Irma's roar gives way to grinding chorus of saws, generators

AP Photo/Jason Dearen SWEETWATER, Fla. (AP) — A grinding chorus of chain saws and generators kicked in quickly after Hurricane Irma’s roar left Sweetwater, a small, mostly Spanish-speaking town west of Miami where streets were swamped, fences and trees fell, cars got...

Getting up to speed on the Equifax data breach scandal

AP Photo/Mike Stewart NEW YORK (AP) — Equifax has been scrambling to explain itself since disclosing last week that it exposed vital data about 143 million Americans – effectively most of the U.S. adult population. It’s come under fire from members of Congress,...

Latest Nicole Krauss novel evokes Jewish mysticism, Kafka

“Forest Dark” (Harper), by Nicole Krauss Both of the main characters in Nicole Krauss’ new novel, “Forest Dark,” are in crisis. Jules Epstein, a 68-year-old Manhattan power lawyer, has recently divorced his wife of many years and retired from the...

Book Review: Memoir is bittersweet farewell to Bette Davis

“Miss D & Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis” (Hachette Books), by Kathryn Sermak with Danelle Morton Bette Davis battled studio bosses, husbands and rivals during her long acting career, establishing a tough persona in real life to match her enduring...

JFK's granddaughter Tatiana Schlossberg gets married

AP Photo/Alastair Grant NEW YORK (AP) — President John F. Kennedy’s granddaughter and Caroline Kennedy’s daughter Tatiana Schlossberg has gotten married at the family’s Martha’s Vineyard home. The New York Times reports the 27-year-old Schlossberg...

Reporter returns home, grateful family was spared from Irma

AP Photo/Tamara Lush ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tamara Lush is the Associated Press correspondent and multimedia journalist for the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, covering Florida’s Gulf Coast. She has covered 10 storms – including the recent Hurricane Harvey in...

Solemn, personal ceremonies as US commemorates 9/11

AP Photo/Seth Wenig NEW YORK (AP) — Holding photos and reading names of loved ones lost 16 years ago, 9/11 victims’ relatives marked the anniversary of the attacks at ground zero on Monday with a solemn and personal ceremony. Every Sept. 11 since the date of the...

States sue Trump administration over fuel economy fines

DETROIT (AP) — New York, California and three other states are suing the Trump administration, saying it must put in place higher penalties for automakers that violate federal fuel economy standards. The U.S. Department of Transportation more than doubled civil penalties...

Record-breaking weekend for 'It' grows to $123.1 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” has closed out its opening weekend at the box office with a higher than expected $123.1 million in earnings, according to Warner Bros. on Monday. The studio on Sunday projected a more...

Parole denied for prison tailor who helped 2 killers escape

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state board has denied parole to a tailor who played a key role in a prison break that’s the subject of a Showtime miniseries being filmed in the northern New York region where it happened. Joyce Mitchell will remain behind bars for at least two...