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U.S. Soldiers Were Separated From Unit in Niger Ambush, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — In the chaotic moments after an Army Special Forces team and 30 Nigerien troops were ambushed by militants in a remote corner of West Africa three weeks ago, four of the Americans were separated from the larger group.<p>Their squad mates immediately alerted commanders that they were under …

Military

Trump’s Emergency Declaration on Opioid Crisis Will Require Further Funding

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's announcement of an unprecedented public health emergency Thursday to combat opioid and drug abuse drew both praise and concern from public health advocates. Many said the move, while a positive first step, risked undercutting the enormous financial requirement …

Health Care

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was a high-stakes gambler who 'kept to himself' before massacre

ORLANDO — He liked to bet big, wagering tens of thousands of dollars in a sitting. He owned homes in four states but preferred staying in casino hotels, sometimes for weeks at a time, as he worked the gambling machines.<p>He grew up the son of a convicted bank robber who was constantly running from …

Las Vegas

The Latest: Guest next to Vegas gunman's room 'shaken'

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the shooting in Las Vegas (all times local):<p>11:30 p.m.<p>An Australian man who says he had the room next to the gunman's …

Las Vegas

The Latest: Trudeau offers condolences over Vegas shootings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the shootings in Las Vegas (all times local):<p>6 p.m.<p>Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau …

Donald Trump

Mandalay Bay attack at least 58 killed in deadliest US shooting

At least 59 people were killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history on Sunday night, when a gunman opened fire on an open-air music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino on the Las Vegas strip.<p>Las Vegas gunman may have used special device to fire faster, …

Las Vegas

New York voters have no 1st Amendment right to snap ballot-booth selfies

“The State’s interest in the integrity of its elections is paramount,” court says.<p>A New York federal judge is upholding New York's ban on voters …

Election Fraud

Separatists vow to defy police ultimatum over Catalan vote

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalan separatists vowed Saturday to ignore a police ultimatum to leave the schools they are occupying to use in a vote …

Europe

On Twitter, Trump attacks mayor of San Juan for ‘poor leadership’ amid deepening crisis

BRANCHBURG, N.J. — President Trump on Saturday accused the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, of demonstrating “poor leadership” amid the deepening crisis on the island that was devastated by Hurricane Maria.<p>Trump launched his personal attack on Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz via a morning tweetstorm from …

Donald Trump

Who is the Puerto Rico mayor standing up to Trump over hurricane relief?

Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, the mayor Puerto Rico’s capital of San Juan, garnered international attention this weekend after she pleaded to President Trump and his administration to send more help to the US territory in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Trump rebuked her, saying …

Caribbean

Hurricane Maria hammers Puerto Rico with force not seen in ‘modern history’

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Maria delivered a destructive full-body blow to this U.S. territory on Wednesday, ripping off metal roofs, generating terrifying and potentially lethal flash floods, knocking out 100 percent of the island’s electrical grid and decimating some communities.<p>With …

Weather

6.1-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off the Coast of Japan

A magnitude 6.1 hit off the coast of Japan east of Fukushima and Kamaishi on Wednesday.<p>The U.S. Geological Survey, or the USGS, recorded the …

Powerful Earthquake Shakes Mexico City

Rescuers frantically searched through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings early Wednesday after Mexico's deadliest earthquake since 1985 killed at least 217 people.<p>The quake struck at about 2:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday and had a magnitude of 7.1, the U.S. Geological Survey …

Natural Disasters

Mexico readies relief aid for Texas flood victims

<b>Mexico City (CNN) —</b> Hurricane relief aid from Mexico could cross the border into Texas as early as Wednesday, according to Mexican government officials.<p>Carlos Manuel Sada, Mexico's undersecretary for North American relations, told CNN that Mexico is mobilizing efforts and, he said, the US …

Mexico

The Latest: Officials: All fires out at chemical plant

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Harvey and its aftermath (all times local):<p>8:45 p.m.<p>Officials say all fires are out at a flood-damaged Houston-area …

Extreme Weather

With brutal Sept. to-do list, GOP already clashing over Harvey relief, debt limit

President Trump and congressional Republicans return to work this week facing enormous pressure to achieve major policy victories and carry out such basic acts of governance as providing disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, avoiding a default on the nation's debt and keeping federal …

Republicans

"This is the worst because it's not stopping": the extraordinary Houston floods

HOUSTON — Susan Dickson, 71, stood on her driveway on Sunday with her husband, Russell, marveling at the flow of water along Bissonnet Street. She rattled off the other great floods she'd seen since moving here in 1968: Alicia, Allison, Ike. "This is the worst because it's not stopping," she said. …

Sam Speights' desperate effort to stay alive during Harvey

ROCKPORT, Texas (AP) — Sam Speights takes medication for extreme anxiety and panic attacks.<p>But there's no pill for a hurricane — especially when he …

Extreme Weather

'This ain't normal': Boat owner turns rescuer on flooded Houston highway

Rain was falling so heavily when Chad White pulled up in his gold Ford F-250 pickup that his hazard lights were the only indication he was …

After Harvey, What You Need To Know About Hurricane Season

Parts of Texas and other southern states are just beginning to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. With that in mind, it’s important to …

When 911 failed them, desperate Harvey victims turned to social media for help

Bobby Lopez first tried calling 911 at about 3 a.m. Sunday.<p>The floodwaters that had gushed into his parents’ Houston garage were rising. The table …

Photos: Dramatic images from Hurricane Harvey's aftermath in Southeast Texas

Major rainfall followed Hurricane Harvey's storm surge, leaving saturated coastal and low-lying areas of Southeast Texas under water.<p>As rescuers …

How to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

"This event is unprecedented and all impacts are…beyond anything experienced."<p>While Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical storm since it made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane Friday night in Texas, it is responsible for at least five deaths, dozens of injuries, and catastrophic flooding …

Harvey sends tornadoes barreling through Houston

Tropical storm Harvey sent a number of devastating tornadoes across the Houston area over the weekend — including one captured on video.<p>Two Houston …

Dallas preps 'mega-shelter' as Texas braces for more rain

<b>Houston (CNN) —</b> Harvey is no longer a hurricane, but life-threatening flooding continued in and around Houston on Sunday night as citizens with boats assisted authorities in search and rescue efforts.<p>Flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey is overburdening resources in the country's fourth-largest …

Extreme Weather

Rescues unfold all across waterlogged Houston

HOUSTON — The rain had begun to fall again Sunday afternoon when there was a roar over Interstate 610. A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter …

Harvey wallops Texas: Live updates

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Thousands flee homes as catastrophic flooding hits Houston

<b>HOUSTON --</b> The remnants of Hurricane Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into the nation's fourth-largest city Sunday as rising water chased …