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Americans stake out prime viewing spots to see sun go dark

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer Americans with telescopes, cameras and protective glasses staked out viewing spots along a narrow corridor from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday in what promised to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in ...

Jerry Lewis, Hollywood survivor, showman, dies at 91

By CHRISTY LEMIRE, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Lewis epitomized what it meant to be a survivor in Hollywood. Through ups and downs in popularity, health troubles and weight fluctuations and the sorts of seismic shifts that take place over decades in the entertainment industry, ...

University of Texas removes Confederate statues

By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Pres AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas President Greg Fenves ordered the immediate removal of statues of Robert E. Lee and other prominent Confederate figures from a main area of campus, saying such monuments have become "symbols of modern white supremacy ...

No one hurt after plane emergency lands on a Florida highway

FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say no one is hurt after a single-engine plane caught fire during its emergency landing on a Florida highway, which closed traffic in both directions. Local news outlets report the pilot decided to land Sunday night near John Anderson Highway in Flagler ...

Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis

By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese torpedoes. The sinking of the ...

Massive counterprotest upstages Boston “free speech rally”

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans in a public rejection of white nationalism upstaged a small group in Boston that planned a "free speech rally" a week after a violent clash rocked Virginia and reverberated across the ...

Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies

By DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84. Gregory died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after ...

Suspect in killings of 2 Fla. officers arrested at bar

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A police officer in Florida died from his injuries Saturday, a day after his colleague was killed when a suspect fired at them during a scuffle while they were on patrol. The suspect was later arrested at a bar. Sgt. Sam Howard died Saturday afternoon at a hospital ...

Trump to visit Marine base in Yuma before Phoenix rally

YUMA, Arizona (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit a Marine Corps base in Arizona along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump is set to visit Marine Air Station Yuma on Tuesday afternoon before he travels to Phoenix to hold a rally. Yuma's location along the ...

Man recounts pushing fiancee away from car during protest

By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — With tires screeching and bodies flying, Marcus Martin shoved his fiancee out of the way of a car charging through a crowd of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marcus Martin was promptly hit and upended by the car ...

Confederate monuments removed overnight in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — Confederate monuments in Baltimore were quietly removed and hauled away on trucks in darkness early Wednesday, days after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia that was sparked by plans to take down a similar statue there. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told The ...

Mourners gather to remember woman killed at Virginia rally

By BRIAN WITTE AND SARAH RANKIN CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Mourners gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Wednesday to honor the woman who was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally that descended into violence last weekend. A memorial ...

Trump goes after Amazon, again

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, and he says the company is "doing great damage to tax paying retailers." Trump tweets that "towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt - many jobs being lost!" The president has ...

Defiant Trump again blames “both sides” in Virginia protest

By JULIE PACE and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump defiantly blamed "both sides" for the weekend violence between white supremacists and counter-demonstrators in Virginia, seeking to rebuff the widespread criticism of his handling of the ...

5 missing after Army helicopter goes down off Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard and military crews are searching the ocean off Hawaii for five crewmembers of an Army helicopter that reportedly went down during a training exercise, authorities said Wednesday. Officials at Wheeler Army Airfield near Honolulu reported losing communications ...

Violence in Charlottesville exposes nation’s divisions

Associated Press CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, is reeling after violent clashes erupted between a large gathering of white nationalists and hundreds of counter protesters. Three people were killed amid the turmoil that has exposed the nation's ...

Lawmaker seeks probe after AP reveals maggots in NY facility

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state lawmaker is demanding a federal investigation into New York state's care for the disabled following a recent Associated Press story that revealed the case of a man infested with maggots in a state-run group ...

‘Meet a Muslim’ events hope to dispel misconceptions

By KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — When Moina Shaiq realized even her friends were scared to ask her about her religion for fear of offending her or sounding uneducated, she put an advertisement in a California newspaper: "Questions and answers about being ...

Texas Senate OKs restricting insurance coverage for abortion

By WILL WEISSERT and DAVID CRARY, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Republican-controlled Texas Senate backed a plan Saturday night to restrict insurance coverage for abortions, over the objections of opponents who expressed concern it could force some women to make heart-wrenching ...

Trump faulted for not explicitly rebuking white supremacists

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is drawing criticism from Republicans and Democrats for not explicitly denouncing white supremacists in the aftermath of violent clashes in Virginia, with lawmakers saying he needs to take a public stand ...