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Republican governors get into the ‘news’ business

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Republican governors are getting into the "news" business. The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media. The Free Telegraph blares ...

Trump calls for UN reform, but with more restrained tones

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump used his United Nations debut on Monday to prod the international organization to cut its bloated bureaucracy and sharpen its ill-defined mission. But he pledged U.S. support for the ...

US immigrants sue over Trump’s end of deportation protection

By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Six immigrants brought to the United States as children who became teachers, graduate students and a lawyer sued the Trump administration on Monday over its decision to end a program shielding them from deportation. The lawsuit filed in ...

Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press PASADENA, Texas (AP) — The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston's dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial photos reviewed by ...

Charter bus barrels into NYC bus, killing 3 and injuring 16

NEW YORK (AP) — A charter bus owned by a company with a record of safety problems barreled through an intersection, slammed into a city bus and then plowed across a sidewalk into a building Monday, killing three people. The wreck, which was captured by a security camera, ripped away the ...

Floods, fires, other disasters add stress to state budgets

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding. The combined tab from Hurricanes ...

Senate GOP musters final push to erase Obama health care law

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans revved up a final push Monday to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law, an effort that faces low odds of success and just a two-week window to pass. Adding more risk, senators would be in the dark about the ...

St. Louis ex-officer acquitted in killing of black man

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — A white former police officer was acquitted Friday in the 2011 death of a black man who was fatally shot following a high-speed chase, with the judge declaring that he could not be swayed by "partisan interests, public clamor or fear of ...

Dangers linger as Florida recovery picks up momentum

By JENNIFER KAY and TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Nearly a week after Hurricane Irma walloped Florida, the recovery mission picked up momentum as more people had electricity and schools made plans to reopen. Still, the dangers lingered, mostly in the form of noxious gas from ...

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft burns up in skies over Saturn

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Cassini spacecraft disintegrated in the skies above Saturn early Friday in a final, fateful blaze of cosmic glory, following a remarkable journey of 20 years. Confirmation of Cassini's expected demise came about 7:55 ...