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Louisiana braces for slow-moving possible weekend hurricane

By KEVIN McGILL and REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A potential tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico presents twin troubles for coastal Louisiana and Mississippi — the possibility that the flooded Mississippi River will be lapping at the tops of levees this ...

Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s straight talk on race

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK AP National Writer Pete Buttigieg has a message for white liberals who decry racism: "Good intentions are not going to be enough." The Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, mayor is combating perceptions that he's out of touch with black people and ...

Trump lashes out on Twitter ahead of social media ‘summit’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump is on a Twitter tirade ahead of his White House "Social Media Summit" gathering of mostly conservative groups. Trump is tweeting against social media companies, the press and his Democratic rivals, while calling himself "so great looking and smart, a true ...

Biden to promise US return to forefront of world democracies

By BILL BARROW Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden plans a sweeping foreign policy address in which he will promise to reassert American leadership in combating the authoritarianism and global instability he says are proliferating under President ...

Acosta defends Epstein deal amid calls for his resignation

By JILL COLVIN and RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to tamp down calls for his resignation, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on Wednesday defended his handling of a sex trafficking case involving now-jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein, insisting he got the toughest deal he ...

AP Sources: Jeffrey Epstein arrested in NY on sex charges

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Wealthy financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested Saturday in New York on new sex-trafficking charges involving allegations that date to the early 2000s, according to law enforcement ...

Biden says he was wrong in comments about segregationists

By MEG KINNARD and JUANA SUMMERS Associated Press SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday apologized for recent comments about working with segregationist senators in his early days in the U.S. Senate, saying he understands now his remarks could have been offensive to ...

21 hurt in shopping plaza blast: Gas lines found ruptured

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — A vacant pizza restaurant exploded Saturday in a thundering roar at a South Florida shopping plaza, injuring more than 20 people as large chunks of concrete flew through the air. The blast flung debris widely along a busy road in ...

California governor says earthquakes are a ‘wakeup call’

By JOHN ANTCZAK, DAISY NGUYEN and MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ Associated Press RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — The two major earthquakes that hit Southern California should alert people across the nation of the need to be prepared for natural disasters, the state's governor said as officials expressed ...

Thousands of motorcyclists ride in honor of 7 bikers killed

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Thousands of motorcyclists, waved on by bystanders with American flags, rode through New Hampshire on Saturday to the site where seven bikers were killed in a collision with a truck last month. More than 3,000 bikers, some from as far away as California and Florida, ...