Charlottesville poses new civil rights test for Sessions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, a son of the segregated South who was named after leaders of the Confederacy, faces a tough new test of his commitment to protecting civil rights as he oversees the Justice Department's investigation of the deadly violence at a rally of white nationalists in Virginia.

  • Written by By SADIE GURMAN , Associated Press

Congress returns, faces pressing issues including Harvey aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers returned to Washington Tuesday facing fast-approaching deadlines, including pressing demands to replenish dwindling disaster aid reserves as Texas and Louisiana dig out from Harvey and an even more powerful hurricane, Irma, bears down on the U.S.

  • Written by By ERICA WERNER , AP Congressional Correspondent

Irma strengthens into Category 5 hurricane, nears Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Irma grew into a dangerous Category 5 storm, the most powerful seen in the Atlantic in over a decade, and roared toward islands in the northeast Caribbean Tuesday on a path that could eventually take it to the United States.

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  • Written by By DANICA COTO , Associated Press

Wind-whipped wildfires bear down on Glacier, Yosemite parks

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Firefighters across the U.S. West struggled with wind-driven flames, hot temperatures and dry conditions even after the unofficial end to a summer of devastating wildfires, including those bearing down on two popular national parks.

  • Written by By MATT VOLZ and SUDHIN THANAWALA , Associated Press