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Nate aims at New Orleans amid worries about drainage system

By STACEY PLAISANCE and KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When Tropical Storm Nate formed Thursday and forecasts put New Orleans in its projected path, one big question loomed for residents and business owners: Will the pumps work? "That's now a thought in everybody who ...

‘I wasn’t ready to die,’ says Vegas victim from hospital bed

By AMANDA LEE MYERS and JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tubes connecting to veins in her arms, Natalie Vanderstay clutches a pillow to her stomach, over the spot where a bullet entered her body. Blankets cover the leg that was ripped apart, doctors believe by shrapnel. The ...

Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend returns to US for questioning

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and KEN RITTER, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas gunman's girlfriend, back in the United States after a weekslong trip abroad, will be at the center of the investigation into the shooting deaths of 59 people as authorities try to determine why a man with no ...

WHAT’S HAPPENING: FBI to interview Vegas gunman’s girlfriend

LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to travel to Las Vegas on Wednesday to speak with law enforcement officers and the survivors of a concert shooting outside the Mandalay Bay hotel casino that killed 59 people. The visit comes as investigators continue pursuing leads to learn a ...

Families detail victims’ lives: ‘Nothing but good memories’

By JAY REEVES and DON BABWIN, Associated Press A son remembered a mother's laugh. Elementary school employees wore red, white and blue to honor a beloved receptionist. A wife recalled her husband's ultimate devotion: losing his life to protect hers by diving over her while bullets ...

Chinese man admits sneaking snakes over border in socks

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A man who was caught trying to sneak snakes into Canada in his socks has pleaded guilty. Federal prosecutors in Buffalo say 28-year-old Chaoyi Le faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to violating wildlife regulations. He was arrested in 2014 at ...

Michigan health chief back in court in Flint water case

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Testimony is resuming in Flint, Michigan, as a judge considers whether the state's health director should go to trial for the death of a man who had Legionnaires' disease during the city's water crisis. Corinne Miller is returning to the witness stand Wednesday. ...

Loved ones mourn victims of Las Vegas shooting attack

By JASON DEAREN AND KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press They were school teachers and youth football coaches, real estate agents and local business owners. They were parents, siblings, husbands, wives, neighbors and friends. They traveled to Las Vegas to see their favorite stars, posting ...

Vegas shooter had interest in guns, video poker, real estate

By KEN RITTER and GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press MESQUITE, Nev. (AP) — Stephen Paddock had a penchant for guns, high-limit video poker and real estate deals. His father was a notorious fugitive bank robber. He had a recent live-in girlfriend and two ex-wives and seemed to live a comfortable ...

Vegas gunman had device turning weapon into automatic

By The Associated Press The gunman who unleashed hundreds of rounds of gunfire on a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas had two "bump-stocks" that could have converted semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic ones, officials said. The devices have attracted scrutiny in recent years from ...