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Trump says response to Puerto Rico storm ‘underappreciated’

By Jonathan Lemire and Laurie Kellman The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the government is ready for massive Hurricane Florence and insisted that his administration's response to the devastation in Puerto Rico last year was an "underappreciated ...

Some McDonald’s workers vote to strike over sex harassment

By David Crary AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Emboldened by the #MeToo movement, McDonald's workers have voted to stage a one-day strike next week at restaurants in 10 cities in hopes of pressuring management to take stronger steps against on-the-job sexual harassment. Organizers ...

Stocks are mixed as tech weakness cancels out energy gains

By Marley Jay AP Markets Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. market indexes were wobbling in midday trading Wednesday as weakness in big technology companies cancels out gains in energy stocks and elsewhere in the market. The market staged a brief rally around midday following a report that the ...

AP Interview: Iran nuclear chief says atomic program strong

By Jon Gambrell and Nasser Karimi The Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's nuclear chief said Tuesday he hopes Tehran's landmark atomic deal with world powers will survive President Donald Trump withdrawing the U.S. from it, warning the Islamic Republic's program stands ready to ...

Many California marijuana products failing safety tests

By Michael R. Blood The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic ...

Woodward: Mattis, Kelly denials of his book quotes untrue

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime journalist Bob Woodward said Monday that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly "are not telling the truth" when they deny making disparaging statements about President Donald Trump attributed to them in his ...

North Korea wraps up 70th anniversary with mass rally

By Eric Talmadge The Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Tens of thousands of North Korean students rallied in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square on Monday night in the final major event of the country's 70th anniversary, an elaborate celebration that has showcased the nation's ...

Texas officer faces manslaughter charge in neighbor’s death

By Ryan Tarinelli and Ken Miller The Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — A white Dallas police officer who says she mistook her black neighbor's apartment for her own when she fatally shot him was arrested on a manslaughter charge. Officer Amber Guyger was booked into the Kaufman County ...

Flight 93 chime tower an ‘everlasting concert by our heroes’

By Mark Scolforo The Associated Press SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The heroism of airline passengers and crew who died when hijackers crashed their plane into a Pennsylvania field was remembered Sunday with the dedication of a concrete-and-steel tower that will ring with wind chimes for every ...

US backtracks on Russian spy suspect offering sex for access

By Eric Tucker and Chad Day The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are backtracking on their allegation that a Russian woman accused of working as a secret agent offered to trade sex for access, according to a Justice Department court filing. Prosecutors had earlier ...

A year after Equifax breach, no enforcement actions

By David Koenig AP Business Writer A new report by congressional investigators details how hackers broke into Equifax last year in a breach that exposed the financial information of more than 145 million Americans. The lawmakers who requested the report say they will press the Trump ...

New sexual misconduct allegations emerge against CBS boss Moonves

By David Bauder AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Six women are making new sexual misconduct allegations against CBS chief Leslie Moonves, whose reign as one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood appeared to be nearing an end on Sunday. The New Yorker magazine reported the women's ...

Despite Trump tweet, Ford says it won’t make hatchback in US

By Paul Wiseman AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Ford won't be moving production of a hatchback wagon to the United States from China — despite President Donald Trump's claim Sunday that his taxes on Chinese imports mean the Focus Active can be built in America. Citing Trump's ...

Browns don’t lose, tie Steelers 21-21 in sloppy game

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Well, the Browns didn’t lose. Cleveland ended its 17-game losing streak on Sunday with a 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Browns missed a chance at their first victory since 2016 when kicker Zane Gonzalez’s 43-yard ...

Strengthening Hurricane Florence takes aim at Southeast

By Russ Bynum The Associated Press A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence churned across the Atlantic on Sunday toward a possible direct hit on the U.S. Southeast late this week, triggering warnings to people up and down the coast to get their emergency kits ready, map out escape routes ...

Pence: I’m confident no one on my staff wrote the NYT column

By Darlene Superville The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says he's "100 percent confident" that no one on his staff was involved with the anonymous New York Times column criticizing President Donald Trump's leadership. "I know them. I know their ...

Twin messages of McCain tributes

WASHINGTON — Last week's extraordinary memorial services honoring the late Sen. John McCain in Arizona, the nation's capital and the Naval Academy were attended by three former presidents. But they also carried a largely unspoken rebuke to the sitting president uninvited to all of them. The ...

Soldiering on in another no-win war

"It is time for this war in Afghanistan to end," said Gen. John Nicholson in Kabul on his retirement Sunday after a fourth tour of duty and 31 months as commander of U.S. and NATO forces. Labor Day brought news that another U.S. serviceman had been killed in an insider attack by an Afghan ...

Symbolic fights over national pride

I know the news cycle has moved on to fresher outrages, but I'd like to revisit last week's culture war freak out, because I think the wrong people freaked out. A quick recap: The film "First Man" debuted at the Venice Film Festival. The movie chronicles the life of Neil Armstrong, the first ...

Good policies do not excuse graceless behavior

WASHINGTON — Since the founding of our republic, there have been precisely 1,974 members of the United States Senate. John McCain is only the eighth senator who was not also president or vice president to lie in state in the rotunda of the Capitol — and only the 31st individual overall to ...