UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Climate Action Summit kicked off in New York on Monday, but young environmental activists are already looking beyond the official gathering, a recognition that it will take sustained pressure to spur governments, many of them allied with the fossil fuel industry, to take meaningful action. As the summit got underway, 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg ...

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UNITED NATIONS - President Donald Trump skipped the bulk of the U.N. summit on climate change Monday to deliver remarks on religious freedom, pushing an issue that's crucial to his evangelical supporters in the 2020 election, while downplaying the chief concerns of fellow world leaders. Trump made a brief and unexpected stop at the climate summit, and listened to remarks from Indian Prime ...

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Monday acknowledged he talked to Ukraine's new president about that country's government investigating former Vice President Joe Biden's son's involvement with a Ukrainian energy company. "It's very important to talk about corruption. If you don't talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?" Trump told reporters ...

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump plans to sign the stopgap spending bill that the Senate is expected to send him this week, a senior White House official said Monday. That would avoid another partial government shutdown for now, though the fight over border wall spending and other partisan hang-ups will simply be punted 51 days, to just before Thanksgiving. The continuing resolution passed ...

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UNITED NATIONS - As the U.N. Climate Action Summit kicks off Monday in New York, young environmental activists who swarmed the streets in protest are already looking beyond the official gathering, a recognition that it will take sustained pressure to force governments, many of them allied with the fossil fuel industry, to take meaningful action. "This is only the beginning," 16-year-old ...

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CHICAGO - A man authorities say shot a police officer and tried to kill a woman last week was charged Monday morning with four counts of attempted murder, as he remains hospitalized and in custody, police said. Anthony Guglielmi, the chief spokesman for Chicago police, announced four felony attempted murder charges against Michael Blackman, 45, in a tweet. Blackman has been hospitalized since ...

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Tropical Storm Jerry is on a path to pass near Bermuda on Tuesday prompting a tropical storm warning for the island territory, the National Hurricane Center said. As of 8 a.m. Monday, Jerry is located 355 miles away from Bermuda maintaining maximum sustaining winds of 65 mph while heading north-northwest at 7 mph, the NHC said. Forecasters are expecting Jerry to turn northeast ...

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The Sandy Hook Promise spot that launched recently shook me awake. Not to the horrors and frequency of gun violence in our schools, which I've been awake over (mostly in the middle of the night) for years. It woke me up to my own outdated notions about childhood innocence. The minutelong public service announcement, released by the Newtown, Connecticut-based nonprofit that formed after 20 ...

A 48-year-old woman from Louisville, Ky., was reported missing in the U.S. Virgin Islands Thursday, according to the Virgin Islands National Park. A search is now underway for Lucy Schuhmann, who left her Airbnb around 7:30 to 8 a.m. Wednesday and never returned that night, according to a missing person's page. A hiker found her backpack Thursday, the page said. Schuhmann was scheduled to ...

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker had been acting for 25 years before he felt he was really up to the task. "I decided I wanted to try to do it my second year of college," he says. "But it was after I worked for years and years actually, maybe after 'Bird' even - it was a long time into my career. I was testing it out for a long time wondering: Is this what ...

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Shortly before she sentenced Felicity Huffman this month to two weeks in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal, a judge settled a lingering legal dispute. Prison sentences for parents who admitted to taking part in the scheme would not be based on how much money they paid to take part in the scam, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani ruled. The ruling didn't impact Huffman ...

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ASUNCION, Paraguay - During a five-day South American trip to promote women's empowerment, Ivanka Trump was greeted like a head of state everywhere she went. At lavish banquets in her honor, she was toasted by the presidents of Colombia and Paraguay. People tracked her motorcade with their cellphone cameras as she was met with military bands and red carpets. A U.S. Air Force jet was dispatched ...

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The subject line, targeting President Donald Trump, was purposely provocative: A string of angry emojis and a call to "dump the (ASTERISK)^(ASTERISK)%#%/!!!!!!!" "Sometimes," read the email launching a progressive fund-raising drive, "cursing is required." Sometimes actually seems to be quite often, as the path to the White House has become a blue streak of vulgarity, cuss words and ...

ORLANDO, Fla. - Tropical Storm Karen is moving north through the Caribbean Sea prompting tropical storm warnings for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. update Monday, Karen's 8 mph northwest movement has it passing over the U.S. territories on Tuesday. It's center was located 245 miles south of St. Croix. A tropical storm watch remained ...

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump returns to diplomacy's largest stage this week, facing the possibility of a spiraling conflict with Iran but with few prospects for finding the friends he needs to ease global tensions. Last year, the world leaders gathered at the annual United Nations General Assembly laughed at Trump when he bragged about his accomplishments. This year, humor may be harder ...

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - One by one, each candidate who took the stage at an LGBTQ presidential candidate forum here got the same question and gave a nearly identical answer. What would they do from Day 1 of their presidencies to address concerns of gay, lesbian and transgender communities, the moderators asked. Each of the first eight candidates responded with a list of positions that command ...

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - After Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami-Dade County in 1992, builders and lawmakers responded with new codes that girded South Florida homes and buildings for Category 5 winds. After multiple storms swept through Florida in 2004 and 2005, Florida Power & Light spent billions hardening its system to withstand winds up to 145 mph. In their day, those precautions seemed ...

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This month's nods to the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, had barely faded from the news when three fresh developments jarred those among us who no longer have the possibility of terror attacks top of mind. - Last weekend, the White House confirmed that Osama bin Laden's son Hamza had been "killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region." Hamza bin Laden ...

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Nobody could expect sophistication from an event titled "Howdy, Modi!" And the Indian prime minister's rally in Houston – attended by 50,000 or so screaming Indian-Americans, two dozen U.S. congressmen and senators, and President Donald Trump – was every bit as cheesy as its title. In his five-plus years in power, Modi has made a habit of addressing stadiums packed with the Indian diaspora ...

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"Listen to me. Listen. Listen to me. Listen to me. Listen to me. I assume many people are on the line. I know that before I make the call. And you have intelligence agencies, everybody listening. That call was a great call. It was a perfect call. A perfect call." - President Donald Trump, telling reporters Sunday about a phone call in which he encouraged Ukraine's president to dig up dirt on ...

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The current issue of Harper's Magazine features an eye-catching cover that asks this provocative question: "Do We Need the Constitution?" Harper's convened a panel of five lawmakers and scholars to discuss how much sense it makes to use a 230-year-old document written by rich, white, male slaveholders to govern a diverse, complex, technologically advanced 21st century country like ours. One ...

No one has been getting rich stuffing their money into a savings account, and it's bound to get even tougher, as the Federal Reserve shifts further into a rate-cutting mode. The Federal Reserve announced another rate cut after its two-day policy meeting last week. A divided Fed lowered its benchmark interest rate by another quarter percentage point to a range of 1.75% to 2% in an effort to ...

Vanguard is testing a pure robo adviser that is pushing costs down even further for that automated investing service. On Sept. 17, Vanguard filed a brochure for a trial service called Vanguard Digital Advisor, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Initially, the trial robo adviser is available only to those with Vanguard brokerage accounts, who would hand over control of ...

FLINT, Mich. - Erik Bond is making more bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches in his kitchen at home in Grand Blanc, Mich., these days because, well, he just doesn't know what's going to happen and every single dollar matters. "We don't ever eat fancy," he said. "But we need to make things simpler. Our stress level has gone up. We're tossing and turning at night, not knowing what's going to ...

Vivian Lord, 6, won a set of plastic green Army men from an arcade while vacationing with her family recently. But according to her mother, Brittany, at some time while she was playing with them, she asked her mom: Why aren't any of these girls? After some research, some pink ones were found online, but those too weren't female. "The color didn't fool her, and she wasn't going to let it go - ...

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ROCHESTER, Minn. - In adults over 70, exposure to general anesthesia and surgery is associated with a subtle decline in memory and thinking skills, according to new Mayo Clinic research. The study analyzed nearly 2,000 participants in the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging and found that exposure to anesthesia after age 70 was linked to long-term changes in brain function. The results appear in the ...

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ATLANTA - Anyone who lives in my neck of the woods - i.e. the Southern part of the U.S. - has more than a passing acquaintance with the Atlanta airport. It is our preferred gateway to everywhere from Athens, Ga., to Athens, Greece. But just how well do we know the city beyond the airport? I'm sorry to say that even with several family members living here, I have often considered Atlanta just a ...

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NEW YORK - When Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes in July 2016, she figured her career was over. "I thought I would be home for years, crying. Instead, they started an investigation. All these other women came forward. And two weeks later, he was fired," says the former "Fox & Friends" anchor on a warm afternoon in early September. ...

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CHICAGO - Anyone expecting an apology or remorse from comedian Louis C.K. regarding his widely reported sexual misconduct - first reported in the New York Times in November 2017 - will have to keep looking. He avoided apologizing in the statement he issued in the wake of the original story two years ago. And in his late set Thursday night at Zanies in Rosemont - the second of six shows over ...

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Who would believe that a 30-foot hole encased in glass would attract 230,000 annual visitors from around the world to come and gawk? All the more amazing as there is nothing to see in the enclosed abyss. That would not have been the case, however, on the morning of Feb. 12, 2014 at 5:39 a.m. when a sinkhole opened up inside the National Corvette Museum, swallowing eight of ...