MEXICO BEACH, Fla. | In Mexico Beach after Michael, some coming home find no home

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — With stunned faces and tears, residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach returned home for the first time Wednesday about a week after Hurricane Michael hit to find pieces of their lives scattered across the sand and a community altered. Nancy Register sobbed uncontrollably after finding no trace of the large camper where … Continue reading MEXICO BEACH, Fla. | In Mexico Beach after Michael, some coming home find no home

PANAMA CITY, Fla. | Baby born after Michael starts life in Walmart parking lot

PANAMA CITY, Fla.— Their home full of soggy furniture and mosquitoes, Wilmer Capps was desperate to find shelter for his wife and their son Luke, born just three days after Hurricane Michael ravaged the Florida Panhandle. So Capps, wife Lorrainda Smith and little Luke settled in for the longest of nights in the best spot … Continue reading PANAMA CITY, Fla. | Baby born after Michael starts life in Walmart parking lot

BISMARCK, N.D. | What to watch for in first Heitkamp-Cramer debate

BISMARCK, N.D.— The first debate between Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican challenger Kevin Cramer comes as Heitkamp is under heavy pressure in a race Democrats badly need for any shot at controlling the Senate. And it comes right after a major self-inflicted wound by Heitkamp’s campaign, with the senator apologizing this week for a newspaper … Continue reading BISMARCK, N.D. | What to watch for in first Heitkamp-Cramer debate

FRANKFORT, Ky. | Money talks: Campaigns draw millions in ‘outsider’ cash

FRANKFORT, Ky.— It’s been eight years since the U.S. Supreme Court declared that political spending is free speech. The decision eased the way for corporations, unions or nonprofits to spend massive amounts to support, or more often, denounce candidates in tight races. Citizens United, as the ruling is commonly known, has transformed American political campaigns, … Continue reading FRANKFORT, Ky. | Money talks: Campaigns draw millions in ‘outsider’ cash

ZACAPA, Guatemala | Food, water, ride: Guatemalans aid Honduran caravan migrants

ZACAPA, Guatemala— Sweaty, sunburned and exhausted, Jonathan Zuniga had been carrying his 1-year-old baby in his arms for five hours when help arrived unexpectedly from a local woman who offered him a used baby carriage. “Thank you, thank you very much,” Zuniga told her, accepting the gift with a broad grin. “I couldn’t stand it … Continue reading ZACAPA, Guatemala | Food, water, ride: Guatemalans aid Honduran caravan migrants

BANGKOK | Asia shares sag after retreat on Wall St, weaker Japan data

BANGKOK— Shares fell Thursday in Asia after a retreat on Wall Street driven by sell-offs of technology shares, homebuilders and retailers. A report of weaker Japanese exports in September underscored uncertainties over the outlook for trade. KEEPING SCORE: Japan‘s Nikkei 225 index sank 0.7 percent to 22,687.66 and the Kospi in South Korea lost 0.7 … Continue reading BANGKOK | Asia shares sag after retreat on Wall St, weaker Japan data

LIMA, Peru | Judge frees Peru opposition leader Keiko Fujimori

LIMA, Peru — An appeals judge has freed Peru’s opposition leader Keiko Fujimori a week after she was arrested as part of an ongoing money laundering probe. The daughter of former strongman Alberto Fujimori cried as the judge read aloud his ruling Wednesday night. Several critics heckled Fujimori as she left the courthouse. She remains … Continue reading LIMA, Peru | Judge frees Peru opposition leader Keiko Fujimori

HUNTSVILLE, Texas | Ex-USA Gymnastics head indicted in Texas on tampering charge

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny was arrested Wednesday after a Texas grand jury indicted him, alleging he tampered with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. In a statement issued late Wednesday night, the Walker County district attorney’s office in Huntsville, Texas, said Penny was arrested … Continue reading HUNTSVILLE, Texas | Ex-USA Gymnastics head indicted in Texas on tampering charge