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GAO: Climate change already costing US billions in losses

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A non-partisan federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, wildfires and droughts become more frequent in the ...

Senate advances $36.5 billion disaster relief package

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday gave a preliminary OK to a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would provide Puerto Rico with a much-needed infusion of cash and keep the federal flood insurance program from running out of money to pay ...

New York attorney general launches probe of Weinstein Co.

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a civil rights investigation on Monday into The Weinstein Co. following sexual harassment and assault allegations against its co-founder, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. As part of ...

Wrongful conviction no surprise to Kansas black community

By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Rose McIntyre says she wonders whether her refusal to grant regular sexual favors to a white detective prompted him to retaliate against her black son, who spent 23 years in a Kansas prison for a double murder he didn't commit. "I do ...

Study: NYC could see bad flooding every 5 years

By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Within the next three decades, floods that used to strike the New York City area only once every 500 years could occur every five years, according to a new scientific study released just days before the fifth anniversary of Superstorm ...

5 living ex-presidents attend Texas hurricane relief concert

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — All five living former U.S. presidents will be attending a concert Saturday night in a Texas college town, raising money for relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria's devastation in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. ...

Trump has no plan to block scheduled release of JFK records

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he doesn't plan to block the scheduled release of thousands of never publicly seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Trump says in a tweet that "Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be ...

Funeral set for soldier at center of Trump fight

By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press COOPER CITY, Fla. (AP) — Mourners are expected to pack a church Saturday to honor a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman. Family, friends and neighbors of Sgt. La ...

Judge tosses $417M award against Johnson & Johnson

By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson ...

Court, for now, blocks immigrant teen’s access to abortion

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court is blocking, for now, an abortion sought by a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant being held in a Texas facility, ruling that the government should have time to try to release her so she can obtain the abortion outside of ...

Trump jabs back at ‘wacky’ congresswoman as spat rolls on

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Unwilling to put the tussling behind, President Donald Trump on Saturday jabbed back at the Democratic lawmaker who has slammed him for his words of condolence to a military widow, calling Rep. Frederica Wilson "wacky" ...

Woman found on fire is in critical condition

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Duluth police are investigating after a woman was found on fire near the Lake Superior College Fire Training Center. Authorities say the woman suffered severe, life-threatening burns and was taken to a Duluth hospital where she's in critical condition. Lake Superior ...

Deputies: Man had arsenal, note promising ‘bloody revenge’

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies conducting a child porn raid on a Florida home on Wednesday found an arsenal of guns and explosives and a homemade silencer, along with a note promising "bloody revenge." Investigators found the weapons — including an AK-47 assault rifle, a ...

White nationalist undeterred by boos on latest college stop

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — White nationalist Richard Spencer was once an obscure figure in a fringe movement. But he has become a household name thanks in part to his infamous "Hail Trump!" toast, a videotaped punch to his head and the bloodshed at a ...

Ahoy! ‘Old Ironsides,’ world’s oldest warship, underway

BOSTON (AP) — The newly refurbished USS Constitution is taking its first spin in three years. Friday's joyride from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to Fort Independence on Castle Island will celebrate the U.S. Navy's 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the iconic vessel's maiden ...

3 arrested after shooting following white nationalist speech

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police say three men were arrested after a shot was fired at a group of people following the appearance of white nationalist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida. The Gainesville Police Department said in a news release Friday that 28-year-old Tyler Tenbrink, ...

4 NC inmates face murder charges after prison workers killed

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Investigators are charging four North Carolina inmates with murder after the deadliest escape attempt in state prison history. Pasquotank County Sheriff Randy Cartwright said Friday the men were behind last week's failed breakout from Pasquotank Correctional ...

Lawsuit: Prison did nothing as fungus ruined inmate’s brain

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An inmate at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility died in April after a brain fungus gave him a form of meningitis that left him weak and so disoriented that he drank his own urine while prison health care staff ignored his pleas for help, according to a lawsuit filed ...

Kelly kept tragedy out of politics, but Trump brought it up

By LAURIE KELLMAN and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's known as some of the saddest ground in America, a 14-acre plot of Arlington National Cemetery called Section 60 where many U.S. personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are interred. On Memorial Day this year, ...

Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic negotiating partner as he punts policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants. His rapid backpedal this week on a short-term health care is the ...