Sanders Barnstorming Country Ahead of Midterm Elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders is embarking on a nine-state battleground tour on behalf of Democratic candidates competing in the November elections, returning to the campaign trail ahead of a decision on another White House bid. The packed October schedule marks the Vermont independent’s most extensive stretch of campaigning since the 2016 presidential race.…

Pot Legalization Advocates Seek Foothold in Midwest States

By DAVID EGGERT ,  Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously authorized medical marijuana, will decide…

Florida, Alabama Bracing For ‘Monstrous’ Hurricane Michael

By JENNIFER KAY and GARY FINEOUT , Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Residents of Florida’s Panhandle frantically filled sandbags, boarded up homes and secured boats in harbors Monday as they anxiously awaited Hurricane Michael, which forecasters warned could smash into the northeast Gulf Coast as a dangerous major hurricane within days. Fueled by warm tropical…

Governor: Limo That Crashed Shouldn’t Have Been on the Road

SCHOHARIE, NY (AP) — The supersized limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people outside a country store failed a recent safety inspection and shouldn’t have been on the road, and the driver wasn’t properly licensed, New York’s governor said Monday. The state ordered the owner, Prestige Limousine, shut down while an investigation continues…

China Says Detained Former Interpol Chief Accused of Bribery

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities scrambled to contain a public relations mess over the disappearance of the former Interpol president during his trip home to China, saying Monday that he was being lawfully investigated for bribery and other crimes. But the government’s announcement did little to address concerns raised about the risks of appointing Chinese…