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Ivanka Trump’s business ties shrouded in secrecy in China |Sep 26, 2017

SHANGHAI — It is no secret that the bulk of Ivanka Trump’s merchandise comes from China. But just which Chinese companies manufacture and export her handbags, shoes and clothes is more secret than ever, an Associated Press investigation has found.

As senators defect, GOP concedes health bill’s fate bleak |Sep 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ decision to oppose the GOP push to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul leaves the effort all but dead, with even party leaders conceding that their prospects are dismal.

Trump looms large in Alabama Senate race |Sep 26, 2017

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Sen. Luther Strange and firebrand jurist Roy Moore face off in Alabama’s U.S. Senate runoff Tuesday in a race that will reverberate through the Republican Party and has pitted President Donald Trump against his former strategist, Steve Bannon.

North Korea lacks ability, intent to attack US planes, experts say |Sep 26, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea — Military analysts say North Korea doesn’t have either the capability or the intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets, despite the country’s top diplomat saying it has every right do so.

Trump travel ban expires Sunday; new restrictions expected |Sep 24, 2017

WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump is expected to announce new restrictions on travel to the United States as his ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expires Sunday, 90 days after it went into effect.

Immigrants touched by Mexico earthquake, try to help from afar |Sep 24, 2017

LAS VEGAS >> When Luis Ramirez finally reached his mother after the powerful Mexico earthquake, he learned her home was so badly damaged that it had to be demolished. He considered getting on a plane from New York to help her find a new home, but it was too risky now that the program that has been shielding him from deportation is being phased out.

Trump’s criticisms spark more protests at NFL games |Sep 24, 2017

President Donald Trump’s comments about owners firing players who kneel during the national anthem sparked a mass increase in such protests around the National Football League Sunday, as about 150 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance during early games.

It took 66 million years, but California gets state dinosaur |Sep 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO >> It took about 66 million years, but California finally has a state dinosaur. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday the signing of a bill making Augustynolophus morrisi the official dinosaur of the Golden State.

Gunman opens fire in Nashville church; 1 dead, 7 wounded |Sep 24, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. >> A masked gunman invaded a Nashville church Sunday and opened fire, walking silently down the aisle as he shot unsuspecting congregants. At least one person was killed and seven others wounded, authorities said.

Trump tweets take on GOP holdouts on health legislation |Sep 23, 2017

WASHINGTON >> Sen. John McCain’s opposition to the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law has dealt a likely fatal blow to the legislation — and perhaps to the Republican Party’s years of promises to kill the program.

US first lady, Prince Harry meet before Invictus Games |Sep 23, 2017

TORONTO >> U.S. first lady Melania Trump met Saturday with Britain’s Prince Harry as she led a delegation to Toronto for the opening of an Olympic-style competition for wounded service members and veterans that he founded several years ago.

World wonders: Could North Korea fire nuclear missile over Japan? |Sep 23, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea >> Will North Korea’s next nuclear test involve a thermonuclear missile screaming over Japan? That’s a question being asked after North Korea’s foreign minister said his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

NFL commissioner, players’ union angrily denounce Trump |Sep 23, 2017

SOMERSET, N.J. >> The National Football League and its players’ union on Saturday angrily denounced President Donald Trump for suggesting that owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem and that fans consider walking out in protest “when somebody disrespects our flag.

Trump’s comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars |Sep 23, 2017

SOMERSET, N.J. >> President Donald Trump doubled down on denouncing protests by NFL players and rescinded NBA star Stephen Curry’s White House invitation on Saturday, a series of tweets that quickly inflamed football and basketball stars and even prompted LeBron James to call the president a “bum.

US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea |Sep 23, 2017

WASHINGTON >>In a show of American military might to North Korea, U.S. bombers and fighter escorts flew on Saturday to the farthest point north of the border between North and South Korea by any such American aircraft this century.

Puerto Rico faces weeks without electricity after Maria |Sep 22, 2017

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The eye of Hurricane Maria was nearing the Turks and Caicos early Friday as Puerto Rico sought to recover from the storm's devastation. Two days after Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, flooding towns, crushing homes and killing at least two people, millions on the island faced the dispiriting prospect of weeks and perhaps months without electricity.

Search for Mexico quake survivors enters day 4, some success |Sep 22, 2017

MEXICO CITY — Survivors were still being pulled from the rubble in Mexico City as rescue operations stretched into a fourth day Friday, spurring hope among desperate relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by a magnitude 7.

Trump hits GOP foes of health-care bill, Sen. Paul calls it ‘fake repeal’ |Sep 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump used Twitter Friday to slam Sen. Rand Paul and other Republicans who might oppose the GOP’s last-gasp effort to topple the Obama health care law. Paul fired back, calling the Senate bill “fake repeal” and saying the White House just wants a victory without caring about the legislation’s details.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos uses her private plane for work travel |Sep 21, 2017

WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos uses a private jet to fly around the country to tour schools and attend other work events on her own dime, according to her office. Education Department Press Secretary Liz Hill said in a statement to The Associated Press that DeVos travels “on personally-owned aircraft” at zero cost to taxpayers.

A stunned Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild after Hurricane Maria |Sep 21, 2017

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Rescuers fanned out to reach stunned victims Thursday after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, knocking out electricity to the entire island and triggering landslides and floods.

Federal agency urging corporate cybersecurity upgrades is hacked |Sep 21, 2017

The federal agency responsible for ensuring that markets function as they should and for protecting investors was hacked last year and the intruders may have used the nonpublic information they obtained to profit illegally.

Hurricane Maria knocks out power, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico |Sep 20, 2017

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years tore off roofs and doors, knocked out power across the entire island and unleashed heavy flooding Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.

Mexicans dig through collapsed buildings as quake kills more than 200 |Sep 20, 2017

MEXICO CITY — Rescuers found a surviving child on Wednesday in the ruins of a school that collapsed in Mexico’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake, one of many efforts across the city to try to save people trapped in debris under schools, homes and businesses toppled by the quake that killed at least 225 people.

Boxer LaMotta, immortalized in ‘Raging Bull,’ dies at 95 |Sep 20, 2017

MIAMI (AP) — Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” has died at the age of 95. His fiancee, Denise Baker, says LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia.

Trump’s UN comments were ‘ignorant, absurd,’ says Iranian president |Sep 20, 2017

UNITED NATIONS — Iran’s president warned the United States on Thursday that his country will “respond decisively” to any violation of the agreement that reins in Tehran’s nuclear program and called U.

GOP senator defends health-care bill against Jimmy Kimmel’s attacks |Sep 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bill Cassidy defended his health care bill Wednesday after late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel accused the Louisiana Republican of lying to him about it, heightening the tension around the last-ditch GOP effort to make good on years of promises to repeal “Obamacare.

California sues Trump administration to prevent border wall |Sep 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO — California’s attorney general sued the Trump administration Wednesday over its plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, arguing it’s overstepping its authority by waiving environmental reviews and other laws.

Hurricane Maria smashes Dominica, now menaces Puerto Rico |Sep 19, 2017

ROSEAU, Dominica — Dominica’s leader sent out an emotional call for help as Category 5 Hurricane Maria smashed into the Caribbean island, causing “mind-boggling” devastation, but an ominous silence followed as the island lost all communications on Tuesday and the hurricane took aim at Puerto Rico.

Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar’s map |Sep 19, 2017

YANGON, Myanmar — For generations, Rohingya Muslims have called Myanmar home. Now, in what appears to be a systematic purge, the minority ethnic group is being wiped off the map. After a series of attacks by Muslim militants last month, security forces and allied mobs retaliated by burning down thousands of Rohingya homes in the predominantly Buddhist nation.

Trump threatens ‘total destruction’ of North Korea |Sep 19, 2017

UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the nation’s “Rocket man” leader does not abandon his drive toward nuclear weapons.

Got an Amazon return? Kohl’s soon will send it back for you |Sep 19, 2017

Amazon, in its relentless pursuit to be your one-stop e-commerce shop, has concocted a package return program with Kohl’s. The retailers in October will offer a free return service at 82 Kohl’s stores on certain Amazon purchases.

Sen. Graham upbeat about health care repeal effort |Sep 19, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the GOP effort to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law (all times local): 2:52 p.m. A chief sponsor of Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare says he’s “never felt better about where we’re at” but stopped short of predicting the GOP has the votes to pass the measure.

Parasite plagues world salmon industry |Sep 18, 2017

ST. ANDREWS, New Brunswick — Salmon have a lousy problem, and the race to solve it is spanning the globe. A surge of parasitic sea lice is disrupting salmon farms around the world. The tiny lice attach themselves to salmon and feed on them, killing or rendering them unsuitable for dinner tables.

Trump calls for UN reform, but with more restrained tones |Sep 18, 2017

UNITED NATIONS >> President Donald Trump used his United Nations debut on Monday to prod the international organization to cut its bloated bureaucracy and fulfill its mission. But he pledged U.

Senate on track to pass $700 billion defense bill |Sep 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Senate is on track to pass a defense policy bill that pumps $700 billion into the Pentagon budget, expands U.S. missile defenses in response to North Korea’s growing hostility and refuses to allow excess military bases to be closed.

Several LA-area DACA immigrants among those suing Trump administration |Sep 18, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — Six immigrants brought to the United States as children who became teachers, graduate students and a lawyer sued the Trump administration on Monday over its decision to end a program shielding them from deportation.

Lawsuit alleges Tesla, other automakers used illegal foreign workers to build plants |Sep 18, 2017

Widening earlier claims of immigration fraud at the Tesla factory, a recently unsealed whistleblower suit says several other major automakers, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volkswagen, illegally used foreign construction workers to build their U.

St. Louis area readies for third day of demonstrations |Sep 17, 2017

ST. LOUIS >> Suburban St. Louis shop owners on Sunday swept up broken glass and boarded up storefront windows that were shattered overnight when a day of peaceful protests turned violent, as the city and its surrounding communities prepared for a third day of demonstrations.

Harvey recovery czar faces limits to ‘future-proofing’ Texas |Sep 17, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas >> The man tasked with overseeing Texas’ Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts sees his job as “future-proofing” before the next disaster, but he isn’t empowered on his own to reshape flood-prone Houston or the state’s vulnerable coastline, which has been walloped by three major hurricanes since 2006.

Bossert out front as Trump’s detail man on homeland threats |Sep 17, 2017

WASHINGTON >> At nearly 6-foot-6, Tom Bossert is hard to miss. Yet he came and went through the gilded lobby at Trump Tower multiple times during the presidential transition largely unnoticed among the parade of White House job candidates headed for the elevators.

New storm Maria a growing threat to Irma-slammed Caribbean |Sep 17, 2017

MEXICO CITY >> The hurricane-battered islands of the Caribbean are facing yet another storm threat: Forecasters said Sunday that Tropical Storm Maria is likely to hit the Leeward Islands as a strengthening hurricane by Monday night.

France: Acid attack on 4 US tourists not seen as terror act |Sep 17, 2017

PARIS >> Four young American tourists were attacked with acid Sunday at a train station in the French city of Marseille, but French authorities so far do not think extremist views motivated the 41-year-old woman who was arrested as the alleged assailant, the local prosecutor’s office said.

Top US diplomat says closing Embassy in Cuba ‘under review’ |Sep 17, 2017

NEW YORK >> The Trump administration is considering closing down the recently reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana following a string of unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday.

Police think 2 Louisiana slayings likely racially motivated |Sep 17, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. >> The slayings of two black men in Baton Rouge last week were likely racially motivated, police said Sunday, and a suspect — a 23-year-old white man — was in custody.

Irma evacuation nightmare: Next time some may not leave |Sep 17, 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. >> After a painful flight across several states to escape unpredictable Hurricane Irma, Suzanne Pallot says it’s unlikely she would evacuate South Florida again — an attitude echoed by other evacuees that experts say could put them in danger when the next storm hits.

Trump, in new dig, mocks North Korea leader as ‘Rocket Man’ |Sep 17, 2017

SOMERSET, N.J. >> President Donald Trump on Sunday mocked the leader of nuclear-armed North Korea as “Rocket Man” while White House advisers said the isolated nation would face destruction unless it shelves its weapons programs and bellicose threats.

‘It’ stomps ‘mother!’ with $60M in its second week |Sep 17, 2017

NEW YORK >> The Stephen King adaptation “It” continues to scare up record ticket sales, taking in an estimated $60 million in its second week and leaving a paltry $7.5 million for Darren Aronofsky’s audacious genre-bending psychological thriller “mother!” New Line and Warner Bros.

Top Democrats Schumer and Pelosi now deal-makers with Trump |Sep 16, 2017

WASHINGTON >> It’s been a long eight months in the wilderness for Democrats, but if any two were going to find their way back to the action it was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his House counterpart, Nancy Pelosi.

Malaysia police arrest 7 boys linked to deadly school fire |Sep 16, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia >> Malaysian police said Saturday they have arrested seven boys suspected of intentionally starting a fire at an Islamic boarding school that killed 23 people because students there had teased them.

Nursing home tragedy unfolded days after Hurricane Irma’s initial hit |Sep 16, 2017

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. >> The first 911 call from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills didn’t sound ominous: A nursing home patient had an abnormal heartbeat. An hour later, came a second call: a patient had trouble breathing.