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Florida homeless group helps top chefs prep food festival

By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press MIAMI BEACH — From Rachael Ray to Bobby Flay, celebrity chefs are in town this weekend for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where fine-palated foodies might not know that some of their dishes have been prepared at one of Florida's largest ...

Former NOLA restaurateur serves Cajun cuisine in Maryland

By CRYSTAL SCHELLE The Frederick News-Post, via AP FREDERICK, Md. — It’s a recent Sunday afternoon at the Frederick home of Kevin Lipps and his wife, Lauren, and from the front room, the spicy aroma of a simmering pot of gumbo hits the nose. Lipps, a Frederick native, ran a ...

Canary Islands’ airports reopen as wind and sandstorm ease

MADRID (AP) — All airports on Spain's Canary Islands had reopened Monday after authorities said the worst is over from strong winds that have thickened the air with sand and dust from the Sahara desert. The sandstorm was accompanied over the weekend by wind gusts up to 120 kph (around 75 ...

Heavy rains, flooding pummel Cairo and parts of Egypt

By SAMY MAGDY Associated Press CAIRO — Heavy rains pummeled the Egyptian capital of Cairo and other parts of the country Monday, causing massive traffic jams and flooding on many key roads. The downpour also forced authorities to suspend classes the following day at schools and ...

39 states to investigate Juul’s marketing

By DAVE COLLINS and MATTHEW PERRONE Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. — A coalition of 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices, ...

Trump says two justices should sit out cases, but they decide

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON — A month before the Supreme Court takes up cases over his tax returns and financial records, President Donald Trump on Tuesday made the unusual suggestion that two liberal justices should not take part in those or any other cases involving ...

After tragedies, New Orleans celebrates end of Carnival

REBECCA SANTANA and JANET MCCONNAUGHEY Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Thousands of people thronged the streets of New Orleans on Fat Tuesday, reaching for beads, shimmying to the music of marching bands and celebrating the end of a Carnival season tinged by tragedy after two ...

Scientists gather to study risk from microplastic pollution

By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Tiny bits of broken-down plastic smaller than a fraction of a grain of rice are turning up everywhere in oceans, from the water to the guts of fish and the poop of sea otters and giant killer whales. Yet little is known about the ...

Congresswoman: Science should guide nuclear storage decision

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A member of New Mexico's congressional delegation wants to ensure a “sound and robust” scientific review is done before federal regulators decide whether to sign off on plans for a multibillion-dollar temporary storage facility for spent nuclear fuel. U.S. Rep. ...

JPMorgan to stop lending to coal companies

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. will no longer do business with coal companies and will restrict financing to companies that drill in the Arctic, the company announced Tuesday. The announcement came in tandem with the bank announcing it would extend $200 billion in financing to ...

Opponents fault Trump proposal to cut environmental reviews

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press WASHINGTON — Describing windows rattled by industrial blasts and windowsills covered in toxic ash, an African American resident of Texas’ oil hub joined Democratic lawmakers, state officials and others Tuesday in urging the Trump administration to ...

NTSB: Driver in fatal Tesla crash was playing video game

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board says the driver of a Tesla SUV who died in a Silicon Valley crash two years ago was playing a video game on his smartphone while his vehicle was being controlled by a partially automated driving ...

Church shooter Dylann Roof staged death row hunger strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — White supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof staged a hunger strike this month while on federal death row, alleging in letters to The Associated Press that he’s been “targeted by staff,” “verbally harassed and abused without cause” and “treated disproportionately ...

WWII veteran turns 100 with memories of her war service

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A veteran turning 100 in Utah has recalled her service in World War II working as an engineer and in confidential communications, which gave her access to one of the war's final secrets. Olive O’Mara was 21 years old when Japanese planes attacked the U.S. naval base at ...

Homeless unsheltered in life, often unclaimed in death

By JO CIAVAGLIA Bucks County Courier Times, via AP NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Even in death, Todd Donohue is homeless. The 51-year-old man was a frequent visitor at Norristown shelters in the years before his 2016 death, according to coroner records. In the years since, his cremated remains ...

Mars lander confirms quakes, even aftershocks on red planet

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's newest Mars lander has confirmed that quakes and even aftershocks are regularly jolting the red planet. Scientists reported Monday that the seismometer from the InSight spacecraft has detected scores of marsquakes. A ...

SpaceX aims to launch up to four tourists into super high orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX aims to launch up to four tourists into a super high orbit, possibly by the end of next year. The private company is working with Space Adventures Inc. for the flight, officials announced Tuesday. Ticket prices are not being divulged but expected to be in ...

Abandoned as newborn, Erie man traces his parents

By VALERIE MYERS Erie Times-News via AP ERIE — Richard Caufman was abandoned days after birth. He was found in the snow on a North East farm on Feb. 8, 1953. A farmer getting his car out of the weather and into his garage that evening heard a faint cry and saw a baby on the ground ...

Justices to hear Philly dispute over same-sex foster parents

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples. The justices will review an appeals court ruling that upheld the city's decision to stop placing children with the Archdiocese ...

Crews battle fire in park close to Appalachian Trail, I-80

HARDWICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters from federal and New Jersey agencies battled a forest fire for a second day early Monday in a popular hiking area that is crossed by the Appalachian Trail and a major interstate highway. The fire burned in New Jersey's Worthington State Forest ...