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Arkansas woman admits using county cash to buy dog tuxedo

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A former administrative assistant to an Arkansas county official has pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card after prosecutors accused her of using public money to buy personal items, including a tuxedo for her pet pug. Kristi Goss was set for trial this ...

Democrat on voter fraud commission defends panel’s existence

By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner defended both his role on President Donald Trump's election fraud commission and the panel's existence Tuesday as it began its second meeting amid persistent criticism that its ultimate ...

Defense: Girl accused of stabbing classmate was delusional

By GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin girl who told investigators she helped stab a classmate was convinced the crime would protect her and her family from a fictional horror character called Slender Man, her attorney told jurors Tuesday. The defense is ...

Irma kills 2 in Georgia and 2 in South Carolina

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. and RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The remnants of Hurricane Irma forced Atlanta's international airport - the world's busiest passenger airport - to cancel nearly 200 flights early Tuesday. The storm also claimed two lives in Georgia and two in South ...

Suicide of teen who made sex video shows dilemma for schools

By MICHAEL TARM and MARTHA IRVINE, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Staff at a suburban Chicago high school called 16-year-old Corey Walgren to the dean's office to ask about a video he made of himself having sex with a classmate. A few hours later, the teen walked to the top of a five-story ...

J.J. Abrams to write and direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — J.J. Abrams is returning to "Star Wars," and will replace Colin Trevorrow as writer and director of "Episode IX." Disney announced Abrams return on Tuesday a week after news broke of Trevorrow's departure. After several high-profile exits ...

Paper airplane, sand among 12 finalists for Toy Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — No-frills toys including the paper airplane, sand and play food are among 12 finalists vying for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The contenders for the Class of 2017 were announced Tuesday. Also up for the honor are the board games Risk and Clue, the Magic ...

Pelosi declines to back Bernie Sanders’ health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is declining to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders' universal health care bill. The liberal California Democrat says that while she has long supported the idea the bill captures, of everybody getting health coverage, "Right now I'm protecting ...

Prosecutors to consider charges in Australian woman’s death

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The case of a Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in July has been handed over to prosecutors for possible charges, investigators and prosecutors announced Tuesday. It's the third high-profile police ...

Irma turns Caribbean island paradises into nightmares

By ANIKA KENTISH and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) — Strung like beads along the northeast edge of the Caribbean, the Leeward Islands are tiny, remote and beautiful, with azure waters and ocean breezes drawing tourists from around the world. The wild ...

Irma closes in with Tampa, not Miami, in the crosshairs

By JAY REEVES and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Irma's leading edges whipped palm trees and kicked up the surf as the storm spun toward Florida with 125 mph winds Saturday on a projected new track that could put Tampa — not Miami — in the ...

Hundreds protest immigration order outside Trump hotel

By WILLIAM MATHIS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of people rallied Saturday outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City to protest the Trump administration's decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation. The protesters on Saturday ...

Bikers in the buff ride through Philadelphia’s streets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — And they're off — the Philadelphia bicyclists and their clothes. Thousands of nude cyclists have set off on a trek around the city for the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride. Organizers say about 3,000 riders in various stages of undress on Saturday planned to pedal a ...

Scramble to flee Irma underscores rich, poor divide

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Hotel dishwasher Wilman Hernandez waited with his wife and young son at a Miami Beach bus stop, desperately looking for a way to get to a shelter where they could ride out Hurricane Irma. Hernandez fears the storm will ...

AP Exclusive: Toxic sites in likely path of Irma

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and JASON DEAREN, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Dozens of personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency worked to secure some of the nation's most contaminated toxic waste sites as Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida. The agency said its employees evacuated ...

Donald Trump Jr. heads to Capitol to explain 2016 meeting

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's oldest son is scheduled to make his first appearance on Capitol Hill Thursday as part of a Senate investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and a meeting he had with Russians during ...

Hurricane Irma toll hits 10, increasing threat for Florida

By DANICA COTO and ANIKA KENTISH, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Fearsome Hurricane Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead ...

AP Exclusive: Most Florida flood zone property not insured

By TERRY SPENCER and MEGHAN HOYER, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, an Associated Press analysis shows a steep drop in flood insurance across the state, including the areas most endangered by what could be a devastating storm surge. In ...

Science Says: How repeated head blows affect the brain

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Researchers are tackling fresh questions about a degenerative brain disease now that it has been detected in the brains of nearly 200 football players after death. The suspected cause is repeated head blows, an almost unavoidable part of ...

DeVos expected to share plans on Title IX enforcement

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said Obama administration guidance on how colleges should handle sexual assault complaints isn't working and suggested it needs revisions. She was expected to detail her plans Thursday in what the U.S. Education ...