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Florida timber farmers face tough choices year after Michael

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. — The sunsets are a sight to behold in Joe Leonard's neck of the woods these days. A year ago, lush stands of towering pines obscured the horizon, he said as he drove his pickup along a dusty Florida Panhandle road. Now, fields of ...

US pulling out of northern Syria

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States appears to be heading toward a full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos , cries of betrayal and signs that Turkey's invasion could fuel a broader war. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said ...

Poland’s ruling party declares victory in divided nation

By VANESSA GERA and MONIKA SCISLOWSKA Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative governing Law and Justice party won the most votes in Sunday's election in the deeply divided nation and appeared, according to an exit poll, to have secured a comfortable majority in ...

Indigenous leaders, officials head to Ecuador protest talks

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and GONZALO SOLANO Associated Press QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Residents of Ecuador's capital picked their way through piles of burnt tires and chunks of pavement Sunday as the government and indigenous protesters headed to negotiations aimed at defusing more than a ...

Today in history

By The Associated Press On Oct. 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. ("Chuck") Yeager (YAY'-gur) became the first test pilot to break the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell XS-1 (later X-1) rocket plane over Muroc Dry Lake in California. On this date: In 1912, Theodore ...

Serial killer’s victim portraits could help crack cold cases

By DAN SEWELL and MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press Most of the women in Samuel Little's hand-drawn portraits seem to be frowning. Their hair is short and curly or long and straight. They stare straight ahead or slightly off to the side. Some wear lipstick and jewelry. Little, whom the ...

Police probe for motive in killings at illegal gambling spot

NEW YORK (AP) — Police were investigating Sunday whether a gambling dispute, robbery or something else led to the shooting deaths of four people at an illegal gambling club in Brooklyn that was just blocks from a police precinct. The New York Police Department identified the dead as Terence ...

Daycare fire that killed five children blamed on extension cord

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Investigators are blaming an electrical extension cord for a fire that killed five small children two months ago in Pennsylvania. The investigative team said Thursday that the deadly Aug. 11 fire at the Erie, Pennsylvania, home that included the Harris Family Daycare was an ...

Today in history

By The Associated Press On Oct. 12, 1984, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escaped an attempt on her life when an Irish Republican Army bomb exploded at a hotel in Brighton, England, killing five people. On this date: In 1492 (according to the Old Style calendar), Christopher ...

Alexei Leonov, first human to walk in space, dies in Moscow

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA Associated Press MOSCOW — Alexei Leonov, the legendary Soviet cosmonaut who became the first human to walk in space 54 years ago — and who nearly didn't make it back into his space capsule — has died in Moscow at 85. The Russian space agency Roscosmos made the ...

US bolsters Saudi defense against Iran with jets, missiles

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON — The U.S. is deploying dozens more fighter jets and additional air defenses to Saudi Arabia, beefing up efforts to defend the kingdom against Iran even as President Donald Trump repeatedly insists that America must get out of endless ...

Ethiopia’s reformist PM Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel peace prize

By ELIAS MESERET and CARA ANNA Associated Press ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to a dynamic young African leader whose sweeping reforms and surprising embrace of a bitter rival have been praised as an inspiration to the continent and a hopeful ...

California adopts broadest US rules for seizing guns

By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that will make the state the first to allow employers, co-workers and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders against other people. The bill was vetoed twice by former ...

Boeing, FAA both faulted in certification of the 737 Max

NEW YORK (AP) — Boeing withheld key information about its 737 Max plane from pilots and safety officials, and regulators lacked the expertise to understand an automated flight system on the new plane that has been involved in two deadly crashes. Those are among many findings made by a panel ...

Custom-made cakes put smiles on the faces of ill children

By GARY PULEO The Times Herald via AP NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Few things can sweeten the day of an ailing child like a beautifully frosted birthday cake. And few bakers know how to spin sugar and flour into an edible fantasy like the artisans of Icing Smiles. The organization has iced nearly ...

Dog lost since 2007 found over 1K miles away in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A toy fox terrier that disappeared from its family's south Florida home in 2007 was found this week over a thousand miles away in Pittsburgh. Humane Animal Rescue says the 14-year-old named Dutchess was found hungry, shivering and in serious need of a nail trim under a ...

Prosecutor: Man who killed six in Texas deserves death penalty

By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press HOUSTON — A frightened and wounded 4-year-old boy sought the protection of his already dead father during a brutal attack that ended in the killing of six family members, prosecutors said Friday as they sought to convince jurors that the shooter was ...

Arrest of Giuliani associates ensnares ‘Congressman 1’

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, DESMOND BUTLER and BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press WASHINGTON — Businessmen with ties to Rudy Giuliani lobbied a U.S. congressman in 2018 for help ousting the American ambassador to Ukraine around the same time they committed to raising money for the ...

Typhoon may bring 30 inches of rain, strong winds to Tokyo

By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press TOKYO — A powerful typhoon is forecast to bring up to 80 centimeters (30 inches) of rain and damaging winds to the Tokyo area and Japan's Pacific coast this weekend, and the government is warning residents to stockpile necessities and leave high-risk ...

Lawsuit seeks to keep victim rights question off fall ballot

By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. — A lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to keep a proposed constitutional amendment question off the fall ballot, arguing it improperly combines a set of changes that should be voted on as separate amendments. The state League of Women Voters ...