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Lyft extends service throughout 32 states

Posted 9/1/2017 in National

Lyft is driving into the countryside in an effort to raise ridership and steal market share from rival Uber.



Likely tornado damages homes in Alabama as Harvey hits Deep South

Posted 9/1/2017 in National

Harvey spread its misery into the Deep South as a likely tornado damaged homes and toppled trees in a rural area of northwest Alabama and areas around the region faced flooding fears.



As floodwaters recede, Houston officials look to recovery

Posted 9/1/2017 in National

As floodwaters receded and rescuers searched waterlogged neighborhoods for more potential victims, Houston officials began turning their attention to finding temporary housing for those in shelters and getting enough gasoline for people to fill up cars -- but also to the city's long-term recovery, which will take years and billions of dollars.



Escalating tit for tat, US orders Russian consulate closed

Posted 9/1/2017 in National

Escalating a diplomatic tit-for-tat, the United States abruptly ordered Russia on Thursday to shutter its San Francisco consulate and close offices in Washington and New York, intensifying tensions between the former Cold War foes.



Review: Deadly Tennessee fire could become 'new normal'

Posted 9/1/2017 in National

Drought-stricken Great Smoky Mountains National Park was not prepared for last year's catastrophic fire, and climate change is among the factors that will likely make conditions that led to the disaster the "new normal" for the park, according to a federal review released Thursday.



Harvey death toll surpasses 30; more fatalities expected

Posted 8/31/2017 in National

Now that the sun is finally shining and the murky, brown floodwaters are slowly receding in much of the Houston area, grim reality is setting in.



Trump to Harvey victims: 'All of America' grieving with you

Posted 8/31/2017 in National

President Donald Trump set aside his focus on talking up Harvey recovery efforts to speak directly to the suffering of victims, saying "all of America is grieving with you."



EPA grants fuel waivers for Gulf Coast, Southeastern states

Posted 8/31/2017 in National

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued emergency waivers allowing states from Maryland to Texas to ignore some clean-air requirements for gasoline.



House GOP eyeing $1B disaster funds cut to finance wall

Posted 8/31/2017 in National

President Donald Trump is promising billions to help Texas rebuild from Harvey-caused epic flooding, but his Republican allies in the House are looking at cutting almost $1 billion from disaster accounts to help finance the president's border wall.



Officials grappling with Confederate names on public schools

Posted 8/31/2017 in National

With a new school year dawning, education officials are grappling with whether to remove the names, images and statues of Confederate figures from public schools -- especially since some are now filled with students of color.



Push to simplify taxes is on but don't touch some deductions

Posted 8/31/2017 in National

President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have pledged to overhaul the nation's complex tax code. To slash taxes, they say they'll curb a web of expensive deductions and credits to allow more revenue to flow to the government.



Western Louisiana in crosshairs as Harvey moves back to land

Posted 8/30/2017 in National

Western Louisiana residents braced for more wind and water early Wednesday as Tropical Storm Harvey made its second landfall after dumping record rainfall on Texas.



Forecast brings hope as new shelters open, death toll rises

Posted 8/30/2017 in National

The latest weather forecast delivered hope to Houston after five days of torrential rain submerged the nation's fourth-largest city: Less than an inch of rain and perhaps even sunshine.



Bad blood lingers in GOP as Congress ponders Harvey relief

Posted 8/30/2017 in National

Republicans from New York and New Jersey are pledging unconditional support for those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. But their resentment lingers.



Scientists: Harvey may be the soggy sign of future storms

Posted 8/30/2017 in National

By the time the rain stops, Harvey will have dumped about 1 million gallons of water for every man, woman and child in southeastern Texas -- a soggy, record-breaking glimpse of the wet and wild future that global warming could bring, scientists say.



Posts, tweets spread widely as the Harvey missing are sought

Posted 8/30/2017 in National

Photos with pleas for help in finding the missing from Tropical Storm Harvey are being posted, cut-and-pasted and retweeted by thousands of people as desperate family members seek loved ones who they fear might be dead, but may only have a dead phone.



No fire or fury, but muted Trump response to North Korea missile

Posted 8/30/2017 in National

WASHINGTON -- So much for North Korea's restraint. So much for President Donald Trump's threats of "fire and fury."



Lawyer says Trump Tower in Russia considered during campaign

Posted 8/30/2017 in National

Donald Trump's personal lawyer confirmed Monday that the president's company pursued a project in Moscow during the Republican primary, but said that the plan was abandoned "for a variety of business reasons."



Trump clears way for local police to obtain military gear

Posted 8/29/2017 in National

Local police departments will soon have access to grenade launchers, high-caliber weapons and other surplus U.S. military gear after President Donald Trump signed an order Monday reviving a Pentagon program that civil rights groups say inflames tensions between officers and their communities.



Bracing for Harvey's return, worry renews: Is worst to come?

Posted 8/29/2017 in National

Crews overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls during one of the heaviest downpours in U.S. history have had little time to search for other potential victims, but officials acknowledge the grim reality that fatalities linked to Harvey could soar once the devastating floodwaters recede from one of America's most sprawling metropolitan centers.



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