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Paper airplane, sand among 12 finalists for Toy Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — No-frills toys including the paper airplane, sand and play food are among 12 finalists vying for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The contenders for the Class of 2017 were announced Tuesday. Also up for the honor are the board games Risk and Clue, the Magic ...

Pelosi declines to back Bernie Sanders’ health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is declining to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders' universal health care bill. The liberal California Democrat says that while she has long supported the idea the bill captures, of everybody getting health coverage, "Right now I'm protecting ...

Prosecutors to consider charges in Australian woman’s death

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The case of a Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in July has been handed over to prosecutors for possible charges, investigators and prosecutors announced Tuesday. It's the third high-profile police ...

Irma turns Caribbean island paradises into nightmares

By ANIKA KENTISH and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) — Strung like beads along the northeast edge of the Caribbean, the Leeward Islands are tiny, remote and beautiful, with azure waters and ocean breezes drawing tourists from around the world. The wild ...

Irma closes in with Tampa, not Miami, in the crosshairs

By JAY REEVES and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Irma's leading edges whipped palm trees and kicked up the surf as the storm spun toward Florida with 125 mph winds Saturday on a projected new track that could put Tampa — not Miami — in the ...

Hundreds protest immigration order outside Trump hotel

By WILLIAM MATHIS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of people rallied Saturday outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City to protest the Trump administration's decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation. The protesters on Saturday ...

Bikers in the buff ride through Philadelphia’s streets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — And they're off — the Philadelphia bicyclists and their clothes. Thousands of nude cyclists have set off on a trek around the city for the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride. Organizers say about 3,000 riders in various stages of undress on Saturday planned to pedal a ...

Scramble to flee Irma underscores rich, poor divide

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Hotel dishwasher Wilman Hernandez waited with his wife and young son at a Miami Beach bus stop, desperately looking for a way to get to a shelter where they could ride out Hurricane Irma. Hernandez fears the storm will ...

AP Exclusive: Toxic sites in likely path of Irma

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and JASON DEAREN, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Dozens of personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency worked to secure some of the nation's most contaminated toxic waste sites as Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida. The agency said its employees evacuated ...

Donald Trump Jr. heads to Capitol to explain 2016 meeting

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's oldest son is scheduled to make his first appearance on Capitol Hill Thursday as part of a Senate investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and a meeting he had with Russians during ...