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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 6:49 p.m.

Hurricane aid measure grows to $15 billion as Irma bears down

The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly backed a $15.3 billion aid package for victims of Harvey, nearly doubling President Donald Trump’s emergency request, and adding a deal between Trump and Democrats …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 9:45 p.m.

Nations rush to help islands devastated by Hurricane Irma

French, British and Dutch rescuers rushed aid to a heavily damaged string of Caribbean islands Thursday after Hurricane Irma left at least seven people dead and thousands homeless as it …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 5:45 p.m.

Relatively low Harvey death toll is ‘astounding’ to experts

Harvey has so far killed at least 70 people who drowned in floods, got crushed by trees and died during power outages – a surprisingly low toll that experts say …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 2:53 p.m.

House overwhelmingly passes $7.9 billion Harvey aid bill

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed $7.9 billion in Hurricane Harvey disaster relief as warring Republicans and Democrats united behind help for victims of that storm as an ever more …


Keillor: When a red state gets the blues

If you chose to live in a tree and the branch your hammock was attached to fell down, you wouldn’t ask for a government subsidy to hang your hammock in …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 10:25 p.m.

Texas pups arrive at the Spokane shelters as donations for hurricane relief head south

The cuteness level went into overdrive Saturday at the Spokane Humane Society as more than 40 dogs arrived from Texas to find their new forever homes.


As Houston floodwaters recede, returning residents make some grim discoveries

So far, Hurricane Harvey has claimed 31 lives in the Houston area, and more statewide as the storm spread to suburbs, then east to Beaumont and Port Arthur. But the …


President Trump will donate $1 million to Harvey relief, White House officials say

President Donald Trump is pledging $1 million in personal money to Harvey storm relief efforts.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 5:05 p.m.

Hurricane Irma strengthens to major Category 3 storm

Hurricane Irma continued its rapid power grab Thursday, with wind speeds increasing by more than 55 mph since Wednesday to become a major Category 3 storm.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 8:04 p.m.

Vice President Pence surveys Harvey’s wreckage in Texas

Donning blue work gloves and dispensing hugs, Vice President Mike Pence cleared storm debris and comforted Texans grappling with the aftermath of Harvey’s destruction on Thursday, bringing a more personal …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 2:43 p.m.

Tropical Storm Lidia heads for Mexico’s Los Cabos resorts

About 1,400 people sought refuge at storm shelters in the Los Cabos resorts at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula on Thursday as a strengthening Tropical Storm Lidia closed …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 8:29 p.m.

Rescuers seek anyone – alive or dead – left in floodwaters

Rescuers began a block-by-block search of tens of thousands of Houston homes Thursday, pounding on doors and shouting as they looked for anyone – alive or dead – who might …


$99 for a case of bottled water: Texas stores accused of price-gouging in wake of Harvey

As people in southeastern Texas face the devastating floodwater left by Hurricane Harvey, they are also grappling with predatory businesses that are selling basic necessities at astronomical prices. As of …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 4:35 p.m.

SEL donates $150K to Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts

The company also is offering its customers a price reduction, and expedited shipping, for products bound for the affected areas along the Gulf Coast.


Harvey horror: Shivering girl, 3, clinging to drowned mom

shivering 3-year-old girl found clinging to the body of her drowned mother in a rain-swollen canal in Southeast Texas was likely saved by her mom’s effort to carry her child …


Harvey brings a plague of floating fire ants into Houston

In addition to widespread suffering and devastation, Hurricane Harvey has brought a plague of floating fire ants to the Houston region.


Venezuela offers $5 million to aid Harvey victims via Citgo

Venezuela, still reeling from a fresh round of U.S. sanctions that make it harder to raise financing in capital markets, offered $5 million to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 12:05 p.m.

Tropical system forecast to lash Mexico’s Los Cabos

A tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch have been issued for the southern end of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, home to the twin resort cities of Los Cabos.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 8:53 p.m.

Houston sees glimmer of hope after Harvey but threats loom

Harvey’s floodwaters started dropping across much of the Houston area and the storm weakened slightly Wednesday but major dangers remained for the U.S. Gulf Coast area, including the threat of …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 1:05 p.m.

Harvey flooding western Louisiana on anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Twelve years to the day after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, another deadly storm forced hundreds of people to be rescued from floodwaters in southwestern Louisiana and prompted …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 11:16 p.m.

Houston to open more mega-shelters to house flooded families

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 6:50 p.m.

Houston endures more rain and chaos; 6 feared drowned in van

Floodwaters reached the roof lines of single-story homes Monday, and people could be heard pleading for help from inside as Harvey kept pouring rain on Houston after a chaotic weekend …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 27, 2017, 7:16 p.m.

Harvey is causing ‘epic catastrophic flooding’ in Houston – why wasn’t the city evacuated?

Should Houston have been evacuated? If so, why wasn’t it?


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 26, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Harvey spins deeper inland; full scope of damage is unknown

Harvey spun deeper into Texas and unloaded extraordinary amounts of rain Saturday after the once-fearsome hurricane crashed into vulnerable homes and businesses along the coastline in a blow that killed …


Gas prices rise, flights stall as Hurricane Harvey nears

Refinery operators along the Texas Gulf Coast are hunkering down for Hurricane Harvey, while motorists far from the storm’s path are also feeling the effects as gasoline prices rise.


As Hurricane Harvey bears down on Texas, here’s what air travelers need to know

As Hurricane Harvey continued to intensify Friday, airlines have announced they will waive change fees for travelers whose plans may have included stops in and around cities in Texas. According …


Don’t repeat Hurricane Katrina mistakes, senator warns Trump

WASHINGTON – A senior senator warned President Donald Trump on Friday not to underestimate Hurricane Harvey or have the same kind of lackluster federal response experienced during Hurricane Katrina. Sen. …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 11:47 p.m.

More evacuations as Hurricane Harvey bears down on Texas

Harvey intensified into a hurricane Thursday and steered for the Texas coast with the potential for up to 3 feet of rain, 125 mph winds and 12-foot storm surges in …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 2:04 p.m.

A reborn Tropical Storm Harvey threatens Gulf, sending gasoline higher

Tropical Storm Harvey is certain to strengthen and likely to take aim at the Gulf of Mexico coastline later this week, a prospect that has already sent spot gasoline prices …


Hurricane Kenneth a category 3 storm far off Mexican coast

Hurricane Kenneth grew rapidly into a monster Category 4 storm, but slipped slightly later Monday off Mexico’s Pacific coast. It posed no threat to land, but the remnants of Tropical …