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Storm-lashed South Carolina reassesses global warming’s role

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest disasters would be wind and surge rolling over his county’s beaches, South Carolina’s top tourist destination. Instead, his worries have shifted inland, where rivers ...

US-backed Syria force says IS territorial defeat is near

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The sound of mortar shelling and fighter jets whizzing by filled the air. At the base in this small village, fighters from the U.S.- backed Syrian Democratic Forces coordinate with their comrades about 1.2 miles away who are closing in on Islamic State militants hiding ...

Officer shot multiple times, suspects die in subsequent fire

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer who was shot multiple times after responding to reports of an armed robbery was recovering Saturday, while two suspects are believed to have died in a fire following a shootout. The incident began about 5:30 p.m. Friday, the Opelika-Auburn News ...

Potential privacy lapse found in Americans’ 2010 census data

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from obscured data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency official disclosed Saturday. The age, ...

Airlines to give customers ‘nonbinary’ choice under gender

DALLAS (AP) — Major U.S. airlines say they will soon change their ticketing process to give passengers the option of identifying themselves as other than male or female. The gender option on airline sites will soon include choices such “undisclosed” or “unspecified.” There could ...

Illinois man being fired from job fatally shoots 5 workers

AURORA, Ill. — The frantic calls started pouring in at 1:24 p.m. A gunman was shooting people inside a sprawling manufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Illinois. Within four minutes, the first police officers rushed to the 29,000-square-foot building in the suburban Chicago city and were fired ...

Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart

NEW YORK — In early November, word began to leak that Amazon was serious about choosing New York to build a giant new campus. The city was eager to lure the company and its thousands of high-paying tech jobs, offering billions in tax incentives and lighting the Empire State Building in Amazon ...

Former Army Secretary John Marsh laid to rest in Virginia

NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) — Former Secretary of the Army John Marsh Jr. has been laid to rest at a Civil War battlefield in Virginia where he developed a love for history and the military. Marsh, who also served four terms as Virginia’s 7th District congressman, died Feb. 4 at Blue Ridge ...

Actor William Shatner debuts country songs at Grand Ole Opry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Actor William Shatner boldly went where no “Star Trek” captain has gone before when he took the stage for the first time for the Grand Ole Opry radio show to sing from his new album of country songs. Shatner made his Opry debut on Friday night in Nashville, ...

Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, star of ‘Downfall,’ dies at 77

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who played Adolf Hitler cooped up in his Berlin bunker in “Downfall” and an angel in Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire,” has died. He was 77. German news agency dpa reported that Ganz’s management said Saturday he died in Zurich. Ganz, a ...

Makeshift migrant shelter near border to close soon

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (AP) — An improvised shelter where hundreds of Central American migrants have been confined in the border city of Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass, Texas, will close next week, authorities said Saturday. Coahuila State Public Safety Secretary Jose Luis Pliego ...

Oakland teachers announce strike over pay, class sizes

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland teachers say they will strike starting Thursday. The union representing the 3,000 teachers announced the walkout Saturday, making it the latest in a wave of educator activism that has swept the U.S. since last spring. The union wants smaller class sizes, ...

Stevie Wonder, John Legend headline Motown tribute concert

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stevie Wonder jammed with his harmonica, John Legend crooned while playing the piano and Ciara pranced onstage dressed like Rick James Tuesday night at Motown Records’ 60th anniversary concert. Wonder closed out the all-star lineup performing more than a half-dozen ...

Right at home: What will kitchens of the future look like?

Today’s home kitchen doesn’t look anything like it did a century ago. But, for the most part, it doesn’t look a lot different than 50 years ago. Appliances are sleeker, materials are better, color palettes are broader. But the room is still the hard-working heart of the home. So what ...

K-pop and fancy sneakers: Kim Jong Un’s cultural revolution

PYONGYANG, North Korea — Dancers in hot pants. Factories pumping out Air Jordan lookalikes. TV dramas that are actually fun to watch. North Korean pop culture, long dismissed by critics as a kitschy throwback to the dark days of Stalinism, is getting a major upgrade under leader Kim Jong ...

Year in space put astronaut’s germ defenses on high alert

Year in space put astronaut’s germ defenses on high alert WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly’s immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers said Friday. Scientists ...

Ex-Gov. Weld likely not the last primary challenge to Trump

BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, little-known on the national stage but well-respected among veterans in the GOP establishment, announced an exploratory committee for president Friday, becoming the first Republican to move toward a serious primary challenge against ...

Ohio prosecutor: no charges in police officer’s death

CINCINNATI (AP) — The driver of a pickup truck that struck a police officer who died won’t face charges, a prosecutor said Friday. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said “after a ... very complete, thorough investigation,” he decided against filing charges in the death of veteran ...

Trump’s national emergency sparks new GOP divide in Congress

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall ends one political problem for the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, but launches another. Republicans are torn over Trump’s decision to invoke executive power ...

Gunman kills 5 people, wounds 5 police at plant near Chicago

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a manufacturing plant in suburban Chicago Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said. Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman told a news conference that the gunman was 45-year-old ...