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6.0 quake shakes Puerto Rico; no damage immediately reported

By DÁNICA COTO Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Puerto Rico late Monday, rousing and scaring many from their sleep in the U.S. territory. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck 49 miles (79 kilometers) off the island's northwest ...

The story behind Biden’s son, Ukraine and Trump’s claims

By STEPHEN BRAUN and LYNN BERRY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2014, then-Vice President Joe Biden was at the forefront of American diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine's fragile democratic government as it sought to fend off Russian aggression and root out corruption. So it raised ...

Trial begins for ex-Dallas cop who shot neighbor in his home

By JAKE BLEIBERG Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Opening statements are set to begin Monday in the murder trial of a white police officer accused of shooting her black neighbor in his Dallas apartment. Amber Guyger, 31, is expected in a city courthouse Monday morning, where she will stand ...

Trump suggests he raised the Bidens with Ukraine’s president

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested that he raised former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden's son in a summer phone call with Ukraine's new leader, as Democrats pressed for investigations into whether Trump improperly used his office to ...

Lingering Pacific heat wave threatens Hawaii coral

By CALEB JONES Associated Press CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii (AP) — At the edge of an ancient lava flow where jagged black rocks meet the Pacific, small off-the-grid homes overlook the calm blue waters of Papa Bay on Hawaii's Big Island — no tourists or hotels in sight. Here, one of the islands' ...

Biden, Warren face same challenge in Iowa: keeping momentum

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE and THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A fire truck, a marching band and hundreds of supporters ushered Joe Biden into this weekend's Iowa Steak Fry, a show of force intended to solidify the former vice president's front-runner status. His closest ...

Trump visits 2 key states with leaders of India, Australia

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WAPAKONETA, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump's run-up to the U.N. General Assembly was a dash on Sunday through two key political states with two world leaders at events that felt like his raucous campaign rallies. In Wapakoneta, Ohio, Trump and ...

Steak, beer and politics: 2020 Democrats descend on Iowa

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE and THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates made a colorful and often loud pitch to Iowa Democrats at the Steak Fry fundraiser in Des Moines on Saturday as a new poll showed Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden in a close race ...

US police assess rise in threat tips after 3 mass killings

By LISA MARIE PANE and STEFANIE DAZIO Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — It had all the makings of a massacre. Six guns, including a Colt AR-15 rifle. About 1,000 rounds of ammunition. A bulletproof vest. And an angry Southern California man who threated to kill his co-workers at a hotel ...

Justices’ DC sniper case examines teen murderers’ sentences

By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lee Boyd Malvo, who terrorized the Washington region in 2002 as one-half of a sniper team, is at the center of a case the Supreme Court will hear this fall. But the justices' eventual ruling probably will mean less for him than for a dozen ...