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Bikers in the buff ride through Philadelphia’s streets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — And they're off — the Philadelphia bicyclists and their clothes. Thousands of nude cyclists have set off on a trek around the city for the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride. Organizers say about 3,000 riders in various stages of undress on Saturday planned to pedal a ...

Scramble to flee Irma underscores rich, poor divide

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Hotel dishwasher Wilman Hernandez waited with his wife and young son at a Miami Beach bus stop, desperately looking for a way to get to a shelter where they could ride out Hurricane Irma. Hernandez fears the storm will ...

AP Exclusive: Toxic sites in likely path of Irma

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and JASON DEAREN, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Dozens of personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency worked to secure some of the nation's most contaminated toxic waste sites as Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida. The agency said its employees evacuated ...

Donald Trump Jr. heads to Capitol to explain 2016 meeting

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's oldest son is scheduled to make his first appearance on Capitol Hill Thursday as part of a Senate investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and a meeting he had with Russians during ...

Hurricane Irma toll hits 10, increasing threat for Florida

By DANICA COTO and ANIKA KENTISH, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Fearsome Hurricane Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead ...

AP Exclusive: Most Florida flood zone property not insured

By TERRY SPENCER and MEGHAN HOYER, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, an Associated Press analysis shows a steep drop in flood insurance across the state, including the areas most endangered by what could be a devastating storm surge. In ...

Science Says: How repeated head blows affect the brain

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Researchers are tackling fresh questions about a degenerative brain disease now that it has been detected in the brains of nearly 200 football players after death. The suspected cause is repeated head blows, an almost unavoidable part of ...

DeVos expected to share plans on Title IX enforcement

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said Obama administration guidance on how colleges should handle sexual assault complaints isn't working and suggested it needs revisions. She was expected to detail her plans Thursday in what the U.S. Education ...

Irma strengthens to a Cat 5 storm as it nears Caribbean

By DANICA COTO, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Irma strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 storm Tuesday as it roared toward the northeast Caribbean on a path toward the U.S. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma had sustained winds of 175mph (280 kph) ...

Trump’s decision on young immigrants could begin GOP battle

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to take a hard line on young immigrants unless Congress intervenes threatens to expose deep divides among Republicans who have long struggled with the issue, with one conservative warning of a potential "civil ...

Trump family and associates to be in Russia probe crosshairs

By ERIC TUCKER, CHAD DAY and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress returns from recess, President Donald Trump's family and associates will be back in the crosshairs of congressional committees investigating whether his campaign colluded with Russia, as well as ...

‘Build the wall’ takes back seat to rebuilding after Harvey

By NOMAAN MERCHANT and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government carefully designed a path of least resistance to building a border wall in Texas, picking a wildlife refuge and other places it already owns or controls to quickly begin construction. All it needed was ...

New Jersey homicide suspect caught in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — A suspected member of a violent Central American gang wanted in connection with a homicide in New Jersey has been captured in Massachusetts. Boston police say 20-year-old Francisco Carlos Ramires was among three men arrested on Sunday. He was also wanted in connection with ...

Fewer Harvey victims at shelters doesn’t end housing needs

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — One couple displaced by Harvey managed to get a hotel room, but got kicked out after one night for lacking state identification that was lost to the flooding. A man whose cellphone was wrecked by floodwater is staying at a convention ...

Rescuers start block-by-block search of flooded Houston

By JEFF AMY and MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Rescuers began a block-by-block search of tens of thousands of Houston homes Thursday, pounding on doors and shouting as they looked for anyone — alive or dead — who might have been left behind in Harvey's fetid floodwaters, ...

Explosions rock flood-crippled chemical plant near Houston

By GREGORY BULL, EMILY SCHMALL and REESE DUNKLIN, Associated Press CROSBY, Texas (AP) — Explosions and fires rocked a flood-crippled chemical plant near Houston early Thursday, sending up a plume of acrid, eye-irritating smoke and adding a new hazard to Hurricane Harvey's aftermath. The ...

Vice President Pence surveys Harvey’s wreckage in Texas

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press ROCKPORT, Texas (AP) — Walking door to door in the hurricane zone, Vice President Mike Pence surveyed Harvey's path of destruction Thursday and pledged that the Trump administration would help bring southeast Texas back "bigger and better than ever ...

Groups seek ban on high-dose opioids citing overdose danger

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Safety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths among patients and people who abuse drugs. A petition filed ...

Family, friends plan gathering to remember comic Jerry Lewis

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Family and invited guests will gather Monday to celebrate the life of famed comedian Jerry Lewis. Spokeswoman Candi Cazau says Hollywood celebrities will join family members to remember the clownish comic and longtime host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons. The ...

Pence pushes tax overhaul at West Virginia business summit

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence touched on Texas and taxes in his Wednesday address to the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's annual business summit at the Greenbrier resort. The vice president outlined President Donald Trump's tax overhaul plan and called on ...