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Explosions rock chemical plant crippled by flood

The Associated Press HOUSTON — At least 2 tons of highly unstable chemicals used in such products as plastics and paint exploded and burned at a flood-crippled plant near Houston early Thursday, sending up a plume of acrid black smoke that stung the eyes and lungs. The blaze at the Arkema ...

Laws or men?

When Barack Obama was in office, Jennifer Rubin was an insensate opponent. Therefore I quit reading her. She was an early and consistent opponent of WBD, just about the only Republican pundit who has been. I still don't read her much. Today, however, she has a column that bears thinking ...

Grim reality in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: More deaths

The Associated Press HOUSTON — Now that the sun is finally shining and the murky, brown floodwaters are slowly receding in much of the Houston area, grim reality is setting in. Harvey is about to release its dead. In Texas, the official death toll surpassed 30 on Wednesday and was ...

Breakthrough gene therapy for childhood leukemia OK’d

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Opening a new era in cancer care, U.S. health officials on Wednesday approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia. The Food and Drug ...

Things are not looking good for president’s agenda 7-months in

We are seven months into the Trump Administration and have over three years to go. I do not know that the nation can handle three more years like the past seven months. But whether it can or cannot, we should pause for a moment to reflect on the president’s agenda. Things are not looking ...

Haden signs with Steelers after being released by Browns

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday, hours after being cut by the Cleveland Browns. “I would first like to take the time to thank the Browns fans all around the world from the bottom of my heart for making Cleveland a ...

Dodgers’ skid continues

The Associated Press PHOENIX — The Los Angeles Dodgers are going through a little rough stretch after looking almost invincible all season — and the Arizona Diamondbacks are on a roll. Paul Goldschmidt homered for the third straight game, Robbie Ray struck out 10 batters while pitching ...

Cavs get another draft pick, finalize trade with Celtics

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations has said a blockbuster deal sending Kyrie Irving to Boston and fellow All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland has been finalized by the Cavaliers getting another draft pick from the Celtics. The Cavs will receive a second-round pick ...

Sharapova advances to U.S. Open’s third round with another three-set win

The Associated Press NEW YORK — No one, not even Maria Sharapova herself, knew quite what to expect from her return to Grand Slam tennis. It had been 19 months since she had entered a major tournament. She played only nine times anywhere since a 15-month doping suspension ended in April. ...

Who are they trying to fool?

I expect Christians to lie. I have never known them to not lie to non-Christians. But even I was startled by the reaction of evangelicals to the anti-evangelical article in La Civiltà Cattolica last month. I hardly expected the evangelicals to lie to other evangelicals about what ...

Crippled Houston now watching dams, levees

The Associated Press HOUSTON — With its flood defenses strained, the crippled city of Houston anxiously watched dams and levees Tuesday to see if they would hold until the rain stops, and meteorologists offered the first reason for hope — a forecast with less than an inch of rain and even ...

Stanton launches 51st home run, ties August mark

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Giancarlo Stanton is on a historic home run pace, and the next two days could land him among even more exclusive company. Stanton tied a major league record with his 18th home run in August, but Anthony Rendon had four RBIs and the Washington Nationals ...

Isaiah Thomas: ‘I am not damaged’

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas believes he will fully recover from a right hip injury that has threatened to void his recent trade to Cleveland. Thomas, who was dealt by the Boston Celtics to the Cavaliers last week for star Kyrie Irving, told ESPN he ...

Federer survives five-setter against American teen Tiafoe

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Roger Federer already has dropped two more sets at the U.S. Open than he did during his entire two weeks en route to the title at Wimbledon. Worried about a recent back problem, Federer was a step or two off with his footwork at the outset. His backhand, in ...

More rain and deaths

The Associated Press HOUSTON — Floodwaters reached the rooflines of single-story homes Monday and people could be heard pleading for help from inside as Harvey poured rain on the Houston area for a fourth consecutive day after a chaotic weekend of rising water and rescues. The nation’s ...

Campaigns are easy compared to actually running government

Eric Hoffer, a San Francisco longshoreman and philosopher who died in 1983, the year President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, could have been analyzing contemporary American politics when he wrote, some 66 years ago, that “mass movements can rise and spread ...

Sporting events moved due to Hurricane Harvey

The Associated Press HOUSTON — Hurricane Harvey has forced both the Houston Astros and Houston Texans to play home games miles away from the flood-stricken city with players wondering when they will be able to come back. The Astros will play a three-game series against the Texas Rangers ...

Lions, Stafford agree to record 5-year extension

The Associated Press DETROIT — The Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford have agreed to a record-setting $135 million extension, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial terms of the deal ...

Sharapova victorious in Grand Slam return

The Associated Press NEW YORK — So much about Maria Sharapova was the same as it ever was during her first Grand Slam match since a 15-month doping suspension: the shot-punctuating shrieks, the aggressive baseline style, the terrific returning, the sometimes-shaky serving. Another ...

Hundreds rescued from rising floodwaters

The Associated Press HOUSTON — Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into the nation’s fourth-largest city Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed rescuers who could not keep up with the constant calls for help. The incessant rain ...