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Possible 'Storm Area 51' crowds worrying Nevada desert towns

LAS VEGAS - Visitors descending on the remote Nevada desert for "Storm Area 51" are from Earth, not outer space. No one knows what to expect, but the two tiny towns of Rachel and Hiko near the once-secret military research site are preparing for … more

Despite tough talk, Trump is leery of foreign conflict

WASHINGTON (AP) - A president with few ideological constants, Donald Trump has consistently been leery of getting entangled in overseas military engagements. It's a stance shaped by his belief that wars in places like Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq … more

Brownface, blackface photos cause scandal for Canada's Trudeau

TORONTO (AP) - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's campaign moved to contain a growing scandal Thursday after a yearbook photo surfaced of him in brownface at a 2001 "Arabian Nights" costume party and two other similar incidents came to light. With … more

'It's bad': Water rescues begin as Imelda soaks east Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — Rain from Tropical Depression Imelda deluged parts of Texas and Louisiana on Thursday, prompting hundreds of water rescues, a hospital evacuation and road closures in areas east of … more

Poll: Americans somewhat confident in climate fight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most Americans are at least somewhat confident that the world will step up in its fight against global warming - but there are limits to their optimism. That's according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for … more

Program lends hand to low-income animal owners in Atlanta

ATLANTA - Of all the animals peering sadly through the cage bars of shelters across the country, 25% of them once had an owner who gave them up for one reason or another, according to national statistics. Those who did because they could no … more

Number of abortions in U.S. falls to lowest since 1973

NEW YORK (AP) - The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher … more

Saudi Arabia says Iran missiles, drones attacked oil sites

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia alleged Wednesday an attack by drones and cruise missiles on the heart of the kingdom's oil industry was "unquestionably sponsored by Iran," naming but not directly accusing Tehran of launching the assault. … more

Oil price drops for 2nd day as Saudi crude output recovers

NEW YORK - The price of oil fell Wednesday after Saudi officials announced oil production halted by an attack on the heart of its oil industry would be fully restored within weeks. Prices continued to … more

A divided Fed reduces rates but may not cut again this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for a second time this year but declined to signal that further rate cuts are likely this year. The … more

How a millennial built a deadly fentanyl empire

SALT LAKE CITY - The pills arrived in thousands of mailboxes across the country, round and blue, with the markings of pharmaceutical-grade oxycodone stamped into the surface. Prosecutors would later call them "poison" - counterfeits … more

Surprise rescue of Jamaica reefs shows nature can heal

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica - Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms. Sapphire blue lies above seagrass meadows. And deep indigo … more

Saudi oil attack part of dangerous new pattern

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The assault on the beating heart of Saudi Arabia's vast oil empire follows a new and dangerous pattern that's emerged across the Persian Gulf this summer of precise attacks that leave few obvious clues as to who … more

Houston area preps for flooding from Imelda

HOUSTON - Officials in the Houston area were preparing high-water vehicles and staging rescue boats Tuesday as Tropical Storm Imelda moved in from the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to dump up to 18 inches of rain in parts of southeast Texas and … more

Progress reported in contract talks between GM, union

DETROIT (AP) - Faced with weakening sales, a deteriorating global economy and an unpredictable trade war, General Motors and striking auto workers appeared to be making progress Tuesday toward a four-year labor contract. The two-day walkout by … more

Trump: U.S. 'locked and loaded' in response to drone attack

WASHINGTON - Tensions are flaring in the Persian Gulf after President Donald Trump said the U.S. is "locked and loaded" to respond to a weekend drone assault on Saudi Arabia's energy infrastructure that his aides blamed on Iran. The attack, which … more

Mass shooters exploited gaps, errors in background checks

Most mass shooters in the U.S. acquired the weapons they used legally because there was nothing in their backgrounds to disqualify them, according to James Alan Fox, a criminologist with Northeastern University who has studied mass shootings for … more

Lead pipes that taint Newark's water are found across U.S.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A drinking water crisis in New Jersey's biggest city is bringing new attention to an old problem: Millions of homes across the U.S. get their water through pipes made of toxic lead, which can leach out and poison children if the … more

Burned-out wreckage taken to Navy base for investigation

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal investigators identified a violation of Coast Guard regulations that could trigger criminal charges in the California dive boat disaster that killed 34 people. The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that … more

Bahamians look for loved ones as 1,300 missing after Dorian

MCLEAN'S TOWN, Bahamas - They scan social media, peer under rubble or try to follow the smell of death in an attempt to find family and friends. They search amid alarming reports that 1,300 people remain listed as missing nearly two weeks after … more
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