US slashes number of refugees to 30,000 for next year

U.S. 09/17/18, 19:16

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will slash the number of refugees it will accept for a second straight year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, insisting amid criticism from human rights groups that the country is still committed to providing sanctuary to people fleeing the world's danger zones.

Breaking: Trump imposes tariffs on $200B more of Chinese goods

U.S. 09/17/18, 18:50

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next week, escalating a trade war between the world's two biggest economies and potentially raising prices on goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires.

Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks

U.S. 09/17/18, 16:34

The Coca-Cola Company said Monday it is "closely watching" the expanding use of a cannabis element in drinks, another sign cannabis and cannabis-infused products are getting more acceptance in mainstream culture and a harder look from long-established pillars of American business.

DeVos to students: Don’t hide behind a Twitter handle

U.S. 09/17/18, 15:32

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday encouraged students to engage others with respect and not to "be nasty" while hiding behind Twitter handles, leading one student to wonder why her boss, President Donald Trump, doesn't appear to abide by those rules.

Strike ending for last Washington teachers still picketing

U.S. 09/17/18, 15:03

SEATTLE (AP) — The last of the estimated 125,000 Washington state children who missed the start of school because of teacher strikes are now all going back to class, ending a series of teacher strikes over pay raises that escalated some cases to court and state intervention.

Video of shooting on repeat at Chicago cop’s murder trial

U.S. 09/17/18, 12:49

CHICAGO (AP) — The last moments of Laquan McDonald's life played over and over again for the jury. An officer pulls up, gets out of a squad car and opens fire as the black teenager walks away from police, a small knife in one hand. McDonald crumples to the ground. ...

Police: Border agent targeted victims for vulnerability

U.S. 09/17/18, 08:50

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor charged in the killings of four women knew the victims and targeted them for their vulnerability, authorities said Monday, as some feared more deaths at the hands of the agent remained undiscovered.

Watchdog slams safeguards for foster kids on psych drugs

U.S. 09/17/18, 07:32

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of foster children may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, says a federal watchdog agency that found a failure to care for youngsters whose lives have already been disrupted.

Photos: How terribly Florence deluges the Carolinas

U.S. 09/17/18, 03:29

The forecast for Florence has not changed, unfortunately: It’s still raining, and rivers are still rising. All roads in and out of a North Carolina city of 120,000 people are underwater. Residents of inland communities who thought they were safe from the storm have to find high ground because of expected ...

Death tolls often rise weeks after storm hits

U.S. 09/17/18, 02:07

More than six months after Hurricane Irma's catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, the number of deaths attributed to the storm increased to 129 — more than twice the amount reported at the end of the storm.

Mattis condemns Russian influence-peddling in Macedonia

U.S. 09/17/18, 01:49

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday condemned Russia's efforts to use its money and influence to build opposition to an upcoming vote that could pave the way for Macedonia to join NATO, a move Moscow opposes.

WHAT’S HAPPENING: Rain, floods still in Florence’s forecast

U.S. 09/17/18, 01:13

MIAMI (AP) — The forecast for Florence has not changed, unfortunately: It's still raining, and rivers are still rising. All but one road in and out of a North Carolina city of 120,000 people are underwater or blocked by debris. Residents of inland communities who thought they were safe from ...