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Pope warns against rebirth of anti-Semitism

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) - Pope Francis warned against historic revisionism and any rebirth of anti-Semitism that fueled the Holocaust as he marked the annual remembrance Sunday for Lithuania’s centuries-old Jewish community that was nearly wiped out during World War II.…

icon Posted: 23 September 2018 [08:35 PM]

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Sunday 09/23/2018
Kavanaugh's accuser to attend hearing
icon Posted: 23 September 2018 [08:30 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorneys for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, and the Senate Judiciary Committee have reached agreement for a public hearing Thursday, as talks continued to resolve additional details ahead of the high-stakes showdown. Ford…

Friday 09/21/2018
Florence's floodwaters still rising in Carolinas
icon Posted: 21 September 2018 [09:30 PM]

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. - With muddy river water still washing over entire communities on Friday, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land with nearly 3 feet of rain, new evacuation orders forced residents to flee to higher ground amid…

Trump assails Kavanaugh accuser, ditching GOP strategy
icon Posted: 21 September 2018 [09:28 PM]

WASHINGTON - After holding his tongue for a week, President Donald Trump sarcastically assailed the woman claiming a decades-old sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, tweeting that if the episode was “as bad as she says,” she or…

Trump delays Russia probe documents; allies voiced concerns
icon Posted: 21 September 2018 [09:27 PM]

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Friday delayed his own order to declassify and release documents from the FBI's Russia investigation, saying the Justice Department and U.S. allies have raised security concerns about their disclosure. The announcement, in a pair…

Tanzania leader orders arrests as ferry death toll over 130
icon Posted: 21 September 2018 [09:27 PM]

KAMPALA, Uganda - Hundreds of solemn people watched Friday as body after body was pulled from a capsized ferry that Tanzanian authorities said was badly overcrowded and upended in the final stretch before reaching shore. The death toll was above…

UN aid chief: Fight against famine is being lost in Yemen
icon Posted: 21 September 2018 [09:27 PM]

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Friday that the fight against famine is being lost in Yemen, which is already facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis with 75 percent of its 29 million people in need of assistance.…

Thursday 09/20/2018
Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with song and sadness
icon Posted: 20 September 2018 [07:59 PM]

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Clapping and raising their hands to the sky, hundreds of people clad in white gathered at an 18th-century fort in the Puerto Rican capital on Thursday to remember the thousands who died in the aftermath…

GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants 'fairness'
icon Posted: 20 September 2018 [07:57 PM]

WASHINGTON - Republicans say they're forging ahead in their drive to push Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination through the Senate, even as the woman accusing him of a decades-old sexual attack is threatening to boycott a committee hearing and suggesting…

4 dead, including suspect, after Maryland warehouse shooting
icon Posted: 20 September 2018 [07:56 PM]

ABDERDEEN, Md. - An employee at a Rite Aid warehouse opened fire at work Thursday, killing three people before taking her own life, authorities said. Several other people were wounded. The suspect was a 26-year-old temporary employee at the Rite…

U.S.: Possible October talks with North Korea on war remains
icon Posted: 20 September 2018 [07:55 PM]

WASHINGTON - The U.S. hopes to begin face-to-face negotiations with North Korea next month on terms for resuming on-the-ground searches in North Korea for remains of American servicemen, a senior Pentagon official said Thursday. Kelly McKeague, director of the Defense…

New California law to limit plastic straws in restaurants
icon Posted: 20 September 2018 [07:53 PM]

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - People who want straws with their drinks at California restaurants will have to request them under a new law. The law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the first state to bar full-service restaurants from…

Wednesday 09/19/2018
Trump: If Kavanaugh accuser is credible, decision must be made
icon Posted: 19 September 2018 [09:06 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump said Wednesday the White House and Republican supporters of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination would have to “make a decision” on going forward if the woman accusing him of a long-ago sexual assault delivers…

Trump: 'We will be 100 percent' with storm victims
icon Posted: 19 September 2018 [09:06 PM]

NEW BERN, N.C. - Handing out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words, President Donald Trump sought Wednesday to soothe those who suffered losses in Hurricane Florence, declaring that “America grieves for you” as he surveyed damage the powerful storm left…

Thousands back home in north Syria after Russia-Turkey deal
icon Posted: 19 September 2018 [09:05 PM]

BEIRUT - Thousands of people who were recently displaced by violence in northwest Syria have returned home following a Russia-Turkey deal that averted a government offensive on the last major rebel stronghold, Syrian opposition activists said Wednesday. The United Nations…

U.S. ready 'to engage immediately' with North Korea
icon Posted: 19 September 2018 [09:05 PM]

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he has invited North Korea's foreign minister to meet with him next week to continue discussions on efforts to get the North to abandon its nuclear weapons. He also says the Trump…

Tuesday 09/18/2018
'Nightmare that won't end': Storm evacuees can't return yet
icon Posted: 18 September 2018 [08:02 PM]

WILMINGTON, N.C. - Hundreds of people waited in long lines for water and other essentials in Wilmington, still mostly cut off by rising water days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods, and North Carolina's governor pleaded with more than 10,000…

Showdown hearing not yet set: Dems, GOP arguing on witnesses
icon Posted: 18 September 2018 [08:01 PM]

WASHINGTON - Wrestling for advantage, Democratic and Republican senators argued Tuesday over who could, should or would testify at next Monday's hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accuses him of a sexual assault when they…

Senate backs bill to avert shutdown, boost military spending
icon Posted: 18 September 2018 [08:00 PM]

WASHINGTON - The Senate on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging, $854 billion bill that funds the military and a host of civilian agencies for the next year and provides a short-term fix to keep the government open through early December. The…

U.S. again slashing number of refugees it will accept
icon Posted: 18 September 2018 [07:59 PM]

WASHINGTON - For a second straight year the U.S. will slash the number of refugees it will accept, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, insisting amid criticism from human rights groups that the country is still committed to providing sanctuary…

Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile
icon Posted: 18 September 2018 [07:58 PM]

MOSCOW - A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught…

Monday 09/17/2018
Trump defends Kavanaugh as 'someone special'
icon Posted: 17 September 2018 [08:17 PM]

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Monday defended Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school, praising him as “one of the finest people” and signaling…

swollen-rivers-swamp-ash-dumps-hog-farms Swollen rivers swamp ash dumps, hog farms
icon Posted: 17 September 2018 [08:14 PM]

and GARY D. ROBERTSON RALEIGH, N.C. - Flooded rivers from Florence’s drenching rains have swamped coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms,…

north-carolina-city-cut-off-by-floodwaters North Carolina city cut off by floodwaters
icon Posted: 17 September 2018 [08:12 PM]

and MARTHA WAGGONER WILMINGTON, N.C. - Throwing a lifeline to a city surrounded by floodwaters, emergency crews delivered food and water…

Sunday 09/16/2018
Flooding fears rise with rivers; Wilmington cut off
icon Posted: 16 September 2018 [08:44 PM]

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on Sunday, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. “The risk to life is rising with…

Residents allowed to return to home after gas explosions
icon Posted: 16 September 2018 [07:35 PM]

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - Residents in communities north of Boston that were rocked by natural gas explosions were given the green light Sunday to return to their homes. Gov. Charlie Baker and other officials announced the move at a morning…

Friday 09/14/2018
Manafort to cooperate with Mueller as part of plea
icon Posted: 14 September 2018 [08:13 PM]

THE WASHINGTON POST WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and a native of New Britain, Connecticut, Paul Manafort is pleading guilty to two criminal charges under terms of a plea deal that includes his cooperation as a potential…

Kavanaugh denies allegation of sexual misconduct in high school
icon Posted: 14 September 2018 [06:51 PM]

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday denied an allegation of sexual misconduct from when he was in high school, seeking to defuse a potential threat to his confirmation as a handful of key senators remained silent on…

Hodeida fighting puts aid to Yemenis at risk
icon Posted: 14 September 2018 [06:51 PM]

SANAA, Yemen - A recent bout of fighting between Yemeni government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition and Shiite rebels around the Red Sea port city of Hodeida could jeopardize shipments of 46,000 tons of wheat expected to arrive within…

4 dead as Hurricane Florence drenches Carolinas
icon Posted: 14 September 2018 [06:50 PM]

WILMINGTON, N.C. - Blowing ashore with howling 90 mph winds, Hurricane Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion…

Typhoon Mangkhut barrels toward northeastern Philippines
icon Posted: 14 September 2018 [06:50 PM]

TUGUEGARAO, Philippines - Typhoon Mangkhut retained its ferocious strength, gained speed and shifted slightly toward more densely populated coastal provinces Friday as it barreled closer to the northeastern Philippines, where a massive evacuation was underway. More than 5 million people…

Officials work to pinpoint cause of 'Armageddon'-like explosions
icon Posted: 14 September 2018 [06:50 PM]

LAWRENCE, Mass. - Investigators worked Friday to pinpoint the cause of a series of dramatic natural gas explosions that killed a teenager who had just gotten his driver’s license and was sitting in his car, injured at least 25 others…

Thursday 09/13/2018
Category 2 Florence sloshes ashore
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [09:05 PM]

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous. Hurricane Florence’s leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking…

California man kills wife, four others, self
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [09:03 PM]

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A gunman went on a rampage, killing his wife and four other people before shooting himself to death, California authorities said. Kern County sheriff’s Lt. Mark King said Thursday there were “strong indications” of a domestic…

Judiciary Committee Republicans brush off Dems' Kavanaugh concerns
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [09:01 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee brushed aside a flurry of Democratic attempts to delay the consideration of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, sticking with a schedule that could see him confirmed by Oct. 1.…

Gas explosions set dozens of homes on fire in Massachusetts
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [08:59 PM]

LAWRENCE, Mass. - A series of gas explosions left at least four people injured and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities north of Boston on Thursday, forcing entire neighborhoods to evacuate as crews scrambled to fight…

Wednesday 09/12/2018
Brexit backers deny plot to topple May
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [08:04 PM]

LONDON (AP) - Leading Brexit-supporting lawmakers insisted Wednesday that they aren’t about to topple Prime Minister Theresa May, despite strong opposition to her plan for taking Britain out of the European Union. A faction of May’s Conservative Party opposes her…

Teen vaping called 'an epidemic'
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [08:03 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. health officials are sounding the alarm about rising teenage use of e-cigarettes, calling the problem an “epidemic” and ordering manufacturers to reverse the trend or risk having their flavored vaping products pulled from the market. The…

10-15 inches of rain forecast as tropical storm nears Hawaii
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [08:01 PM]

HONOLULU (AP) - Maui was hit with heavy rain and powerful winds Wednesday as a gradually weakening tropical storm neared Hawaii, with forecasters predicting Tropical Storm Olivia could dump 5 to 10 inches. Some places could get as much as…

Florence shifts course southward
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [08:00 PM]

WILMINGTON, N.C. - People who thought they were safe from the onslaught of Hurricane Florence began boarding up and Georgia’s governor declared a state of emergency Wednesday as uncertainty over the path of the monster storm spread worry along the…

Tuesday 09/11/2018
Trump offers tribute at Pennsylvania 9/11 site
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:24 PM]

THE WASHINGTON POST SHANKSVILLE, Pa. - A solemn President Donald Trump paid tribute here Tuesday to the late passengers of Flight 93, who on Sept. 11, 2001, disrupted the plan of terrorists to crash one of their hijacked planes into…

Shooters with semi-automatics injure, kill twice as many: study
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:24 PM]

CHICAGO - Active shooters with semi-automatic rifles wound and kill twice as many people as those using non-semi- automatic weapons, although chances of dying if hit in either type of assault are the same, a new analysis shows. Researchers examined…

Attacks remembered across nation
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:24 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans looked back on 9/11 Tuesday with tears and somber tributes as President Donald Trump hailed “the moment when America fought back” on one of the hijacked planes used as weapons in the deadliest terror attack…

Coastal evacuation begins as Florence gains strength
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:23 PM]

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Motorists streamed inland on highways converted to one-way routes Tuesday as more than 1 million people in three states were ordered to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a hair-raising storm taking dead aim…

Pope sets meeting with U.S. clerics
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:23 PM]

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis will meet Thursday with a delegation of U.S. cardinals and bishops over the sex abuse and cover-up scandal roiling the Catholic Church and his own papacy, the Vatican said Tuesday. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head…

Monday 09/10/2018
9/11 prompted some to leave New York for new lives elsewhere
icon Posted: 10 September 2018 [09:03 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - On 9/11, Stephen Feuerman saw the World Trade Center aflame through the window of his Empire State Building office and watched, transfixed, as a second fireball burst from the twin towers. He ran through the 78th…

Trump orders PLO office closed, threatens international court with sanctions
icon Posted: 10 September 2018 [09:01 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration ordered the closure of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington on Monday and threatened sanctions against the International Criminal Court if it pursues investigations against the U.S., Israel, or other allies. The moves are…

Carolinas brace for dangerous Florence
icon Posted: 10 September 2018 [08:59 PM]

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Florence rapidly strengthened into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane on Monday as it closed in on North and South Carolina, carrying winds and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern…