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7.1 quake kills 139 as in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 139 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


Haitians find ‘Mexican dream’ instead

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - Jose Luis Millan found a new crop of star employees at an upscale Tijuana car wash where customers cross the border from the U.S. to pay up to $950 to have their prized possessions steamed and scrubbed for hours. They're never late, always hustle and come in on days off to learn new skills, traits that he says make them a model for their Mexican counterparts.

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


Stanislav Petrov, averted nuclear war, dies at 77

MOSCOW (AP) - Stanislav Petrov, a former Soviet military officer known in the West as "the man who saved the world" for his role in averting a nuclear war over a false missile warning at the height of the Cold War, has died at 77.

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


GOP strains for last chance Obamacare repeal votes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Time growing short, President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders dove into a frantic hunt for votes Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare." The pressure was intense, the outcome uncertain in a Capitol newly engulfed in drama over health care.

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


Common Core used widely, despite continuing debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most of the states that first endorsed the Common Core academic standards are still using them in some form, despite continued debate over whether they are improving student performance in reading and math.

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


Senate GOP tentatively agrees to $1.5T in tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans are zeroing in on a tax outline that would add about $1.5 trillion to the government's $20 trillion debt over 10 years, justifying the spurt of red ink with promises of surging economic growth and a burst of new revenues.

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


White man arrested in slayings of 2 black men in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 23-year-old white man was arrested Tuesday and accused of cold-bloodedly killing two black men and shooting up a black family's home in a string of attacks last week that police say may have been racially motivated.

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


More protests set for today after quiet night in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Protesters chanting "free our people" gathered outside the jail in downtown St. Louis for more than two hours to show solidarity with those who remain behind bars, but there was no repeat of the vandalism that occurred over the weekend.

September 18, 2017 | | Nation


Spicer suggests critics of Emmy appearance should lighten up

NEW YORK (AP) - Sean Spicer says his surprise Emmy Awards appearance was a chance to have some fun, and suggested Tuesday that people who were upset by it were taking things too seriously.

September 18, 2017 | | Nation


Student shot by officer had called 911 before encounter

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Tech alerted students to shelter indoors because of violent protests on campus Monday night after police fatally shot a student over the weekend.

September 18, 2017 | | Nation


Senate GOP musters final push to erase health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans expressed growing hope Monday for a final push to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law, an effort that still faces an uphill climb and just a two-week window to pass. Adding more risk, senators would be in the dark about the bill's impact on Americans, since the Congressional Budget Office says crucial estimates won't be ready in time for a vote.

September 18, 2017 | | Nation


Convicted church killer wants to fire Jewish, Indian lawyers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A white supremacist who was sentenced to death in the 2015 massacre of nine black worshippers has told a federal appeals court he wants to fire his appellate attorneys because one of them is Jewish and the other is Indian-American.

September 18, 2017 | | Nation


Clinton hints she may question Trump’s legitimacy

ATLANTA (AP) - Hillary Clinton says she won't rule out questioning President Donald Trump's legitimacy depending on what official inquiries uncover about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

September 18, 2017 | | Nation


Disability backlog tops 1 million while thousands die on waitlist

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 1 million Americans are awaiting a hearing to see whether they qualify for disability benefits from Social Security, with the average wait of nearly two years - longer than some of them will live.

September 18, 2017 | | Nation


Mattis says no need yet to shoot down NKorean missiles

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. has seen no need to shoot down North Korean missiles test-fired in Japan's direction, but a future missile launch that threatens U.S. or Japanese territory will "elicit a different response from us," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.

September 18, 2017 | | Nation


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Unforgiving wildfires affect vineyard workers and owners

SONOMA (AP) - When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back ...

October 22, 2017 | | Nation


Is graffiti on building protected by federal law?

NEW YORK (AP) - For two decades, Jerry Wolkoff let graffiti artists use his crumbling Queens warehouse complex as a canvas for their vibrant works. Artists ...

October 22, 2017 | | Nation


New Battle of the Alamo is brewing over shrine revamp

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Remember the Alamo? A new Texas battle is brewing over how best to do so.

October 21, 2017 | | Nation


Wounded veteran sees student debt forgiven but $62,000 tax bill

BATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The IRS is asking a wounded veteran from Michigan to pay $62,000 in income taxes on the federal government's ...

October 20, 2017 | | Nation


Budget deficit hits $666B, an $80B spike for the year

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion in the just-completed fiscal year, a spike that comes as Republicans are moving to draft ...

October 20, 2017 | | Nation


Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump promised tax cuts Friday "which will be the biggest in the history of our country" following Senate passage of a ...

October 20, 2017 | | Nation


Nursing home teaches lessons on life

NEW YORK (AP) - In a classroom, an old man glides in pushing a walker, and none of the young faces turn. In the cafeteria, a ...

October 15, 2017 | | Nation


An army of firefighters brave deadly, epic firestorm

SONOMA (AP) - Santa Rosa firefighter Brandon Palmer has fought big blazes in his 20 years on the job, but the 81-hour shift he spent fighting ...

October 15, 2017 | | Nation


‘I’m intact,’ Tillerson says, brushing off Trump drama

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday ducked, danced and sidestepped the question of whether he truly called President Donald Trump a "moron ...

October 15, 2017 | | Nation


Las Vegas tourism sees changes in shooting aftermath

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas' tourism sector is bracing for changes in the aftermath of the massacre that killed 58 people at an outdoor music ...

October 15, 2017 | | Nation


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