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Thousands flee from ‘monster’ wildfire on Canary Islands

By BARRY HATTON Associated Press LISBON, Portugal — An out-of-control wildfire in Spain's Canary Islands was throwing flames 50 meters (160 feet) into the air on Monday, forcing emergency workers to evacuate more than 9,000 people, authorities said. The blaze — described by the ...

Funerals held for four children killed in day care fire

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Residents of a Pennsylvania city gathered to mourn and remember four of the five children who died when fire swept through a home child care center. A funeral service was held Saturday in Erie for 8-year-old La’Myhia Jones, 6-year-old Luther Jones Jr., 4-year-old Ava ...

Florida’s iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press DAVIE, Fla. — Florida's iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps in months, with no chance for recovery once they become ill. Spread by a rice-sized, plant-hopping insect, lethal bronzing has gone from a ...

At a glance: Weapons sites converted into wildlife refuges

By The Associated Press Six sites where the U.S. government manufactured or tested some of its most lethal weapons have been converted to wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: ∫ Amchitka Island, part of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Amchitka was the ...

Today in History

By the Associated Press On August 20, 1986, postal employee Patrick Henry Sherrill went on a deadly rampage at a post office in Edmond, Okla., shooting 14 fellow workers to death before killing himself. On this date: In 1862, the New York Tribune published an open letter by editor Horace ...

Rueful over heritage claim, Warren woos Native American vote

By ELANA SCHOR and JOSH FUNK Associated Press SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that's proved to be a big political ...

Early Epstein accuser: Police could have stopped him in 1997

By KATIE CAMPIONE and JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press SANTA MONICA, Calif. — More than two decades before Jeffrey Epstein took his own life, a woman went into a California police station and filed one of the earliest sex-crime complaints against him: that he groped her during what ...

US extends limited reprieve on tech sales to China’s Huawei

By FRANK BAJAK Associated Press The Trump administration has extended a limited reprieve on U.S. technology sales to Huawei, even as questions remain over how much of an effect broader sanctions are having on the Chinese technology giant. Huawei has become enmeshed in the trade war ...

Economists see US recession by end of 2021

By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer WASHINGTON — A strong majority, 74%, of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump's economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021. The economists surveyed ...

Brand-name drug prices rising at slower pace, lower amounts

By LINDA A. JOHNSON and NICKY FORSTER Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. — Drug companies are still raising prices for brand-name prescription medicines, just not as often or by as much as they used to, according to an Associated Press analysis. After years of frequent list price hikes, ...

NYPD fires officer five years after Garner’s death

By JIM MUSTIAN, MICHAEL R. SISAK and TOM HAYS Associated Press NEW YORK— After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, the unarmed man whose dying gasps of "I can't ...

Pentagon conducts first test of previously banned missile

By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned this month, the Pentagon said. The test off the coast of ...

Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program

By DAVID CRARY and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press NEW YORK — Planned Parenthood said Monday it's pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. Alexis McGill ...

Venezuelan man makes ‘one-legged’ trek across South America

By MANUEL RUEDA and LUJAN AGUSTI Associated Press USHUAIA, Argentina— A Venezuelan man who lost his left leg in a traffic accident has walked to the bottom tip of South America, hoping to inspire his daughter and his compatriots to pursue their dreams despite difficult times. Yeslie ...

Trump dismisses worries of recession, says economy is strong

By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday the economy is "doing very well" and dismissed concerns of recession, offering an optimistic outlook after last week's steep drop in the financial markets. "I don't think we're having a ...

Alaska man discovers message in bottle from Russian Navy

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska. Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of ...

Far-right and antifa groups claim victory at Portland

By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With both the left and the right declaring victory following a long-hyped rally that had Portland, Oregon, on edge it seems the liberal city will continue to be a flashpoint in an increasingly divided country. City officials ...

Police: Man accused of threat to Jewish center arrested

NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man accused of making what they believe was a threat to a Jewish center in Ohio on Instagram has been arrested on telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing charges. New Middletown police say they arrested 20-year-old James Reardon, Jr., ...

Leaked UK memos warn of food, drug shortages in Brexit chaos

By RAPHAEL SATTER Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Secret British government documents have warned of serious disruptions across the country in the event that the U.K. leaves the European Union without a trade deal on Oct. 31, according to a report. The Sunday Times newspaper published ...

‘Easy Rider’ star, 1960s swashbuckler Peter Fonda dies at 79

By LINDSEY BAHR and ANDREW DALTON Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic "Easy Rider," died Friday at his home of complications from lung ...