Irma now taking aim at Tampa as Floridians hustle to leave

MIAMI (AP) — With the window closing fast for anyone wanting to escape, Irma hurtled toward Florida with 130 mph winds Saturday on a shifting course that threatened the first direct hit on the Tampa area from a major hurricane in nearly a century.

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  • Written by By CURT ANDERSON and CLAIRE GALOFARO, Associated Press

AP Exclusive: Flooding threatens toxic sites as Irma nears


MIAMI (AP) — Dozens of staff from the Environmental Protection Agency are working to help secure some of the nation's most contaminated toxic waste sites as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida. The agency said its employees are evacuating personnel, securing equipment and safeguarding hazardous materials ahead of expected storm surges and heavy rains.

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  • Written by By MICHAEL BIESECKER and JASON DEAREN, Associated Press

Desperation spreads in Rohingya camps as resources scarce


COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — With Rohingya refugees still flooding across the border from Myanmar, those packed into camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh were becoming desperate Saturday for scant basic resources as hunger and illness soared.

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  • Written by By MUNEEZA NAQVI, Associated Press

Trump sets emergency aid in motion in deal that upsets GOP


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ignored seething Republicans and made good on his deal with Democrats, signing legislation that links $15.3 billion in disaster aid to an increase in the U.S. borrowing limit.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

Hurricanes drive addiction issues into public square


In the whirr of preparations for Hurricane Irma, a needle exchange program in Miami's Overtown neighborhood handed out extra syringes to heroin users. Others trying to break from the drug's grasp picked up advance medication from methadone clinics.


  • Written by By CARLA K. JOHNSON and NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press