HOUSTON - The biggest rainstorm in the history of the continental United States finally began to move away from Houston on Tuesday, as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey and its endless, merciless rain bands spun east to menace Louisiana instead. But, after more than 50 inches of rain over four days, Houston was less of a city and more of an archipelago: a chain of urbanized islands in a muddy brown sea. All around it, flat-bottomed boats and helicopters were still plucking victims from rooftops, and water was still pouring in from overfilled reservoirs and swollen rivers.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump reiterated Tuesday that "all options are on the table" following North Korea's latest provocative missile launch, this one fired over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean. "The world has received North Korea's latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior," Trump said in a statement.
President Donald Trump undid another Obama-era initiative, lifting his predecessor's ban on giving military-grade equipment like armored vehicles, search-and-rescue equipment and grenade launchers to local police departments. An executive order that Trump issued Monday rescinds restrictions put in place in May 2015. That move by former President Barack Obama followed a national uproar over the police shooting of an unarmed man in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, and the local police department's response to protests and rioting by deploying armored trucks and military weaponry.
HOUSTON - The full extent of Hurricane Harvey's aftermath started to come into chilling focus Sunday in Houston and across much of central Texas, as rain measured in feet, not inches, overwhelmed lakes, rivers and bayous, leaving several people dead and thousands displaced in a weather disaster described as "beyond anything experienced."
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. Powerball announced that a single ticket sold at a convenience store in Watertown, Massachusetts, was the winner of Wednesday night's $758.7 million jackpot, according to the Powerball website. It was the second largest lottery prize in United States History, according to the Associated Press. The winning numbers were 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, and the final number, called the Powerball number, was 4.
If it can work for Pokémon, then why not for the world of Obi-Wan? An augmented-reality experience as real-world physical hunt is being rolled out next month by another global entertainment franchise, with the next "Star Wars" film, "The Last Jedi," on the near horizon.
Cheers erupted when the H.L. Hunley broke the ocean's surface for the first time in more than a century. Since it vanished during a 1864 naval battle, the Confederate submarine had lain on the seafloor off the coast near Charleston, South Carolina, its heavy iron hull gathering barnacles and rust. In 2000, when the vessel was recovered, scientists and historians expected to be able to solve the mystery of why it sank.
After more than 80 hours of searching thousands of miles of open sea, the U.S. Navy now hopes only to recover the bodies lost from the USS John S. McCain after it collided with an oil tanker near Singapore. The collision Monday, Aug. 21, between the McCain - a 500-foot-long guided-missile destroyer - and the Liberian-flagged Alnic MC left five Navy sailors injured and 10 missing. The collision damaged the U.S. warship's left side, near the stern, punching a hole that stretched above and below the waterline.
At $700 million, Wednesday night's Powerball prize is the second-largest lottery jackpot in its history, and the math is working out in favor of lotto commissions. Two years ago, your chances of becoming an instant millionaire were 1 in roughly 175 million. Now, the odds are 1 in roughly 292 million. Tweaks to the game in October 2015 increased the number of total balls, from 59 to 69, from which players need to pick five. It may seem like a modest change, but the odds of winning the jackpot shot up astronomically.
SEOUL, South Korea - The remains of some of the 10 sailors missing since a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore have been found, the commander of the Navy's Pacific Fleet said Tuesday. The search for other missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain was ongoing. "We're always hopeful that there are survivors," Adm. Scott Swift said at a news conference in Singapore. "Until we have exhausted any potential of recovering survivors ..., the search and rescue efforts will continue."