Number of abortions in US falls to lowest since 1973 Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

By DAVID CRARY, NEW YORK (AP): The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports..

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Biden comes out fighting in Democratic White House debate Thursday, September 12th, 2019

TEXAS, (AFP): Frontrunner Joe Biden came out swinging in the third Democratic debate for the White House nomination, clashing with his top two rivals over the future of health care in America and dismissing their plans as unrealistic pipe dreams. Biden, under pressure to appear in command as the..

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N Carolina special election tests Trump, 2020 GOP prospects Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

By ALAN FRAM, FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP): Republicans are hoping an eleventh-hour pep talk from President Donald Trump will propel them to a special election victory Tuesday in a GOP-friendly House district in North Carolina, a race that could illuminate their chances of retaking the House majority..

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Trump bullish on China tariffs, but aide warns of long haul Friday, September 6th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP): US President Donald Trump on Friday said the costs of his protracted trade war are falling squarely on China, but a top adviser warned that the struggle between the economic superpowers could drag on for years. Top-level negotiators are due to resume stalled talks in Washington..

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‘I feel like Job’: Hurricane lays waste to homes in Bahamas Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

By MARKO ÁLVAREZ, DÁNICA COTO and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP): The ground crunched under Greg Alem’s feet on Wednesday as he walked over the ruins of his home, laid waste by Hurricane Dorian. He touched a splintered beam of wood and pointed to the fallen trees, overcome by..

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‘Catastrophic’: Hurricane Dorian parks over the Bahamas Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

By RAMON ESPINOSA, DÁNICA COTO and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP): Practically parking over the Bahamas for a day and a half, Hurricane Dorian pounded away at the islands Tuesday in a watery onslaught that devastated thousands of homes, trapped people in attics and crippled..

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Dorian triggers massive flooding in Bahamas; at least 5 dead Monday, September 2nd, 2019

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and DÁNICA COTO, NASSAU, Bahamas (AP): Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that authorities urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if..

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Record-setting Hurricane Dorian keeps pounding north Bahamas Sunday, September 1st, 2019

By RAMÓN ESPINOSA, McLEAN’S TOWN CAY, Bahamas (AP): In a slow, relentless advance, a catastrophic Hurricane Dorian kept pounding at the northern Bahamas early Monday, as one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded left wrecked homes, shredded roofs, tumbled cars and toppled power poles in..

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Trump moves ahead with new tariffs on Chinese products

WASHINGTON, (AFP): Washington moved ahead Sunday with new tariffs on Chinese imports as it stepped up a high-pressure campaign aimed at coercing Beijing to sign a new trade deal even amid fears of a further slowing of US and world growth. The additional 15 percent tariffs, affecting a portion of..

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At least 5 dead in West Texas shooting after traffic stop Saturday, August 31st, 2019

By PAUL J. WEBER, AUSTIN, Texas (AP): At least five people were dead in West Texas after a man who was stopped by state troopers when his vehicle failed to signal a left turn opened fire and fled, shooting more than 20 people before he was killed by officers outside a movie theater, authorities..

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Fierce Category 4 Dorian menaces Bahamas en route to Florida Friday, August 30th, 2019

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON and ELLIS RUA, MIAMI (AP): Hurricane Dorian has gained fearsome new muscle as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm, bearing down on the northwestern Bahamas early Saturday en route to Florida’s east coast. Millions of people in Florida, along with the state’s..

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$16 trillion Sanders climate plan builds on Green New Deal Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

By JUANA SUMMERS, WASHINGTON (AP): Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has released a $16.3 trillion climate plan that builds on the Green New Deal and calls for the United States to move to renewable energy across the economy by 2050 and declare climate change a national..

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Huawei dismisses new suspension of ‘unjust’ US ban Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP): Huawei on Tuesday dismissed Washington's three-month delay to a ban on US firms selling to the Chinese tech giant and said the decision would not change the fact it had been "treated unjustly". The US Commerce Department effectively suspended for a second time tough rules..

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74% of economists in survey see US recession by end of 2021 Monday, August 19th, 2019

By MARCY GORDON, WASHINGTON (AP): A strong majority, 74%, of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump’s economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021. The economists surveyed by the National..

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At least 13 people arrested at Portland, Oregon, protest Saturday, August 17th, 2019

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, PORTLAND, Ore. (AP):  Police arrested at least 13 people and seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons Saturday as hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon. Authorities closed bridges and streets to try to..

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Gunman wounds at least 6 Philadelphia police; 2 others freed Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

By CHRISTINA PACIOLLA and CLAUDIA LAUER, PHILADELPHIA (AP): At least one gunman opened fire on police Wednesday as they were serving a drug warrant in Philadelphia, wounding six officers and triggering a standoff that extended into the night, authorities said. Two other officers were trapped..

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Trump’s Faltering Middle East Coalition Monday, September 23rd, 2019

On October 2, it will be a year since the brutal murder in Istanbul of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In June this year, a United Nations report concluded that..

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