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Police: 2 woman dressed as nuns try to rob Pennsylvania bank

TANNERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Police say two women dressed as nuns attempted to rob a bank in Pennsylvania's Poconos. Authorities say the women walked into Citizens Bank near Tannersville on Monday and one brandished a handgun, demanding money from a teller. But they left without taking ...

Joel Osteen: Houston megachurch to shelter people if needed

HOUSTON (AP) — Televangelist Joel Osteen says his Houston megachurch has "never" closed its doors to people seeking shelter as Harvey swamps the city. Osteen has faced criticism for not opening his massive Lakewood Church as a storm shelter. In a statement to ABC News , Osteen says the ...

Divers find remains of all missing from USS McCain collision

SINGAPORE (AP) — Divers have recovered the remains of all 10 sailors who went missing after the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided near Singapore last week, the U.S. Navy said Monday. Navy and Marine Corps divers had been searching in flooded compartments of the destroyer for ...

GOP discord might not bode well for raising debt ceiling

By KEN THOMAS and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Fanning the flames of GOP discord, President Donald Trump is accusing Republican congressional leaders of botching efforts to avoid an unprecedented default on the national debt. "Could have been so easy-now a mess!" ...

Texas prepares as Harvey strengthens to Category 2 storm

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Hurricane Harvey intensified as it steered toward the Texas coast on Friday, with forecasters saying it had strengthened to a Category 2 storm with the potential to swamp communities more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) inland. The ...

Witness: Charleston gunman declared ‘There’s a new boss’

By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — First he noticed waitresses and kitchen staff starting to leave hurriedly through the front door. Then a man dressed like another restaurant employee, in an apron and backward ball cap, strolled into the dining room and made an ...

Florida uses new drug to execute man convicted of 2 murders

By JASON DEAREN, Associated Press STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has put a man to death with an anesthetic never used before in a U.S. lethal injection, carrying out its first execution in more than 18 months on an inmate convicted of two racially motivated murders. Authorities said ...

US seeks prison sentence for VW engineer in diesel scandal

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. prosecutors will seek a three-year prison sentence on Friday for a Volkswagen engineer who had a key role in the company's diesel emissions scandal. Robert Liang, 63, was one of two VW employees to plead guilty in the scheme, although others charged in the case are in ...

Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander after warship accidents

By KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy dismissed the commander of the Asia-based 7th Fleet on Wednesday after a series of warship accidents raised questions about its operations in the Pacific. A two-sentence statement said Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. ...

Trump talks unity, but detours into angry words for media

By JULIE BYKOWICZ, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump opened his political rally in Phoenix with calls for unity and an assertion that "our movement is about love." Then he erupted in anger. He blamed the media for the widespread condemnation of his response to violence ...