• Weakening Tropical Storm Danny heads to Puerto Rico, USVI

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A weakening Tropical Storm Danny swirled toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, where a prolonged drought has led to hopes that it would bring rain.

  • In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a chemical plant of Shandong Runxing Chemical Technology Co. is on fire following an explosion in Zibo, east China's Shandong Province, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. The explosion at the plant came ten days after a similar disaster at a chemical warehouse killed 121 people. (Guo Xulei/Xinhua via AP)  NO SALES

    Blast at Chinese chemical plant kills 1

    BEIJING (AP) — An explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China killed one person and injured nine others, a state news agency reported Sunday, less than two weeks after a similar disaster at a chemical warehouse killed 123 people.

  • A firefighter keeps an eye on a controlled fire along a driveway being used as a fire break between houses and the main fire Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Okanogan, Wash. Out-of-control blazes in north-central Washington have destroyed buildings, but the situation is so chaotic that authorities have "no idea" how many homes may have been lost. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    The Latest: Count of homes lost is weeks away

    TWISP, Wash. (AP) — The latest on wildfires in Washington state, including those that killed three firefighters (all times local):

  • Officers work at the scene following a shooting at a federal building, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in New York. Police said a man walked into the building and opened fire before shooting himself. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Congressman says NYC federal building gunman got ‘raw deal’

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man who gunned down a security guard at a federal building in Manhattan before killing himself was a whistleblower who had been given “a raw deal” by the agency that fired him, a New Jersey congressman who took up the man’s case said Saturday.

  • Emergency services attend the scene on the A27 after a plane crashed into cars on the major road during an aerial display at the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex, England, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. A military jet taking part in a British airshow crashed into a busy main road, killing seven people and injuring more than a dozen others, police said Saturday. The Hawker Hunter fighter jet, which was participating in the Shoreham Airshow near Brighton in southern England, hit several vehicles on the road as it crashed Saturday afternoon. Witnesses told local TV that the jet appeared to have plummeted when it failed to pull out of a loop maneuver. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA via AP)    UNITED KINGDOM OUT       -      NO SALES      -     NO ARCHIVES

    Police say 7 dead after jet in UK airshow crashes into road

    LONDON (AP) — A military jet taking part in a British airshow crashed into a busy main road Saturday, killing seven people and injuring more than a dozen others, police said.

  • Saturday, August 22, 2015

    US airman says train attacker ‘ready to fight to the end’ and ‘so were we’

  • A firefighter looks over a controlled fire being used to burn out an area between a house and the main fire Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Okanogan, Wash. Out-of-control blazes in north-central Washington have destroyed buildings, but the situation is so chaotic that authorities have "no idea" how many homes may have been lost. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Raging Washington wildfires grow by 100 square miles

    TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Reduced winds on Saturday helped firefighters gain the upper hand against a series of giant wildfires in north-central Washington that earlier left three firefighters dead.

  • In this photo taken Tuesday, July 28, 2015, volunteer Ivette Portela bottle feeds a young fawn at the Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue in Loomis, Calif.  California's historic drought has caused a scarcity of food in the wild that has been blamed for unusual animal activity.    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    California drought may exacerbate wildlife-human encounters

    LOOMIS, Calif. (AP) — The scarcity of food in the wild has been blamed for unusual animal activity during California’s drought including a recent bear attack, mountain lion sightings and an uptick in orphaned animals.

  • In this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, file photo, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks to reporters in Bangkok. Prayuth, the former army chief who engineered the May 2014 coup, has said he had to take over the government to end protests and political clashes. (AP Photo) THAILAND OUT

    Bombing the latest of many challenges for Thailand’s junta

    BANGKOK (AP) — When a military coup last year ended months of political turmoil and violence in Thailand, even some democracy advocates welcomed the junta’s promise to restore stability and return “happiness to the people.”

  • In this Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 photo, a firefighter with Fire Department of New York Engine 69/Ladder 28, the "Harlem Hilton", rushes to the firetruck after receiving a call during an FDNY block party in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. At 150 years old, the nation’s largest fire department is undergoing a massive shift in hiring and recruitment after a court ordered changes to diversity the almost all-white, all-male  department.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    At 150, FDNY is increasing diversity, with some hurdles

    NEW YORK (AP) — With a ladder truck, a rescue demonstration and a chance for children to spray a fire hose, a Harlem block party this month honored the 150-year history of the nation’s largest fire department. But the recruitment table was there to help shape a changing future.