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TOKYO (AP) — The president of the European Commission says North Korea's latest nuclear test compels the international community to unite in swift and decisive reaction. Donald Tusk said the European Union stands ready to sharpen its policy of ...and more »


KOREAS-TENSIONS-THE LATEST
The Latest: EU calls on U.N. to adopt further NK sanctions
TOKYO (AP) — The president of the European Commission says North Korea’s latest nuclear test compels the international community to unite in swift and decisive reaction.
Donald Tusk said the European Union stands ready to sharpen its policy of sanctions and invites North Korea to restart dialogue on its nuclear and missile programs without condition.
In Sunday’s statement, Tusk said the EU calls on the U.N. Security Council “to adopt further U.N. sanctions and show stronger resolve to achieve a peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” adding, “The stakes are getting too high.”
He said North Korea must abandon its nuclear weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a verifiable and irreversible manner and it must cease all related activities at once.
HARVEY-THE LATEST
The Latest: Many pause to pray amid Harvey recovery efforts
HOUSTON (AP) — Worshippers and relief workers are pausing from their chores across South Texas to seek God’s favor as the area rebuilds.
Hurricane Harvey hit the region with high winds on Aug. 25 and then dumped more than four feet of rain in the Houston area days later. While the Gulf Coast suffers in miserable conditions from Corpus Christi, Texas, northward into Louisiana, the theme in many sermons Sunday was that God is greater.
The St. Joseph Catholic Church in Port Aransas hasn’t had power since the storm but set out holy water and bug spray for parishioners before services Sunday morning. Many anointed themselves with both.
A less-formal group met and prayed outside a relief station on the beach town’s main road.
OBIT-WALTER BECKER
Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist, Walter Becker dies at 67
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the rock group Steely Dan, has died. He was 67. His official website announced his death Sunday with no further details.
Donald Fagen released a statement in remembrance of his Steely Dan bandmate. Fagen said he intends to keep the music they created together alive as long as he can with the Steely Dan band.
Becker had missed performances earlier in the summer in Los Angeles and New York. Fagen later told Billboard that Becker was recovering from a procedure and hoped that he’d be fine soon.
A Queens native, Becker met Fagen as students at Bard College in 1967 and founded the band in 1972. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
AP-US-HEALTH-OVERHAUL-PAYING-FULL-FREIGHT
Frustration mounts over premiums for individual health plans
WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustration is boiling over among millions of people who buy individual health insurance policies and get no financial help from the Affordable Care Act.
Many are bracing for another year of double-digit premium increases. Some expect premiums that rival a mortgage payment next year.
Their costs are tied to the price of coverage on the health insurance markets created by the Obama-era law, but these consumers get no protection from the law’s tax credits.
They pay full freight and they’re taking the brunt of market problems.
On Capitol Hill, upcoming Senate hearings could produce legislation that provides some immediate relief. But it depends on partisans cooperating.
The consumers most exposed tend to be solid middle-class people, including early retirees and self-employed professionals.
HARVEY-BAR MITZVAH
Teen’s Bar Mitzvah opened to public to help Houston heal
BELLAIRE, Texas (AP) — A Houston teen and his family invited the broader Jewish community to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah, a typically invite-only Jewish ceremony ushering a boy into manhood.
Scott Hausman-Weiss, the rabbi for Shma Koleinu, a congregation that doesn’t have a permanent house of worship, opened 13-year-old Doran Evan Yustein’s Bar Mitzvah on Saturday by pointing out the importance of coming together as a congregation and broader community at such times of hardship.
Like many in the region, his home was badly damaged by flooding from Harvey, but told the gathering: “We have an obligation to celebrate, nonetheless, because we are alive and have what is most important: ourselves, our families and this great opportunity to be together.”
Doran’s mother, Gabrielle Moses, says her family wanted people to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah but also to offer prayers for the community “because there’s been so much sadness.”
HARVEY-LIFE AND DEATH OF A STORM
As Harvey finally fizzles, a look at what made it so nasty
WASHINGTON (AP) — Experts say a combination of unusual factors turned Harvey into a deadly monster.
The storm intensified just before it hit land, parked itself over one unfortunate area and dumped a record amount of rain.
Ed Rappaport is the acting director of the National Hurricane Center. He says Harvey’s unique strength and track amplified its effects over a highly populated area.
Harvey was born in the Atlantic southeast of Puerto Rico on Aug. 17. Once it got into the Gulf of Mexico on Aug. 23, it rapidly exploded into a Category 4 hurricane just a few hours before coming ashore. That rarely happens.
The storm was stuck between two high pressure systems that kept pushing it in opposite directions, so it staggered in a zig-zag pattern across southeast Texas.
HARVEY-HOMELESS
Houston’s homeless shrug off riding out Harvey on streets
HOUSTON (AP) — For all the hardship and pain unleashed by Hurricane Harvey, many of Houston’s homeless shrugged it off.
With nothing to lose, they say, they did what they do best — surviving to live another day. Some found shelter beneath an interstate overpass. Others went to Houston hospitals.
A Salvation Army official says advocates are bracing for what may come next as waters further recede; help for the homeless, often hard to come by under normal circumstances, likely will be even more challenging in the storm’s aftermath.
Others are bracing for an increase in the number of homeless in the storm’s aftermath. After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, New Orleans and Jefferson Parish saw its official count of homeless go from 2,000 people to 9,000 four years later.
WESTERN HEAT-THE LATEST
The Latest: Wildfires surge amid scorching heat in US West
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters hope to take advantage of calm winds as they struggle to surround a blaze that has destroyed three homes and is threatening foothill neighborhoods in Los Angeles amid a blistering heat wave.
Fire Capt. Terrazas says crews are getting a break Sunday from higher humidity and temperatures that have inched down into the 90s.
Meanwhile officials issued an alert for poor air quality as smoke choked the area and ash rained down across the LA basin.
About 80 miles to the east, crews are protecting homes from a fast-moving wildfire that forced evacuations in Riverside County.
And in Montana, Glacier National Park officials have ordered the evacuation of all residents, campers and tourists from one of the most popular areas of the park because of an encroaching wildfire.
HARVEY-TOXIC SITES UNDERWATER
Texas expects EPA to ‘get on top of’ toxic water risk
WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he expects the Environmental Protection Agency “to get on top” of the threat of possible water contamination after an Associated Press report of highly toxic waste sites flooded in the Houston area.
Abbott tells “Fox News Sunday” that his office is working with EPA “to make sure that we contain any of these chemicals harming anybody in the greater Houston area, or any other place.”
The Houston metropolitan area is home to more than a dozen Superfund sites. The AP surveyed seven of them and reported Saturday that all had been inundated with water, raising concerns that floodwaters may wash in pollution.
An EPA statement later confirmed the AP’s reporting that the federal agency had not yet been able to physically visit the Houston-area sites.
SYRIA-TWO FIGHTERS
Arabs, Kurds unite against IS, but post-victory? ‘God knows’
RAQQA, Syria (AP) — Syrian Kurds and Arabs are fighting side by side in the assault against the Islamic State group in Raqqa, but they have vastly different visions of what happens next.
Arabs fear Raqqa’s fall will unleash revenge killings among their own community. The Kurds see the battle as a step toward cementing their own self-rule across much of northern Syria and entrenching their alliance with the U.S.
Another danger once IS falls is of a backlash among Raqqa’s Sunni Arab population against the Kurds. Many in the community deeply resent Kurdish ambitions and see their hopes for self-rule as intended to break apart the country.
Priorities differ in the alliance between Kurdish and Arab fighters in the Syrian Democratic Forces, which the U.S. formed to fight the Islamic State group.
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