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Plans pushed back to explode 2 cranes in New Orleans

Oct. 18, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Plans have been pushed back a day to bring down two giant, unstable construction cranes in a series of controlled explosions before they can topple onto historic New Orleans buildings, the city's fire chief said Friday, noting the risky work involved in placing explosive on the towers....

Mayor: Nashville emergency shelters will open this winter

Oct. 18, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor John Cooper says emergency shelters for the homeless will open this winter after all. The Tennessean reports Cooper made the announcement Thursday after meeting with Metro Social Services and the Office of Emergency Management amid widespread concern about Monday's...

Trump's use of military money for wall survives Senate test

Oct. 17, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Thursday to sustain President Donald Trump's veto of Democratic-sponsored legislation reversing his raid of military base project money to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The 53-36 vote was well short of the two-thirds required to overturn the veto. The vote mirrored...

Book: Trump mulled order to close parts of VA health system

Oct. 16, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager for changes at the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Donald Trump toyed early on with issuing an executive order to close parts of the VA health system without consulting Congress, according to an upcoming book by his former VA secretary. In the book, obtained by The...

Justices seem likely to uphold Puerto Rico oversight board

Oct. 15, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems likely to leave in place the oversight board established by Congress to help Puerto Rico out of a devastating financial crisis that was deepened by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The justices voiced skepticism on Tuesday about a constitutional challenge to the oversight...

Western governors want nuclear testing compensation expanded

Oct. 15, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Atmospheric nuclear weapons testing exposed more states and more people to radiation fallout and resulting cancers and other diseases than the federal government currently recognizes, Western governors said. The Western Governors' Association on Friday sent letters to the U.S. Senate...

Catholic church urges Angola to declare a drought emergency

Oct. 14, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Catholic church in Angola is urging the government to declare a state of emergency over the drought that has affected at least 1 million people in the country's south. The comments on Monday, reported by the Portuguese news agency Lusa, follow a similar call last month by Angola's...

10 Things to Know for Today

Oct. 14, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. U.S. TROOPS TO WITHDRAW FROM CHAOTIC NORTHERN SYRIA U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says President Donald Trump has directed U.S. troops in northern Syria to begin pulling out "as safely and quickly as...

The Latest: Typhoon leaves up to 33 dead in Japan

Oct. 13, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the damage from Typhoon Hagibis in Japan (all times local): 11:35 p.m. Rescuers in Japan are continuing to help people in the aftermath of a ferocious typhoon, as the death toll from the storm climbed to as high as 33. The government's Fire and Disaster Management Agency, which...

Typhoon leaves as many as 33 dead as Japan continues rescue

Oct. 13, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Helicopters, boats and thousands of troops were deployed across Japan to rescue people stranded in flooded homes Sunday, as the death toll from a ferocious typhoon climbed to as high as 33. One woman fell to her death as she was being placed inside a rescue helicopter. Typhoon Hagibis made...