On Capitol Hill, Trump Jr. denies collusion with Russia


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's eldest son cast his meeting with a Russian lawyer last year as simply an opportunity to learn about Hillary Clinton's "fitness, character or qualifications," insisting to Senate investigators behind closed doors that he did not collude with Russia to hurt her campaign against his father.


As Irma spins, Cuba evacuates, Floridians empty stores


CAIBARIEN, Cuba (AP) — Cuba evacuated tourists from beachside resorts and Floridians emptied stores of plywood and bottled water after Hurricane Irma left at least 16 people dead and thousands homeless on a devastated string of Caribbean islands and spun toward Florida for what could be a catastrophic blow this weekend.

  • Written by By DESMOND BOYLAN and BEN FOX , Associated Press

House heads toward passage of Harvey aid bill, debt hike


WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative grumbling aside, the House is heading toward backing a $15.3 billion disaster aid package that President Donald Trump and Democrats have linked to a temporary increase in America's borrowing authority and keeping the government funded through December.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

Trump tweet unlikely to calm anxious immigrants


President Donald Trump sought to assure hundreds of thousands of immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama-era action that they need not worry about the wind-down of the program as Congress debates an alternative.

  • Written by By ELLIOT SPAGAT , Associated Press

Police shoot armed man at Miami airport amid Irma evacuation


Police shot a man who wielded a knife and tried to get into a Miami airport terminal from a runway, prompting the closure of a busy concourse as travelers tried to leave Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma, authorities said.

  • Written by By KELLI KENNEDY , Associated Press