Trump inspects hurricane damage, hears stories of struggle

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. — Michael Rollins shook President Trump’s hand Monday at the front door of his hurricane-ravaged home in the Florida Panhandle, saying he decided to ride out the storm because he didn’t have anywhere else to go. “I knew I had made my commitment to stay with my animals,” Rollins told the president, standing […]

Trump on rally blitz as he tries to stave off Dem gains

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump gazes out over his rally crowd and looses a stream of insults with a theatrical flourish and playful grin. He jabs at Cory Booker the “disaster” mayor, Elizabeth Warren the “Pocahontas” pretender and “sleepy” Joe Biden. “I want to be careful,” Trump tells the crowd, feigning a confession. He doesn’t […]

Four days after storm, large swath of Panhandle suffering

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — Crews with backhoes and other heavy equipment scooped up splintered boards, broken glass, chunks of asphalt and other debris in hurricane-flattened Mexico Beach on Sunday as the mayor held out hope for the 250 or so residents who may have tried to ride out the storm. The death toll from Michael’s […]

Florida officials fear Michael’s death toll will rise

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — Search and rescue personnel are continuing to comb through the ruins of a small Florida Panhandle community destroyed by Hurricane Michael, which has left hundreds thousands without power and without easy access to supplies. So far, one body has been found in Mexico Beach, but authorities say there is little doubt the […]

‘It was life or death’: Face-to-face with Michael’s fury

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — Tom Garcia watched in terror as fingers of water pushed inland across the beach and began filling up his home. His wife handed him a drill and Garcia used screws to pin his front and back door shut. But soon the storm surge from Hurricane Michael was up to his chest. His […]

‘Changed Forever’: Florida Panhandle devastated by Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Thursday with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and rescue crews struggling to make their way into the stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who may have stayed behind. At least three deaths were blamed […]

GOP, home to Trump and Tea Party, decries Dems’ mob rule

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans are forecasting nightmarish Democratic “mob rule” to amp up GOP voters for next month’s critical midterm elections, flipping the script from complaints that it’s Trump and the Tea Party movement who’ve boosted rowdy and divisive tactics to dangerous levels. Less than a month from voting in which […]

Hurricane Michael slams into Florida, charges into Southeast

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 155 mph Wednesday, splintering homes and submerging neighborhoods before continuing its destructive charge inland across the Southeast. It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years and at least one death was reported during its […]

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to resign

Associated Press WASHINGTON — Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced Tuesday she is resigning at the end of the year, raising questions about the outspoken diplomat’s political ambitions. A smiling Haley announced her decision at an Oval Office meeting alongside the president, bringing up her own political prospects even as she underscored her […]

Reprieve for Rosenstein: Trump says he’s not firing official

WASHINGTON — President Trump declared a reprieve Monday for Rod Rosenstein, saying he has no plans to fire his deputy attorney general whose future has been the source of intense speculation for two weeks. “I’m not making any changes,” Trump told reporters as he returned to the White House after traveling with Rosenstein to an international police […]