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Bermuda braces for approach of Category 3 Hurricane Humberto

Sep. 17, 2019 9:15 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Humberto grew into a powerful Category 3 storm Tuesday evening, and officials on Bermuda made plans for early shutdowns of schools, public transportation and government offices on the British Atlantic territory ahead of the storm's likely close pass on Wednesday. Tropical Storm...

Trump gives California grief - but also likes its money

Sep. 17, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump rarely passes up the chance to throw a sharp elbow at left-leaning California, but he showed Tuesday he's more than happy to cash in there with a lunch-dinner-breakfast-lunch fundraising blitz expected to scoop up $15 million from wealthy Republicans in...

Teen activist to lawmakers: Try harder on climate change

Sep. 17, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg offered a blunt message to Congress on Tuesday as she brought her campaign for urgent action on climate change to the U.S. Capitol. "I know you're trying," she told Democratic senators at an invitation-only forum, "but just not hard enough. Sorry."...

Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica's reefs, piece by piece

Sep. 17, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — 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 marks coral reefs. That's where he's headed. He...

The Latest: Humberto strengthens into Category 3 hurricane

Sep. 17, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on tropical weather (all times local): 8 p.m. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Humberto has strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph). Forecasters said Tuesday night that the storm is about 405 miles (650 kilometers)...

Jets' Darnold hopes to return to field in Week 5 vs. Eagles

Sep. 17, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Darnold hopes to be back on the field sooner than many expected. The New York Jets quarterback said Tuesday during his weekly spot on "The Michael Kay Show" on 98.7 ESPN New York that he's feeling much better while recovering from mononucleosis and is aiming to return in Week 5 against...

EPA set to end California's ability to regulate fuel economy

Sep. 17, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to revoke California's authority to set auto mileage standards, asserting that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy. Conservative and free-market groups have been asked to attend a formal...

Buttigieg unveils disaster relief plan in hurricane-hit city

Sep. 17, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday visited a South Carolina city ravaged by hurricanes twice in three years and pledged to improve the government response to disasters as part of an effort to combat storm damage that he says is the result of climate change. In...

AP Photos: Saving Jamaica's coral, an undersea labor of love

Sep. 17, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — The tropical turquoise waters near the coast of Jamaica are beautiful and inviting, but they disguise the devastation that lurks beneath. After flipping backwards off a small wooden boat and diving toward the ocean floor, the damage comes into full view. The landscape looks like...

Trump outpaces Obama, Bush in naming ex-lobbyists to Cabinet

Sep. 17, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they're regulating. The Cabinet choices are...