Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands as Category 5 storm

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) — Hurricane Irma roared into the Caribbean with record force early Wednesday, its 185-mph winds shaking homes and flooding buildings on a chain of small islands along a path toward Puerto Rico, Cuba and Hispaniola and a possible direct hit on densely populated South Florida.

  • Written by By ANIKA KENTISH , Associated Press

House overwhelmingly passes $7.9 billion Harvey aid bill


WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed $7.9 billion in Hurricane Harvey disaster relief as warring Republicans and Democrats united behind help for victims of that storm as an ever more powerful new hurricane bore down on Florida.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

Boat with Rohingya refugees capsizes, killing 5 as more flee

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — A trawler carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized, killing at least five people, as the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, blamed a misinformation campaign for fueling a crisis that the U.N. says has now pushed more than 125,000 refugees into Bangladesh.


  • Written by By MUNEEZA NAQVI and JULHAS ALAM , Associated Press

UN probe finds Syrian government behind April sarin attack

GENEVA (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad's air force conducted a sarin-gas attack that killed at least 83 civilians in April, one of 20 chemical weapons attacks perpetrated by the Syrian government in the past four years, U.N.-mandated investigators said Wednesday.

  • Written by By JAMEY KEATEN and ZEINA KARAM , Associated Press

Trump Jr. to speak privately Thursday to Senate staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's oldest son was expected to meet privately on Thursday with a Senate committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, several senators said.

  • Written by By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press