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Paper airplane, sand among 12 finalists for Toy Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — No-frills toys including the paper airplane, sand and play food are among 12 finalists vying for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The contenders for the Class of 2017 were announced Tuesday. Also up for the honor are the board games Risk and Clue, the Magic ...

Pelosi declines to back Bernie Sanders’ health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is declining to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders' universal health care bill. The liberal California Democrat says that while she has long supported the idea the bill captures, of everybody getting health coverage, "Right now I'm protecting ...

Prosecutors to consider charges in Australian woman’s death

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The case of a Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in July has been handed over to prosecutors for possible charges, investigators and prosecutors announced Tuesday. It's the third high-profile police ...

Irma turns Caribbean island paradises into nightmares

By ANIKA KENTISH and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) — Strung like beads along the northeast edge of the Caribbean, the Leeward Islands are tiny, remote and beautiful, with azure waters and ocean breezes drawing tourists from around the world. The wild ...

Irma closes in with Tampa, not Miami, in the crosshairs

By JAY REEVES and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Irma's leading edges whipped palm trees and kicked up the surf as the storm spun toward Florida with 125 mph winds Saturday on a projected new track that could put Tampa — not Miami — in the ...

Hundreds protest immigration order outside Trump hotel

By WILLIAM MATHIS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of people rallied Saturday outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City to protest the Trump administration's decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation. The protesters on Saturday ...

Bikers in the buff ride through Philadelphia’s streets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — And they're off — the Philadelphia bicyclists and their clothes. Thousands of nude cyclists have set off on a trek around the city for the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride. Organizers say about 3,000 riders in various stages of undress on Saturday planned to pedal a ...

Scramble to flee Irma underscores rich, poor divide

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Hotel dishwasher Wilman Hernandez waited with his wife and young son at a Miami Beach bus stop, desperately looking for a way to get to a shelter where they could ride out Hurricane Irma. Hernandez fears the storm will ...

AP Exclusive: Toxic sites in likely path of Irma

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and JASON DEAREN, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Dozens of personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency worked to secure some of the nation's most contaminated toxic waste sites as Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida. The agency said its employees evacuated ...

Donald Trump Jr. heads to Capitol to explain 2016 meeting

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's oldest son is scheduled to make his first appearance on Capitol Hill Thursday as part of a Senate investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and a meeting he had with Russians during ...

Hurricane Irma toll hits 10, increasing threat for Florida

By DANICA COTO and ANIKA KENTISH, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Fearsome Hurricane Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead ...

AP Exclusive: Most Florida flood zone property not insured

By TERRY SPENCER and MEGHAN HOYER, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, an Associated Press analysis shows a steep drop in flood insurance across the state, including the areas most endangered by what could be a devastating storm surge. In ...

Science Says: How repeated head blows affect the brain

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Researchers are tackling fresh questions about a degenerative brain disease now that it has been detected in the brains of nearly 200 football players after death. The suspected cause is repeated head blows, an almost unavoidable part of ...

DeVos expected to share plans on Title IX enforcement

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said Obama administration guidance on how colleges should handle sexual assault complaints isn't working and suggested it needs revisions. She was expected to detail her plans Thursday in what the U.S. Education ...

Irma strengthens to a Cat 5 storm as it nears Caribbean

By DANICA COTO, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Irma strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 storm Tuesday as it roared toward the northeast Caribbean on a path toward the U.S. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma had sustained winds of 175mph (280 kph) ...

Trump’s decision on young immigrants could begin GOP battle

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to take a hard line on young immigrants unless Congress intervenes threatens to expose deep divides among Republicans who have long struggled with the issue, with one conservative warning of a potential "civil ...

Trump family and associates to be in Russia probe crosshairs

By ERIC TUCKER, CHAD DAY and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress returns from recess, President Donald Trump's family and associates will be back in the crosshairs of congressional committees investigating whether his campaign colluded with Russia, as well as ...

‘Build the wall’ takes back seat to rebuilding after Harvey

By NOMAAN MERCHANT and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government carefully designed a path of least resistance to building a border wall in Texas, picking a wildlife refuge and other places it already owns or controls to quickly begin construction. All it needed was ...

New Jersey homicide suspect caught in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — A suspected member of a violent Central American gang wanted in connection with a homicide in New Jersey has been captured in Massachusetts. Boston police say 20-year-old Francisco Carlos Ramires was among three men arrested on Sunday. He was also wanted in connection with ...

Fewer Harvey victims at shelters doesn’t end housing needs

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — One couple displaced by Harvey managed to get a hotel room, but got kicked out after one night for lacking state identification that was lost to the flooding. A man whose cellphone was wrecked by floodwater is staying at a convention ...