Harvey and Irma to slow US economy but rebound should follow


WASHINGTON (AP) — With businesses disrupted, fuel and chemical refineries out of commission and consumers struggling to restore their lives, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will likely pack a tough double-whammy for the U.S. economy.

  • Written by By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER , AP Economics Writer

'Worst ever seen': European leaders view devastated islands


POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe (AP) — France's president and the Dutch king visited Caribbean territories on Tuesday that have been hammered by Hurricane Irma, trying to quell accusations by residents that European governments were unprepared, slow to react and sometimes even racist in their responses to the devastation.

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  • Written by By NICOLAS GARRIGA and SYLVIE CORBET , Associated Press

Syria signs Aleppo power plant contract with Iran


DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state news says the government has signed a contract to import Iranian power plants for the country's war-battered city of Aleppo, an early sign of the major role Tehran is expected to play in Syria's reconstruction.


California governor agrees to immigrant protections


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Senate leader said Monday they've agreed to changes in proposed legislation that would further restrict interactions between law enforcement officers and federal immigration agents.

  • Written by By DON THOMPSON and JONATHAN J. COOPER , Associated Press

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Deaths, floods, misery from Irma hit South


MIAMI (AP) — Remnants of Irma have spread gusting winds, rains and misery around the South even as Florida begins cleaning up from one of the most destructive hurricanes in its history, a storm so big it smashed across virtually the entire peninsula. Several deaths in the U.S. have been blamed on the storm and authorities have sent an aircraft carrier and other Navy ships to aid search-and-rescue operations amid reports of wide devastation in the hurricane-battered Keys .