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September 03, 2017 - 12:00 am


AP sources: Trump expected to end 'Dreamers' program

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will end protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children — but with a six-month delay.

That's according to two people familiar with the decision. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren't authorized to discuss the decision ahead of a planned Tuesday announcement.

Trump could always change his mind.

He has been wrestling for months with what to do with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has given hundreds of thousands of young people a reprieve from deportation and work permits.

Trump's expected to delay the formal dismantling of the program to give Congress time to decide whether it wants to address the status of the so-called Dreamers in legislation.


The Latest: Officials: All fires out at chemical plant

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials say all fires are out at a flood-damaged Houston-area chemical plant after authorities conducted controlled burns on several trailers containing highly unstable compounds.

The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office said in a statement Sunday evening that all nine trailers filled with organic peroxide at the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, have burned. Earlier Sunday, authorities said that a controlled burn had started on the six trailers that had not caught fire in previous days.

Three trailers had already caught fire at the plant after backup generators were consumed by Harvey's floodwaters, which knocked out the refrigeration necessary to keep the chemicals from degrading and catching fire.

Officials said the "proactive measures" to ignite the six remaining trailers wouldn't pose any additional risk to the community. People living within 1.5 miles of the site remain evacuated.

The fire marshal's office says state, federal and local agencies will continue monitoring the air, adding that all data to date indicates no impact to air quality.


The Latest: Australia calls on China to influence N. Korea

TOKYO (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on China to bring North Korea to its "senses" following its apparent test of a hydrogen bomb.

He said China will be enforcing U.N. economic sanctions against North Korea but "there will be more that needs to be done given the affront that North Korea has shown to China" by testing its sixth nuclear device on Sunday.

Turnbull told reporters in Canberra on Monday that the risk of war breaking out on the Korean Peninsula is at its highest in over 60 years. He said China, as the North's closest ally and commercial partner, had the economic leverage to and therefore the responsibility to influence North Korea.


John Ashbery, celebrated and challenging poet, dies at 90

NEW YORK (AP) — John Ashbery, widely regarded as one of the world's greatest poets, has died.

Ashbery's husband, David Kermani, said the poet died early Sunday at home in Hudson, New York, of natural causes. He was 90.

His 1975 collection, "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror," was the winner of the book world's unofficial triple crown: the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle prize.

Ashbery was an enigmatic genius of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant heights.

Among a generation of poets that included Richard Wilbur, W.S. Merwin and Adrienne Rich, Ashbery stood out.

He was known for his audacity and wordplay, his modernist shifts between high oratory and everyday chatter, his humor, wisdom and dazzling runs of sense impressions.


The Latest: Man who died at festival lived in Switzerland

BLACK ROCK CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Pershing County Sheriff's Office says the man who died after he ran into the flames of the Burning Man festival's giant wooden effigy of a man was a U.S. citizen who had a home in Oklahoma but apparently was living in Switzerland with his wife.

The sheriff's office also says that attempts to rescue 41-year-old Aaron Joel Mitchell were hampered because part of the structure was falling as they were trying to get Mitchell out of it. The sheriff's office says: "Rescuers had to leave him to allow the structure to fall and provide for rescuer safety before they could go back into the flames to extract Aaron from the debris."

The sheriff's office adds that investigators are having a harder time getting information as festival-goers leave the site for their homes. ___


Mnuchin: Congress must tie Harvey aid to raising debt limit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is calling on Congress to combine a $7.9 billion disaster relief package for Harvey with a contentious increase in the nation's debt limit. He says it's time to "put politics aside" so storm victims can get the help they need.

Mnuchin tells "Fox News Sunday" that Harvey disaster aid is President Donald Trump's first priority when Congress returns from its summer break on Tuesday. Mnuchin says he's not confident that Texas would quickly get the aid it needs without raising the debt limit.

Some House conservatives have said directly pairing Harvey aid with an increase in the debt limit would be a "terrible idea" that sends the wrong message on overall government spending.

Trump plans to meet with congressional leaders from both parties this week.


The Latest: Residents returning home in Los Angeles fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities in Los Angeles have begun lifting evacuation orders as better weather helps firefighters battling the most sprawling fire in the city's history.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the cities of Burbank and Glendale were lifting their evacuation orders Sunday. Los Angeles itself was to decide later Sunday whether to do the same.

The more than nine-square-mile (more than 20-square-kilometer) blaze in the brush-covered mountains around Los Angeles was the biggest ever by acreage in the city. The weekend fire rained ash down on Los Angeles residents.

Garcetti says falling temperatures and a bit of rain have helped the more than 1,000 firefighters slow the fire's progress. The Los Angeles mayor says all but 10 percent of the 1,400 people evacuated there over the weekend have returned to their homes. Flames have destroyed three homes.


Frustration mounts over premiums for individual health plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustration is boiling over among millions of people who buy individual health insurance policies and get no financial help from the Affordable Care Act.

Many are bracing for another year of double-digit premium increases. Some expect premiums that rival a mortgage payment next year.

Their costs are tied to the price of coverage on the health insurance markets created by the Obama-era law, but these consumers get no protection from the law's tax credits.

They pay full freight and they're taking the brunt of market problems.

On Capitol Hill, upcoming Senate hearings could produce legislation that provides some immediate relief. But it depends on partisans cooperating.

The consumers most exposed tend to be solid middle-class people, including early retirees and self-employed professionals.


Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist, Walter Becker dies at 67

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the rock group Steely Dan, has died. He was 67. His official website announced his death Sunday with no further details.

Donald Fagen released a statement in remembrance of his Steely Dan bandmate. Fagen said he intends to keep the music they created together alive as long as he can with the Steely Dan band.

Becker had missed performances earlier in the summer in Los Angeles and New York. Fagen later told Billboard that Becker was recovering from a procedure and hoped that he'd be fine soon.

A Queens native, Becker met Fagen as students at Bard College in 1967 and founded the band in 1972. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.


Houston's homeless shrug off riding out Harvey on streets

HOUSTON (AP) — For all the hardship and pain unleashed by Hurricane Harvey, many of Houston's homeless shrugged it off.

With nothing to lose, they say, they did what they do best — surviving to live another day. Some found shelter beneath an interstate overpass. Others went to Houston hospitals.

A Salvation Army official says advocates are bracing for what may come next as waters further recede; help for the homeless, often hard to come by under normal circumstances, likely will be even more challenging in the storm's aftermath.

Others are bracing for an increase in the number of homeless in the storm's aftermath. After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, New Orleans and Jefferson Parish saw its official count of homeless go from 2,000 people to 9,000 four years later.

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