Damaging Hurricane Harvey settles in over southeast Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Hurricane Harvey settled over southeast Texas early Saturday, lashing the state's Gulf Coast with damaging winds and dumping torrents of rain over hundreds of miles of coastline that braced for what forecasters predicted would be life-threatening storm surges – basically walls of water moving inland….
Trump’s first pardon spares political ally Arpaio
PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump spared former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio the prospect of serving jail time in granting the first pardon of his turbulent tenure, wiping away the lawman's recent federal conviction stemming from his immigration patrols that focused on Latinos….
North Korea fires short-range missiles in latest test
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired several rockets into the sea Saturday in the continuation of its rapid nuclear and missile expansion, prompting South Korea to press ahead with military drills involving U.S. troops that have angered Pyongyang….
National security aide Sebastian Gorka leaves White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sebastian Gorka, a national security aide whose hard-line views on immigration and terrorism caused discord inside and outside the White House, is the latest official to exit President Donald Trump's administration….
Transgender troops call ban step backward for civil rights
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Active-duty transgender troops say a policy change that puts them at risk of being removed and indefinitely bars transgender people from enlisting in the military is a step backward for civil rights that will promote inequality in the armed forces….
Venezuela’s Maduro vows to punish opponents for US sanctions
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed Friday to prosecute for treason opponents he accused of being behind sweeping U.S. financial sanctions that will strain relations between the countries and make it harder for the socialist leader to raise badly needed cash….
Trump’s low approval ratings set an unwanted record
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump started as the most unpopular new president in the history of modern polling. After seven months, things have only gotten worse….
Chador in, hijab out: Iran VP’s wardrobe draws criticism
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Just a couple of weeks into her appointment, the new Iranian vice president's decision to abandon her fashion style for the all-encompassing black chador is raising questions among women in the Islamic Republic – especially after she said President Hassan Rouhani personally asked her to wear the traditional women's garment….
Canceled rally does little to stem San Francisco fears
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The late cancellation of two weekend political rallies in the San Francisco Bay Area has done little to stem fears that unrest and violence are brewing in the city….
Survivor: Reality show becomes possible road to Olympics
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The fact that Josh Williamson hadn't stepped on ice until about a month ago hardly makes him an ideal candidate to become an Olympic bobsledder….