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The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years is pummeling the island, tearing off roofs and doors, toppling cell towers and unleashing heavy flooding
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and triggered heavy flooding Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis....

Authorities say Oklahoma City officers who opened fire on a man who was approaching them holding a metal pipe apparently didn't hear witnesses yelling that the man was deaf
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man in front of his home as he approached them holding a metal pipe didn't hear witnesses yelling that he was deaf, a department official said Wednesday....

A study of part of southeast Houston suggests that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood plain maps were woefully out-of-date long before Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Gulf Coast
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood plain maps for parts of southeastern Houston were woefully out-of-date long before Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, a new study suggests....

A federal appeals court hears arguments on whether a federal border patrol agent can be sued in United States courts for shooting across the border and killing a Mexican teenager in 2010
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Whether and when constitutional rights afforded American citizens extend to non-citizens outside the nation's boundaries were at issue Wednesday when a federal appeals court heard arguments about the cross-border shooting death of a Mexican teenager by a U.S. Border Patrol agent....

Relatives of a 23-year-old white man accused of gunning down two black men say they are baffled by his path from Eagle Scout to murder suspect
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- An Eagle Scout at age 18, Kenneth Gleason graduated with honors from one of Baton Rouge's most elite high schools and enrolled at Louisiana State University....

After a massive restoration effort that relied on tens of thousands of utility workers from across the country, most of Florida has power 10 days after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to nearly two-thirds of the state.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- After a massive restoration effort, most of Florida has power 10 days after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to nearly two-thirds of the state, mostly because of improvements made to the power grid since Hurricane Wilma 12 years ago....

President Donald Trump has issued a videotaped message that was shown to thousands of new U.S. citizens in which he welcomes immigrants to the "American family" and urges them to help other newcomers assimilate
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- President Donald Trump has issued a videotaped message that was shown to thousands of new U.S. citizens Wednesday in which he welcomes the immigrants to the "American family" and urges them to help other newcomers assimilate....

California's attorney general has sued the Trump administration over its plan to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California's attorney general sued the Trump administration Wednesday over its plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, arguing it's overstepping its authority by waiving environmental reviews and other laws....

Study: Most states would take a stiff budgetary hit if the latest Senate GOP health care bill becomes law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Most states would take a stiff budgetary hit if the latest Senate GOP health care bill becomes law, according to an analysis released Wednesday. That would likely result in more uninsured Americans....

Prosecutors say ex-congressman Anthony Weiner should get two years in prison for manipulating a 15-year-old girl to perform sex acts online
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is more than a serial digital philanderer - he's a danger to the public who deserves two years in prison for encouraging a 15-year-old girl to engage in online sex acts, prosecutors told a judge Wednesday....

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A study of part of southeast Houston suggests that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood plain maps were woefully out-of-date long before Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Gulf Coast

Presidents have long issued welcome messages that are played for immigrants at naturalization ceremonies

British Prime Minister Theresa May is calling for stronger steps to rein in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's nuclear weapons buildup

Georgia Tech says one of the three people arrested during a protest that followed a vigil for a student killed by campus police is a student at the university and the other two are not

Authorities say Oklahoma City officers who opened fire on a man who was approaching them holding a metal pipe apparently didn't hear witnesses yelling that the man was deaf

A local election official says some people in the U.S. legally but not citizens were mistakenly allowed to register to vote in Philadelphia because of a glitch in Pennsylvania's electronic driver's licensing system

Japan has urged international unity in pressuring North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, even as another key U.S. ally pushed back against President Donald Trump's threat to "totally destroy" the rogue nation if it attacked

Officials in a Virginia county told residents that they cannot force the removal of a huge Confederate flag on private property that flies on a 90-foot (27-meter) flagpole

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