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Amazon has brought benefits – and disruption – to Seattle

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Memo to the many places vying for Amazon's second headquarters: It ain't all food trucks and free bananas. For years, much of downtown Seattle has been a maze of broken streets and caution-taped sidewalks. Dozens of enormous cranes tower ...

Baltimore workers remove “fatberg” of grease from sewer pipe

BALTIMORE (AP) — A "fatberg" that may have taken beyond half a century to grow below Baltimore has been removed. News outlets report the city's Public Works department used a camera, pressure washer and truck-mounted industrial vacuum to clear the mass of curdled grease, wet wipes and other ...

Diana Ross to perform, be honored at American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diana Ross will receive a lifetime achievement honor at next month's American Music Awards and will celebrate with a performance on the broadcast next month. ABC and Dick Clark Productions announced the honor Wednesday. It's the first time the AMAs have given out the award ...

Bergdahl guilty pleas leave room for drama at sentencing

By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's guilty plea to charges of endangering comrades in Afghanistan has set up a dramatic sentencing hearing that could land him in prison for life. Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five ...

Californians brace for emotional toll from wildfires

By SUDHIN THANAWALA and TERRY CHEA, Associated Press SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A week after fleeing wildfires, tens of thousands of Californians are drifting back into their neighborhoods. Some will face the prospect of destroyed homes. All will face the possibility of lasting emotional ...

Look who’s talking: It’s President Donald Trump – again

By CATHERINE LUCEY and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Reporters were seated in the White House briefing room awaiting an appearance by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday when a call went out over a loudspeaker to head to the Rose Garden. There was no time to ...

Rape allegation makes Muslim teen’s death a capital case

By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — An already disturbing case about a 17-year-old Muslim girl killed as she walked to her mosque took another unsettling turn after an indictment alleged the victim was raped as well. The indictment Monday includes capital murder and ...

Sheriff: 2 deputies ousted over drug court sex scandal

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff says two of his deputies were forced to leave their jobs after an investigation found they were preying on women in drug court programs. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said Monday that 50-year-old Bryan Scott Barnett and 47-year-old Jay ...

Penn State fraternity faces underage drinking charges

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A fraternity at Penn State University is facing charges of furnishing liquor to minors after two underage women were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. Court records show Alpha Chi Rho is facing charges after allegedly serving the alcohol at a Sept. 28 fraternity ...

Trump raises possibility of withdrawing drug czar nominee

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday raised the possibility of withdrawing his nomination of Republican Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation's drug czar following reports that the lawmaker played a key role in passing a bill weakening federal ...