Pipeline company could face fines; protesters pepper-sprayed

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Officers in riot gear clashed again Wednesday with protesters near the Dakota Access pipeline, hitting dozens with pepper spray as they waded through waist-deep water in an attempt to reach property owned by the pipeline's developer.


China carfentanil trade thrives as seizures top 400 in US

SHANGHAI (AP) — Seizures of the deadly chemical carfentanil have exploded across the United States, with more than 400 cases documented in eight states since July alone, The Associated Press has found.

  • Written by ERIKA KINETZ, Associated Press RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press

Coroner IDs worker killed in Alabama pipeline explosion

HELENA, Ala. (AP) — Officials have released the name of a worker killed when a gasoline pipeline serving the Southeast exploded in central Alabama, sparking a fire that was still burning more than two days later.


Miss. fire chief: Blaze at African-American church was arson

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Somebody set the fire that heavily damaged an African-American church that was also spray-painted with the phrase "Vote Trump," and an $11,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of whoever did it, a Mississippi fire chief said Wednesday.

  • Written by ROGELIO V. SOLIS, Associated Press BILL FULLER, Associated Press

Garth Brooks wins top award, Beyonce performs at CMA Awards

Garth Brooks, who lost entertainer of the year at last year's Country Music Association Awards when he returned to music after a 13-year break, won the top prize at the show Wednesday, where Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks' surprise duet performance was met with love and hate.

  • Written by MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer