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Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands as Category 5 storm

By ANIKA KENTISH Associated Press|

House to vote on $7.9 billion Hurricane Harvey relief bill

WASHINGTON — With federal disaster reserves running out, the House is swiftly moving to pass President Donald Trump’s request for a $7.9 billion first installment of relief for victims of Harvey. GOP leaders also hope to use the ur...

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press|


  • Hurricanes

    An equal opportunity storm: ‘Harvey didn’t spare anyone’

    HOUSTON >> Harvey did not discriminate in its destruction. It raged through neighborhoods rich and poor, black and white, upscale and working class. Across Houston and surrounding communities, no group sidestepped its paralyzing deluges and apocalyptic floods. “Harvey didn’t spare anyone: The whole city is traumatized,” said Lynnette Borrel, whose backyard pool filled with murky water and schools of minnows from Brays Bayou on the city’s...

    By JULIET LINDERMAN Associated Press|

  • International relations

    China says Japan shouldn’t slap North Korea with sanctions

    BEIJING >> China has advised Japan not to impose sanctions unilaterally on North Korea after Pyongyang launched a test missile that flew over Japan before falling into the Pacific Ocean, the Chinese foreign ministry said Saturday. The test-firing Tuesday has intensified fear and reignited a debate in Japan about revising its defense plan after decades of pursuing more pacifist policies. A statement from China’s foreign ministry said the minister also urged his Japanese...

    By the Associated Press|

  • Politics

    For Trump, chance to return with empathy for Harvey victims

    HOUSTON >> President Donald Trump brought plenty of optimism and swagger to Texas on his initial visit to survey Harvey’s devastation. He’s getting a chance to return with empathy. The president and first lady Melania Trump arrived Saturday morning in Houston, and their first order of business is to meet with people affected by the storm and flooding. They’re also set to stop by a relief center to speak with volunteers before heading to Lake Charles,...

    By KEN THOMAS and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press|

  • Immigration policy

    Republicans oppose expected Trump move on DACA

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan and another Republican are urging President Donald Trump not to rescind federal protections for immigrant children whose parents brought them to the country illegally. Ryan was asked about Trump’s rumored move to roll back so-called DACA protections for such children on Wisconsin radio station WCLO. Ryan said, “I actually don’t think we should do that.” Ryan says, “This is something that Congress...


  • Floods

    A week after hitting Texas, Harvey still causing evacuations

    HOUSTON — Nearly a week after Harvey crashed into the Texas coastline, the storm chased more people out of their homes Friday after dumping heavy rain on Louisiana, and Houston planned a water release that could keep as many as 20,000 homes flooded for up to 15 days. In another Texas city with no drinking water, people waited in a line that stretched for more than a mile to get bottled water. Residents of the still-flooded western part of Houston were told Friday to...

    By JEFF AMY and MATT SEDENSKY Associated Press|

  • Oddities

    Swamp thing: You won’t believe what stolen Peugeot looks like after 38 years in murky pond

    PARIS — It’s the car coming back from a watery grave. A blue Peugeot 104 stolen in the heart of France’s Champagne country in 1979 is being reunited with its owner — 38 years later — after French police pulled it, in surprisingly good shape but crawling with crayfish, from a murky swamp. In a Facebook posting, police said the pond owner alerted officers in Chalons-en-Champagne, 160 kilometers (100 miles) east of Paris, on Monday about the...

    By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press|

  • Employment figures

    Unemployment still low, but where are the raises?

    WASHINGTON — U.S. job growth slowed in August as employers added 156,000 jobs, still enough to suggest that most businesses remain confident in an economy now in its ninth year of recovery from the Great Recession. The unemployment rate ticked up from 4.3 percent to a still-low 4.4 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. Job growth in June and July was revised down by a combined 41,000, leaving an average monthly gain this year of a solid 176,000. Taken as a whole,...

    By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer|

  • Nation and World

    US takes to skies in show of force against North Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea — The United States flew some of its most advanced warplanes in bombing drills with ally South Korea on Thursday, a clear warning after North Korea launched a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear bombs over Japan earlier this week, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said. North Korea hates such displays of U.S. military might at close range and will likely respond with fury. Two U.S. B-1B supersonic bombers and four F-35B stealth fighter jets...

    By KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated Press|

  • Gene therapy

    Leukemia-fighting gene therapy has ups (it usually works) and downs (you won’t believe what it costs, side effects are brutal)

    WASHINGTON — Opening a new era in cancer care, U.S. health officials have approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia. The Food and Drug Administration said the approval on Wednesday was historic, the first gene therapy to hit the U.S. market. Made from scratch for every patient, it’s one of a wave of “living drugs” under development to fight...

    By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer|

  • International relations

    UK leader backs Japan on North Korea, reassures on Brexit

    TOKYO — British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to reassure Japanese business leaders about Brexit on Thursday, while also joining Japan in calling on China to use its influence to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons and missile development. May, whose visit came shortly after North Korea launched a missile over Japan, said the global condemnation of the launch needs to be matched with action. “China does have a particular position in this, they have...

    By KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press|

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