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Irma strengthens to a Cat 5 storm as it nears Caribbean

By DANICA COTO, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Irma strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 storm Tuesday as it roared toward the northeast Caribbean on a path toward the U.S. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma had sustained winds of 175mph (280 kph) ...

Trump’s decision on young immigrants could begin GOP battle

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to take a hard line on young immigrants unless Congress intervenes threatens to expose deep divides among Republicans who have long struggled with the issue, with one conservative warning of a potential "civil ...

Trump family and associates to be in Russia probe crosshairs

By ERIC TUCKER, CHAD DAY and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress returns from recess, President Donald Trump's family and associates will be back in the crosshairs of congressional committees investigating whether his campaign colluded with Russia, as well as ...

‘Build the wall’ takes back seat to rebuilding after Harvey

By NOMAAN MERCHANT and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government carefully designed a path of least resistance to building a border wall in Texas, picking a wildlife refuge and other places it already owns or controls to quickly begin construction. All it needed was ...

New Jersey homicide suspect caught in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — A suspected member of a violent Central American gang wanted in connection with a homicide in New Jersey has been captured in Massachusetts. Boston police say 20-year-old Francisco Carlos Ramires was among three men arrested on Sunday. He was also wanted in connection with ...

Fewer Harvey victims at shelters doesn’t end housing needs

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — One couple displaced by Harvey managed to get a hotel room, but got kicked out after one night for lacking state identification that was lost to the flooding. A man whose cellphone was wrecked by floodwater is staying at a convention ...

Rescuers start block-by-block search of flooded Houston

By JEFF AMY and MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Rescuers began a block-by-block search of tens of thousands of Houston homes Thursday, pounding on doors and shouting as they looked for anyone — alive or dead — who might have been left behind in Harvey's fetid floodwaters, ...

Explosions rock flood-crippled chemical plant near Houston

By GREGORY BULL, EMILY SCHMALL and REESE DUNKLIN, Associated Press CROSBY, Texas (AP) — Explosions and fires rocked a flood-crippled chemical plant near Houston early Thursday, sending up a plume of acrid, eye-irritating smoke and adding a new hazard to Hurricane Harvey's aftermath. The ...

Vice President Pence surveys Harvey’s wreckage in Texas

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press ROCKPORT, Texas (AP) — Walking door to door in the hurricane zone, Vice President Mike Pence surveyed Harvey's path of destruction Thursday and pledged that the Trump administration would help bring southeast Texas back "bigger and better than ever ...

Groups seek ban on high-dose opioids citing overdose danger

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Safety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths among patients and people who abuse drugs. A petition filed ...

Family, friends plan gathering to remember comic Jerry Lewis

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Family and invited guests will gather Monday to celebrate the life of famed comedian Jerry Lewis. Spokeswoman Candi Cazau says Hollywood celebrities will join family members to remember the clownish comic and longtime host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons. The ...

Pence pushes tax overhaul at West Virginia business summit

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence touched on Texas and taxes in his Wednesday address to the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's annual business summit at the Greenbrier resort. The vice president outlined President Donald Trump's tax overhaul plan and called on ...

Amid Harvey floods, Houston chief worries ‘how many bodies?’

By MICHAEL GRACZYK and DAVID PHILLIP, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Crews overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls during one of the heaviest downpours in U.S. history have had little time to search for other potential victims, but officials acknowledge the grim reality that fatalities ...

Shooting that killed 2, wounded 4 at library shakes city

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A shooting inside a public library that killed two people and wounded four has deeply shaken an eastern New Mexico community. The gunman surrendered after the shooting Monday and was taken into custody without incident after police entered the Clovis-Carver Public ...

Delivery without drivers: Domino’s, Ford team up for test

By DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No ring of the doorbell, just a text. No tip for the driver? No problem in this test, where Domino's and Ford are teaming up to see if customers will warm to the idea of pizza delivered by driverless cars. Starting Wednesday, some ...

New drug reduces heart attacks, but is that enough?

By LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — So-so results for a new type of cholesterol drug have left Merck in a quandary: Does the company try to bring it to market or scrap it? A large, long-term study of the drug showed that it prevents heart attacks and reduces the ...

Police: 2 woman dressed as nuns try to rob Pennsylvania bank

TANNERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Police say two women dressed as nuns attempted to rob a bank in Pennsylvania's Poconos. Authorities say the women walked into Citizens Bank near Tannersville on Monday and one brandished a handgun, demanding money from a teller. But they left without taking ...

Joel Osteen: Houston megachurch to shelter people if needed

HOUSTON (AP) — Televangelist Joel Osteen says his Houston megachurch has "never" closed its doors to people seeking shelter as Harvey swamps the city. Osteen has faced criticism for not opening his massive Lakewood Church as a storm shelter. In a statement to ABC News , Osteen says the ...

Divers find remains of all missing from USS McCain collision

SINGAPORE (AP) — Divers have recovered the remains of all 10 sailors who went missing after the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided near Singapore last week, the U.S. Navy said Monday. Navy and Marine Corps divers had been searching in flooded compartments of the destroyer for ...

GOP discord might not bode well for raising debt ceiling

By KEN THOMAS and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Fanning the flames of GOP discord, President Donald Trump is accusing Republican congressional leaders of botching efforts to avoid an unprecedented default on the national debt. "Could have been so easy-now a mess!" ...