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Fifth death linked to storm that walloped Houston area

Sep. 21, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — The widespread damage brought to the Houston area by one of the wettest tropical cyclones in U.S. history came into broader view Saturday, as floodwaters receded to reveal the exhausting cleanup effort that lies ahead for many communities and homeowners. Hundreds of homes and other...

Biden flexes 2020 muscle with new Black Caucus endorsements

Sep. 19, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

Joe Biden sought to demonstrate a broad appeal to Democrats on Thursday with new endorsements from leading African American lawmakers and a former governor of a pivotal swing state. The backing from Reps. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri and Charlie Crist of Florida reflects Biden's...

Pirates closer Vázquez arrested on child sex charges

Sep. 17, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez was arrested Tuesday on multiple felony charges, including statutory sexual assault, soliciting a child and pornography, and was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball. Vázquez was taken into custody by Pennsylvania State...

Lawyer says guards intimating witnesses to inmate beating

Sep. 11, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A lawyer for a female inmate who claims in a lawsuit that she was left paralyzed from a beating by four Florida prison guards says other corrections officers are trying to intimidate inmates who witnessed what happened. Attorney Ryan Andrews says in an emergency motion filed Wednesday...

The Latest: Thousands in shelters near Bahamas capital

Sep. 10, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Dorian and the Bahamas (all times local): 12:45 p.m. The spokesman for the Bahamas' emergency management agency says that 2,043 people displaced by Hurricane Dorian are in shelters on the country's most populous island, New Providence. Many others are staying...

Former attorney general of El Salvador now fellow at FIU

Sep. 10, 2019 3:30 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The former attorney general of El Salvador is joining a Florida university. Douglas Meléndez Ruíz will lead workshops on justice reform and anti-corruption at Florida International University and in Central America Ruiz's high-level corruption cases put a former president, a judge...

The Latest: Widespread blackouts as Dorian continues march

Sep. 8, 2019 5:20 AM EDT

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — The Latest on Dorian (all times local): 5:20 a.m. Dorian is continuing to weaken as it moves toward Canada's Newfoundland island, but forecasters caution that it still remains "powerful." The post-tropical cyclone has top sustained winds of 80 mph (129 kph) and is moving...

The Latest: Winds buffet New England as Dorian speeds north

Sep. 7, 2019 2:28 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Dorian (all times local): 2:25 a.m. Hurricane Dorian is producing tropical storm-force winds in southeastern Massachusetts as it speeds toward eastern Canada. The Category 1 storm was around 170 miles (275 kilometers) southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts,...

The Latest: Dorian churns north along North Carolina coast

Sep. 5, 2019 11:09 PM EDT

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Dorian (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Forecasters say Hurricane Dorian is brushing up against North Carolina as it keeps churning northeast, just offshore. In a late Thursday night advisory, the National Hurricane Center says the Category 2 storm continued to...

Florida inmate says beating by guards left her paralyzed

Sep. 5, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A female inmate at a Florida prison is suing the state corrections agency, saying she was left paralyzed after being beaten by four guards. Cheryl Weimar and her husband, Karl, said in their lawsuit that her civil rights were violated when she was nearly beaten to death by guards last...