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Texas Could Seek $50B In Federal Housing Aid After Harvey

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas expects to seek more than $50 billion in federal housing funding after Hurricane Harvey. Abbott said at a news conference Thursday that those displaced by the storm can seek help via community development grants covering long-term housing needs as well as temporary costs while waiting for their homes to be repaired….

Federal Trade Commission Investigating Equifax Breach

NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Trade Commission has become the latest entity to announce an investigation into the security breach at Equifax. The FTC said Thursday that it was opening an investigation into how Equifax got hacked and 143 million Americans’ personal information was either accessed or stolen. Typically the FTC does not disclose who it is investigating, but…

Trump Says He Backs New GOP Health Care Effort

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he supports a new effort by two Republican senators to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Trump says in a statement Wednesday that “inaction is not an option.” He applauds Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy for “continuing to work toward a solution.” Their legislation would do away…

Official: US Insurance Program Could Pay $11B For Harvey

WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the National Flood Insurance Program says early estimates are that Hurricane Harvey will result in about $11 billion in payouts to insured homeowners, mostly in southeast Texas. Federal Emergency Management Agency Deputy Associate Administrator Roy Wright said Wednesday that would put Harvey as the second-costliest storm in the program’s history, after only the more…

Target Recalls Nearly 180,000 Dressers That Can Tip Over

NEW YORK (AP) – Target says it is recalling nearly 180,000 dressers because they can tip over and pose a risk to children. The Minneapolis retailer said Wednesday that it has received 12 reports of its Room Essentials four-drawer dressers falling over or collapsing. Two 3-year-old children were struck by a dresser, but no injuries have been reported. The U.S….

US Warns China, Russia To Comply On NKorea Sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is warning that the U.S. will punish companies in China and Russia that don’t comply with restrictions in the new international sanctions on North Korea. State Department and Treasury Department officials are testifying to the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the pressure campaign against North Korea’s weapons development. Tuesday’s hearing comes a day after…

Supreme Court Issues Temporary Refugee Ban Order

WASHINGTON (AP) – Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has issued a temporary order allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees for the time being. The order is in response to the administration’s request for the high court to block a lower court ruling that could allow up to 24,000 refugees to enter the United States. Kennedy…

Irma Knocks Out Power To 7M Homes, Businesses

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Nearly 7.2 million homes and businesses are without power in multiple states as Tropical Storm Irma moves through the Southeast. The vast majority were in Florida. The state’s emergency management officials said the storm cut power to more than 6.5 million account holders across the state as of Monday afternoon. Eric Silagy, the CEO of Florida…

Chicago’s Lawsuit Over Sanctuary City Threat Goes To Court

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago is asking a federal judge to block President Donald Trump’s administration from following through on its threat to withhold public safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities. Attorneys for the city will be in court Monday to argue their case. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said Chicago won’t “be blackmailed” into changing its values as a city welcoming…

19 Iowa Guardsmen Heading With Helicopters To Hurricane Duty

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials say 19 Iowa Army National Guard soldiers are deploying Monday for Hurricane Irma missions with four helicopters. The Iowa soldiers will come from units based in Boone, Davenport, Iowa City and Waterloo. The Guard says the Iowans will move supplies, equipment and people and support searches and rescues. The weakened but still dangerous hurricane…

South Florida Residents Told To Flee By Midnight

MIAMI (AP) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott is warning that residents in South Florida only have hours left to evacuate. Scott on Friday told residents from seven counties that they should leave by midnight or should not get on the road. “If you are planning to leave and do not leave tonight, you will have to ride out this extremely…

Expert: South Dakota Won’t Feel Big Economic Impact From Recent Hurricane Activity

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An economics professor at Augustana University says South Dakota likely won’t see any huge negative effects due to the recent hurricanes. Robert Wright, the Nef Family Chair of Political Economy, says that gas prices will probably continue to rise a little, only because some oil refineries in Texas were shut down as a result of Hurricane…

15 States Sue Trump On Rollback Of Immigrant Protections

NEW YORK (AP) – Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have filed a lawsuit in New York challenging President Donald Trump’s plan to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation. The suit was first announced by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who called Trump’s act “a dark time for our country.” Plaintiffs include New York, Massachusetts, Washington,…

Hurricane Impacts Talks Between Pipeline Company, State

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Hurricane Harvey has impacted the pace of negotiations between the company that built the Dakota Access oil pipeline and North Dakota regulators investigating potential violations of state rules during construction. Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak says attorney negotiations have continued but Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners also has been busy with hurricane response. ETP is based in…

Official Says Texas Gas Supply Recovering After Harvey

HOUSTON (AP) – A Texas official says the state’s gasoline supply is recovering quickly after shortages he blames on hoarding and panic buying due to Harvey. Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton says any shortages likely will be resolved within the next day or two. He says several refineries in the state idled by the storm have restarted, although a few…

As Floodwaters Recede, Houston Officials Look To Recovery

Courtesy of NBCHOUSTON (AP) – As floodwaters recede, Houston officials have started turning their attention to finding temporary housing for those in shelters and getting enough gasoline for people to fill up cars. Authorities on Thursday increased the toll of Harvey-related deaths to 39, and the Texas Department of Public Safety said more than 37,000 homes were heavily damaged and…