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September 16, 2017 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Mayor urges people to go on with their lives

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson is encouraging residents not to change their plans as protesters stage a second day of marches and disruptions after the acquittal of a white former police officer who fatally shot a black man.

Both Krewson and interim police Chief Lawrence O'Toole said the protests have been largely peaceful and residents shouldn't change plans because of them.

Krewson says she's disappointed that concerts by U2 and English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran had been canceled this weekend.

Protesters broke a window and splattered red paint on Krewson's house Friday night. She wasn't home, but her family was. She called the vandalism "irritating," but said she thinks the issues that have stirred the protests are "real impediments to the success of our city."



Cuba mystery: What theories US investigators are pursuing

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. investigators are chasing many theories about what's harming American diplomats in Cuba —including a sonic attack, electromagnetic weapon or flawed spying device.

Each explanation seems to fit parts of what's happened. But each conflicts with other facts.

Officials say investigators also are pursuing a number of possibilities about the culprit.

They say suspicion has centered on Cuba's government, a rogue faction of its security services or an outsider like Russia. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the investigation.

The Associated Press also talked to scientists, physicians, and acoustics and weapons experts about the theories.

The incidents started in late 2016 and continued at least until August. At least 21 Americans were harmed, some with permanent hearing loss or mild traumatic brain injury.


The Latest: Black Lives Matter backers speak at Trump rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day of competing protests in Washington unexpectedly included a group of Black Lives Matter activists who appeared near the stage of a rally intended to support President Donald Trump.

But the momentary tension was defused when a Trump rally organizer invited them onstage and offered one of them a microphone.

The pro-Trump organizer said, "It's your right to say whatever you believe, and it's their (the crowd's) right to let you know what they think about what you're saying."

Trump supporters had hoped to bring out thousands to pack the National Mall on Saturday. In the end, hundreds of flag-waving demonstrators did their best to make some noise in support of the president, who had skipped town for the weekend. That rally came after a small morning demonstration by anti-Trump activists near the White House.

Both sides were dwarfed by the juggalos, as supporters of the rap group Insane Clown Posse are known. At the Lincoln Memorial, about 1,500 juggalos staged an all-day rally and concert to protest what they say is class-based discrimination by law enforcement.


What hurricanes don't teach us: AP finds fast coastal growth

An Associated Press analysist shows that rising sea levels and fierce storms have failed to stop relentless population growth along U.S. coasts in recent years.

The latest punishing hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, scored bull's-eyes on two of the fastest growing regions in Texas and Florida.

Nothing seems to curb America's appetite for life near the sea, especially in the South's warmer climates.

According to researchers and experts who study hurricanes, coastal development destroys natural barriers such as islands and wetlands, promotes erosion and flooding, and positions more buildings and people in the path of future destruction.

The AP analysis finds that overall coastline growth of 10 percent in Texas Gulf counties and 9 percent along Florida's coasts from 2010 to 2016 was surpassed only by South Carolina's 13 percent.


The Latest: Jose moving slowly, causing strong rip currents

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Jose was moving slowly but far from land but generating powerful swells that were affecting coastal areas in Bermuda, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the U.S. southeast.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday that tropical storm watches were possible for the U.S. East Coast over the next day or so and advised people from North Carolina to New England to monitor Jose's progress.

Life-threatening rip-currents are expected along the East Coast of the United States.

The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph). It was located about 485 miles (780 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and was heading north at 6 mph (9 kph).



The Latest: UK police search home in bomb probe after arrest

LONDON (AP) — British police have made an apparent breakthrough in subway bombing investigation with what they are calling a "very significant" arrest, but the country remains on a "critical" alert, meaning that another attack is judged imminent.

Police arrested an 18-year-old man in the port of Dover — the main ferry link to France — and then launched a massive armed search in the southwestern London suburb of Sunbury. Residents said they were evacuated immediately as police established a huge cordon and imposed a no-fly zone above the property being searched.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd and others said the arrest was of major importance.

The man is being held under the Terrorism Act and has been brought to London for questioning. His identity is a closely guarded secret and police have implored the press not to speculate while the inquiry unfolds.


World leaders face crises in North Korea and Myanmar at UN

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Facing an escalating nuclear threat from North Korea and the mass flight of minority Muslims from Myanmar, world leaders gather at the United Nations starting Monday to tackle these and other tough challenges — from the spread of terrorism to a warming planet.

The spotlight will be on U.S. President Donald Trump and France's new leader Emmanuel Macron, who will be making their first appearance at the General Assembly. They will be joined by more than 100 heads of state and government, including Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, who is said to be bringing a 70-member entourage.

While Trump's speeches and meetings will be closely followed, it will be North Korea, which Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls "the most dangerous crisis that we face today," that will be the most carefully watched.


The Latest: Iraq PM says Mosul abuses not systematic

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister says initial investigations into allegations of abuse during the Mosul operation found they were carried out by individuals and not "systematic."

In an interview with The Associated Press Saturday, Haider al-Abadi said Iraqi troops found guilty are being held accountable and "at the moment we are listening to all reports, to all claims, there is no indication that this is a systematic abuse of human rights."

The operation to retake Mosul was marked by allegations of extrajudicial killings, torture and arbitrary detentions by Iraqi security forces, including a wave of alleged killings of suspected IS members at the tail end of the operation captured on mobile phone videos.

Al-Abadi says both soldiers and officers have been held accountable, but officers are largely charged with "negligence," unless they were found to have issued orders to commit the abuses.


Child care choices limited for those working outside 9-to-5

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Parents who work outside traditional business hours often have few options when it comes to child care for their children.

In many cases, the children of shift workers are cared for by relatives or friends.

But for those without a support network, there aren't a lot of child care facilities to choose from. That's true even in Las Vegas, an entertainment destination notorious for blurring the hours of a day.

Experts say it's a major issue in an increasingly service-based economy with non-standard hours and that the child care sector hasn't caught up with demand.

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington has proposed legislation designed to increase access to affordable child care, including for families that work non-traditional hours. But the bill's future is far from certain in a Republican-controlled Congress.


The Latest: Animal rights protesters disrupt Burberry show

LONDON (AP) — Guests attending Burberry's catwalk show at London Fashion Week have found their usual red carpet welcome replaced by heckling protesters.

Dozens of animal rights activists made a loud racket Saturday outside the luxury brand's show venue in London's Clerkenwell area, crowding around the entrance and shouting "Shame on London Fashion Week!"

Some held devices showing animal cruelty videos and others held placards reading "Fur is passe."

Police and security guards ended up forming two human chains to allow guests, including U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, to pass through and enter the highly anticipated show.

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