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Maria drenches Dominican Republic after hammering Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria lashed parts of the Dominican Republic with heavy rain and high winds and headed northwest in the Caribbean on Thursday after making a direct hit on Puerto Rico that caused severe flooding and cut power to the entire island.

Hurricane Maria lashes Dominican Republic after direct hit on Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria thrashed parts of the Dominican Republic with heavy rain and high winds as it passed near its east and north coasts on Thursday after making a direct hit on Puerto Rico that caused severe flooding and cut power to the entire island.

St. Louis approves police body cameras ahead of more protests

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis officials decided on Wednesday to supply police officers with body cameras for a year following nearly a week of protests touched off by the acquittal of a former police officer for the shooting death of a black man.

Oklahoma City police fatally shoot deaf man who did not respond to commands

- A deaf man holding a metal pipe was fatally shot by Oklahoma City police who yelled for him to drop his weapon and get on the ground but did not know he could not hear, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

Washington state sues over $1/day wages paid to immigrant detainees

- Washington State's Attorney General on Wednesday sued private prison company Geo Group Inc for violating the state's minimum wage laws by paying detained immigrants a one dollar a day or less for work they do while in detention at one of the company's federal facilities.

Trump makes his debut at ceremonies for new U.S. citizens

- For the first eight months of Donald Trump's presidency, new U.S. citizens did not receive the customary presidential welcome at their naturalization ceremonies.

Girl in hospital after being struck by baseball at Yankee Stadium

- A young girl was transported to hospital after being hit by a foul ball off the bat of third baseman Todd Frazier in the fifth inning of the New York Yankees' home game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon.

Tax breaks cost New York $1.2 billion in financial year 2017, half went to film industry

NEW YORK - New York state lost $1.2 billion of revenues from corporate tax breaks in fiscal 2017, with at least half of the total going to the film industry, a Washington watchdog group said on Wednesday.

Attorney General Sessions says marijuana still illegal

- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday criticized the legalization of marijuana in multiple states and warned that the federal law banning use and sale of the drug "remains in effect," remarks that could stoke fears of a federal crackdown.

Boston beheading plotter cited 2013 bombing: prosecutor

BOSTON - A Massachusetts man charged with plotting to attack police and behead a conservative blogger on behalf of Islamic State told someone online that he wanted to cause more harm than the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Walmart, Target join call for 'Dreamer' legislation

- Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Target Corp and PepsiCo Inc on Wednesday joined an expanded group of nearly 800 companies calling in a letter for U.S. legislation to protect immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents from deportation, according to organizer FWD.us.

Trial opens for American in Islamic State-linked police beheading plot

BOSTON - A Massachusetts man charged with plotting to behead police officers in an effort to help Islamic State was due in court on Wednesday for the start of his trial on charges including conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism.

After protests, St. Louis mayor says address racism

ST. LOUIS - The legacies of racism, not only the violent protests that gripped St. Louis after a white former police officer was acquitted of murdering a black man, must be addressed, the city's mayor said on Tuesday.

Police, protesters clash after vigil for slain Georgia Tech student

ATLANTA - Violent clashes erupted overnight between police and protesters after a memorial vigil for a Georgia Tech student killed by campus officers, and the school's president on Tuesday blamed the unrest on "outside agitators."

Trump's U.N. speech shows nationalist instincts firmly intact

Among the many signals that Donald Trump sent in his speech to the United Nations on Tuesday, one was especially clear: former chief strategist Steve Bannon's White House departure has not muted the president's "America First" foreign policy instincts.

Black cops in St. Louis stuck between public, fellow officers

ST. LOUIS - During a peaceful protest moments before St. Louis would erupt into three nights of racially charged riots, five people confronted a black police officer alone in his Jeep.

Eerie calm hangs over Puerto Rican capital before storm

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Streets usually abuzz with diners, shoppers, and traffic stood silent, shuttered and empty in the center of San Juan on Tuesday as the Puerto Rican capital prepared for the onslaught of a massive hurricane the following morning.

Convicted killer recaptured after escape from Mississippi prison

- Authorities in Mississippi have recaptured a convicted killer who slipped away from a state prison, but a second escaped inmate who was serving time for burglary remains at large, the state department of corrections said on Tuesday.

Exclusive: Trump administration prepares to ease export rules for U.S. guns

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is preparing to make it easier for American gun makers to sell small arms, including assault rifles and ammunition, to foreign buyers, according to senior U.S. officials.

Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America's finances

INDIANA, Pa./CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - As deaths mount in America's opioid crisis, communities on the front lines face a hidden toll: the financial cost.

St. Louis mayor to meet with protesters after nights of violence

ST. LOUIS - Activists in St. Louis plan to voice their concerns directly to the mayor on Tuesday over the acquittal of a white policeman who shot a black man to death, a verdict that sparked four night of violent protest.

After Irma, special oxygen masks helped Florida pets breathe easier

- Soon after millions of Floridians lost power in the wake of Hurricane Irma last week, firefighters in the city of Titusville responded to an emergency call at a home where a gasoline-powered generator had been running in an attached garage.

St. Louis police probe whether officers chanted 'Whose streets? Our streets'

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis police are investigating whether some of its officers chanted "Whose streets? Our streets" during protests over the acquittal of a white former policeman who shot a black man to death in 2011.

Family seeks answers after Georgia Tech student killed by police

ATLANTA - The family of a Georgia Institute of Technology student shot and killed by police in Atlanta over the weekend questioned on Monday why campus officers did not try to disarm the computer engineering major with nonlethal force.

Three dead, 16 hurt after buses collide in New York City

NEW YORK - Three people were killed and at least 16 injured when a New York City transit bus and a tour bus collided early on Monday in the city's borough of Queens, spinning around before slamming into a building, fire officials said.

U.S. Interior chief urges changes to national monuments: report

WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Department of the Interior called for changes to the management of 10 national monuments that would lift restrictions on activities such as logging and mining and shrink at least four of the sites, the Washington Post reported.

Two men, one a convicted murderer, escape from Mississippi prison

- Mississippi authorities said they were searching on Monday for two inmates, including one convicted of murder, who escaped from a state prison and who the officials described as armed and dangerous.

Black Ohio man sues city of Columbus over police use of force

- A black Ohio man is suing the city of Columbus and some of its police officers, alleging they used excessive force against himself and other African-Americans.

Wine maven Kurniawan, convicted of fraud, loses bid for freedom

- The convicted Indonesian wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan on Monday failed to persuade a U.S. judge to set aside his 10-year prison term for counterfeiting an estimated $30 million of wine.

Trump praises Macron, considers July 4 military parade like one he saw in Paris

NEW YORK - U.S. President Donald Trump, offering more words of praise for French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, said on Monday he was considering staging a July 4 U.S. military parade in Washington inspired by the one he saw as Macron's guest in Paris.

Interior chief urges action at 10 U.S. monuments: Washington Post

WASHINGTON - The head of Department of the Interior called for changes to 10 U.S. monuments that would lift restrictions on activities such as logging and mining, and shrink the footprints of at least four of the sites, the Washington Post reported.

Trump adviser Cohn reaffirms U.S. climate deal stance in New York

NEW YORK - U.S. President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, said he reaffirmed the U.S. position on the Paris climate deal during a meeting in New York with ministers on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly on Monday.

Ex-Trump aide Flynn's family creates fund for 'enormous' legal fees

- Relatives of former national security adviser Michael Flynn have set up a fund to help pay for his legal defense against federal and congressional investigations into potential collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.

Three dead, at least 15 hurt after buses collide in New York City

NEW YORK - Three people were killed and at least 15 others were injured after a New York City transit bus and a tour bus collided early on Monday in the city's borough of Queens, before slamming into a restaurant, fire officials said.

Riot police break up St. Louis protest over officer's acquittal, dozens arrested

ST. LOUIS - Protests in St Louis over the acquittal of a white policeman who had shot a black man turned violent for a third night running on Sunday as police in riot gear used pepper spray and arrested dozens of demonstrators who had failed to disperse.

Fight over electoral district boundaries heads to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - It is a political practice nearly as old as the United States - manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts to help one party tighten its grip on power in a move called partisan gerrymandering - and one the Supreme Court has never curbed.

Fight over electoral district boundaries heads to top U.S. court

WASHINGTON - It is a political practice nearly as old as the United States - manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts to help one party tighten its grip on power in a move called partisan gerrymandering - and one the Supreme Court has never curbed.

As Trump visits U.N., New York prepares for 'Super Bowl' of security

NEW YORK - New York police and a host of federal agencies are preparing for the annual traffic and security nightmare known as the United Nations General Assembly, featuring a week of speeches by U.S. President Donald Trump and a parade of other dignitaries.

St. Louis protest turns violent after peaceful rallies against police acquittal

ST. LOUIS - Clashes between demonstrators and riot-clad police marred the end of what had been a largely peaceful second day of protest rallies in St. Louis following the acquittal of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man.

Wife of Princeton scholar jailed in Iran calls on U.S. to do more to free him

PRINCETON, N.J. - When Xiyue Wang sleeps in his cell in Iran's Evin Prison, he sometimes dreams he is back at Princeton University, working in the school's main library on his dissertation comparing governance systems in Central Asia.

Connecticut lawmakers pass budget, but governor may veto

NEW YORK - Connecticut lawmakers passed a $40.7 billion two-year state budget early on Saturday, but Governor Dannel Malloy could veto the legislation and leave the state racing toward severe spending cuts next month.

Police, protesters clash in St. Louis after ex-cop acquitted of murdering black man

ST. LOUIS - Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets during clashes with protesters in St Louis early on Saturday after a white former policeman was acquitted of murdering a black suspect.

California lawmakers take anti-Trump stance as session ends

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California lawmakers voted to become a sanctuary state, tussled over hot-button environmental issues and urged other states to refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump's Election Integrity Commission as their legislative year ended early on Saturday.

California bill to wean power sector off fossil fuels dies for this year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A long-shot plan to wean California's power sector entirely off fossil fuels by 2045 was put on hold until 2018 on Saturday, as lawmakers recessed for the year without hearing the measure.

Protest seeks shutdown of Atlantic salmon farms in Washington state

- Activists in Washington state plan to launch a protest flotilla on Saturday in the Pacific Ocean's Puget Sound over the accidental release of tens of thousands of farm-raised Atlantic salmon that they say threaten dwindling stocks of wild fish.

Police, protesters clash in St. Louis after ex-cop acquitted of murdering black man

ST. LOUIS - Police using tear gas and rubber bullets clashed with demonstrators in St Louis in the early hours of Saturday after a white former policeman was acquitted of murdering a black suspect.

Defying Trump, California lawmakers vote to become 'sanctuary state'

- California lawmakers voted on Saturday to make the most populous U.S. state a so-called sanctuary by banning police from asking for the immigration status of people who have been arrested and limiting their cooperation with immigration officers.

Wisconsin jury finds girl in Slenderman case not responsible

MILWAUKEE - A Wisconsin jury on Friday found that one of two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate and friend to please a fictional character named Slenderman was not responsible for her actions during the attack because she was mental ill.

Police, protesters clash in St. Louis after ex-cop acquitted of murdering black man

ST. LOUIS - Eight police officers were injured in clashes with demonstrators in St Louis when a largely peaceful protest turned violent in the early hours of Saturday after a Missouri judge acquitted a former white police officer of murder in the 2011 fatal shooting of a black man suspected of ...

Houston residents, officials stew over Harvey storm-trash removal

HOUSTON - Disposing of the mounds of debris lining Houston streets three weeks after Hurricane Harvey flooding damaged about 126,000 homes is riling residents and officials in the nation's fourth largest city.