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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Lee County Sheriff's Office says water began leaking through the roof at the Germain Arena shelter in Estero just as the eye of Hurricane Irma drew near. Thousands of evacuees have crowded into the minor-league hockey ...and more »

The Latest: Roof leaks as thousands shelter in Germain Arena
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says water began leaking through the roof at the Germain Arena shelter in Estero just as the eye of Hurricane Irma drew near.
Thousands of evacuees have crowded into the minor-league hockey stadium, which seats about 8,400 people and is being used as a shelter.
The sheriff’s office posted on Facebook that authorities are monitoring the problem.
Cuba surveys toppled houses, flooded cities in wake of Irma
CAIBARIEN, Cuba (AP) — Hurricane Irma ripped roofs off houses and flooded hundreds of miles of coastline as it raked Cuba’s northern coast after devastating islands the length of the Caribbean in a trail of destruction that has left 22 people dead so far.
As Irma left Cuba late Saturday and directed its 120 mph (195 kph) winds toward Florida, authorities on the island were assessing the damage and warning of staggering damage to keys off the northern coast studded with all-inclusive resorts and cities, as well as farmland in central Cuba.
There were no immediate reports of deaths in Cuba – a country that prides itself on its disaster preparedness – but authorities were trying to restore power, clear roads and warning that people should stay off the streets of Havana because flooding could continue into Monday.
Sooner Surge: Oklahoma up to No. 2 behind Alabama in AP poll
Oklahoma moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll behind Alabama after the Sooners scored the most impressive victory of week two.
Three of the top six teams from last week defeated other ranked teams on Saturday, creating an early shake-up near the top of the AP Top 25. The Sooners jumped three spots after winning 31-16 at Ohio State. The last time the Sooners were this close to being No. 1 was 2011.
The Buckeyes slipped from No. 2 to eighth.
Clemson held its spot at No. 3 after beating Auburn and Southern California moved up two places to sixth following a victory against Stanford. Penn State is No. 5.
The Crimson Tide received 59 first-place votes. Oklahoma has two and Clemson one.
The Buckeyes have their lowest ranking November of the 2014 season. Ohio State hopes this season takes a similar path.
In 2014, the Buckeyes lost at home to Virginia Tech and fell from No. 8 to No. 22 in the rankings. The Buckeyes did not lose again and won the national championship in Urban Meyer’s third season as coach in Columbus.
The Buckeyes did extend their streak of 41 polls ranked in the top 10, which dates back to the Nov. 9, 2014.
Notre Dame’s stay in the Top 25 lasted one week. The Fighting Irish lost 20-19 at home to Georgia, which moved up two spots to No. 13. The Irish were the only team to fall out of the rankings.
UCLA followed up its remarkable comeback victory in week one against Texas A&M with a more routine blowout of Hawaii and landed at No. 25 in the latest rankings. The Bruins moved into the rankings for the first time since starting 2016 at No. 16.
The Bruins stumbled to a four-win season last year, but quarterback Josh Rosen and the offense seem to be blossoming under new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.
SEC — 6
ACC — 5
Pac-12 — 5
Big 12 — 4
Big Ten — 4
American — 1
No. 3 Clemson at No. 14 Louisville. Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals nearly beat the eventual national champions in Death Valley last season. Can the Tigers’ ferocious defensive front slow down the Heisman Trophy winner?
No. 23 Tennessee at No. 24 Florida. Assuming this game is played after Hurricane Irma passes through Florida, both the Vols and Gators come in with plenty of questions to answer.
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The Latest: Classes suspended in 2 Mexico states after quake
JUCHITAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexico’s education secretary says schools will remain closed in two southern states that were hit by the magnitude 8.1 earthquake.
Aurelio Nuno says classes will be suspended in Oaxaca and Chiapas on Monday.
Nuno said Sunday on Twitter that he visited several educational facilities in Chiapas that had experienced “various levels of damage.” He posted photos including one of a classroom whose exterior brick wall was cracked and buckled.
At least 90 people were killed across southern Mexico by the Thursday night earthquake.
The Latest: Pope urges end to Venezuela violence
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Pope Francis is calling for an end to political violence in Venezuela and protection for the poor hurt by the nation’s “grave” economic crisis.
The message of solidarity came at a visit to the St. Peter Claver church in Cartagena that was the final stop on his five-day visit to Colombia
The pope called for Venezuelans “to reject all types of political violence and to find a solution to the grave crisis that it is affecting especially the poorest and most disadvantage members of society.”
The large community of Venezuelan exiles in Colombia had been pushing Francis to make a strong statement against President Nicolas Maduro.
Francis met during the visit with bishops from Venezuela who have referred to Maduro as a dictator. But he largely avoided the strong tone of recent Vatican statements that have called on Maduro to respect human rights and withdraw plans to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution.
Heavy rain, floods lash Italy; at least 5 dead in Tuscany
ROME (AP) — Torrential rain in Italy has triggered flooding that killed at least five people in the Tuscan port town of Leghorn.
Italian state television said four of the victims were family members whose bodies were found in their flooded basement on Sunday.
Some Italian media reports put the death toll at six in Leghorn, also known in Italy as Livorno. Mayor Filippo Nogarin said he couldn’t immediately confirm the number, but added that casualties could increase because several people were missing.
Nogarin says “a crazy amount of rain” pummeled Leghorn and “the city is literally devastated.”
Train service was interrupted in parts of the Tuscan coastal area.
In Rome, which until recently suffered through 3½ months of drought, the downpour made streets resemble fast-moving streams and several subway stations were closed.
Feds, Texas offer choices for students homeless after Harvey
HOUSTON (AP) — Many families now homeless after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area are returning to class on Monday after weeks of delays or interruptions to the school year.
Texas education officials estimate that 35,000 to 40,000 students have been affected by the storm.
Federal and state laws are designed to make it easier for homeless students to get their educations, even in the midst of a disaster.
Federal protections require schools to immediately enroll children who have lost their regular homes and are forced to stay in a temporary arrangement.
A Texas law goes even further, allowing homeless students the option to enroll in any school district they choose, regardless of their school of origin or the location of the place where they are staying.
Sweet 16: Nadal beats Anderson for 3rd US Open, 16th major
NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal overwhelmed first-time major finalist Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win his third U.S. Open championship.
It is Nadal’s second Grand Slam title of the year and 16th of his career. Only his longtime rival Roger Federer has more, with 19.
At No. 32, Anderson was the lowest-ranked U.S. Open men’s finalist since the ATP computer rankings began 44 years ago. He had never before been past the quarterfinals at any major tournament in 33 tries.
So the matchup shaped up as a mismatch and that’s exactly what it was.
The No. 1-ranked Nadal dominated every facet of the 2½-hour final. He broke the 6-foot-8 (1.98-meter) Anderson’s big serve four times and never faced a break point himself.
Nadal improved to 16-7 in Grand Slam finals. For the first time since 2013, he appeared in three in a single season, losing to Federer at the Australian Open in January, then beating Stan Wawrinka for his record 10th French Open trophy in June.
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The Latest: Packers take 7-3 lead in 3rd quarter
The Packers are on the board in the season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. Ty Montgomery’s 6-yard touchdown run gave the Packers a 7-3 lead at 10:33 of the third quarter. Green Bay scored one play after defensive lineman Mike Daniels’ strip sack of Russell Wilson deep in Seahawks territory. Kyler Fackrell recovered the fumble.
Otherwise, it’s been all defense at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay has had pressure on Wilson during the entire game. Seattle was still under 100 yards of total offense for the game early in the third quarter.
The Latest: French leader to go to hurricane-hit St. Martin
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is heading to the hurricane-battered French Caribbean island of St. Martin on Tuesday as his government fends off criticism of its handling of the disaster.
Macron held another emergency meeting Sunday night to discuss the hurricanes. Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said afterward that Macron will bring aid on his plane and that the “whole government is mobilized” to help the islanders.
Hurricane Irma left nine dead and flattened many homes on St. Martin and nearby St. Barts. Hurricane Jose then threatened the area but passed by farther away than expected on Sunday.
Collomb said the pillaging that hit St. Martin after Irma has stopped.
Macron’s government has defended its actions and has sent more than 1,000 troops, police and emergency workers to St. Martin and St. Barts in recent days.
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