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6 years after Sandy, stories of the storm have new chapters

By JENNIFER PELTZ and WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A community where residents rallied with surfboards and kayaks to rescue neighbors from flood and fire. A survival story in a suburban garage. A religious statue that stood firm while its surroundings were ...

Shooting victims remembered: ‘The loss is incalculable’

By CLAUDIA LAUER and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press They were professors and accountants, dentists and beloved doctors serving their local community. A day after the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead, officials released the names of the victims. The oldest of them was ...

6 years after Sandy, stories of the storm have new chapters

By JENNIFER PELTZ and WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A community where residents rallied with surfboards and kayaks to rescue neighbors from flood and fire. A survival story in a suburban garage. A religious statue that stood firm while its surroundings were leveled. Superstorm ...

Police: Synagogue gunman said he wanted all Jews to die

By MARK SCOLFORO, ALLEN G. BREED and CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The suspect in the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue told officers that Jews were committing genocide and that he wanted them all to die, according to a charging document made public early ...

Pope Francis grieves for Jewish victims in Pittsburgh

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is grieving with Pittsburgh's Jewish community following the massacre at a synagogue there, denouncing the "inhuman act of violence" and praying for an end to the "flames of hatred" that fueled it. Francis led prayers for Pittsburgh on Sunday in St. Peter's ...

Pipe bomb suspect was spinning records as FBI closed in

By ERIC TUCKER, MICHAEL BALSAMO and COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In the hours before his arrest, as federal authorities zeroed in and secretly accumulated evidence, Cesar Sayoc was in his element: spinning classic and Top 40 hits in a nightclub where he'd found work as a ...

Trump calls Pittsburgh synagogue attack ‘evil’ anti-Semitism

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — President Donald Trump mourned the dead and forcefully condemned anti-Semitism after a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead. But faced with another national tragedy, he did not long turn his focus away from ...

AP sources: At least 10 dead in Pittsburgh synagogue attack

By GENE PUSKAR, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — A shooter opened fire during a baby naming ceremony at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, and people with knowledge of the investigation said at least 10 people were killed. At least six other people were wounded, including four police ...

Trump calls Pittsburgh synagogue attack ‘evil’ anti-Semitism

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday condemned the "wicked act of mass murder" at a Pittsburgh synagogue, saying anti-Semitism "must be confronted anywhere and everywhere it appears" and speculating that the death toll would have been ...

Bomb suspect: Ex-stripper with cash problems, Trump devotion

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Cesar Sayoc is an amateur body builder and former stripper, a loner with a long arrest record who showed little interest in politics until Donald Trump came along. On Friday, he was identified by authorities as the ...

Sometimes a ballot issue isn’t really about the issue

By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The outcome of one of the nation's most critical Senate races could come down to an unrelated question: how North Dakota residents feel about blocking noncitizens from voting — even though such voting is already ...

Oklahoma prosecutors resist push for prison alternatives

By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Since the days of frontier justice, lawmakers in conservative Oklahoma have viewed harsh prison sentences as the politically expedient solution to crime, including nonviolent offenses. That approach has imposed a high price, leaving the ...

On solid ground: ‘Sully,’ controller reunite at NYC Marathon

By MELISSA MURPHY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The image is miraculous: Passengers standing on the wings of a US Airways jetliner as it floats down the Hudson River. Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and air traffic controller Pat Harten are forever linked by the amazing water landing ...

Package to DeNiro recovered, Trump tweets against media

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, ERIC TUCKER and COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Police recovered a suspicious package addressed to actor Robert DeNiro on Thursday, which investigators said was similar to crude pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats, including former President Barack ...

Bomb threats put spotlight on vitriolic political rhetoric

By STEVE PEOPLES and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The discovery of pipe bombs targeting prominent Democratic politicians and CNN is raising the threat of election-season violence largely unknown in the U.S. — and prompting uncomfortable questions about the consequences of ...

AP-NORC Poll: Most Americans see a sharply divided nation

By JUANA SUMMERS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With just two weeks to go until the critical midterm elections, an overwhelming majority of Americans say the United States is greatly divided, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. Few Americans ...

Who won the lottery? Why some states allow winners secrecy

By REBECCA SANTANA and JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Like the location of Jimmy Hoffa's body, the secret formula for Coca-Cola and the possibility of aliens in outer space, the identity of the winner of the second-biggest lottery in American history may remain ...

Experts: Bomber likely left behind a mass of forensic clues

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and LISA MARIE PANE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators examining the explosive devices sent to high-profile targets in Washington and New York will be working to glean forensic clues to help identify who sent them, gathering fingerprints and DNA evidence ...

Buckle up: Wall Street volatility is back with a vengeance

By MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the market. If you're an investor who was lulled to sleep by the stock market's calm, steady gains this summer, you're wide awake by now. Stocks have swooned over the last three weeks as ...

Over 7K-strong, migrant caravan pushes on; still far from US

By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Thousands of Central American migrants resumed an arduous trek toward the U.S. border Monday, with many bristling at suggestions there could be terrorists among them and saying the caravan is being used for political ends by U.S. ...