Maria knocks out power, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years tore off roofs and doors, knocked out power across the entire island and unleashed heavy flooding Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis.

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  • Written by By DANICA COTO , Associated Press

Nominee for EPA chemical safety post has deep industry ties


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency has for years accepted payments for criticizing studies that raised concerns about the safety of his clients' products, according to a review of financial records and his published work by The Associated Press.

  • Written by By MICHAEL BIESECKER and JEFF HORWITZ , Associated Press

'Historic exodus' from Myanmar: US gives $32M for Rohingya

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States will contribute nearly $32 million in humanitarian aid to help Rohingya Muslim refugees, the State Department said Wednesday, in the Trump administration's first major response to the mass exodus from Myanmar.

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  • Written by By JOSH LEDERMAN , Associated Press

Trump's trashing of Iran deal poses problems for NK strategy

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump's threat before the world to obliterate North Korea left no doubt about his determination to stop the communist country's nuclear weapons buildup. His disparagement of the Iran nuclear deal in the same speech offered Pyongyang little hope of a negotiated solution.

  • Written by By MATTHEW PENNINGTON , Associated Press

Nations start signing nuke ban treaty opposed by big powers


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nations on Wednesday began signing the first treaty to ban nuclear weapons, a pact backed by over 100 countries but spurned by those with nuclear arms.


  • Written by By EDITH M. LEDERER , Associated Press