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At UN, Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' of North Korea
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threatened to ``totally destroy'' North Korea if the nation's ``Rocket man'' leader does not abandon his drive toward nuclear weapons. Trump, who has ramped up his rhetoric throughout the escalating crisis with North Korea, told the murmuring crowd of world leaders on Tuesday that ``it is far past time for the nations of the world to confront'' Kim Jong Un and said that Kim's ``reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons'' poses a threat to ``the entire world with an unthinkable loss of human life.'' ``Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,'' said Trump, using a belittling nickname for the North Korean leader.


Hurricane Maria slams Dominica, now takes aim at Puerto Rico
ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) - Dominica's leader sent out an emotional call for help as Category 5 Hurricane Maria smashed into the Caribbean island, causing "mind-boggling" devastation, but an ominous silence followed as the island lost all communications on Tuesday and the hurricane took aim at Puerto Rico. The governor of the U.S. territory warned that Maria could hit "with a force and violence that we haven't seen for several generations." Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit sent a series of dramatic posts on his Facebook page as the storm blew over the tiny country late Monday - but then stopped suddenly as phone and internet connections with the country were cut.


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3 people charged with inciting riot after Georgia Tech vigil
ATLANTA (AP) - Three people face charges after violent clashes with campus police at Georgia Tech following a vigil for a student fatally shot by officers, a university spokesman said Tuesday. Police shot and killed Scout Schultz, 21, Saturday night after the fourth-year student called 911 to report an armed and possibly intoxicated suspicious person, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said. The GBI on Tuesday identified the officer who shot Schultz as Officer Tyler Beck but did not provide any other information about him. Beck is on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Georgia Tech said on its website.


AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods
PASADENA, Texas (AP) - The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston's dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial photos reviewed by The Associated Press show dark-colored water surrounding the site as the floods receded, flowing through Vince Bayou and into the city's ship channel. The reported spills, which have not been publicly detailed, occurred at U.S. Oil Recovery, a former petroleum industry waste processing plant contaminated with a dangerous brew of cancer-causing chemicals. On Aug. 29, the day Harvey's remnants cleared out, a county pollution control team sent photos to the Environmental Protection Agency of three large concrete tanks flooded with water.


Powerful earthquake jolts Mexico, sways buildings in capital
MEXICO CITY (AP) - A powerful earthquake jolted central Mexico on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway sickeningly in the capital on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that did major damage. National Civil Protection chief Luis Felipe Puente tweeted that there were no reports of damage so far, but thousands of people fled office buildings along the central Reforma Avenue as alarms blared, and traffic stopped around the Angel of Independence monument. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.1 and was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles (123 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City.


Family of killed sailors hear Navy describe strain on force
WASHINGTON (AP) - As grieving family members watched, top Navy leaders and lawmakers on Tuesday said frequent extended deployments, delayed maintenance and nearly a decade of budget constraints have strained the U.S. Navy, possibly contributing to two ship collisions that killed 17 sailors. The Navy's top officer said he can't yet draw a direct link between those problems and the ship crashes, and instead said commanders are ultimately responsible for ensuring their forces are combat ready and operating safely and effectively. "I am accountable for the safe and effective operations of our Navy, and we will fix this. I own this problem," Adm.


After Irma, Florida Jews seek respite in High Holy Days
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - During Hurricane Irma, Temple Shalom served as a sanctuary of a different kind. When the storm changed course at the last minute, the Naples synagogue suddenly became an emergency shelter. As power stayed off for days, the Reform temple, which had only minimal damage, was a place for neighbors to escape the heat and have a free meal. Now, amid the upheaval caused by Irma, Rabbi Adam Miller has decided the sermons he had carefully planned for the Jewish High Holy Days, starting Wednesday night, are no longer relevant. "Those are in the trash can," said Miller, who rode out the storm in Memphis, Tennessee, carrying one of the synagogue's Torah scrolls for safekeeping.


French president defends international cooperation at UN
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - French President Emmanuel Macron issued a ringing defense of global cooperation Tuesday, telling world leaders that solving major challenges otherwise will be reduced to "the survival of the fittest." In his first appearance at the U.N. General Assembly, Macron vowed to press ahead with the Paris accord to combat global warming, although the United States has said it is withdrawing. He also said France won't "close any door to dialogue" with North Korea and that it would be "a grave error" to unwind the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran as it faces strong criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump.


Rohingya Muslims are being wiped off Myanmar's map
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - For generations, Rohingya Muslims have called Myanmar home. Now, in what appears to be a systematic purge, the minority ethnic group is being wiped off the map. After a series of attacks by Muslim militants last month, security forces and allied mobs retaliated by burning down thousands of Rohingya homes in the predominantly Buddhist nation. More than 500,000 people - roughly half their population - have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the past year, most of them in the last three weeks. And they are still leaving, piling into wooden boats that take them to sprawling, monsoon-drenched refugee camps in Bangladesh.

 

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