A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Sunday, August 18 2013 4:09 PM EDT2013-08-18 20:09:38 GMT
Fire crews are working to put out a brush fire that broke out about a quarter mile past Keaau Beach Park before 5 p.m. Saturday. Homes are being threatened and the blaze is still not under control. CopyrightMore >>
Fire officials say a brush fire that broke out Saturday afternoon scorched about 100 acres and threatened homes near Makaha.More >>
Saturday, August 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-08-18 03:43:32 GMT
A tropical disturbance far southwest of the main Hawaiian Islands has formed into Tropical Storm Pewa, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Forecasters said as of 11 a.m. Friday, Pewa wasMore >>
Tropical Storm Pewa maintained its 65 mile per hour winds as it approached the International Date Line far west of Hawaii, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. More >>
Monday, July 15 2013 3:33 PM EDT2013-07-15 19:33:18 GMT
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On the first tour of some of the destruction near Yarnell, you get an idea of how firefighters are balancing the emotions of losing 19 of their own while also working to put out the blaze. "We're doingMore >>
On the first tour of some of the destruction near Yarnell, you get an idea of how firefighters are balancing the emotions of losing 19 of their own, while also working to put out the blaze.
The man accused of faking sign interpretation next to world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial told a local newspaper that he was hallucinating and hearing voices.More >>
The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela's memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the...More >>
A British transport company has grounded all of its helicopters of the type that crashed into a pub in Scotland after detecting a technical problem on a recent flight.More >>
A 10th person has died following the crash of a police helicopter into a Glasgow pub, police said Thursday, as a British transport company briefly grounded its helicopters of the type involved in the crash after detecting...More >>
Kenya is celebrating 50 years of independence with its leaders praising the progress the country has made since its freedom from Britain, though some citizens feel the country would have done better had not been...More >>
Kenya celebrated 50 years of independence Thursday with its leaders praising the progress the country has made since its freedom from Britain, though some citizens feel the country would have done better had it not been...More >>
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has said that Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych "intends to sign" the far-reaching trade and cooperation agreement with the EU that he rejected only last month.More >>
Ukrainian officials were in Brussels on Thursday for talks with the European Union as the bloc's foreign policy chief said the country's embattled president "intends to sign" at some point a trade and cooperation...More >>
A jury that acquitted a Somali man of piracy charges has been unable to reach a verdict on two hostage-taking charges.More >>
A jury that acquitted a Somali man of piracy charges has been unable to reach a verdict on two hostage-taking charges, resulting in a mistrial Thursday.More >>
BLUE MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA (CNN) - More than 70 wildfires - including 29 that are uncontained - are raging across a wide swath of Australia's most populous state, now threatening the western suburbs of Sydney, authorities said Wednesday.
"It's only a matter of hours before we see a flare-up in fire activity and a breach of these tenuous containment strategies," said Shane Fitzsimmons, Rural Fire Service (RFS) commissioner, in Sydney earlier in the day.
The wildfires stretch along a nearly 1,000-mile line in New South Wales, from the far north of the state south of Brisbane - which lies just across the Queensland border - to east of Canberra, the country's federal capital. Fires in the Blue Mountain range west of Sydney are a particular worry as rough terrain has impeded firefighting efforts.
"If our strategies don't work and weather materializes tomorrow that is forecast ... it could be absolutely devastating," said Rural Fire Service (RFS) Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers in New South Wales on Tuesday. "We lost a couple hundred homes the other day - we could get worse losses than that."
Wednesday is expected to be "about as bad as it gets," added Fitzsimmons.
With high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds forecast, fire officials have urged residents to evacuate from the path of the fires.
"On days like today, minutes really matter," Fitzsimmons said.
At least one death has been reported. A 63-year-old man died of a suspected heart attack Friday while defending his home against a blaze on the New South Wales Central Coast, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, or ABC, reported.
Some urban areas that border the Australian bush have been devastated by the fires, which have destroyed more than 200 homes in the Blue Mountains region since Thursday.
Scores of fires now have burned 310,859 acres - an area greater than the size of Los Angeles. On Tuesday, officials said they were bringing in 1,500 firefighters to join the more than 1,000 emergency crews already on the ground.
At Blue Gum Forest inside the Blue Mountains National Park, firefighters were doing controlled burns - setting fires in the bush ahead of the frontline of the blazes to eliminate tinder and slow the progress of the fires. Instead of cloud-shrouded mountaintops, the valleys of the region were covered with a dense layer of smoke.
Fears are still high that fires could join to form a "mega-fire" and endanger heavily populated areas of the popular natural retreat west of Sydney.
Most of the firefighters in the area were volunteers who've left their ordinary jobs to put out the fire, pouring in from different parts of Australia.
"There's a sense of community, doing what they can - you can get a sense of resilience, strength, and a deep sense of pride of each brigade pulling their weight," said CNN's Robyn Curnow, reporting from the Blue Mountains.
The state of emergency issued by authorities gives firefighters and police the authority to carry out measures such as cutting off water, power and gas and ordering mandatory evacuations of areas at risk.
A total fire ban is in place for the Greater Sydney region until further notice, officials have said, meaning no fire may be lit in the open, and all fire permits are suspended. The fires have spread a cloak of smog over Sydney in recent days.
The bush fires in the area spread out of control amid high temperatures and powerful winds. Emergency officials said the region is emerging from a very dry winter and has had little rain in recent months.
The causes of the Blue Mountains fires are still under investigation - officials are looking into whether one major blaze was caused by a military training exercise.
Police said Monday they had arrested two boys, age 11 and 15, over two earlier bush fires in the Port Stephens area, more than 60 miles north of Sydney, that began Oct. 13. One of the fires they are accused of starting burned more than 12,000 acres in the surrounding area.
The 11-year-old has been placed under house arrest, charged with two counts of intentionally causing fire and being reckless as to its spread, NSW Police Force said. The child is scheduled to appear in court next month where he is expected to plead not guilty to the charges, CNN affiliate Sky News reports.
A growing collection of icy and snowy images from NE Arkansas and SE Missouri from a late fall storm beginning on 12/5/13 that brought a full gambit of winter precipitation - ice, sleet, and heavy snow in some areas.More >>
A growing collection of icy and snowy images from NE Arkansas and SE Missouri from a late fall storm beginning on 12/5/13 that brought a full gambit of winter precipitation - cold rain, ice, sleet, and heavy snow in some areas. More >>
By The Associated Press Another round of snow is in the forecast for the mid-Atlantic region, just in time for the morning commute.More >>
A modest snowstorm pushed through New England on Tuesday, causing messy travel conditions and widespread school and government closures along the Eastern seaboard despite bringing less accumulation than expected.More >>
A storm that crept across the country bringing snow, ice and miserable road conditions is heading toward New England as more wintry weather was expected to persist in making it hard on air travelers.More >>
Snow and bitter cold snarled traffic and prompted another 1,650 U.S. flight cancellations on Monday, and tens of thousands of people were still without power after January-like weather barged in a month early.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 7:22 AM EST2013-12-09 12:22:18 GMT
A powerful winter storm that blew across the country over the weekend made a mess of the Northeast, Midwest and South Central states. The storm kept travelers from getting in and out of the region,More >>
A powerful winter storm that blew across the country over the weekend made a mess of the Northeast, Midwest and South Central states.More >>
A storm system that spread snow, sleet and freezing rain widely across the nation's midsection is headed toward the densely populated Eastern seaboard promising more of the same.More >>
A powerful storm that crept across the country dropped snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, dumping a...More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 5:22 PM EST2013-12-07 22:22:50 GMT
DALLAS (KTVT/CNN) - The winter storm moving across the country is taking a heavy toll on Dallas. Temperatures Saturday dropped to 20 degrees, freezing the slush that covered the region Friday. The resultingMore >>
The winter storm moving across the country is taking a heavy toll on Dallas. Temperatures Saturday dropped to 20 degrees, freezing the slush that covered the region Friday.More >>