Jobless claims jump by 70,000 as virus starts to take hold

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits surged last week by 70,000 to the highest level in more than two years, indicating that the effect of the coronavirus was starting to be felt in rising layoffs in the job market. The Labor Department reported Thursday that applications for benefits, […]

This teen makes adorable bow ties to help get shelter dogs and cats adopted

(CNN) — A 13-year-old from New Jersey has embarked on the cutest mission ever. He sews tiny bow ties for cats and dogs to help them get adopted. Sir Darius Brown came up with the idea in 2017. He wanted to help draw attention to dogs that were displaced by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, […]

Ceremony to be held for Oklahoma Task Force 1’s newest canine

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A new search and rescue canine will join Oklahoma Task Force 1 in a ‘Passing of the Leash’ ceremony on Friday. Task Force 1 received the canine, Indy, a newly-trained Golden Retriever, as a gift from Express Employment International’s Philanthropic Committee, according to an Oklahoma City Fire Department news release. “Express, […]

A van drove into 8 feet of water in the Houston flooding. At least one person is dead

HOUSTON, Texas – As more rain fell Thursday in the Houston area, swelling rivers and creeks and pushing floodwaters into the streets, officials said at least one person has died from the storm, a man who was pulled from a submerged van. The remnants of former Tropical Depression Imelda are causing serious flooding in Houston […]

People in southeastern Texas are warned to stay indoors as Imelda causes widespread flooding

Remnants of former Tropical Depression Imelda are causing serious flooding in the suburbs of Houston Thursday, trapping people in homes and vehicles, spurring urgent rescues, and prompting warnings across southeastern Texas for people to stay indoors. Flooding is most serious just north of Houston and to the east, including the city of Beaumont, where police […]

Rescues underway as Tropical Depression Imelda floods roads, homes in Texas

An unrelenting Tropical Depression Imelda is causing serious flooding in parts of southeastern Texas on Thursday morning, covering roads, trapping people in vehicles and homes, and sending rescuers scrambling to get to those most in need. Flooding is most serious north and east of Houston, including the city of Beaumont, where police said they’ve received […]

These are the 10 costliest hurricanes in U.S. history – 3 are from 2017

The year 2017 was the costliest ever for weather and climate disasters in the United States, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday, totaling $306 billion. The previous record year, 2005, saw $215 billion in disasters. Three storms, Harvey, Irma and Maria all landed in the top five on NOAA’s updated list of the […]

Flesh-eating bacteria from Harvey-flooded home kills woman

HOUSTON – Four weeks after the storm, Hurricane Harvey’s destruction continues. A recent victim of the super storm is a 77-year-old woman who encountered flesh-eating bacteria inside a home near Houston, according to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science. Nancy Reed — Harris County’s 36th fatality related to the storm — died on September […]

Tropical Storm Nate poses weekend threat to central U.S. Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Nate formed Thursday morning in the southwestern Caribbean, and early forecast models show it taking aim this weekend at the central US Gulf Coast, likely as a minor hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. Nate’s forecast track had shifted slightly west by midmorning Thursday, putting New Orleans — with its compromised drainage system — directly […]

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