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AP Sources: Jeffrey Epstein arrested in NY on sex charges

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Wealthy financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested Saturday in New York on new sex-trafficking charges involving allegations that date to the early 2000s, according to law enforcement ...

Biden says he was wrong in comments about segregationists

By MEG KINNARD and JUANA SUMMERS Associated Press SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday apologized for recent comments about working with segregationist senators in his early days in the U.S. Senate, saying he understands now his remarks could have been offensive to ...

21 hurt in shopping plaza blast: Gas lines found ruptured

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — A vacant pizza restaurant exploded Saturday in a thundering roar at a South Florida shopping plaza, injuring more than 20 people as large chunks of concrete flew through the air. The blast flung debris widely along a busy road in ...

California governor says earthquakes are a ‘wakeup call’

By JOHN ANTCZAK, DAISY NGUYEN and MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ Associated Press RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — The two major earthquakes that hit Southern California should alert people across the nation of the need to be prepared for natural disasters, the state's governor said as officials expressed ...

Thousands of motorcyclists ride in honor of 7 bikers killed

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Thousands of motorcyclists, waved on by bystanders with American flags, rode through New Hampshire on Saturday to the site where seven bikers were killed in a collision with a truck last month. More than 3,000 bikers, some from as far away as California and Florida, ...

Official: 10 dead in Dallas-area small plane crash

DALLAS (AP) — Ten people were killed when a small airplane crashed into a hangar as it was taking off from a Dallas-area airport Sunday morning, an spokeswoman for the town of Addison, Texas, said. Spokeswoman Mary Rosenbleeth said no one aboard the twin-engine plane survived at the Addison ...

Navy SEAL trial exposes divide in normally secretive force

By JULIE WATSON Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — It was called the "The Sewing Circle," an unlikely name for a secret subsect of Navy SEALs. Its purpose was even more improbable: A chat forum to discuss alleged war crimes they said their chief, a decorated sniper and medic, committed on a ...

Baby lobster numbers spell trouble for shellfish population

By PATRICK WHITTLE Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Baby lobsters are continuing to appear in high numbers off some parts of Canada while tailing off in New England, raising questions about what the valuable shellfish's population will look like in several years. University of Maine ...

Schumer: ATF should investigate Dominican Republic deaths

By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat said Sunday that the U.S. government should step up efforts to investigate the deaths of at least eight Americans in the Dominican Republic this year. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should ...

NYC pride parade is one of largest in movement’s history

By SABRINA CASERTA and REBECCA GIBIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Exuberant crowds carrying rainbow colors filled New York City streets Sunday for one of the largest pride parades in the history of the gay-rights movement, a dazzling celebration of the 50th anniversary of the infamous ...