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Hurricane Maria aims at Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Maria barreled toward Puerto Rico on Tuesday night after wreaking widespread devastation on Dominica and leaving the small Caribbean island virtually incommunicado. As rains began to lash Puerto Rico, Gov. Ricardo Rossello warned that Maria could hit “with a force and violence that we haven’t seen for several generations.” “We’re going to lose ... Read More »

Mueller team questions deputy AG amid probe of Comey firing

Rod Rosenstein

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as it probes the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday. It is not clear exactly when the conversation took place, or how long it lasted, but Rosenstein is relevant to Mueller’s investigation because ... Read More »

AP Interview: NATO chief welcomes Trump’s new approach

Jens Stoltenberg

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — NATO’s secretary-general welcomed President Donald Trump’s new strategy for the 16-year Afghan war and said the U.S. leader’s insistence that NATO members increase their defense spending is achieving positive results. Jens Stoltenberg said in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly’s annual meeting of world leaders that Trump ... Read More »

Alex Gordon hits MLB’s record-setting 5,694th HR of season

TORONTO (AP) — Kansas City’s Alex Gordon broke Major League Baseball’s season home run record with 12 days to spare, hitting the 5,694th long ball of 2017 on Tuesday night. Gordon’s home run off Toronto’s Ryan Tepera broke a mark set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. The drive, which drove in the last run in the ... Read More »

149 killed as 7.1 magnitude quake fells buildings in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing buildings in plumes of dust and killing at least 149 people. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby ... Read More »

In stark UN speech, Trump threatens to “destroy” North Korea

Donald Trump

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to “totally destroy North Korea” if the U.S. is forced to defend itself or its allies against the renegade nation’s nuclear weapons program, making his case in a combative debut speech to the U.N. that laid out a stark, good-vs-evil view of a globe riven by chaos and turmoil. Trump’s broadsides ... Read More »

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: 1. ANOTHER QUAKE STRIKES MEXICO A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stuns central Mexico, killing over 100 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. 2. WHAT TRUMP SAID AT UN President Donald Trump vows to “totally destroy North Korea” if the U.S. must defend ... Read More »

AP Interview: Lavrov hints US-Russia ‘Tit-for-tat’ could end

NEW YORK (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that he heard positive news in President Donald Trump’s United Nations address: “that the U.S. would not impose its way of life on others.” “I think it’s a very welcome statement, which we haven’t heard from an American leader for a very long ... Read More »

RNC: Spending on legal bills for Trump Jr. nears $200K

Donald Trump Jr., Sean Hannity

NEW YORK (AP) — The Republican National Committee has paid nearly $200,000 in legal fees for President Donald Trump’s eldest son in connection with the Russia investigation, a committee official said Tuesday. More than $166,000 was paid to Donald Trump Jr.’s attorney, Alan Futerfas. Another $30,000 went to the law firm of Williams & Jenson, which helped prepare him for ... Read More »

Nominee for EPA chemical safety post has deep industry ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency has for years accepted payments for criticizing studies that raised concerns about the safety of his clients’ products, according to a review of financial records and his published work by The Associated Press. Michael L. Dourson’s nomination as head of EPA’s Office of Chemical ... Read More »