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Harvey knocks out more refineries, affecting gas prices

DALLAS (AP) — Hurricane Harvey is sending pump prices higher for U.S. motorists and causing temporary shifts in the flow of oil and gasoline around the world after taking down a huge chunk of U.S. refining capacity. It will be…

17 more deaths eyed as possibly storm-related in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) - Authorities in the Houston-area say they are investigating 17 more deaths to see whether they qualify as storm-related. Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences spokeswoman Tricia Bentley says that the medical examiner is doing autopsies Wednesday and…

Mattis assembling panel to discuss transgender troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is assembling a panel of experts to discuss the matter of openly transgender individuals already serving in the U.S. military. President Donald Trump on Friday directed the Pentagon to extend indefinitely a ban on…

7-year-old girl thrown from Massachusetts bridge recovering

One strong little girl not only survived, but found her way to safety on her own, after prosecutors say she was choked and thrown into a lake from a bridge Sunday morning, NBC News reports. The Worchester, Massachusetts, district attorney's…

Houston mayor confirms police officer drowned in flooding

HOUSTON (AP) - The mayor of Houston, Texas, confirmed Tuesday afternoon that an officer died Sunday after he became trapped in his patrol car by floodwaters from Harvey. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed that police Sgt. Steve Perez died after…

Police: 2 women killed in New Mexico library shooting

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Two women were killed and four people were injured when gunfire erupted inside a public library on Monday, throwing an eastern New Mexico community into a panic as officers swarmed the building with their guns drawn.…

South Korea says North fires ballistic missile

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's military says North Korea fired a ballistic from its capital Pyongyang toward the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday said the South Korean and U.S. militaries…

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Friends recall Marine, 3 others killed in Parkway crash

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Friends are recalling two brothers and two friends who died in a crash on the Garden State Parkway. They tell the Asbury Park Press that driver Kevin Quispe-Prieto had worked six or seven days a week over the summer to save up to buy a white Infinity G37 sedan. The car slammed into the back of a tanker truck early Wednesday , killing Quispe-Prieto, his brother Jimmy and two friends. One of the friends, Robert Ordenana, had served in the Marines. The other, Victor Lugo, worked for the Lakewood public works department and wanted to become a police officer. A

Utah gears up to implement nation's lowest DUI limit

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The United States' lowest DUI threshold takes effect this weekend in Utah. Lawmakers in the state approved the 0.05 percent blood-alcohol limit in 2017, and Gov. Gary Herbert signed it into law. The change goes into effect Sunday. Utah's old limit was 0.08 percent, the threshold in most states. The National Transportation Safety Board supports the new limit, saying it would save many lives if adopted nationwide. But critics worry it will punish responsible drinkers, hurt Utah's tourism industry and amplify the state's alcohol-unfriendly reputation. The lower limit

US seeks close ties with Brazil's new leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is seeking to cement close ties with Brazil's incoming far-right leader with a visit to the country next week by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo will lead the U.S. delegation to President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's inauguration on New Year's Day. The State Department said Friday that Pompeo would discuss increasing U.S.-Brazil trade and investment, particularly in technology, defense and agriculture. It said Pompeo would also raise democracy concerns about Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela as well as potential threats from China's growing presence in

The Latest: GOP candidate formally asks for certification

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on an investigation into ballot fraud allegations in North Carolina (all times local): 11:10 a.m. A Republican candidate with a slim lead in a contested North Carolina congressional race has issued a last-minute request for the state Elections Board to certify his win. Mark Harris filed an emergency petition Friday with the state Board of Elections asking for certification before it's dissolved under a court order at noon. The petition says voters have a right to congressional representation despite an ongoing investigation into ballot fraud allegations. A

Georgia officer dies from gunshot wound earlier this month

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — A police officer in Georgia has died from a gunshot wound he suffered earlier this month when he responded to a disturbance at a dentist's office. News outlets reported the Henry County Police Department said officer Michael Smith died early Friday in an Atlanta hospital from complications of a gunshot wound he suffered Dec. 6 at a dentist's office in McDonough. The dentist's office had called police about a man who was acting erratically. Investigators say Smith went into the office and struggled with 53-year-old Dimaggio McNelly. Smith tried to stun the man, but a

The Latest: Tips given to workers struggling due to shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 11:00 a.m. The government is offering advice to federal workers saddled with bills they can't pay because of the partial federal shutdown that is expected to stretch into the new year. Federal workers and contractors forced to stay home or work without pay are experiencing mounting stress from the impasse, which is hung up on President Trump's demand for money to build a border wall. The Office of Personnel Management is advising furloughed federal workers to speak directly with landlords, mortgage companies

Utah gears up to implement nation's lowest DUI limit

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The United States' lowest DUI threshold takes effect this weekend in Utah. Lawmakers in the state approved the 0.05 percent blood-alcohol limit in 2017, and Gov. Gary Herbert signed it into law. The change goes into effect Saturday. Utah's old limit was 0.08 percent, the threshold in most states. The National Transportation Safety Board supports the new limit, saying it would save many lives if adopted nationwide. But critics worry it will punish responsible drinkers, hurt Utah's tourism industry and amplify the state's alcohol-unfriendly reputation. The lower limit

Weed that sprouted holiday cheer mysteriously uprooted

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A street corner weed that had been decked out with Christmas lights and brought out holiday goodwill in Ohio has apparently met an early demise. WTVG-TV in Toledo reports that someone pulled out the "Christmas weed" early Friday morning and drove off with it in his trunk. The weed had become a holiday attraction after a family decorated it with tinsel to spread some Christmas cheer. Others added their own ornaments and began leaving behind donations for the needy. It became so popular that Toledo officials set up donation boxes and handed out the items to local

The Latest: Governor reshapes board amid congressional probe

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on an investigation into ballot fraud allegations in North Carolina (all times local): 10:50 a.m. North Carolina's governor is trying to move fast to reassemble the disbanding state elections board investigating ballot fraud allegations in a still-unresolved congressional race. Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday asked the state Democratic and Republican parties to nominate by the end of the day the five members he'll appoint. Cooper was forced into action after a three-judge state panel on Thursday refused to extend the life of the current nine-member elections board

Original Woodstock site to host 50th anniversary concert

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) — A three-day music festival will be held in August 2019 at the original Woodstock concert site to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic event. The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a concert venue built on the original Woodstock site, announced Thursday that it will host the golden anniversary event Aug. 16-18. The center says performers will include "prominent and emerging artists spanning multiple genres and decades." The venue says talks by "leading futurists and retro-tech experts" will also be featured. Beth Woods says the names of performers and speakers will be

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