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Severe weather sweeps through Northeast, 300K without power

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Severe weather pounded the Northeast region with powerful winds and drenching rains early Monday, leaving nearly 300,000 without power. Southern New England appeared to suffer the brunt of the storm damage overnight. Eversource reported more than 155,000 Connecticut ...

Women lost months at sea credit dogs for keeping spirits up

By CALEB JONES, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — A planned voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti aboard a small sailboat didn't start off well for two Honolulu women. One of their cellphones washed overboard and sank into the deep blue water on their first day at sea. From there, things got worse. ...

Caregiver of Indian girl found dead in Texas wants answers

By MUNEEZA NAQVI, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — A toddler whose body was recently found in a drain in suburban Dallas was cheerful, healthy and eating well a year ago when she met her new parents, according to the manager of the Indian orphanage from where Sherin Mathews was ...

JFK Files: Thousands released but Trump holds back others

By CALVIN WOODWARD and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has blocked the release of hundreds of records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, bending to CIA and FBI appeals, while the National Archives came out Thursday night with a hefty ...

Recovery efforts continue 5 years after Superstorm Sandy

By The Associated Press On Oct. 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy devastated coastal areas of New Jersey and New York, causing billions of dollars in damage, and killed dozens of people in the U.S. and Caribbean. Here's a look at where things stand with the region's recovery five years ...

Past anti-drug campaigns show little success

By MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer President Donald Trump is promising a "massive advertising campaign" as part of his administration's response to the worst drug crisis in U.S. history, but past marketing efforts have shown few results and experts say other measures could be far more ...

AP Interview: SEAL wants Bergdahl dishonorably discharged

By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Former Navy SEAL James Hatch, whose career as a commando ended when he was shot while searching for Bowe Bergdahl, said his feelings toward the Army sergeant have gone from "I would like to kill him" to thanking the soldier's lead ...

New JFK files not expected to answer if Oswald acted alone

By LAURIE KELLMAN and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is playing it coy on what people will see from long-secret JFK assassination-era files. He's been caught between students of the killing who want every scrap of information out on that crucible of ...

Georgia election server wiped after suit filed

By FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press A computer server crucial to a lawsuit against Georgia election officials was quietly wiped clean by its custodians just after the suit was filed, The Associated Press has learned. The server's data was destroyed July 7 by technicians at the Center for ...

Baby ‘ghost cat’ makes its Bronx debut

NEW YORK (AP) — A baby "ghost cat" is making the Bronx its new haunt. The Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo announced Thursday that the female snow leopard cub has made its public debut just in time for Halloween . Snow leopards are sometimes called "ghost cats" because their pale ...

House passes $4T budget in step forward for Trump tax plan

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday gave a significant boost to President Donald Trump's promise to cut taxes, narrowly passing a GOP budget that shelves longstanding concerns over federal deficits in favor of a rewrite of the tax code that Republicans ...

Ashley Judd says a ‘deal’ helped her flee from Weinstein

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Ashley Judd says she escaped Harvey Weinstein's sexual advances by making a deal. She was a rising young actress two decades ago who had arrived at the hotel suite of this powerful film mogul for what she thought would be a ...

Officials say Trump’s opioid emergency won’t mean new money

By JILL COLVIN and CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to declare the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency won't bring new dollars to fight a scourge that kills an estimated 142 Americans each day, but will expand access to medical ...

Trump awards Medal of Honor to Vietnam-era Army medic

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday turned a Medal of Honor ceremony for a Vietnam-era Army medic who risked his life to help wounded comrades into a mini homework tutorial for the boy and girl who came to watch their grandfather be ...

GAO: Climate change already costing US billions in losses

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A non-partisan federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, wildfires and droughts become more frequent in the ...

Senate advances $36.5 billion disaster relief package

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday gave a preliminary OK to a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would provide Puerto Rico with a much-needed infusion of cash and keep the federal flood insurance program from running out of money to pay ...

New York attorney general launches probe of Weinstein Co.

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a civil rights investigation on Monday into The Weinstein Co. following sexual harassment and assault allegations against its co-founder, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. As part of ...

Wrongful conviction no surprise to Kansas black community

By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Rose McIntyre says she wonders whether her refusal to grant regular sexual favors to a white detective prompted him to retaliate against her black son, who spent 23 years in a Kansas prison for a double murder he didn't commit. "I do ...

Study: NYC could see bad flooding every 5 years

By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Within the next three decades, floods that used to strike the New York City area only once every 500 years could occur every five years, according to a new scientific study released just days before the fifth anniversary of Superstorm ...

5 living ex-presidents attend Texas hurricane relief concert

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — All five living former U.S. presidents will be attending a concert Saturday night in a Texas college town, raising money for relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria's devastation in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. ...