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Hurricane Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and triggered heavy flooding Wednesday in an onslaught [Read entire story]

San Francisco, Oakland sue major oil companies over rising seas

The cities of San Francisco and Oakland are suing some of the world’s largest oil companies over climate change, joining an emerging legal effort to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for the damages wrought by [Read entire story]

News of the day from across the globe, Sept. 20

1 Subway attack: Three people have been arrested in a 24-hour period in Wales in connection with the terrorist attack at a London Tube station that briefly sowed panic on the city’s transport system [Read entire story]

News of the day from across the nation, Sept. 21

1 Beheading plot: A Massachusetts man accused of participating in a plot to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller was an overweight attention-seeker who became consumed by Islamic State propaganda in a desperate bid [Read entire story]

Witnesses yell, ‘He can’t hear you’ as police shoot deaf man

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man in front of his home as he approached them holding a metal pipe didn’t hear witnesses yelling that he was deaf, a department official said [Read entire story]

Captured polygamous sect leader pleads guilty in escape, fraud cases

SALT LAKE CITY — A high-ranking polygamous sect leader recaptured after a year on the run pleaded guilty Wednesday in a food-stamp fraud and escape case, ending a wide-ranging investigation seen as a crackdown on the [Read entire story]

Iowa Supreme Court to hear woman’s $75 speeding ticket case

DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa woman who says she was wrongly ticketed by an automated traffic camera when she wasn’t speeding has accomplished the unusual feat of getting the state Supreme Court to consider her $75 [Read entire story]

Huge sea turtles slowly coming back from brink of extinction

WASHINGTON — Sea turtles are lumbering back from the brink of extinction, a new study says. Scientists found more populations of the large turtles improving than declining when they looked at nearly 60 [Read entire story]

7.1-magnitude quake kills more than 220 as buildings crumble in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — A powerful earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing buildings in plumes of dust and killing at least 226 people. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue [Read entire story]

Hurricane Maria aims at Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Maria barreled toward Puerto Rico on Tuesday night after wreaking widespread devastation on Dominica and leaving the small Caribbean island virtually incommunicado. As [Read entire story]

News of the day from across the nation, Sept. 19

1 Nursing home death toll: A ninth patient from a Hollywood, Fla., nursing home that overheated during power outages following Hurricane Irma died Tuesday, according to police. The death of Carlos Canal occurred nearly a [Read entire story]

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San Francisco’s soda law blocked by appeals court

San Francisco’s groundbreaking effort to curb soda consumption by requiring health warnings in display ads hit a judicial wall Tuesday when a federal appeals court barred enforcement, saying the messages were one-sided [Read entire story]

Big setback for Gov. Brown’s twin-tunnels project in the delta

California’s biggest agricultural water supplier said Tuesday that it’s not ready to spend money on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed delta tunnels plan, a decision that could threaten the future of the $17 billion [Read entire story]

At UN, Trump threatens ‘total destruction’ of North Korea

UNITED NATIONS — President Trump, in a combative debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threatened the “total destruction’” of North Korea if it does not abandon its drive toward nuclear weapons. [Read entire story]

News of the day from across the globe, Sept. 20

1 “Man who saved the world”: Stanislav Petrov, a former Soviet military officer known in the West as “the man who saved the world” for his role in averting a nuclear war over a false missile [Read entire story]

A much-changed icon, Aung San Suu Kyi evades Rohingya accusations

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar — Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and de facto leader of Myanmar, stood before a room of government officials and foreign dignitaries on Tuesday to at last, after weeks of [Read entire story]

Not drinking or driving, teens put off traditional markers of adulthood

WASHINGTON — When 17-year-old Quattro Musser hangs out with friends, they don’t drink beer or cruise around in cars with their dates. Rather, they stick to G-rated activities such as rock-climbing or talking about [Read entire story]

Clashes erupt in Iraqi city of Kirkuk over Kurdish vote

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s ethnically mixed and contested city of Kirkuk was on a nighttime curfew on Tuesday after clashes erupted there the previous night between Kurds and Turkmen amid preparations for the controversial [Read entire story]

Haitians blocked at US border find ‘Mexican dream’

TIJUANA, Mexico — Jose Luis Millan found a new crop of star employees at an upscale Tijuana car wash where customers cross the border from the U.S. to pay up to $950 to have their prized possessions steamed and [Read entire story]