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Houston area preparing for heavy rain, flooding from Imelda

Sep. 17, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials in the Houston area were preparing high-water vehicles and staging rescue boats Tuesday as Tropical Storm Imelda moved in from the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to dump up to 18 inches of rain in parts of Southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana over the next few days. The storm,...

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...

The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout's deadly fentanyl empire

Sep. 15, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The photo that flashed onto the courtroom screen showed a young man dead on his bedroom floor, bare feet poking from the cuffs of his rolled-up jeans. Lurking on a trash can at the edge of the picture was what prosecutors said delivered this death: an ordinary, U.S. Postal Service...

Torrential rains pound southeastern Spain, death toll to 4

Sep. 13, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Rescue workers saved thousands of people from rising waters Friday as record rainfall pounded southeastern Spain, a deluge that authorities said killed at least four people and closed down airports, trains, roads and schools. The storm that slammed into the Mediterranean coastal...

Bahamian girl in custody released to mother in Florida

Sep. 13, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Bahamian girl who evacuated with her godmother from Hurricane Dorian's devastation was reunited with her family after she spent days in government custody for arriving in Florida without a parent, U.S. immigration officials said Friday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed a report...

The Latest: Heavy winds, rain expected for parts of Bahamas

Sep. 12, 2019 11:11 PM EDT

HIGH ROCK, Bahamas (AP) — The latest on hurricane aftermath in the Bahamas (all times local): 11:10 p.m. Forecasters say a tropical storm warning remains in effect for several northwestern islands in the Bahamas which are still reeling from Hurricane Dorian. In a Thursday night advisory, the National...

Tornado hits South Dakota hospital: 'All are safe and sound'

Sep. 11, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

When the warning sounded shortly before midnight that a tornado could be approaching, the clock turned into a stopwatch for staff members working the night shift at a behavioral health center at a Sioux Falls hospital. "We had 10 minutes to wake up 102 residents, get them to the center of the building," said...

Customs: Bahamian girl in custody unaccompanied by family

Sep. 11, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Bahamian girl who evacuated to Florida after Hurricane Dorian was transferred to the government's custody because she arrived in the U.S. with an adult who was not a family member, immigration officials said Wednesday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials "made multiple attempts" to...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Sep. 11, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Require data on tax-credit scholarships The Citizen's Voice Sept. 11 Advocates of Pennsylvania's two backdoor voucher programs, which provide public tax credits for private contributions to private schools, say that they help...

FEMA officials, contractor accused of hurricane relief fraud

Sep. 10, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities said Tuesday they have arrested two former officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the former president of a major disaster relief contractor, accusing them of bribery and fraud in the efforts to restore electricity to Puerto Rico in the...