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Bomb suspect has long arrest record, including bomb threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Florida man in custody in connection with the package bombs sent to Democratic political figures is a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump with an extensive record of past arrests, including a stint served on probation for making a bomb threat. Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Aventura is an amateur body builder…

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Buckle up: Wall Street volatility is back with a vengeance

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 investors worried about a sea of troubles, including rising interest rates, the trade tensions between the U.S. and China…

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Packages to De Niro, Biden seized, similar to pipe bombs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspicious packages addressed to actor Robert De Niro and former Vice President Joe Biden were intercepted Thursday, and investigators said they were similar to crude pipe bombs sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and CNN. None of the devices exploded and no one was injured, but the packages, sent to…

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Who won the lottery? Why some states, including Texas, allow winners secrecy

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 hidden forever — because of where the person bought the ticket. South Carolina, where someone purchased a…

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Russia claims US led drones toward Russian base in Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s deputy defense minister claimed Thursday that a U.S. military aircraft took control of 13 drones over Syria and attempted to have them attack a Russian military base there, but the drones were downed before they could reach their target. Alexander Fomin said the drones were heading toward Hemeimeem air base in…

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No cellphones, no gas: No end to misery in hurricane zone

By RUSS BYNUM and BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Residents of hurricane-ravaged communities in Florida’s Panhandle turned to volunteers and each other for help Monday, the fifth day without cell service, electricity or, in many cases, shelter. Trevor Lewis, a member of a six-person search-and-rescue unit, said he watched storm victims…

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Harrowing tales of survival from town ravaged by storm

By JAY REEVES and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Residents of Mexico Beach that stayed during the storm are emerging from the debris with harrowing tales. Others, who evacuated, are coming to grips with the fact that much of their community was destroyed by Hurricane Michael. Hit head-on by the storm,…

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Florida: Authorities say 11 now dead from Hurricane Michael

By JAY REEVES and BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Linda Marquardt rode out Hurricane Michael with her husband at their home in Mexico Beach. When their house filled with surging ocean water, they fled upstairs. Now their home is full of mud and everywhere they look there’s utter devastation in their…

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Social Security checks will grow in 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent boost in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. It’s the biggest increase most retired baby boomers have gotten. Following a stretch of low inflation, the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for 2019 is the highest in seven…

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WHAT’S HAPPENING: Rescues, damage in Florida after hurricane

MIAMI (AP) — Florida’s Panhandle is littered with evidence that Hurricane Michael is one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the mainland United States. Roofs and awnings are peeled from buildings, pieces of homes are scattered amid snapped trees and downed power lines, chunks of beaches are washed away. Michael thrashed Georgia as…

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