Will Senate bargainers' deal on children's health pass?


WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate bargainers have reached agreement to extend financing for the children's health insurance program for five years, and approval of the deal would avert an end-of-month cash crunch for the popular initiative.

  • Written by By ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

Stars turn out to push for donations for hurricane relief


NEW YORK (AP) — Urged on by dozens of stars who turned out to sing, tell stories and plead for support for hurricane victims in a one-hour televised benefit, organizers said more than $44 million was raised Tuesday and donations are still being accepted.

  • Written by By DAVID BAUDER , AP Television Writer

Irma wrecks tourist spots in Caribbean, spares Disney


Walt Disney World theme parks and Universal Orlando Resort have reopened in Orlando after Hurricane Irma hit Florida, while the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg planned to reopen Wednesday. But many other destinations in the state and the Caribbean affected by Irma and other storms remain off-limits to visitors, in some cases with extensive damage or power outages that will take days if not weeks to resolve.

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  • Written by By BETH J. HARPAZ , AP Travel Editor