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$2.5M bond for Border Patrol agent in killings of 4 in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor was jailed Sunday on $2.5 million bond in Texas, accused of killing at least four women and injuring a fifth who managed to escape. Juan David Ortiz, 35, was in custody in Laredo on four counts of murder along with charges of aggravated assault ...

Police: Man in wheelchair charged with killing 3 relatives

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Police say a man in a wheelchair has been charged with killing three female relatives at a home in Mississippi’s capital city. The Jackson Police Department said Sunday that 22-year-old Maurice Forte has been charged with three counts of murder in connection with the ...

Flooding fears surge as river rise

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on Sunday, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. “The risk to life is rising with the angry waters,” Gov. Roy Cooper ...

Police: Teen arrested in flare gun shootings

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with two flare gun shootings that injured two people. The Toledo Police Department announced the arrest on its Facebook page and Twitter account Friday evening but provided no additional details. Both ...

What the Times misses about poverty

It’s an affecting story. Matthew Desmond, writing in The New York Times Magazine, profiles Vanessa Solivan, a poor single mother raising three children. Vanessa works as a home health aide, yet she and her three adolescent children are often reduced to sleeping in her car, a 2004 Chrysler ...

Police: Man dies after shark attack off Cape Cod

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — A man was bitten by a shark Saturday in the water off a Cape Cod beach and died later at a hospital, becoming the state’s first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years. The 26-year-old man from Revere succumbed to his injuries following the attack off Newcomb ...

Niece: Family won’t take in Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. Days before the 72-year-old woman is released from prison, looming fears ...

Sheriff says U.S. Border Patrol agent suspected of killing 4 women

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent suspected of killing four prostitutes was arrested early Saturday after a fifth woman managed to escape from him and notify the authorities, law enforcement officials said, describing the agent as a “serial killer.” Juan David Ortiz, an ...

West Virginia cancels Capitol dome repair contract

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia officials have canceled a nearly $11 million contract to repair significant damage to the state Capitol dome. The decision, announced Friday by the Department of Administration, was based on the contractor’s inability to comply with design requirements for ...

Library backs off refusal on Woodward book

BERKELEY SPRINGS (AP) — Bob Woodward’s book about the Trump White House will be on the shelf of a West Virginia library after all. The Morgan County Public Library in Berkeley Springs reversed a previous decision and will carry Woodward’s “Fear,” the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. ...

Adult daughter’s questionable choices make it hard to help

DEAR ABBY: My daughter has decided to leave her husband. They have been married for 20 years. She says she hasn’t been happy for several years and that it’s time to take care of herself. She won’t be able to support herself and the children, but she doesn’t seem able to grasp that ...

Some McDonald’s workers vote to strike over sex harassment

NEW YORK (AP) — Emboldened by the #MeToo movement, McDonald’s workers have voted to stage a one-day strike next week at restaurants in 10 cities in hopes of pressuring management to take stronger steps against on-the-job sexual harassment. Organizers say it will be the first multistate ...

Use instant pot for Mediterranean stew

Beef usually hogs the spotlight when it comes to stews, but there are plenty of other meats that can star in this quintessential, cold-weather comfort food. Pork, chicken and here, lamb, a big favorite of my younger son, Charlie. This rich meat also takes well to many flavor combos, and in ...

Florence pours as flood fears rise

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — The Marines, the Coast Guard, civilian crews and volunteers used helicopters, boats and heavy-duty vehicles Saturday to rescue hundreds of people trapped by Florence’s onslaught, even as North Carolina braced for what could be the next stage of the disaster: ...

Writers trail

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has markers noting a blues trail, a country music trail, a civil rights trail and even an Indian mound trail. Now, with the dedication of a marker to the late author Eudora Welty, the state is starting a writers trail. Gov. Phil Bryant and National ...

Oscar de la Renta brings Mediterranean to Fashion Week

NEW YORK (AP) — Two years into their tenure at the helm of Oscar de la Renta, designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia continue to seek new ways to inject a more relaxed vibe into the label — while maintaining its famous craftsmanship. On Tuesday, the pair put on a rooftop runway show that ...

Rosanne Cash calls threats to journalism ‘really alarming’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rosanne Cash’s interest in political and social activism started at a young age, but she also had a role model in her father, Johnny Cash. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will receive the “Spirit of Americana” Free Speech award Wednesday during the ...

Investors sell off insurers ahead of Hurricane Florence

NEW YORK (AP) — Hurricanes almost always set off an orchestrated dance on Wall Street before they make landfall, with shares of property and casualty insurance companies dumped in favor of companies that sell construction supplies or portable generators. That routine began a week ago, ...

Ford: Won’t make hatchback in U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ford won’t be moving production of a hatchback wagon to the United States from China — despite President Donald Trump’s claim Sunday that his taxes on Chinese imports mean the Focus Active can be built in America. Citing Trump’s new tariffs, Ford on Aug. 31 said it ...

Strengthening Florence takes aim at U.S. Southeast

(AP) — A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence churned across the Atlantic on Sunday toward a possible direct hit on the U.S. Southeast late this week, triggering warnings to people up and down the coast to get their emergency kits ready, map out escape routes and fill sandbags. Red ...