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Biden on racism: Whites 'can never fully understand'

Sep. 15, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sunday framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation. "In a centuries long campaign of violence, fear,...

Lawsuit: Poor information about pipeline led to fatal blast

Sep. 13, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal lawsuit accuses a major pipeline company based in Georgia of failing to tell work crews where a major underground pipeline was located before they ruptured the line, touching off a deadly explosion in Alabama. The workers were trying to make repairs after a Colonial Pipeline Co....

Trump denies ordering NOAA to rebuke forecasters over Dorian

Sep. 11, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied instructing an aide to urge a federal agency to repudiate weather forecasters who contradicted his claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama. Trump responded to a New York Times report that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told...

Weather chief thanks Alabama employees for Dorian forecast

Sep. 10, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Struggling to keep his emotions in check, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration both defended President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday and thanked forecasters who contradicted the president's claims about Hurricane Dorian threatening Alabama....

NOAA scientist: agency likely broke science integrity rules

Sep. 9, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The acting chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said his agency likely violated its scientific integrity rules last week when it publicly chastised a weather office that contradicted President Donald Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian threatened...

In Alabama, Sen. Doug Jones kicks off 2020 reelection bid

Sep. 8, 2019 10:39 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat who pulled off a stunning political upset in Alabama two years ago, launched his reelection bid Sunday, seeking to create another Deep South victory in a Republican-dominated state. Before several hundred cheering supporters in Birmingham, Jones...

In Alabama, Sen. Doug Jones kicks off 2020 reelection bid

Sep. 8, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, the Democrat who pulled off a stunning political upset in Alabama two years ago, has kicked off his reelection bid. Jones launched his 2020 campaign with a rally in Birmingham attended Sunday by several hundred cheering supporters. Invoking the campaign theme...

NOAA assailed for defending Trump's Hurricane Dorian claim

Sep. 8, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are assailing the agency for undermining its weather forecasters as it defends President Donald Trump's statement from days ago that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama. They say NOAA's action risks the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Democrats mangle science

Sep. 7, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Science took a beating in the political arena this past week as President Donald Trump sowed confusion about Hurricane Dorian's path and Democratic presidential candidates rang false alarms about the air we breathe. Trump found himself contradicted by his government's own meteorologists...

Agency reverses course on Trump's Alabama hurricane claim

Sep. 7, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal agency has reversed course on the question of whether President Donald Trump tweeted stale information about Hurricane Dorian potentially hitting Alabama, upsetting meteorologists around the country. On Sunday, Trump had warned that Alabama, along with the Carolinas and Georgia,...