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Cuomo defeats Nixon in NY gubernatorial primary

Gov. Andrew Cuomo overcame a primary challenge from activist and actress Cynthia Nixon on Thursday, thwarting her attempt to become the latest insurgent liberal to knock off an establishment Democrat.

Honolulu may evacuate 10,000 as water levels rise in dam

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 7:24 p.m.

Honolulu officials said a dam holding 21 million gallons of water was not in danger of collapsing Thursday, but still warned nearly 10,000 residents downstream that they might need to evacuate after a tropical storm caused water levels to rise in the reservoir.

‘It looked like Armageddon’: Gas explosions destroy homes

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 8:53 p.m.

A series of gas explosions an official described as “Armageddon” killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities north of Boston on Thursday, forcing entire neighborhoods to evacuate as crews scrambled to fight the flames and shut off the gas.

Congress passes spending deal, bids to avert gov’t shutdown

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

Moving to head off a government shutdown that neither party wants, Congress has overwhelmingly approved a compromise spending bill and pledged agreement on a short-term bill to fund the government through early December.

‘Threat becomes a reality’: Florence begins days of rain, wind

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 8:42 p.m.

Hurricane Florence’s leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 105 mph winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

U.S. judge delays grizzly bear hunts in Rockies 2 more weeks

A U.S. judge on Thursday delayed for two more weeks the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades, saying he needed more time to consider if federal protections for the animals should be restored.

Trump falsely says Democrats inflated Puerto Rico death toll

President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected the official conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from last year’s Hurricane Maria, arguing without evidence that the number was wrong and calling it a plot by Democrats to make him “look as bad as possible.”

Millions on the U.S. coast prepare as monster storm approaches

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 8:12 a.m.

Millions of people in the path of Hurricane Florence are frantically preparing for a monster storm that’s anticipated to make landfall as early as Friday afternoon. Residents in states from Virginia to Georgia – especially those who live in flood-prone areas or on the coast – must decide whether to stay or go.

Booker releases new confidential records about Kavanaugh

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

Sen. Cory Booker on Wednesday night released a new batch of committee confidential documents about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh even after a conservative judicial group referred his earlier disclosures to the Senate Ethics Committee.

Ousted EPA head Pruitt denies getting improper gifts, income

Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former Environmental Protection Agency chief, denied on Wednesday that he had obtained any out-of-the-ordinary gifts as a result of his Cabinet-level post, dismissing allegations he received perks in office ranging from much-sought sport tickets to a job for his wife.

Moon rock hunter closes in on tracking down missing stones

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

A strange thing happened after Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 crew returned from the moon with lunar rocks: Many of the mementos given to every U.S. state vanished. Now, after years of sleuthing, a former NASA investigator is closing in on his goal of locating the whereabouts of all 50.

Storm’s uncertain track sows fear; 10 million in crosshairs

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 7:29 p.m.

Hurricane Florence put a corridor of more than 10 million people in the crosshairs Wednesday as the monster storm closed in on the Carolinas, uncertainty over its projected path spreading worry across a widening swath of the Southeast.

Jewish collector’s descendant gets Nazi-looted Renoir back

The granddaughter of a Jewish art collector whose paintings were stolen by the Nazis had a family reunion with one of the works on Wednesday after almost eight decades, an impressionist piece by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

$1 million pledged against Collins if she backs Kavanaugh

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 4:22 p.m.

A campaign urging Republican Sen. Susan Collins to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has generated more than $1 million in pledges, money that would go to her opponent in 2020 if she decides to support the judge.