Battered Florida tries to assess scope of Irma’s destruction
MIAMI (AP) — Aid rushed in to hurricane-scarred Florida early Tuesday, residents began to dig out, and officials slowly pieced together the scope of Irma's vicious path of destruction across the peninsula….
St. Martin’s residents struggle with desperate conditions
PHILIPSBURG, St. Martin (AP) — Dominga Tejera picked her way around fallen palm trees rotting in mud as she returned home after a nine-hour workday as a hospital janitor on a Caribbean island that until recently seemed like paradise….
Oil will keep flowing, but UN sanctions hit Pyongyang hard
TOKYO (AP) — North Korea will be feeling the pain of new United Nations sanctions targeting some of its biggest remaining foreign revenue streams. But the Security Council eased off the biggest target of all: the oil the North needs to stay alive, and to fuel its million-man military….
Bangladesh leader visits Rohingya refugees, assures help
UKHIYA, Bangladesh (AP) — The Bangladeshi prime minister on Tuesday visited a struggling refugee camp that has absorbed some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled recent violence in Myanmar – a crisis she said left her speechless….
Russia says Syria government controls 85 percent of country
HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria (AP) — Russia's military said Tuesday that Syrian troops have liberated about 85 percent of the war-torn country's territory from militants, a major turn-around two years after Moscow intervened to land a hand to its embattled long-time ally….
Mexico diplomat talks immigration in California trip
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a day huddling in California's capital on immigration, trade and climate, Mexico's top diplomat is hitting Los Angeles to close out a two-day visit to the immigrant-friendly state….
After Irma, Florida’s mass exodus contemplates return trip
ATLANTA (AP) — Thanks to reconnaissance by a neighbor who stayed behind, Pam Szymanksi knows Hurricane Irma blew out the living room window of her southwest Florida home, but she isn't sure when she'll get to see the damage for herself….
Appalachian poor, left out of health debate, seek free care
WISE, Va. (AP) — They arrived at a fairground in a deep corner of Appalachia before daybreak, hundreds of people with throbbing teeth, failing eyes, wheezing lungs. They took a number, sat in the bleachers and waited in the summer heat for their name to be called so they could receive the medical help they can't get anywhere else….
Senate GOP looking for budget deal to open way to tax redo
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing toward the Republicans' prime goal of tax legislation, the GOP Senate leader and members of the Budget Committee are scrambling to come up with a budget deal to clear the way for the first tax overhaul in three decades….
With LA bid sealed, US cities look at possible Winter Games
LIMA, Peru (AP) — There's an outside shot the United States won't have to wait 11 years to host its next Olympics….