U.S., N. Korea communicate

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States is maintaining direct channels of communication with North Korea even as tensions rise over the North’s nukes and the countries’ leaders trade insults.

Trump answers San Juan mayor

Trump lashes out at the mayor of San Juan and other officials in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, contemptuous of their claims of a laggard U.S. response to the natural disaster that has imperiled the island’s future.

Mormon church holds conference

A top Mormon leader reaffirms the religion’s opposition to same-sex marriage during a church conference and reminds followers that kids should be raised in families led by a married man and woman.

Catalonia vows to conduct vote

Catalan separatists vow to ignore a police ultimatum to leave the schools they are occupying to use in a vote seeking independence from Spain.

Cavs owner got ‘vile’ messages

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert says he received “the most vile, disgusting, racist” voicemails after LeBron James called Trump “a bum” on Twitter.