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Mexico honors its greatest wrestler, El Santo, at centennial

You may have never heard the name Rodolfo Guzman. But his silver-masked alter ego, El Santo, was a larger-than-life presence in professional wrestling rings, in comics and on the silver screen, helping popularize Mexico's "lucha libre" around the world and entering the pantheon of pop culture icons. "Lucha libre wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for El Santo," said Roberto...
EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites, won't say from where

EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites, won't say from where

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of "unidentified, potentially hazardous material" from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material came from, why the contaminants at issue have not been identified and whether there's a threat...
Mexican experts rush to inspect quake-damaged buildings

Mexican experts rush to inspect quake-damaged buildings

In quake-stricken Mexico City, hundreds of architects and engineers are rushing to do triage, diagnose and classify some very worrisome patients: the thousands of buildings that suffered cracks of varying size and seriousness in the 7.1 magnitude quake that struck on Sept. 19. The quake turned the city into a vast hospital of buildings, and the fatalities are easy to count: Thirty-eight buildings...
The Latest: Melania Trump applauds US athletes at games

The Latest: Melania Trump applauds US athletes at games

The Latest on first lady Melania Trump leading the U.S. delegation to the Invictus Games in Toronto (all times local): 9 p.m. U.S. first lady Melania Trump stood and applauded Team USA during the opening ceremonies in Toronto of an Olympic-style competition for wounded service members and veterans. Mrs. Trump joined the founder of the Invictus Games, Britain's Prince Harry, in a VIP box for the event...

US-backed SDF says it took Syria's largest gas field from IS

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters captured Saturday the country's largest gas field from the Islamic State group in an eastern province that borders Iraq as they race with government forces to capture the energy-rich region, a senior official with the group said. Nasser Haj Mansour of the Syrian Democratic Forces said the Conoco gas field and plant came under full control of the group on Saturday morning...
US first lady to Invictus athletes: 'Bring home the gold'

US first lady to Invictus athletes: 'Bring home the gold'

U.S. first lady Melania Trump on Saturday encouraged the American team participating in an Olympic-style competition for wounded service members and veterans to take their "fighting spirit" and "bring home the gold." Mrs. Trump also applauded the team members for their contributions, calling them "our heroes." "On behalf of my husband and our entire country, I want...
Florida woman wants 100 cards for 100th birthday

Florida woman wants 100 cards for 100th birthday

One woman in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, has a simple request for her 100th birthday: 100 birthday cards. The Northwest Florida Daily News reported that Bobbie Arrasmith, 99, celebrates her birthday Oct. 7. She wants handwritten cards for each year of her life. “Our whole family is trying to get her 100 birthday cards for her 100th birthday,” Arrasmith’s son, Richard Arrasmith...
Senate bill would make online political ads more transparent

Senate bill would make online political ads more transparent

Legislation floated by two Democratic senators would enhance transparency for online political ads, requiring social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to keep a public file of election ads and communications. The bill by Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota would try to fill what they call a "major gap" in election advertising transparency. In a letter obtained...
Starbucks exec Howard Schultz sure sounds like a 2020 presidential candidate

Starbucks exec Howard Schultz sure sounds like a 2020 presidential candidate

Since announcing in December that he would step down as Starbucks chief executive, there has been speculation that Howard Schultz is eyeing a run for president in 2020. A couple weeks back, I pegged him as the businessperson most likely to win the Democratic nomination.  Well, Howard Schultz sure sounds like a candidate.  Schultz spoke with The Washington Post at a job fair for young people...
Newcomer to Swiss executive body chosen as foreign minister

Newcomer to Swiss executive body chosen as foreign minister

The newest member in Switzerland's seven-member executive body is set to become the Alpine country's next foreign minister. The Federal Council has chosen free-market proponent Ignazio Cassis of the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland to become head of the Department of Foreign Affairs after he joins the council on Nov. 1. The Swiss government said Friday that Cassis has decided not to speak publicly...
Former Obama officials form group to combat Trump rollback of consumer protections in higher ed

Former Obama officials form group to combat Trump rollback of consumer protections in higher ed

A cadre of attorneys and policy advisers from the Obama administration is teaming up to do what they say Education Secretary Betsy DeVos seems incapable of doing: protecting students.  They have formed a coalition, called the National Student Legal Defense Network, that will partner with state attorneys general and advocacy groups to combat what they describe as the erosion of civil liberties...
Would GL Homes plan mean Ag Reserve flooding in hurricane?

Would GL Homes plan mean Ag Reserve flooding in hurricane?

The images from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are as fraught as they are fresh: wind-whipped waters flooding out neighborhoods; residents using boats and kayaks to reach their homes and businesses. Opponents of GL Homes’ plan to build more in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve say agreeing to the developer’s request will take the county a step closer to making those...
The Latest: Spanish prosecutor seeking sedition charges

The Latest: Spanish prosecutor seeking sedition charges

The Latest on independence efforts in Spain's Catalonia region (all times local): 6:20 p.m. A chief prosecutor has asked Spain's National Court to consider investigating for sedition demonstrators who led thousands earlier this week to protest a police crackdown on preparations for an independence referendum. The complaint was not directed at any one person or group but names the Catalan National...
May tries to reboot Brexit, offers 2-year transition period

May tries to reboot Brexit, offers 2-year transition period

Britain is prepared to abide by European Union rules and pay into the bloc's coffers for two years after leaving the EU in March 2019, Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday in a conciliatory speech intended to revive foundering exit talks. The proposal got a positive, if muted, reception from the EU's chief negotiator. But it raised hackles among pro-Brexit U.K. politicians, who accused May of delaying...
Dam failing as scope of Puerto Rico's disaster becomes clear

Dam failing as scope of Puerto Rico's disaster becomes clear

Puerto Rican officials rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam and said they could not reach more than half the towns in the U.S. territory as the massive scale of the disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria started to become clear on Friday. Government spokesman Carlos Bermudez said that officials had no communication with 40 of the 78 municipalities on the island more...
Michigan official faces key hearing in Flint water case

Michigan official faces key hearing in Flint water case

A former Michigan health official testified Thursday that he started asking questions about bacteria in Flint's water supply a year before the state publicly acknowledged an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Tim Becker, who was deputy director at the Department of Health and Human Services, acknowledged that the agency could have issued a public warning in January 2015. But it was 12 more months...

Attorney: Final San Francisco plane crash lawsuit settled

A California dentist who was aboard an Asiana Airlines plane that crashed in San Francisco four years ago — killing three girls and injuring roughly 200 others — reached a settlement Thursday with the airline, ending what her attorney said was the last pending lawsuit in the U.S. stemming from the crash. Ronald Goldman, an attorney for Kyung Rhan Rha, said the terms of the settlement were...
GOP health bill offers provisions aimed at helping 2 states

GOP health bill offers provisions aimed at helping 2 states

Provisions shoehorned into the Republican health care bill dangle extra money for Alaska and Wisconsin, home states of one GOP senator whose vote party leaders desperately need and another who co-sponsored the legislation, according to analysts who've studied the legislation. The 140-page measure, which top Republicans hope to push through the Senate next week, is stuffed with language making some...
Second sinkhole forms near Florida home

Second sinkhole forms near Florida home

Just days after a sinkhole partially swallowed a home in Apopka, Florida, a second sinkhole has formed on the same road. Orange County Fire Rescue officials were called Thursday to a home at 517 West Kelly Park Road in Apopka, where a 30-foot by 30-foot sinkhole was found about 100 feet from the home, according to authorities. A separate sinkhole formed Tuesday morning at 222 West Kelly Park Road...
Iowa Sen. Ernst hopes, but isn't sure, health bill has vote

Iowa Sen. Ernst hopes, but isn't sure, health bill has vote

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst said Thursday she isn't sure her party's last-ditch effort to repeal Barack Obama's health care law has the votes to pass, as she faced tough questions from Iowa constituents about the political drive for the measure. "If it's brought up, I hope we have the votes to pass it," Ernst told reporters after a meeting with constituents in northern Iowa. "I hope...
What is the Iran nuclear agreement and will the U.S. back out of it?

What is the Iran nuclear agreement and will the U.S. back out of it?

The Trump administration will seek to revisit the nuclear agreement with Iran, The New York Times is reporting, instead of scrapping the deal that limits Irans’s development of ballistic weapons. According to the story, President Donald Trump hopes to tighten sanctions instead of abandoning the agreement hammered out two years ago. The news comes after Trump suggested that Iran is not complying...
Salma Hayek pledges $100,000 donation to Mexican earthquake victims

Salma Hayek pledges $100,000 donation to Mexican earthquake victims

Actress Salma Hayek is giving back to her home country of Mexico in a big way. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” star, 51, shared a video on Instagram Wednesday encouraging people to donate money toward relief efforts in Mexico City and surrounding areas after they were devastated by a huge earthquake on Tuesday. She also revealed that she has survived a previous natural disaster. &ldquo...

Migrant boat capsizes off Libya, leaves 5 dead, 90 missing

At least five migrants died and more than 90 were missing after their boat capsized off Libya's western coast, a major embarkation point for the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Europe, the Libyan coast guard said Thursday. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim told The Associated Press that the damaged vessel was found the day before, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) out from the western coastal city of Zuwara....
Sleep apnea went undiagnosed in engineers in 2 train crashes

Sleep apnea went undiagnosed in engineers in 2 train crashes

Both trains were going more than double the speed limit and crashed at stations that had been exempted from federal regulations requiring automatic speed controls that could've slowed or stopped them. The National Transportation Safety Board said the common circumstances of the Sept. 29, 2016, New Jersey Transit crash in Hoboken, New Jersey, and the Jan. 4, 2017, Long Island Rail Road crash in Brooklyn...
Afghan leader: Abolishing militant havens in Pakistan is key

Afghan leader: Abolishing militant havens in Pakistan is key

Abolishing militant hideouts in Pakistan is critical to establishing peace in neighboring Afghanistan, the Afghan leader said Thursday before meeting President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Neither Trump nor Afghan President Ashraf Ghani mentioned Pakistan when they appeared publicly together after their discussion. But Ghani said Pakistan's role is an important part...
On work trips, DeVos flies on her plane at own expense

On work trips, DeVos flies on her plane at own expense

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos flies on her personal plane at her own expense when she visits schools around the country, according to her office, as other Cabinet secretaries' flying habits at taxpayers' cost have drawn scrutiny. Education Department Press Secretary Liz Hill said in a statement to The Associated Press that DeVos travels "on personally-owned aircraft" at zero cost to taxpayers...
UK: Tate to reunite Picasso nudes for first time since 1932

UK: Tate to reunite Picasso nudes for first time since 1932

An exhibition at London's Tate Modern will reunite three Picasso nudes painted days apart but not displayed together for almost a century, the gallery said Thursday. "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust," ''Nude in a Black Armchair" and "The Mirror" are boldly colored depictions of the artist's lover Marie-Therese Walter, all painted in a five-day period of March 1932. The paintings...
Ryanair CEO admits mistakes amid cancellations crisis

Ryanair CEO admits mistakes amid cancellations crisis

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary admitted mistakes to disgruntled shareholders Thursday as the airline struggles to overcome a scheduling crisis that is costing the company millions of euros. Speaking at Ryanair's annual general meeting, O'Leary said he planned to force pilots to give up a week of vacation time this year to prevent further flight cancellations. Pilots will be told that the airline will...
Satellite images show sprawling Rohingya refugee camps

Satellite images show sprawling Rohingya refugee camps

In a matter of weeks, thousands of temporary shelters have been erected in the Bangladesh district of Cox's Bazar, according to new before-and-after satellite images released exclusively to The Associated Press on Wednesday. "Tents have sprung up all over the area. It's a dramatic expansion," said Stephen Wood, a senior imagery analyst at Westminster, Colorado-based DigitalGlobe, which used...
The Latest: Trump speaks with Puerto Rico governor

The Latest: Trump speaks with Puerto Rico governor

The Latest on Hurricane Maria (all times local): 9:55 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken with the governors of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Trump said earlier Thursday that Puerto Rico was "absolutely obliterated" and the Virgin Islands were "flattened" by recent hurricanes Irma and Maria. The entire island of Puerto Rico was left without power...
Powerless: Puerto Rico faces weeks without electricity

Powerless: Puerto Rico faces weeks without electricity

The sky was darkening Thursday afternoon as 10-year-old Sarah Jimenez laid out three plastic buckets on her grandmother's patio in hopes of capturing rainwater. "We can use it to at least flush the toilets," she told her grandmother. A day after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, flooding towns, crushing homes and killing at least two people, millions of people on the island faced the...
Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico

Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico

The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis. Leaving at least nine people dead in its wake across the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria blew ashore in the morning near the southeast...
Protesters march in St. Louis suburb over police shooting

Protesters march in St. Louis suburb over police shooting

Protesters took to the streets again Wednesday in the St. Louis area to demonstrate against a judge's recent acquittal of a white former police officer who fatally shot a black suspect in 2011. The demonstration was the latest part of an effort by protesters to disrupt business as a way to draw attention to their cause. It had been announced for Shaw Park in the suburb of Clayton, Missouri, and about...
Ryan: Congress likely to approve more hurricane disaster relief in October

Ryan: Congress likely to approve more hurricane disaster relief in October

As Hurricane Maria was ravaging the island of Puerto Rico, House Speaker Paul Ryan said during a Wednesday visit to Florida that he expects the Congress will vote on more disaster relief money next month, as federal agencies deal with the aftermath from three major hurricanes – Harvey, Irma and Maria. “I’m sure that we’re going to do another, what we...

Study: FEMA's Houston flood maps outdated long before Harvey

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood plain maps for parts of southeastern Houston were woefully out-of-date long before Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, a new study suggests. Researchers at Rice University and Texas A&M University at Galveston studied one section of southeastern Harris County, which includes Houston, over a decade-long period that did not include Hurricane Harvey...
Pence applauds UN resolution on peacekeeping reform

Pence applauds UN resolution on peacekeeping reform

The Security Council backed reforms Wednesday to reduce inefficiencies, corruption and abuse in the U.N.'s far-flung peacekeeping operations, a key priority of the Trump administration at the U.N. General Assembly. Vice President Mike Pence cast the approval vote for the United States, saying the U.N. must be more aggressive in evaluating the effectiveness of its operations. He said all peacekeeping...
Nevada quake lab tests new bridge design after Mexico quake

Nevada quake lab tests new bridge design after Mexico quake

Scientists at a Nevada earthquake lab on Wednesday tested new bridge designs with connectors they say are innovative and created to better withstand violent temblors and speed reconstruction efforts after major quake damage. University of Nevada, Reno engineers performed the experiments on a giant "shake table" to simulate violent motions of an earthquake to rattle a 100-ton (91-metric ton)...
Polygamous sect leader pleads guilty to escape, fraud

Polygamous sect leader pleads guilty to escape, fraud

A high-ranking polygamous sect leader recaptured after a year on the run pleaded guilty Wednesday in a food-stamp fraud and escape case, ending a wide-ranging investigation seen as a crackdown on the secretive group. Lyle Jeffs is facing three to five years in prison after pleading guilty to two felony counts in an agreement that also called for him to pay $1 million in restitution. U.S. Attorney...
Jennifer Lawrence responds to critics after movie gets 'F' grade

Jennifer Lawrence responds to critics after movie gets 'F' grade

Jennifer Lawrence is typically a box-office draw, but not even she could save “Mother!” >> Read more trending news  The Darren Aronofsky film received a rare F grade from CinemaScore and bombed at the box office, earning just $7.5 million in its opening weekend. That makes it Lawrence’s worst box office performance for a wide release, according to Rare.us...
Key suspect in pricey Kentucky bourbon heist pleads guilty

Key suspect in pricey Kentucky bourbon heist pleads guilty

A rogue distillery worker at the center of a bourbon-heist scheme that spirited away tens of thousands of dollars' worth of liquor has pleaded guilty in a case that has secured a place in Kentucky lore. Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger, accused as the ringleader of the operation that stole bourbon from a pair of Kentucky distilleries, entered the plea Wednesday in Franklin County Circuit Court...
German officials see no sign of election hacking _ yet

German officials see no sign of election hacking _ yet

German officials say there's no sign of concerted cyberattacks aimed at influencing the outcome of the country's upcoming election, but warned Wednesday against giving the all-clear yet. Security officials have warned over the past year that the Russian government in particular might attempt to destabilize Germany by promoting extremist parties in Sunday's vote. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has...
Study shows lengthy waits for asylum applicants in Europe

Study shows lengthy waits for asylum applicants in Europe

More than half of the migrants who entered Europe amid a mass influx in 2015 and 2016 were still awaiting decisions on asylum applications by the end of the period, and only a small percentage had been turned down and sent home, according to a study released Wednesday. The Pew Research Center said of the 2.2 million asylum-seekers who reached Europe during those years, 52 percent were still awaiting...

Torrential rains, flooding kill at least 12 in eastern Congo

A Congo official says that flooding caused by torrential rains overnight have killed at least 12 people and left 92 others missing in the country's east. Robert Seninga, deputy provincial parliament member, also said 18 people have been injured in the flooding of Bihambwe village, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Goma in Congo's North Kivu province. He said more than 100 homes have been destroyed...
The Latest: US calls for meeting on weapons proliferation

The Latest: US calls for meeting on weapons proliferation

The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): 11:45 p.m. The United States is calling a ministerial meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday afternoon on "the acute threat" posed by the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their delivery systems. A concept note circulated to the 15 council members and obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday...
White House considers abandoning some tax cuts for the wealthy

White House considers abandoning some tax cuts for the wealthy

White House and GOP leaders are considering major changes to upcoming tax legislation, including scaling back plans for large-scale tax cuts for the wealthy, as Republicans seek to win support from Democrats in Congress, three people briefed on the discussions said.  The White House is considering, among other things, keeping the top tax rate for individuals at 39.6 percent, decreasing the benefits...
Boy recalls escape from Mexico City school _ and those lost

Boy recalls escape from Mexico City school _ and those lost

A favorite teacher, a janitor always friendly with the kids, the two women who patrolled the halls and greeted children at the school's gates, a best friend's little sister. These people feared or confirmed dead Wednesday were top on the mind of 12-year-old Luis Carlos Herrera Tome. The Enrique Rebsamen school, the Mexico City private school he attended for eight years, had fallen around him less...
US report points to Egyptian abuses, anti-democracy actions

US report points to Egyptian abuses, anti-democracy actions

Egypt is failing to protect free speech and its minorities, investigate abuses by its forces or grant U.S. monitors access to the conflict-ridden Sinai Peninsula, according to a damning Trump administration report obtained by The Associated Press. The U.S. grievances, detailed in a State Department memorandum, stand in stark contrast to the warm, harmonious relationship President Donald Trump and...
The Latest: Mexico City mayor puts capital quake toll at 115

The Latest: Mexico City mayor puts capital quake toll at 115

The latest on a major earthquake that has struck Mexico (all times local): 11:35 p.m. Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera says a total of 115 people have died in the capital following the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that shook the capital and nearby states. That would bring the nationwide death toll to 245, based on an earlier federal government report counting 100 deaths in the capital and putting...
Mexico quake rescuers struggle to free girl, other survivors

Mexico quake rescuers struggle to free girl, other survivors

The wiggling fingers of a young girl trapped in the rubble of her collapsed school in Mexico City raised hopes and prodded rescuers to work furiously hour after hour Wednesday in a delicate effort trying to free her from unstable debris — a drama that played out at dozens of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 245 people. The death toll rose after Mexico City Mayor...
APNewsBreak: US report says Egypt falls short on rights

APNewsBreak: US report says Egypt falls short on rights

Egypt is failing to protect free speech and its minorities, investigate abuses by its forces or grant U.S. monitors access to the conflict-ridden Sinai Peninsula, according to a damning Trump administration report obtained by The Associated Press. The U.S. grievances, detailed in a State Department memorandum to Congress, are likely to draw consternation from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi...
Senate intelligence chairman: Facebook should testify

Senate intelligence chairman: Facebook should testify

The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee says Facebook should testify as part of its probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election, and that the social media giant "seems to have been less than forthcoming" with Congress. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said Tuesday that committee members agreed the panel should hold a public hearing after it was revealed earlier this month that hundreds...
Commentary: Liberal bias has reached disturbing new heights

Commentary: Liberal bias has reached disturbing new heights

A truly objective press has never existed in the United States, but the news media’s current commitment to destroy the Trump administration has revealed the sad reality that much of the American press is hardly engaging in journalism at all. Instead, the media have manipulated the public with falsehoods, trafficked in fear, and mastered hypocrisy in ways that have never before been witnessed...
Taco Bell is ditching the drive-thru, adding booze in hundreds of new urban locations 

Taco Bell is ditching the drive-thru, adding booze in hundreds of new urban locations 

Taco Bell is embarking on an urban expansion that includes ditching its money-making drive-thru option and adding alcohol in a cantina-style restaurant setting, similar to almost a dozen restaurants it opened in 2015 in America’s biggest cities, including Chicago and San Francisco. The Tex-Mex fast food giant is planning to open as many as 350 new locations in cities, including New York...
Equifax says it had a security breach earlier in the year

Equifax says it had a security breach earlier in the year

Equifax, under pressure from a massive data breach, says it had a separate incident earlier this year. That may mean even more scrutiny as the company deals with the aftermath of a security failure that exposed the information of 143 million Americans. Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Attorney General has filed suit against Equifax. And Equifax says about 100,000 Canadian consumers may have had their...
Police give room to St. Louis protests until trouble starts

Police give room to St. Louis protests until trouble starts

Police have given demonstrators in the latest St. Louis protests a wide berth, applying a lesson learned in nearby Ferguson to offer protesters ample room to have their say, at least until trouble starts. But critics complain that the tactic comes with an unjust catch: If vandalism or rock throwing begin, officers order crowds to disperse and block all exits. The result, they say, is an arrest net...
The Latest: Death toll rises to 226 from Mexico earthquake

The Latest: Death toll rises to 226 from Mexico earthquake

The latest on the strong earthquake that hit Mexico City (all times local): 12:55 a.m. Mexico's civil defense agency says the death toll has risen to 226 from Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 earthquake that knocked down dozens of buildings in Mexico City and nearby states. The official Twitter feed of agency head Luis Felipe Puente said early Wednesday that 117 people were confirmed dead in Mexico City, and...
226 killed as 7.1 magnitude quake fells buildings in Mexico

226 killed as 7.1 magnitude quake fells buildings in Mexico

A powerful earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing buildings in plumes of dust and killing at least 226 people. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at...
The Latest: Chinese expert says Trump speech sounded warlike

The Latest: Chinese expert says Trump speech sounded warlike

The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): 10:45 p.m. A Chinese expert on North Korea was surprised by the vehemence of President Donald Trump's speech at the U.N. General Assembly, saying "his rhetoric is full of military force." Cheng Xiaohe of Renmin University said in an interview Wednesday, "When I first listened to his remarks last night, it sounded as if the U...
Russian navy launches barrage of cruise missiles in drills

Russian navy launches barrage of cruise missiles in drills

The Russian military says its warships have test-fired cruise missiles in an exercise that comes along with weeklong war games held by Russia and Belarus. The Defense Ministry said Tuesday that the Northern Fleet's flagship, the nuclear-powered Peter the Great missile cruiser, two nuclear submarines and a destroyer launched cruise missiles at mock targets. As part of the drills, crews also launched...
Family of killed sailors hear Navy describe strain on force

Family of killed sailors hear Navy describe strain on force

As grieving family members watched, top Navy leaders and lawmakers on Tuesday said frequent extended deployments, delayed maintenance and nearly a decade of budget constraints have strained the U.S. Navy, possibly contributing to two ship collisions that killed 17 sailors. The Navy's top officer said he can't yet draw a direct link between those problems and the ship crashes, and instead said commanders...
GOP governors launch 'news' site critics call propaganda

GOP governors launch 'news' site critics call propaganda

Republican governors are getting into the "news" business. The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media. The Free Telegraph blares headlines about the virtues of GOP governors, while framing Democrats negatively. It asks readers to sign up for breaking news alerts. It launched in the...
Dad challenges school dress code after 13-year-old daughter punished for 'distracting boys'

Dad challenges school dress code after 13-year-old daughter punished for 'distracting boys'

The father of a California middle school girl is standing up for his daughter after she was cited for violating her school’s controversial dress code. According to KTVU, officials at Fisher Middle School in Los Gatos, near San Jose, informed 13-year-old Demetra Alarcon that the romper she wore to school recently was distracting to boys. Her father, Tony, brought her a change of clothes...
4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for endangered fish and threatened Mojave desert tortoises. The recommendations, revealed in a leaked memo submitted to the White House, would scale back two huge Utah monuments — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante...
For a new Key West resident, Irma was her welcome-to-town

For a new Key West resident, Irma was her welcome-to-town

Prudence Duchene will never forget the day she moved to Key West. It was Aug. 30 — the day a storm brewing in the Atlantic got named Irma. Duchene, 22, was actually waiting to board her Florida-bound flight from Albany International Airport when she saw the news that the newly named tropical storm was headed toward the Keys. She got on the plane, not only moving to Florida as a powerful hurricane...
Military budget would swell under Senate bill

Military budget would swell under Senate bill

The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping defense policy bill that would pump $700 billion into the military, putting the U.S. armed forces on track for a budget greater than at any time during the decade-plus wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Senators passed the legislation by an 89-8 vote Monday. The measure authorizes $700 billion in military spending for the budget year that begins Oct. 1...
One last last chance: GOP strains for Obamacare repeal votes

One last last chance: GOP strains for Obamacare repeal votes

Time growing short, President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders dove into a frantic hunt for votes Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare." The pressure was intense, the outcome uncertain in a Capitol newly engulfed in drama over health care. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose failure to pass an Obamacare repeal bill in July opened a bitter public...
AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods

AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods

The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston's dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial photos reviewed by The Associated Press show dark-colored water surrounding the site as the floods receded, flowing through Vince Bayou and into the city's ship channel. The reported spills, which have not...
Rohingya Muslims are being wiped off Myanmar's map

Rohingya Muslims are being wiped off Myanmar's map

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...
Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar's map

Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar's map

For generations, Rohingya Muslims have called Myanmar home. Now, in what appears to be a systematic purge, they are, quite literally, 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 homes in the enclaves of the predominantly Buddhist nation where the Rohingya live. That has sent some 417,000...
4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for endangered fish and threatened Mojave desert tortoises. The recommendations, revealed in a leaked memo submitted to the White House, would scale back two huge Utah monuments — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante...
New misconduct allegations hang over UN meeting on sex abuse

New misconduct allegations hang over UN meeting on sex abuse

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said sexual abuse is a problem that goes beyond peacekeeping missions and plagues the entire United Nations, pledging Monday to root out the problem "once and for all." The leaders of 57 countries joined a group established by Guterres to prevent sexual abuse and exploitation, the centerpiece of a high-level meeting to showcase the world body's commitment...

POINT OF VIEW: Why I’m suing Trump over DACA

As secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, a little more than five years ago I signed the directive that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump ended DACA on not much more than a whim. On Sept. 8, in my capacity as president of the University of California, I filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to prevent the government from stripping...
Mattis: Unclear if budget cuts play role in military crashes

Mattis: Unclear if budget cuts play role in military crashes

Senior military leaders are examining whether strict budget constraints have contributed to a recent rash of deadly training accidents and crashes across the armed forces, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. In comments to Pentagon reporters, Mattis said the military services are looking at all the circumstances surrounding the accidents to see if there are any broader cultural, training or...
Clark Howard: 10 things you need to know about the Equifax data breach

Clark Howard: 10 things you need to know about the Equifax data breach

WSB-TV News anchor Craig Lucie hosted a special one-hour Q&A with consumer adviser Clark Howard Monday morning to answer questions on the Equifax data breach. >> Read more trending news Questions came in on a variety of topics, and Howard was extremely passionate throughout. He gave advice on protecting credit, shared tips on which services to use and even spoke directly to Equifax executives...
Police chant ‘Whose streets, our streets,’ after making arrests in St. Louis

Police chant ‘Whose streets, our streets,’ after making arrests in St. Louis

When the protests were over Sunday night, the street cleared of demonstrators, and after those who didn’t leave were arrested, police clad in riot gear chanted “Whose streets, our streets,” a phrase commonly heard by protesters. Three days of peaceful protests in the wake of a judge’s ruling that Jason Stockley was not guilty in the 2011 death of Anthony Lamar Smith have been...
AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods

AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods

The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston's dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial photos reviewed by The Associated Press show dark-colored water surrounding the site as the floods receded, flowing through Vince Bayou and into the city's ship channel. The reported spills, which have been...
Syrian troops battling IS cross river toward US-backed force

Syrian troops battling IS cross river toward US-backed force

Syrian troops battling the Islamic State militant group crossed to the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Deir el-Zour on Monday, threatening a potential faceoff with the U.S.-backed forces operating there. But the U.S.-led coalition spokesman played down concerns, saying both advancing forces are maintaining lines of communication to avoid conflict. Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the U.S.-led...
Woman paralyzed after tree supporting couple in hammock snaps

Woman paralyzed after tree supporting couple in hammock snaps

A 25-year-old Minnesota woman has a long road of recovery ahead of her after an accident involving a hammock resulted in a broken neck and paralysis. On Labor Day weekend, Alyssa Pfannenstein was relaxing in a hammock with her boyfriend as her 4-year-old daughter played in the park. >> Read more trending news  Suddenly, one of the trees that was supporting the hammock snapped. The...
Putin attends military drills that worry Russia's neighbors

Putin attends military drills that worry Russia's neighbors

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday attended the weeklong war games with Belarus that have demonstrated the Russian military's resurgent might and made neighboring countries nervous. Putin observed the Zapad (West) 2017 drills — tank attacks, airborne assaults and air raids that got underway Thursday — at the Luzhsky range in western Russia, just over 100 kilometers (about 60 miles)...
Floods, fires, other disasters add stress to state budgets

Floods, fires, other disasters add stress to state budgets

A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding. The combined tab from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is expected to hit $200 billion or more. While the federal government is expected to pay most of that, the affected state and local governments have to start paying for...
The Latest: Turkey warns Kurds against 'artificial' state

The Latest: Turkey warns Kurds against 'artificial' state

The Latest on the independence referendum scheduled for later this month in Iraq's semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Turkey's prime minister is warning Kurds in Iraq and Syria against efforts to form "artificial" independent states that would threaten its security. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim made the comments Monday in Sanliurfa province, near the border...
Senate backs bill to pump $700 billion into military

Senate backs bill to pump $700 billion into military

The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping defense policy bill that would pump $700 billion into the military, putting the U.S. armed forces on track for a budget greater than at any time during the decade-plus wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Senators passed the legislation by an 89-8 vote Monday. The measure authorizes $700 billion in military spending for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1...
Fierce storms haven't slowed growth along US coastlines

Fierce storms haven't slowed growth along US coastlines

Nothing seems to curb America's appetite for life near the sea, especially in the warmer climates of the South. Coastal development destroys natural barriers such as islands and wetlands, promotes erosion and flooding, and positions more buildings and people in the path of future destruction, according to researchers and policy advisers who study hurricanes. "History gives us a lesson, but we...
Organizers end Monday protests; more set for Tuesday

Organizers end Monday protests; more set for Tuesday

Protesters chanting "free our people" gathered outside the jail in downtown St. Louis for more than two hours Monday night to show solidarity with those who remain behind bars. Police said more than 120 people were arrested during Sunday's protests over the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black suspect. Demonstrators outside the jail criticized authorities...
8 dead, dozens injured as fierce storm hits western Romania

8 dead, dozens injured as fierce storm hits western Romania

A violent storm in Romania that produced winds of up to 100 kilometers (60 miles) an hour left at least eight people dead and dozens more injured Sunday, authorities said. Among the earliest reported deaths was a man who died in the city of Timisoara after he was hit by a billboard, while a woman was killed by a falling tree, Elena Megherea, a General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations spokeswoman...

The Latest: 4 Boston college students hurt in France attack

The Latest on the acid attack on U.S. tourists in the French city of Marseille (all times local): 10:15 p.m. The four American tourists who French authorities say were attacked with acid at a train station in the city of Marseille have been identified as students at Boston College in Massachusetts. The private Jesuit university said in a statement Sunday that the four female students were treated...

The Latest: WFP sends relief to Syria's Deir el-Zour by land

The Latest on the developments in Syria's (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The U.N.'s World Food Program is halting its air drops to Deir El Zour after five of its trucks were able to reach the city with food relief. The convoy, carrying enough wheat to feed 70,000 people, was the first from the WFP to reach the city in over three years, it said in a statement Sunday. With the city besieged by militants...
Police report arrests in 3rd night of demonstrations

Police report arrests in 3rd night of demonstrations

St. Louis police made several arrests and one officer was injured Sunday night after an afternoon of nonviolent protest over the acquittal of a white former police officer charged in the shooting death of a black man gave way to broken windows and a police response of several hundred officers in full riot gear. Following the same pattern as the previous two days, Sunday's protests began as marches...

Russia denies claim of airstrike on US-backed Syrian force

The Russian military denied claims on Sunday that it struck a U.S.-backed force in eastern Syria, wounding six fighters. The Kurdish-led and U.S.-supported Syrian Democratic Forces said Saturday that its fighters had been hit in the airstrike near the eastern city of Deir el-Zour in an industrial area that recently had been liberated from the Islamic State group. Western forces embedded with the SDF...
The Latest: Dozens arrested after St. Louis vandalism

The Latest: Dozens arrested after St. Louis vandalism

The Latest on protests over the acquittal of a white former St. Louis police officer in the killing of a black suspect (all times local): 11:50 p.m. Police made dozens of arrests in downtown St. Louis when people ignored orders to disperse after a third night of vandalism that followed largely nonviolent daylight protests. Police had warned those still on downtown streets late Sunday that they would...
Little appetite for extra budget cuts as House passes 2018 spending bills

Little appetite for extra budget cuts as House passes 2018 spending bills

As the House finished work this past week on next year’s funding for the federal government, approving a package of eight different different spending bills, one thing noticeably absent from the debate on the House floor was a successful push to make new cuts in next year’s budget, as efforts to make deeper spending reductions were routinely rejected by a coalition...
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