox Christians protesting what they claim is a blasphemous play. Wielding poles with Greek flags on them, some of the 100-strong crowd tried to break a police cordon Wednesday outside the Aristoteleion Theatre in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. Protesters oppose the staging of "The...
Palm Beach County relief effort for Puerto Rico, V.I. seeks volunteers

Palm Beach County relief effort for Puerto Rico, V.I. seeks volunteers

Palm Beach County Cares wants you — and whatever baby formula, cleaning supplies, first aid kits, flashlights and batteries you can spare. The group, formed to aid disaster relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is looking for volunteers and donations. It has set up a total of 13 donation sites in Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach and Jupiter...

Drugs suspected as Navy sailors die days apart at same home

Investigators suspect drug overdoses killed two Navy submarine sailors whose bodies were found in the same coastal Georgia house four days apart, a U.S. Navy spokeswoman said Wednesday. Navy criminal investigators and civilian police are awaiting results of toxicology tests following the strange back-to-back deaths at an off-base home near Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, said Cmdr. Sarah Self-Kyler...
Artists put their mark on pumpkins for Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Artists put their mark on pumpkins for Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

What do get when you pair -- or would it be pare -- artists with 5,000 pumpkins? You’d get the annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Louisville, Kentucky. The gourds line a quarter-mile walking trail and are lit from dusk till 11 p.m. or midnight, depending on the day. >> Read more trending news While organizers have illuminated the 5,000 pumpkins, they say that 100 of them are carved into...
UN judges to deliver verdicts next month in Mladic trial

UN judges to deliver verdicts next month in Mladic trial

A U.N. war crimes tribunal will deliver its verdict next month in the long-running trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic, who faces a possible life sentence if convicted of charges including genocide. Mladic was tried on 11 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for allegedly overseeing atrocities by Serb forces in Bosnia's 1992-95 war including the deadly...
19-year-old arrested after 6-year-old Washington boy found in dumpster

19-year-old arrested after 6-year-old Washington boy found in dumpster

The body of a 6-year-old boy with autism was found in a dumpster at his Lynnwood apartment building on Tuesday. The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office reports his 19-year-old relative admitted to drowning him in a bathtub, putting him in a box and then throwing him in a dumpster. The boy, Dayvid Pakko, was reported missing at about 5 p.m. Monday. Crews, including 100 volunteers, searched the area of...
Thousands march over 'Somalia's 9/11;' attack details emerge

Thousands march over 'Somalia's 9/11;' attack details emerge

Somali intelligence officials shared a detailed account of the country's deadliest attack, while thousands marched Wednesday in Mogadishu in a show of defiance against the extremist group blamed for Saturday's truck bombing that left more than 300 dead. Two people have been arrested in the attack that was meant to target Mogadishu's heavily fortified international airport, where several countries...
US-backed Syrian forces clear Raqqa after driving out IS

US-backed Syrian forces clear Raqqa after driving out IS

U.S.-backed Syrian forces were removing land mines and clearing roads in the northern city of Raqqa on Wednesday, a day after commanders said they had driven the Islamic State group from its de facto capital. Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said preparations were underway for a formal declaration of the city's liberation. The SDF said Tuesday that military operations...
UN, US failed to prevent 'ethnic cleansing' in South Sudan

UN, US failed to prevent 'ethnic cleansing' in South Sudan

Until the summer of 2016, South Sudan's Yei region was a leafy oasis in the midst of the country's civil war. But when a national peace deal broke down and government soldiers ransacked the area, a handful of U.N. and U.S. officials begged their leaders for help. The United Nations must send peacekeepers to Yei to protect civilians from President Salva Kiir's forces, who are burning villages and slaughtering...
CIA watchdog nominee scolded for lack of preparation

CIA watchdog nominee scolded for lack of preparation

President Donald Trump's nominee to be the CIA's independent watchdog has told Congress that he's never read the Senate's so-called torture report, an exhaustive, classified report of the agency's treatment of terror suspects after 9/11. Christopher Sharpley, who has been deputy inspector general at the CIA since July 2012, told the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday that the classified disc containing...
Wildfires worsen housing crunch in famously costly Bay Area

Wildfires worsen housing crunch in famously costly Bay Area

Even before fire wiped out the home she rented for 17 years, Suzanne Finzell had thought about leaving this city on the edge of the San Francisco Bay Area because of rising prices. A spike in housing and other living costs had driven her friends to Nevada and Oregon. Now, Finzell wonders if that will be her fate too, as the wildfires that charred California wine country send thousands of people who...
Files reveal details of US support for Indonesian massacre

Files reveal details of US support for Indonesian massacre

Declassified files have revealed new details of U.S. government knowledge and support of an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s. The thousands of files from the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta covering 1963-66 were made public Tuesday after a declassification review that began under the Obama administration....
CIA watchdog nominee says he never read torture report

CIA watchdog nominee says he never read torture report

President Donald Trump's nominee to be the CIA's independent watchdog told Congress on Tuesday that he's never read the Senate's so-called torture report, an exhaustive, classified report of the agency's treatment of terror suspects after 9/11. Christopher Sharpley, who has been deputy inspector general at the CIA since July 2012, told the Senate intelligence committee that the classified disc containing...
Palm Beach County OKs borrowing up to $35 million for debris removal

Palm Beach County OKs borrowing up to $35 million for debris removal

Palm Beach County commissioners approved a $35 million line of credit Tuesday to pay for Hurricane Irma debris removal and to replenish the reserves of the Solid Waste Authority. The line of credit, obtained through Wells Fargo, reflects both the high costs of storm cleanup and the slow pace of reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has yet to pay the state of Florida and...
'Praying to have business': Workers hit hard by wildfires

'Praying to have business': Workers hit hard by wildfires

Outside one of the first shops to reopen for business on an empty central square in California wine country, clerk Rhiannon Lorenzini swept the sidewalks as the sky cleared of ash more than a week after the state's deadliest group of wildfires ignited. In a wine region that normally draws more annual visitors than Disney World, Lorenzini waved to some of the few passers-by: firefighters in firetrucks...
How online dating is changing who we marry in unexpected ways

How online dating is changing who we marry in unexpected ways

Thanks to the rise of numerous dating apps and sites, such as Tinder, OKCupid or Match.com, dating culture has experienced a significant shift over the past two decades. And though online dating has received its fair share of bad press with accusations of fueling hook-up culture, stories of scam artists and of first dates gone wrong, new research shows online dating...
Menendez defense testimony continues as Pence weighs in

Menendez defense testimony continues as Pence weighs in

Testimony from defense witnesses in the bribery trial of Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez on Tuesday included a curious story involving the former governor of Florida and a zinger by a prosecutor that left jurors chuckling but earned an admonition from the judge. Earlier in the day, Vice President Mike Pence weighed in on the case, telling a radio host it would be wrong for Bob Menendez to stay in...

VA seeks 'narrow' exemption to for-profit college ethics law

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it would proceed with a narrow waiver to an ethics law banning VA employees from receiving benefits from for-profit colleges, saying most cases posed no actual conflicts of interest with private companies vying for millions in GI Bill tuition. The VA's latest move comes after it abruptly dropped plans last week for a broader exemption. Under the new...
Tom Joyner retiring from radio in 2019

Tom Joyner retiring from radio in 2019

Tom Joyner, the successful syndicated radio morning host, announced this morning he’s going to retire in two years. >> Read more trending news  Joyner, who works out of Dallas and is heard in more than 100 cities, has been hosting the show since 1994. If he retires in 2019, that would make a clean 25 years with the show. The announcement came out of the blue.  “What...
Who was Selena Quintanilla? Google honors famed singer, ‘Queen of Tejano’

Who was Selena Quintanilla? Google honors famed singer, ‘Queen of Tejano’

If you’ve visited Google’s homepage this morning, you’ve probably noticed the charming, glamorous tribute to late Mexican-American singer, Selena Quintanilla. >> Read more trending news  Twenty-eight years ago on Oct. 17, 1989, the late Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla debuted her first studio album, “Selena.” On the Google homepage, you&rsquo...
EU Brexit chief urges Britain to keep up the momentum

EU Brexit chief urges Britain to keep up the momentum

The European Union's Brexit negotiator urged the British government Tuesday to keep up the momentum in negotiations on leaving the bloc if it wants the talks to advance to a new phase in December. "It's very important to maintain this constructive dynamic in the coming two months," Michel Barnier told reporters in Luxembourg. Barnier held dinner talks Monday with British Prime Minister Theresa...
NEW: West Palm-area woman among those killed in California wildfires

NEW: West Palm-area woman among those killed in California wildfires

A former suburban West Palm Beach woman is among those killed by wildfires in Northern California that have taken the lives of 41 people. Linda Tunis, 69, died after fire engulfed the mobile-home community where she lived in Santa Rosa, her son confirmed to The Palm Beach Post on Monday. Tunis apparently got trapped in her home in the early-morning hours of Oct. 9, making a final desperate phone...
Ophelia batters UK after pummeling Ireland, leaves 3 dead

Ophelia batters UK after pummeling Ireland, leaves 3 dead

Storm Ophelia is battering Scotland and northern England after leaving three people dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Ireland. The former Atlantic hurricane downed trees and power lines, sent waves surging over coastal defenses and disrupted transport again Tuesday, a day after making landfall on Ireland's south coast with gusts of almost 100 miles an hour (160 kilometers an hour). Britain's...
US-backed forces celebrate fall of IS 'capital,' Raqqa

US-backed forces celebrate fall of IS 'capital,' Raqqa

U.S.-backed Syrian forces celebrated in the devastated streets of Raqqa on Tuesday after gaining control of the northern city that once was the heart of the Islamic State's self-styled caliphate, dealing a major defeat to the extremist group that has seen its territory shrink ever smaller since summer. Militants took over the vibrant metropolis on the Euphrates River in 2014, transforming it into...
Airbus notches win over rival Boeing with Bombardier deal

Airbus notches win over rival Boeing with Bombardier deal

Airbus scored a point in its high-stakes rivalry with Boeing by striking a deal just across the U.S. border. The European plane maker reached an unusual, no-cost deal with Canada's Bombardier that sent Airbus shares up Tuesday, boosts both companies' prospects in Asia and should save thousands of Bombardier jobs from Quebec to Northern Ireland. It could also help Bombardier avoid heavy U.S. duties...
Cochran's illness shows risks to GOP leaders of aging Senate

Cochran's illness shows risks to GOP leaders of aging Senate

Top Republicans coping with a razor-thin majority in the Senate as they try pushing a partisan agenda are running smack into another complication — the sheer age and health issues of some senators. One of those ailing senators — 79-year-old Thad Cochran of Mississippi — was back in Washington Tuesday after a month of treatment at home. A statement said he still had urological issues...
Californians head back home to altered lives, communities

Californians head back home to altered lives, communities

Some have lost loved ones. Many have survived near-death experiences. Others have lost their homes and a lifetime of possessions. A week after fleeing raging wildfires, tens of thousands of emotionally ravaged Californians have drifted back home to find their lives and their communities dramatically altered. At a Red Cross shelter in Petaluma on Tuesday, 69-year-old Sue Wortman recalled the words...
Trump move to end health insurer payments may cost feds billions more

Trump move to end health insurer payments may cost feds billions more

Even as President Donald Trump urged Senators on Monday to find a bipartisan deal on short-term fixes to the Obama health law, the consensus among health insurance experts is that Mr. Trump’s decision last week to no longer make payments to insurance companies to cover the health-related costs of some Americans might actually cost the federal government billions more...
Lawyers debate latest Trump travel ban before federal judge

Lawyers debate latest Trump travel ban before federal judge

A federal judge in Maryland heard arguments Monday for and against the most recent Trump administration travel restrictions, but didn't rule from the bench. A hearing was held before U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang, who blocked a previous version of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries. Three lawsuits challenging the new ban argue that restricting...
Man accused of ‘marrying’ 11-year-old stepdaughter, holding her captive for 19 years

Man accused of ‘marrying’ 11-year-old stepdaughter, holding her captive for 19 years

An Oklahoma man was arrested in Mexico earlier this month amid allegations that he “married” his 11-year-old stepdaughter in a van, abducted her and kept her captive as his “wife” for nearly 20 years.  Henri Michele Piette, 62, is charged with first-degree rape, two counts of lewd molestation and child abuse by injury, according to Oklahoma court records. He was taken...
Tesla terminates hundreds of workers after yearly performance reviews

Tesla terminates hundreds of workers after yearly performance reviews

Tesla Motors has fired hundreds of workers after their annual performance reviews, even as the high-end electric vehicle manufacturer is in the midst of increasing production, according to news reports. The exact number of terminated employees out of Tesla’s workforce of 33,000 is unknown, but The San Jose Mercury News reported as many as 700 people may have lost their jobs. "As with any...
Kevin Hart announces comedy tour

Kevin Hart announces comedy tour

Actor, comedian and best-selling author Kevin Hart will bring “The Irresponsible Tour” to cities across the country beginning in December through next year. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20 and will be available online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets range from $48 to $118, plus fees. >> Read more trending news ...
AP video journalist describes Somalia's deadliest attack

AP video journalist describes Somalia's deadliest attack

Mohamed Sheikh Nor was relaxing and playing with his 10-month-old daughter when his home shook with the worst bombing Somalia's capital had ever seen. "Then there was a huge blast," the video journalist for The Associated Press said Monday. "At first I thought it was directed at our house. We were covered in smoke and dust." The explosion from a massive truck bomb on a crowded...
Russia: Formal complaint made over gay crackdown in Chechnya

Russia: Formal complaint made over gay crackdown in Chechnya

A gay Russian man accused authorities in Chechnya on Monday of jailing and beating him as part of a broad crackdown on LGBT people. Maxim Lapunov said during a news conference that unidentified people detained him on a street in the Russian region's provincial capital, Grozny, in March and drove him to a detention facility. Guards beat him with sticks during the nearly two weeks he was kept in custody...
Trump’s re-election campaign paid his son’s Russia-probe law firm $238,000

Trump’s re-election campaign paid his son’s Russia-probe law firm $238,000

President Donald Trump's re-election committee paid almost $238,000 in the third quarter to the law firm representing Donald Trump Jr. in connection with ongoing investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according campaign finance disclosures.  Trump's campaign made two payments — one in mid July, the other in early August -- to the law firm of Alan S. Futerfas, a lawyer...
Trump may have bolstered kneelers’ legal position

Trump may have bolstered kneelers’ legal position

The controversy over football players kneeling in protest during the national anthem could have simply remained a labor dispute within the NFL. But then President Donald Trump tweeted that tax breaks should be revoked for a league that disrespects "our Anthem, Flag and Country."  Those words threatening government action to financially penalize the league injected a new dimension into...
The Latest: Merkel congratulates Kurz on Austria win

The Latest: Merkel congratulates Kurz on Austria win

The Latest on Austria's election (all times local): 2 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she isn't "dramatically concerned" about differences on refugee policy after conservative leader Sebastian Kurz won neighboring Austria's election. Merkel said she congratulated Kurz on Sunday. On Monday, she credited Kurz's "energetic" modernization of his Austrian People's Party for...
Center-right party win secure as Austrians count ballots

Center-right party win secure as Austrians count ballots

Hundreds of thousands of ballots must still be counted in Austria's general elections, but the tally is not likely to substantially change results that have put 31-year old Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz on track to become Europe's youngest leader. Near-final results of Sunday's elections that have already been announced do not include the absentee ballots and those cast by voters outside of their...
Militants rob bank, attack church in Egypt's Sinai; 7 dead

Militants rob bank, attack church in Egypt's Sinai; 7 dead

Islamic militants on Monday staged a two-pronged assault in the heart of the largest city in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, lobbing grenades and trading gunfire with guards at an unused Coptic church to distract from a bank robbery across the street. By the time the attack was over, seven people were killed, including a child, and 17 million Egyptian pounds (about $1 million) were reportedly stolen. The...
White House: $4,000 more for families with business tax cuts

White House: $4,000 more for families with business tax cuts

By slashing corporate tax rates, the Trump administration said Monday, the average U.S. household will get an estimated $4,000 more a year. This stunning 5 percent increase was met with skepticism from tax experts and Democratic lawmakers who said the math was flawed. Spread across every U.S. household, the White House analysis claims it would generate "conservatively" an income jump totaling...
UK, EU leaders agree on need for speed in Brexit talks

UK, EU leaders agree on need for speed in Brexit talks

Britain's prime minister capped a day of Brexit diplomacy Monday with hugs from the chief of the European Union's executive arm and an agreement that negotiations on the U.K.'s departure from the EU need to be sped up. Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said after dining together in Brussels that the stalled talks "should accelerate over the months...
Houses spared by massive fires bring joy and sense of loss

Houses spared by massive fires bring joy and sense of loss

Tom and Catherine Andrews live on the edge of devastation. On one side of their mid-century style home, the deadly wildfires that ravaged parts of Northern California for more than a week wiped away the houses of neighbors they have known as long as two decades. On the other side, were those like the Andrews, who were spared. On Monday as calm winds gave an advantage to firefighters trying to tame...
The Latest: Defense chief confirms 2 militant leaders dead

The Latest: Defense chief confirms 2 militant leaders dead

The Latest on the militant siege in the southern Philippine city of Marawi (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says troops are hunting down other gunmen involved in the siege of a southern city after confirming the deaths of the two final surviving leaders of the months of militant violence in Marawi. Four military and police officials earlier told The Associated...
Philippines: Last leaders of IS-tied siege killed in Marawi

Philippines: Last leaders of IS-tied siege killed in Marawi

The last two surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines, including a top Asian terror suspect, were killed Monday in a push by thousands of troops to retake the last pocket of Marawi city still held by pro-Islamic State militants, top security officials said. Four military and police officials told The Associated Press that Isnilon Hapilon, who is listed among the FBI's most-wanted...
Son believes his father was deep asleep when fires came

Son believes his father was deep asleep when fires came

A look at some of those who were killed in the blazes: A FATHER'S LOVE Daniel Southard, 71, a retired fitness trainer and high school football coach, sent a text message to his son Derek a little after midnight to ask if he was having a good time at a wedding in Monterey. The two were close — Derek's mother died when he was 2 years old, his father raised him on his own — and kept close...
The Latest: PG&E expects to restore all power soon

The Latest: PG&E expects to restore all power soon

The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 8:20 p.m. Pacific Gas and Electric Company officials say they expect to restore power to all its customers in the fire zones by late Monday. The company said in a statement Sunday that power has been restored to more than 92 percent of homes and businesses that lost power during the wildfires, but about 21,000 electric customers remain without...
Harvey Weinstein booted from film academy 

Harvey Weinstein booted from film academy 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled embattled producer Harvey Weinstein Saturday. The academy’s 54-member Board of Governors vote was in excess of the two-thirds majority required. “We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity...
California couple had marked 50-year anniversary before fire

California couple had marked 50-year anniversary before fire

A look at some of those who were killed in the blazes: VERY GENEROUS OF SPIRIT LeRoy and Donna Halbur, both 80, had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and for years Leroy delivered food for the needy three times a week. They had no chance to flee a wildfire that destroyed their Santa Rosa home early Monday, said their eldest son, Tim Halbur. "The winds came up pretty quickly. It...
Poland's president signs divisive law on civic group funding

Poland's president signs divisive law on civic group funding

Poland's president has signed into law a bill on funding for non-governmental organizations that critics fear the conservative government may use to undercut groups with missions that conflict with the ruling party's positions. International human rights organizations and a federation of Poland's NGOs had appealed to President Andrzej Duda to veto the bill, which they saw as setting back the development...
The Latest: 40 now dead from Northern California wildfires

The Latest: 40 now dead from Northern California wildfires

The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The death toll from wildfires burning in Northern California has reached 40. Sonoma County announced Saturday evening that its coroner had confirmed two more deaths, taking the total in the county to 22 and the overall count to 40. The toll had been 35 coming into Saturday, and it is expected to keep growing. The fires were already...
The Latest: Russia says Syrian army taken key IS-held town

The Latest: Russia says Syrian army taken key IS-held town

The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 11 p.m. The Russian military says the Syrian army has taken the full control of a key Islamic State stronghold in eastern Syria. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Saturday that Syrian troops have now fully freed the town of Mayadeen from IS militants. Konashenkov said that Mayadeen was the last major stronghold...
Spy, temptress, victim? Mata Hari still eludes definition

Spy, temptress, victim? Mata Hari still eludes definition

A century ago on Sunday, an exotic dancer named Mata Hari was executed by a French firing squad, condemned as a sultry Dutch double agent who supposedly caused the deaths of thousands of soldiers during World War I. Her life and death became fodder almost overnight for one of the greatest spy stories of all time — featuring an alluring temptress who could dance, dazzle and draw secrets from...
Syria: Local militants evacuate as Raqqa battle nears end

Syria: Local militants evacuate as Raqqa battle nears end

The U.S.-led coalition and local officials said Saturday that Syrian Islamic State fighters and civilians will be allowed to evacuate Raqqa, a deal that signals the imminent capture of the city but flouts earlier U.S. protests of negotiating safe exits for the extremist group. Foreign fighters will be excluded from the evacuation deal, the coalition said. The U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic...
Austrian voters concerned about immigration, Islam

Austrian voters concerned about immigration, Islam

Wrapping up a bruising political campaign season, Austrian political parties were counting down to an election Sunday that could turn the country to the right amid voter concerns over immigration and Islam. The vote is coming a year ahead of schedule after squabbles led to the breakup last spring of the coalition government of the Social Democrats and the People's Party. A total of 16 parties are...
California firefighters say they finally 'turned a corner'

California firefighters say they finally 'turned a corner'

With the winds dying down, fire officials said Sunday they have apparently "turned a corner" against the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home. While the danger from the deadliest, most destructive cluster of blazes in California history was far from over, the smoky...
AP FACT CHECK: Trump offers questionable reading of Iran

AP FACT CHECK: Trump offers questionable reading of Iran

President Donald Trump offered a questionable reading of Iran's past economic condition when he blamed the Obama administration for lifting sanctions just as Iran's government was facing "total collapse." A look at some of his points in remarks Friday that denounced Iran's behavior but stopped short of fulfilling his campaign promise to get the U.S. out of the multinational deal that eased...

POINT OF VIEW: As Clean Power Plan is gutted, Congress must step in

In his zeal to undo the legacy of President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump is now undoing the future of our children and grandchildren by repealing the Clean Power Plan, a policy designed to reduce the heat-trapping emissions that make our climate more and more inhospitable. How inhospitable? We’ve gotten a frightening glimpse of an altered climate recently with disasters fueled by warmer...
'She was my life': Longtime loves among those lost in fire

'She was my life': Longtime loves among those lost in fire

A look at some of those who were killed in the blazes: TIMID AND GIGGLY At 14, Kai Shepherd was among the youngest victims of the wildfires. After flames swept over a mountain, the Shepherds had tried to drive down to escape. Their neighbor Paul Hanssen found their two charred vehicles blocking the road, doors still ajar from when they had apparently abandoned them and fled on foot. Hanssen found...

Boeing and Airbus sales of planes to Iran safe for now

Between them, Boeing and Airbus have announced deals with Iranian airlines that, if finalized, could cover nearly 300 planes worth $40 billion. Still, those numbers pale in comparison to standing orders at both companies. Boeing has a backlog of orders that would take more than eight years to fill even if it never made another sale. Airbus has a similarly long list. "This isn't a make-or-break...
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