WASHINGTON | Black female Democrats call for changes in party

WASHINGTON | Black female Democrats call for changes in party

WASHINGTON— Insurgent Democratic women running for Congress are pushing the party to rethink its approach to politics if they retake control of Capitol Hill in the fall.

At the annual meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus Friday, black female candidates who prevailed in primaries over established incumbents said it’s time for a conversation about how the party is structured. They expressed frustration that the party is tilted against rising politicians — especially those of color — and argued that if Democrats flip the House in November, it would be the result of organization and turnout amount black voters, particularly women.

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MANILA, Philippines | The Latest: Hong Kong, southern China brace for typhoon

MANILA, Philippines | The Latest: Hong Kong, southern China brace for typhoon

MANILA, Philippines — The Latest on Typhoon Mangkhut hitting the Philippines (all times local):
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Southern China is bracing for Typhoon Mangkhut, which is currently pummeling the northern Philippines, by halting ferry services, evacuating tens of thousands of fishermen and sending boats back to port.

In Fujian province, 51,000 people were evacuated from fishing boats and around 11,000 vessels returned to port on Saturday morning.

China’s National Meteorological Center issued an alert saying Mangkhut would make landfall somewhere on the coast in Guangdong province on Sunday afternoon or night, packing strong winds and heavy rains.

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CUCUTA, Colombia | OAS chief threatens military force against Venezuela

CUCUTA, Colombia | OAS chief threatens military force against Venezuela

CUCUTA, Colombia — The head of the Organization of American States has joined President Donald Trump in holding out the threat of a military intervention in Venezuela to restore democracy and ease the country*s humanitarian crisis

OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro delivered the sharp warning in a visit Friday to Colombia’s border with Venezuela in which he also denounced President Nicolas Maduro*s socialist “dictatorship” for spurring a region-wide migration crisis.

“With respect to a military intervention to overthrow Nicolas Maduro’s regime, I don’t think any option should be ruled out,” Almagro said at a press conference in the Colombian city of Cucuta.

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LAWRENCE, Mass. | The Latest: NTSB investigators could be on scene for a week

LAWRENCE, Mass. | The Latest: NTSB investigators could be on scene for a week

LAWRENCE, Mass. — The Latest on gas explosions in Massachusetts (all times local):
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The National Transportation Safety Board said the team heading to Massachusetts to investigate a series of gas explosions blamed for one death and dozens of fires in three communities is expected to remain on the scene for a week.

The agency said in a series of tweets Friday that the team will be gathering perishable evidence from the accident site and pulling together information from federal, state, and local agencies, and Columbia Gas.

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SPANISH FORK, Utah | Hundreds of firefighters to head to Utah to fight wildfire

SPANISH FORK, Utah | Hundreds of firefighters to head to Utah to fight wildfire

SPANISH FORK, Utah— A raging Utah wildfire driven by high winds in dry terrain has the potential to decimate hundreds of homes if firefighters cannot get a handle on it in the next couple of days, the governor said Friday.

Gov. Gary Herbert, who spoke at the fairgrounds in Spanish Fork after getting a briefing from fire officials, said the terrain, visibility and wind are making things difficult.

“Boy, if you’ve got any sway with the man upstairs, let’s see what we can do to help with the weather,” Herbert said.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Firefighter’s death caused by retardant drop from 747

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Firefighter’s death caused by retardant drop from 747

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A firefighter battling the largest wildfire in California history was killed last month when thousands of gallons of flame-suppressing liquid were dropped from an aircraft flying barely above the treetops because spotters mistakenly sent it on a route too close to the ground, according to state investigation findings released Friday

The pilot and a supervisor flying ahead in a small guide plane led the giant modified Boeing 747 nearly into the trees on Aug.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Troopers: Missing 10-year-old Alaska girl found dead

ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Troopers: Missing 10-year-old Alaska girl found dead

ANCHORAGE, Alaska  — A 10-year-old girl has been found dead Friday, authorities said, more than a week after she was reported missing in a remote Inupiat Eskimo town on Alaska’s northwestern coast.

Alaska State Troopers said Ashley Johnson-Barr’s remains were found east of Kotzebue.

The girl was last seen playing with friends at a local park Sept. 6. Her cellphone was later found a half mile from Rainbow Park, in the opposite direction of her home in the community of 3,100 people.

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DALLAS | The Latest: Downtown march protests man’s police shooting

DALLAS | The Latest: Downtown march protests man’s police shooting

DALLAS — The Latest on a deadly shooting in Dallas involving an off-duty police officer (all times local):
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Dozens of demonstrators marched through the streets of downtown Dallas and briefly blocked the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 to protest a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a black man in his own apartment.

The march, which appeared to be peaceful, began with a rally outside Dallas police headquarters Friday evening.

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SAN DIEGO | San Diego diocese adds 8 priests to list of predators

SAN DIEGO | San Diego diocese adds 8 priests to list of predators

SAN DIEGO— The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego has added eight priests to its list of those believed to have molested children.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Bishop Robert McElroy’s move responds to recent events including a Pennsylvania grand jury report that found children had been molested by priests there and the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was accused of assaulting altar boys, seminarians and priests.

The names were released in piecemeal fashion with critical details missing.

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WILMINGTON, N.C. | The Latest: Forecast: Florence threat continues overnight

WILMINGTON, N.C. | The Latest: Forecast: Florence threat continues overnight

WILMINGTON, N.C.— The Latest on Florence (all times local):
11 p.m. Tropical Storm Florence is crawling slowly across South Carolina as life-threatening storm surges and strong winds are expected to continue overnight, amid a rising inland flood threat.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the core of Florence was located at 11 p.m. Friday about 15 miles (20 kilometers) west-northwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Top sustained winds are now about 65 mph (100 kph) and the storm is moving to the west-southwest at 5 mph (7 kph) — a track that is expected to continue through early Saturday.

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