Government and politics

In this photo released Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, by Duke Energy, Gray material that Duke Energy characterized as lightweight coal combustion byproducts could be seen Friday floating on the top of the lake, near Wilmington, N.C. The ash left over when coal is burned to generate electricity coal ash contains an array of components, including mercury, lead, arsenic and other toxic heavy metals. The inundated basin contains at the plant 400,000 cubic yards of ash.(Duke Energy via AP)
September 21, 2018 - 2:21 pm
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Florence's floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the company does not believe the breach at...
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives for talks with members of the Bosnian three-member presidency in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Russia’s foreign minister is visiting Bosnia, an ethnically-divided Balkan country where Moscow has maintained strong influence among the country’s Serbs. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
September 21, 2018 - 11:42 am
BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Russia won't interfere in next month's elections in Bosnia, an ethnically-divided Balkan nation where Moscow maintains strong influence among the country's Serbs, Russia's foreign minister insisted Friday. Sergey Lavrov said after talks with officials in...
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Pastor Floyd Benfield stands in front of the flood-damaged sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Spring Lake, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Just days before, the flooding Little River had left the church half submerged. (AP Photo/Alex Derosier)
September 21, 2018 - 11:23 am
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A new round of evacuations was ordered in South Carolina as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction. With the crisis slowly moving to South Carolina, emergency managers on...
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Tobacco plants battered and bruised by Hurricane Florence stand unharvested in fields near Fremont, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Farmer Craig West said the leaves are about as appealing and saleable as a bunch of bruised bananas, but they can’t be harvested anyway because the fields are too soggy after the storm. (AP Photo/Emery P. Dalesio)
September 21, 2018 - 8:29 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence is testing the resolve of farmers in the Carolinas, who could face billions of dollars in agricultural damage while still feeling the sting from Hurricane Matthew almost two years ago. After last weekend's high winds and rain that was measured in feet,...
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Dignitaries and guests attend a remembrance ceremony convened by the Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rossello at the San Cristobal Castle, on the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, September 20, 2018. Hurricane Maria left almost three thousand dead, caused economic losses amounting hundreds of millions of dollars and left a path of destruction and damaged infrastructure through the island. (AP Photo Carlos Giusti)
September 20, 2018 - 8:13 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Clapping and raising their hands to the sky, hundreds of people clad in white gathered at an 18th-century fort in the Puerto Rican capital on Thursday to remember the thousands who died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as the U.S. territory struggles to recover one...
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Area residents ride down N.C. Highway 53 that is flooded from the Northeast Cape Fear River in Burgaw, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. The river had severe flooding due to the rains from Hurricane Florence. (Matt Born/The Star-News via AP)
September 20, 2018 - 6:59 pm
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — As rivers swollen to record levels started to recede Thursday in North Carolina, officials tried to head off potential environmental disasters and prepared for more record flooding downstream in South Carolina. Roads were still clogged with people trying to make it back to...
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FILE - In this July 25, 2018 file photo, Jon Favreau, from left, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor participate in the "Pod Save America" panel during the HBO Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. The popular political podcast “Pod Save America” is coming to HBO for four specials, just in time for the midterm elections. It will debut Friday, Oct. 12 at 11 p.m. EST and air new episodes for the following three Fridays at the same time. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
September 20, 2018 - 1:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The popular political podcast "Pod Save America" is coming to HBO for a series of four specials. "Pod Save America" will be hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor, who worked for the Obama administration. They will provide insight and commentary on the...
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British Prime Minister Theresa May looks to passing by heads of government after the family photo at the informal EU summit in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
September 20, 2018 - 11:17 am
SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Britain and its European Union partners failed on Thursday to secure a breakthrough in Brexit talks, largely because of seemingly intractable divisions over the best way to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and how to deal with future trade. With Britain's...
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Authorities respond to a shooting in Harford County, Md., on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Authorities say multiple people have been shot in northeast Maryland in what the FBI is describing as an "active shooter situation." (Jerry Jackson /The Baltimore Sun via AP)
September 20, 2018 - 11:15 am
ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting in Maryland (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Law enforcement officials say the lone suspect in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland is in custody in critical condition. Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler says there is...
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September 20, 2018 - 9:45 am
STUART, Fla. (AP) — Being in touch with nature is one thing. But gardening au naturel is quite another for some neighbors of a Florida man who's been doing yard work in the nude. The miffed residents tell news outlets they've called the Martin County Sheriff's Office, but the man continues to do...
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