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  • 2020 Democrats building ties to power brokers in key states

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Before he cut the $100,000 checks, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti brought the Democratic Party chairmen from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada backstage to meet late night television host Jimmy Kimmel and superstar hip-hop producer DJ Khaled. Garcetti may not be the best-known 2020 presidential prospect, but he will […]
  • Mega Millions prize of $654M is nation’s 4th-largest

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The fourth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history will be on the line as numbers are drawn for the Mega Millions game’s $654 million jackpot. The grand prize for Tuesday night’s drawing has grown so enormous because no one has won the jackpot since July 24. Although the jackpot is massive, […]
  • Top US diplomat heads to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi

    ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish forensics teams finished a search for evidence in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul early Tuesday morning over the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, as reports circulated that the kingdom may concede the killing took place there. Technicians in coveralls, gloves and covered shoes treated the consulate, […]
  • Q&A: What shoppers need to know about Sears’ bankruptcy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sears, once the nation’s largest retailer, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, hurt by falling sales and its massive debt. The owner of Sears and Kmart stores says it will continue to operate through the bankruptcy. Here’s what shoppers need to know: ___ WILL STORES BE OPEN? Not all of […]
  • Cruz, O’Rourke debate may be last chance for big moment

    HOUSTON (AP) — Frank Randazzo, a retiree near Houston, volunteers for his local GOP office knocking on doors of undecided voters amid the most expensive U.S. Senate race in the country. He did a double take when a man with a Beto O’Rourke sign in his yard declared he was voting Republican. “He told me […]
  • In Florida, determining hurricane death toll proves elusive

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In Florida, a grim task is unwinding slowly: Finding out many people were killed in Hurricane Michael. The storm that ravaged Florida’s Panhandle left incredible destruction stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the state border, but so far getting a firm grasp on how many died is proving somewhat elusive. […]
  • Far from coast, rural counties also recovering from Michael

    MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) — In Hurricane Michael’s aftermath much of the world’s attention has been focused on Florida’s battered coastal communities, but rural communities all the way to the Georgia and Alabama borders also felt its fury. Many are still struggling days after the storm passed. The small city of Marianna, Florida, is still without […]
  • In Florida, families seeking the missing amid storm damage

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Joanne Garone Behnke has replayed every possible scenario in her mind a hundred times. Maybe her 79-year-old aunt sought shelter at the sturdy condo nearby that withstood Hurricane Michael’s devastating winds. Maybe she was rescued and is lying in a hospital bed somewhere. The pile of rubble that was once […]
  • Honduran migrants bed down after pushing into Guatemala

    ESQUIPULAS, Guatemala (AP) — Hundreds of Hondurans hoping to reach the United States bedded down for the night in this Guatemalan town after that country’s authorities blinked first in attempts to halt their advance. The group estimated at 1,600 to 2,000 people fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras marched into Guatemala in sweltering heat Monday, […]
  • The Amazon of its day, Sears’ woes were years in the making

    Before there was Amazon — or, for that matter, Home Depot or Walmart or Kmart — there was Sears. From its beginnings as a mail-order watch business in Minneapolis 132 years ago, the company grew to become America’s everything-under-one-roof store and the biggest retailer in the world. For generations of Americans, the brick-like Sears, Roebuck […]