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Iranian rips Trump talk as 'absurd'

Subscriber onlyIranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday blasted President Donald Trump's speech before the United Nations as "ignorant, absurd and hateful" and vowed that Iran will not be the first to walk away from the nuclear deal. Continue reading...

Plea guilty in bourbon thievery

Kentucky distillery worker called ringleader in scheme

Subscriber onlyA distillery worker at the center of a bourbon-theft scheme that spirited away tens of thousands of dollars' worth of liquor has pleaded guilty in the case. Continue reading...

Australia readying trip for 50 refugees to U.S.

Subscriber only The first 50 refugees to be resettled in the U.S. under a contentious agreement with Australia will receive notice within days about their impending departure from the Pacific island camps where they have languished for years, the Australian prime minister said Wednesday. Continue reading...

Power back in much of Florida

Pace faster than in previous storms; 75,000 still in dark

Subscriber onlyIn the 10 days since Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to nearly two-thirds of Florida, the state has restored power for most residents, mostly because of improvements made to the power grid since Hurricane Wilma 12 years ago. Continue reading...

Court tosses federal data theft lawsuit

Unions sought compensation for victims of government database hack

Subscriber onlyA federal court has rejected a lawsuit seeking compensation for millions of federal employees, retirees and others whose personal information was stolen from two government databases. Continue reading...

50 nations sign treaty to shun nuclear arms

Subscriber only Fifty countries on Wednesday signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, a pact that the world's nuclear powers spurned but supporters hailed as a historic agreement nonetheless. Continue reading...

U.S. plans $32M in Rohingya aid

At U.N., Pence calls on Burma’s forces to end ‘savagery’

Subscriber onlyThe United States plans to contribute nearly $32 million in humanitarian aid to help Rohingya Muslim refugees, the State Department said Wednesday, in the administration's first major response to the minority group's mass exodus from Burma. Continue reading...

U.S. memo takes Egypt to task on human rights

Subscriber onlyEgypt is failing to protect free speech and minority groups, investigate abuses by its forces or grant U.S. monitors access to the conflict-ridden Sinai Peninsula, according to a report from President Donald Trump's administration. Continue reading...

Maine draws suit over abortion law

Subscriber only The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that challenges a Maine rule that is common across most of the U.S. requiring that abortions be performed solely by physicians. Continue reading...

Cocaine seizures at sea set record

It’s Coast Guard’s 2nd in row

Subscriber onlyThe Coast Guard for the second consecutive year has set a record for cocaine seizures at sea, an effort that admirals are linking to border security. Continue reading...

California sues over Trump's wall plan

Subscriber onlyCalifornia's attorney general sued President Donald Trump's administration Wednesday over its plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, arguing it's overstepping its authority by waiving environmental reviews and other laws. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlySect leader sentenced in fraud case Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyFederal prosecutors say former New York congressman Anthony Weiner should go to prison for about two years for engaging in sexting with a 15-year-old girl. Prosecutors filed papers in Manhattan federal court Wednesday urging a judge to send a message at the sentencing hearing that's set for Monday. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyMartha Hereford-Cothron, a middle school teacher in Dunedin, Fla., said her heart sank when she discovered that about 80 books, including several signed by the authors, were missing from her classroom, which was used as a shelter for Hurricane Irma evacuees. Continue reading...

Deaf man killed in police shooting

Subscriber onlyOklahoma 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 Wednesday. Continue reading...