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  • Tears flow as Mexico Beach residents come home after Michael

    MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — With stunned faces and tears, residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach returned home for the first time Wednesday about a week after Hurricane Michael hit to find pieces of their lives scattered across the sand and a community altered. Nancy Register sobbed uncontrollably after finding no trace of the large camper where she’d lived with her husband. She was particularly distraught over the loss of an old, black-and-white photo of her mother, who died of cancer. Husband […]

  • Hillary Clinton seemingly unharmed in car crash

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Hillary Clinton appears to have been unharmed when the Secret Service vehicle she was riding in was involved in a crash. The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate was headed to a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey in Jersey City on Tuesday night. The vehicle pulled into a parking garage, made a left turn and hit a concrete crossbeam. Clinton emerged from the van and walked to the fundraiser, where she was the featured guest. […]

  • Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in US, study finds

    WASHINGTON — Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren’t quite certain why. Tornado activity is increasing most in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and parts of Ohio and Michigan, according to a study in Wednesday’s journal Climate and Atmospheric Science. There has been a slight decrease in the […]

  • US probes Ford pickup tailgates opening unexpectedly

    DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are trying to figure out why the power tailgates on some Ford F-Series pickup trucks can open unexpectedly while the trucks are moving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks from the 2017 model year. The agency says In documents posted Wednesday that it has five complaints from owners about the problem. It says unsecured loads could spill onto the road. The documents show that Ford […]

  • Russian official: Student gunman killed 17 at Crimea college

    MOSCOW — A Russian official said a student attacked a vocational college Wednesday in Crimea, a rampage that killed 17 other students and left more than 40 people wounded, before killing himself. The comments by Sergei Aksyonov, the regional leader in Crimea, were the latest in a series of shifting explanations by Russian officials as to what exactly happened at Kerch Polytechnic College in the Black Sea city of Kerch. Russian officials at first reported a gas explosion, then said […]

  • Winning numbers announced for $667M Mega Millions prize, nation’s 3rd largest

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Mega Millions prize was already giant, but now it’s absolutely massive. Lottery officials raised the estimated jackpot for Tuesday night’s drawing to $667 million, making it the third-largest grand prize in U.S. history. The increase from $654 million reflects a surge in ticket sales. The winning numbers from Tuesday night’s drawing are: 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 with the Mega Ball of 9. The record lottery jackpot remains a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in […]

  • Elizabeth Warren’s DNA claim inflames some Native Americans

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The DNA test that Sen. Elizabeth Warren used to try to rebut the ridicule of President Donald Trump angered some Native Americans, who complained that the genetic analysis cheapens the identities of tribal members with deeper ties to the Indian past. Warren was born in Oklahoma, which is home to 39 tribes and where more than 7 percent of the population identifies as Native American, one of the highest proportions in the nation. But she’s not a […]

  • Chiefs waive McQuay, sign Allen to help offensive line

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs waived safety Leon McQuay and signed offensive lineman Jeff Allen on Tuesday, giving them some additional depth up front after recent injuries to Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Mitch Morse. Duvernay-Tardif, the starter at right guard, broke a bone in his left leg two weeks ago and landed on injured reserve. Morse sustained a concussion in Sunday night’s loss in New England, creating a void at center heading into this week’s game against Cincinnati. Jordan Devey […]

  • Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin teenager in danger, not a runaway

    BARRON, Wis. — A Wisconsin teenager who has been missing since her parents were found dead in their home isn’t a runaway and investigators believe she’s in danger, a sheriff said Tuesday. Authorities have been searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs since deputies responding to a 911 call early Monday found her parents , James and Denise Closs, dead in their home in Barron, a rural western Wisconsin community about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis. The call came from a cellphone […]

  • Missouri releases new bicentennial vehicle license plates

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri vehicle owners will be getting new red, white and blue license plates to commemorate the state’s upcoming bicentennial. The new plates will be distributed as people renew their licenses over the next couple of years. The goal is to have them all in place before the state’s 200th anniversary in 2021. The new design has a white background with dark blue letters and numbers. Missouri’s prominent rivers are represented by red wavy lines on top […]

  • Obesity surgery may lower heart attack danger in diabetics

    SEATTLE — Obesity surgery may dramatically lower the danger of heart attacks and strokes in patients with diabetes, new research suggests, reinforcing evidence that benefits extend beyond weight loss. The study tracked about 20,000 severely obese patients with Type 2 diabetes. Those who had weight loss surgery had a 40 percent lower chance of developing a heart attack or stroke in the five years following surgery compared to those who got usual care with diabetes medicines or insulin. For every […]

  • Estimated 129 guns found in home of police ambush suspect

    Authorities found approximately 130 guns inside the South Carolina home of a man who set up his house in an upscale neighborhood to ambush police officers coming to question his son about a possible child sex assault, the sheriff investigating the case said Tuesday. Frederick Hopkins only fired three of the guns on Oct. 3 — a pistol and two military assault rifles, said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, who first put the total number of guns in the home […]