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Puerto Rico gov will not seek reelection, but won't resign

Jul. 21, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Sunday evening that he will not resign in the face of public furor over an obscenity-laced leaked online chat, but he will not seek reelection or continue as head of his pro-statehood political party. Protesters said they were not...

Heat and humidity grip East Coast as Midwest gets reprieve

Jul. 21, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The East Coast on Sunday sweated through another day of extreme heat and humidity as organizers in Boston canceled a benefit run, Delaware Civil War re-enactors got the day off and the New York Police Department implored residents to take it easy. "Sunday has been canceled," the NYPD jokingly...

Authorities: 8 hurt by lightning at Florida Gulf Coast beach

Jul. 21, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a lightning strike at a Gulf Coast beach in Florida has left eight people hurt, one of them critically. Clearwater Deputy Fire Chief Marvin Pettingill told local media outlets that the lightning strike occurred at Clearwater Beach after midday Sunday after...

Could coastal mansions become eligible for disaster aid?

Jul. 21, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — On an exclusive Connecticut peninsula, where signs warn outsiders to stay off private roads, eight multimillion-dollar homes with sprawling yards along the Long Island Sound are poised to become eligible for taxpayer-funded disaster aid. That's despite the fact that the Fenwick...

Coroner: Boy, 1, pulled from pool dies; autopsy slated

Jul. 21, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a 1-year-old boy died after he was pulled from an eastern Pennsylvania swimming pool over the weekend. The Lehigh County coroner's office reports that King Reyes was found Saturday in the pool at his Weisenberg Township home. The coroner said he was pronounced dead...

Militants bomb, derail phosphate train in central Syria

Jul. 21, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's transport ministry said a freight train carrying phosphate derailed and caught fire Sunday after getting hit by explosives planted on the tracks by militants in the country's center. The government-owned train was transporting phosphate from mines in Khunayfis in Homs...

1,800 firefighters battle wildfires in central Portugal

Jul. 21, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — About 1,800 firefighters were struggling to contain wildfires in central Portugal that have already injured 20 people, including eight firefighters, authorities said Sunday. The fires broke out Saturday across three fronts in the district of Castelo Branco, 200 kilometers (about 125...

Man whose wife was struck and killed by vehicle sues FBI

Jul. 21, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man says in a $35 million lawsuit filed against the federal government that an off-duty police officer who struck and killed his wife with a vehicle last year worked for the FBI at the time. The New Haven Register reports that Edward Wilczynski, of North Haven, whose...

9 firefighters treated for heat exhaustion battling blaze

Jul. 21, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Officials say nine firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion and six transported to a hospital for treatment while fighting a Pennsylvania house fire in sweltering conditions. The Strinestown Fire Company said all of the firefighters were released and were home recovering by the time...

Police get arrest warrant as survivor recalls Kyoto arson

Jul. 21, 2019 3:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police have obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect as soon as he regains consciousness from injuries in a deadly arson at a Kyoto anime studio, officials said Sunday. Kyoto police said they are ready to arrest Shinji Aoba, 41, on arson and murder allegations. Aoba is accused of...