Official: Hurricane Maria set Puerto Rico back decades


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's nonvoting representative in the U.S. Congress said Sunday that Hurricane Maria's destruction has set the island back decades, even as authorities worked to assess the extent of the damage.


  • Written by By DANICA COTO , Associated Press

Searchers dig as Mexico City reopens just 1% of schools


MEXICO CITY (AP) — Search teams were still digging in dangerous piles of rubble Monday, hoping against the odds to find survivors at collapsed buildings in Mexico City, where the death toll from the Sept. 19 earthquake rose to 186, and 324 nationwide.

  • Written by By MARIA VERZA , Associated Press

Iraqi Kurds vote in referendum on independence from Baghdad


IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurds cast ballots on Monday in their autonomous region and in a wide sweep of captured territories on whether to seek independence from Baghdad, a historic vote that has also raised tensions and fears of instability.

  • Written by By SUSANNAH GEORGE and BALINT SZLANKO , Associated Press

US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea


WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of American military might to North Korea, U.S. bombers and fighter escorts flew on Saturday to the farthest point north of the border between North and South Korea by any such American aircraft this century. The Pentagon said the mission in international airspace showed how seriously President Donald Trump takes North Korea's "reckless behavior."

  • Written by By ROBERT BURNS and MATTHEW PENNINGTON , Associated Press

Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in sexting case


NEW YORK (AP) — Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl in a case that rocked Hillary Clinton's campaign for the White House in the closing days of the race and may have cost her the presidency.

  • Written by By TOM HAYS and LARRY NEUMEISTER , Associated Press