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Rescuers start block-by-block search of flooded Houston

By JEFF AMY and MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Rescuers began a block-by-block search of tens of thousands of Houston homes Thursday, pounding on doors and shouting as they looked for anyone — alive or dead — who might have been left behind in Harvey's fetid floodwaters, ...

Explosions rock flood-crippled chemical plant near Houston

By GREGORY BULL, EMILY SCHMALL and REESE DUNKLIN, Associated Press CROSBY, Texas (AP) — Explosions and fires rocked a flood-crippled chemical plant near Houston early Thursday, sending up a plume of acrid, eye-irritating smoke and adding a new hazard to Hurricane Harvey's aftermath. The ...

Vice President Pence surveys Harvey’s wreckage in Texas

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press ROCKPORT, Texas (AP) — Walking door to door in the hurricane zone, Vice President Mike Pence surveyed Harvey's path of destruction Thursday and pledged that the Trump administration would help bring southeast Texas back "bigger and better than ever ...

Groups seek ban on high-dose opioids citing overdose danger

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Safety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths among patients and people who abuse drugs. A petition filed ...

Family, friends plan gathering to remember comic Jerry Lewis

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Family and invited guests will gather Monday to celebrate the life of famed comedian Jerry Lewis. Spokeswoman Candi Cazau says Hollywood celebrities will join family members to remember the clownish comic and longtime host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons. The ...

Pence pushes tax overhaul at West Virginia business summit

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence touched on Texas and taxes in his Wednesday address to the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's annual business summit at the Greenbrier resort. The vice president outlined President Donald Trump's tax overhaul plan and called on ...

Amid Harvey floods, Houston chief worries ‘how many bodies?’

By MICHAEL GRACZYK and DAVID PHILLIP, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Crews overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls during one of the heaviest downpours in U.S. history have had little time to search for other potential victims, but officials acknowledge the grim reality that fatalities ...

Shooting that killed 2, wounded 4 at library shakes city

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A shooting inside a public library that killed two people and wounded four has deeply shaken an eastern New Mexico community. The gunman surrendered after the shooting Monday and was taken into custody without incident after police entered the Clovis-Carver Public ...

Delivery without drivers: Domino’s, Ford team up for test

By DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No ring of the doorbell, just a text. No tip for the driver? No problem in this test, where Domino's and Ford are teaming up to see if customers will warm to the idea of pizza delivered by driverless cars. Starting Wednesday, some ...

New drug reduces heart attacks, but is that enough?

By LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — So-so results for a new type of cholesterol drug have left Merck in a quandary: Does the company try to bring it to market or scrap it? A large, long-term study of the drug showed that it prevents heart attacks and reduces the ...