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US Gulf Coast braces for fast-approaching Hurricane Nate

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, MELINDA DESLATTE and JEFF AMY, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Coastal residents from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle braced for the effects of fast-moving Hurricane Nate, expected to hit sometime Saturday night - likely with Category 2 strength. The National ...

Rapper Nelly arrested on rape accusation

By MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Police arrested rapper Nelly early Saturday after a woman said he raped her in a town outside Seattle, an accusation the Grammy winner's attorney staunchly denied. Auburn police spokesman Commander Steve Stocker said Nelly, whose real name ...

‘Person of interest’ sought after device found at airport

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say they are seeking a "person of interest" after what was described as an explosive device was found at an airport. Authorities at Asheville Regional Airport initially said the package found on the curb near a baggage claim area Friday was ...

Oklahoma judge again overturns medical abortion restriction

By KEN MILLER, The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys say an Oklahoma judge has again overturned a state law restricting a woman's access to drug-induced abortions. Attorney Autumn Katz with the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights says Friday's ruling by Oklahoma ...

Girl hurt in fall from carnival Ferris wheel in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A fire official says a young girl was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening after she fell from a Ferris wheel at a carnival in Richmond. Fire Department Battalion Chief Bailey Martin tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch the girl fell about 10 ...

Vegas probe examines possible bombing plan

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities hunting for a motive behind the carnage at a Las Vegas concert are looking into the possibility that gunman Stephen Paddock planned additional attacks, including a car bombing. In addition, law enforcement was investigating whether Paddock had scoped out other ...

Vegas victims shared love of country music, zest for life

By COREY WILLIAMS AND JULIE WATSON, Associated Press Pati Mestas was a firecracker. Victor Link a gentle spirit. Hannah Ahlers her family's sunshine. As told by the people who knew them best, the 58 victims in Sunday's mass shooting at a Las Vegas country concert lived their lives with ...

1st firefighters at Vegas massacre came across it by chance

By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fire engineer Brian Emery was driving his station's engine back from a call for a minor car crash when hundreds of hysterical people began swarming the vehicle near an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas. "Then, suddenly, we heard ...

Equifax makes money by knowing a lot about you

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Equifax knows a lot about you. That is, in essence, how it makes money. The company and its competitors have in their files the personal financial information of tens of millions of Americans like you, going back decades. Your mortgage loan ...

Harvey Weinstein to take leave amid sexual harassment report

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harvey Weinstein, the larger-than-life Hollywood executive and Oscar-winner, is taking a leave of absence from his own company after an explosive expose revealing decades of sexual harassment against women, from employees to actress Ashley ...