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Texas prepares as Harvey strengthens to Category 2 storm

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Hurricane Harvey intensified as it steered toward the Texas coast on Friday, with forecasters saying it had strengthened to a Category 2 storm with the potential to swamp communities more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) inland. The ...

Witness: Charleston gunman declared ‘There’s a new boss’

By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — First he noticed waitresses and kitchen staff starting to leave hurriedly through the front door. Then a man dressed like another restaurant employee, in an apron and backward ball cap, strolled into the dining room and made an ...

Florida uses new drug to execute man convicted of 2 murders

By JASON DEAREN, Associated Press STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has put a man to death with an anesthetic never used before in a U.S. lethal injection, carrying out its first execution in more than 18 months on an inmate convicted of two racially motivated murders. Authorities said ...

US seeks prison sentence for VW engineer in diesel scandal

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. prosecutors will seek a three-year prison sentence on Friday for a Volkswagen engineer who had a key role in the company's diesel emissions scandal. Robert Liang, 63, was one of two VW employees to plead guilty in the scheme, although others charged in the case are in ...

Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander after warship accidents

By KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy dismissed the commander of the Asia-based 7th Fleet on Wednesday after a series of warship accidents raised questions about its operations in the Pacific. A two-sentence statement said Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. ...

Trump talks unity, but detours into angry words for media

By JULIE BYKOWICZ, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump opened his political rally in Phoenix with calls for unity and an assertion that "our movement is about love." Then he erupted in anger. He blamed the media for the widespread condemnation of his response to violence ...

Flint, Michigan councilman pawned his government laptop

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan city council member accused of pawning his publicly owned laptop has pleaded no contest to willful neglect of duty. The misdemeanor charge against Flint Councilman Eric Mays was announced Wednesday. Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton says "it's time for ...

Charlottesville begins covering Confederate statue in black

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Workers in Charlottesville shrouded a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in black on Wednesday in a move intended to symbolize the city's mourning for a woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally earlier this month. Live video from the scene ...

Walmart joins forces with Google on voice-activated shopping

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it's not doing it alone. The world's largest retailer said Wednesday it's working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry ...

Americans stake out prime viewing spots to see sun go dark

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer Americans with telescopes, cameras and protective glasses staked out viewing spots along a narrow corridor from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday in what promised to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in ...

Jerry Lewis, Hollywood survivor, showman, dies at 91

By CHRISTY LEMIRE, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Lewis epitomized what it meant to be a survivor in Hollywood. Through ups and downs in popularity, health troubles and weight fluctuations and the sorts of seismic shifts that take place over decades in the entertainment industry, ...

University of Texas removes Confederate statues

By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Pres AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas President Greg Fenves ordered the immediate removal of statues of Robert E. Lee and other prominent Confederate figures from a main area of campus, saying such monuments have become "symbols of modern white supremacy ...

No one hurt after plane emergency lands on a Florida highway

FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say no one is hurt after a single-engine plane caught fire during its emergency landing on a Florida highway, which closed traffic in both directions. Local news outlets report the pilot decided to land Sunday night near John Anderson Highway in Flagler ...

Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis

By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese torpedoes. The sinking of the ...

Massive counterprotest upstages Boston “free speech rally”

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans in a public rejection of white nationalism upstaged a small group in Boston that planned a "free speech rally" a week after a violent clash rocked Virginia and reverberated across the ...

Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies

By DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84. Gregory died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after ...

Suspect in killings of 2 Fla. officers arrested at bar

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A police officer in Florida died from his injuries Saturday, a day after his colleague was killed when a suspect fired at them during a scuffle while they were on patrol. The suspect was later arrested at a bar. Sgt. Sam Howard died Saturday afternoon at a hospital ...

Trump to visit Marine base in Yuma before Phoenix rally

YUMA, Arizona (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit a Marine Corps base in Arizona along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump is set to visit Marine Air Station Yuma on Tuesday afternoon before he travels to Phoenix to hold a rally. Yuma's location along the ...

Man recounts pushing fiancee away from car during protest

By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — With tires screeching and bodies flying, Marcus Martin shoved his fiancee out of the way of a car charging through a crowd of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marcus Martin was promptly hit and upended by the car ...

Confederate monuments removed overnight in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — Confederate monuments in Baltimore were quietly removed and hauled away on trucks in darkness early Wednesday, days after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia that was sparked by plans to take down a similar statue there. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told The ...