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Maria slams Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and triggered heavy flooding Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis.

September 20, 2017 | By DANICA COTO Associated Press | Associated Press


Caribbean braces as Maria grows to Category 4 storm

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria grew into an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm Monday as it barreled toward a potentially devastating collision with islands in the eastern Caribbean, and forecasters warned it was likely to become even stronger.

September 19, 2017 | By DANICA COTO Associated Press | Associated Press


Despite storms, coastal life booming

Rising sea levels and fierce storms have failed to stop relentless population growth along U.S. coasts in recent years, a new Associated Press analysis shows. The latest punishing hurricanes scored bull's-eyes on two of the country's fastest growing regions: coastal Texas around Houston and resort areas of southwest Florida.

September 16, 2017 | By JEFF DONN AP National Writer | Associated Press


Irma claims dozens of lives across Caribbean, United States

As Irma's misery grows in scope and scale, so does its death toll. The storm, at one point the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic, eventually claimed dozens of lives as it tore up the Caribbean and the southeastern United States. Still more are dying in its aftermath.

September 15, 2017 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Dangers after Irma: Chain saws, generators, heat, ladders

ATLANTA - Irma's deadly rampage is over but authorities say the risk of deaths and injuries rises significantly after natural disasters. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says all kinds of hazards can endanger storm survivors, returning evacuees, emergency responders and cleanup crews. "The aftermath of disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma can be just as dangerous as the storms themselves," notes CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald. And Orlando Fire Department Lt. Aaron Rhodes, notes stress and fatigue can lead to trouble after a disaster: "For one, people get tired, people get frustrated and start cutting corners."

September 14, 2017 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


8 die at Florida nursing home in Irma's sweltering aftermath

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Eight patients at a sweltering nursing home died after Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning, raising fears Wednesday about the safety of Florida's 4 million senior citizens amid power outages that could last for days.

September 13, 2017 | By TIM REYNOLDS and TERRY SPENCER Associated Press | Associated Press


Study shows hormone pills don't shorten older women's lives

CHICAGO (AP) - Taking hormone pills for several years after menopause didn't shorten older women's lifespans, according to the longest follow-up yet of landmark research that transformed thinking on risks and benefits of a once popular treatment.

September 12, 2017 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


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

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 crosshairs.

September 09, 2017 | By JAY REEVES and TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | Associated Press


Equifax breach draws criticism from lawmakers

NEW YORK - There's no way around it: The news from credit reporting company Equifax that 143 million Americans had their information exposed is extremely serious.

September 08, 2017 | By KEN SWEET AP Business Writer | Associated Press


Irma looms as the mythical 'Big One'

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - They call it the Big One - a mythic, massive hurricane that would obliterate the densely populated southeast coast. And it has long been the stuff of Florida's nightmares.

September 07, 2017 | By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press | Associated Press


'This is a buzz saw'

MIAMI - Florida residents picked store shelves clean and long lines formed at gas pumps Wednesday as Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 monster with potentially catastrophic winds of 185 mph, steamed toward the Sunshine State and a possible direct hit on the Miami metropolitan area of nearly 6 million people.

September 06, 2017 | By JENNIFER KAY and GARY FINEOUT Associated Press | Associated Press


Irma nears Caribbean islands as Category 5 hurricane

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua - The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history bore down on the islands of the northeast Caribbean on Tuesday night, following a path predicted to then rake Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly heading for Florida over the weekend.

September 05, 2017 | By ANIKA KENTISH and DANICA COTO Associated Press | Associated Press


Trump orders end to DACA program

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling Barack Obama's program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, declaring he loves the "dreamers" who could face deportation but insisting it's up to Congress, not him, to address their plight.

September 05, 2017 | By JILL COLVIN Associated Press | Associated Press


Millions brace for rising premiums

WASHINGTON - Millions of people who buy individual health insurance policies and get no financial help from the Affordable Care Act are bracing for another year of double-digit premium increases, and their frustration is boiling over.

September 04, 2017 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Associated Press


Harvey victims leave shelters

HOUSTON - While the number of evacuees seeking refuge in Houston's emergency shelters dwindled 10 days after Harvey struck, many people who had left by Monday still faced dire housing needs.

September 04, 2017 | By NOMAAN MERCHAN Associated Press | Associated Press


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Poll: Nation pessimistic about Trump

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump frequently casts his first year in office as a string of successes and campaign promises fulfilled. But less than a quarter ...

December 16, 2017 | By JULIE PACE and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press


Huge tax bill heads for passage

WASHINGTON - After weeks of quarrels, qualms and then eleventh-hour horse-trading, Republicans revealed their huge national tax rewrite late Friday - along with announcements of support that ...

December 15, 2017 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and MARCY GORDON Associated Press | Associated Press


Homeless population on the rise

LOS ANGELES - The nation's homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people ...

December 07, 2017 | By CHRISTOPHER WEBER and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press | Associated Press


Executions up in 2017, but down by half from decade ago

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A court reprieve that halted the scheduled December lethal injection of a Texas prisoner means 2017 will end with 23 inmates executed ...

December 02, 2017 | By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press | Associated Press


Tax reform bill clears Senate

WASHINGTON - Republicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday, taking a big step toward giving President Donald Trump his ...

December 02, 2017 | By ALAN FRAM, MARCY GORDON and STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press | Associated Press


Postal regulators move to let stamp prices jump higher

WASHINGTON - Seeking to bolster the ailing U.S. Postal Service, federal regulators moved on Friday to allow bigger jumps to stamp prices beyond the rate ...

December 01, 2017 | By HOPE YEN Associated Press | Associated Press


Dow Jones sets mark, tops 24,000

Investors are exuberant and for good reason: the global economy is strong, corporate earnings are solid, Washington appears closer to delivering lower taxes on corporations ...

November 30, 2017 | By ALEX VEIGA and PAUL WISEMAN AP Business Writers | Associated Press


Tampa police: Finding gun was key in arrest

TAMPA, Fla. - A recent college graduate who was charged in four slayings that terrorized a Tampa neighborhood over the past 51 days used the same ...

November 29, 2017 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | Associated Press


House OKs anti-harassment training

WASHINGTON - The House easily approved a bipartisan measure Wednesday requiring lawmakers and aides to take annual anti-harassment training as lawmakers faced heavy pressure to address ...

November 29, 2017 | By ALAN FRAM Associated Press | Associated Press


Top Dems pull out of Trump meeting

WASHINGTON - Congress' top Democrats abruptly pulled out of a planned meeting with President Donald Trump on Tuesday after he declared he didn't "see a ...

November 28, 2017 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press | Associated Press


Chemical company's response to water worries: Silence

RALEIGH, N.C. - Americans have grown accustomed to hearing apologies from everyone from cheating car-makers to cheating presidents, but a Fortune 500 chemical company with ...

November 25, 2017 | By EMERY P. DALESIO AP Business Writer | Associated Press


Does cellphone-sweeping technology go too far?

NEW YORK - New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas are among scores of police departments across the country quietly using a highly secretive ...

November 25, 2017 | By COLLEEN LONG Associated Press | Associated Press


Cancer and unhealthy behavior

NEW YORK - A new look at cancer in the U.S. finds that nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, poor diet and ...

November 21, 2017 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


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