HOUSTON (AP) — Rain that continues to lash parts of Texas has led to flooding and water rescues in the Houston area, while officials in North Texas are taking the unusual step of releasing water from lakes to avoid banks from being breached.
The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings Wednesday for many regions. The Houston suburb of Clear Lake received 11 inches of rain over a three-hour period Tuesday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A key witness in the Michael Brown shooting death is freed on reduced bond six days after being charged with resisting arrest during another confrontation with police.
Twenty-three-year-old Dorian Johnson's payment Wednesday of the required $100 to cover the $1,000 bond came just hours after a St. Louis judge reduced the bond from one that required Johnson to come up with $1,000 cash.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of travelers were scrambling and commuters were re-thinking their work weeks Wednesday after a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia shut down a critical section of the busiest railroad in North America.
The crash choked Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, which carries more than 750,000 passengers a day between eight states and the District of Columbia, on Amtrak and eight commuter rail lines.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Members of the Minnesota Orchestra are on their way to Cuba — making a historic trip with political implications.
The orchestra is the first from the U.S. to perform in Cuba since President Barack Obama revealed his desire in December to normalize relations after half a century. The nonstop flight to Cuba Wednesday is also the first from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.
The flight arrives in Havana on Wednesday afternoon....
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says he is shocked at how little information the National Security Agency is collecting through American phone records. He says the American public should be less worried about privacy and should back increased collection as a means of foiling terrorist attacks.
Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said Wednesday that "it's beyond belief how little data is a part of the program."...
FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) — Suspected pranksters have caused a stir by planting a tree at a southwest Ohio park in a particularly inconvenient spot: in the baseball field, smack between home plate and the pitcher's mound.
The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1QH9PMB ) reports the tree was discovered Saturday at Franklin Community Park when Franklin High School players showed up for a doubleheader. A photo taken then by a player has circulated on social media....
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on a powerful House panel have blocked a bid by Democrats to boost Amtrak's budget by more than $1 billion. That included $556 million targeted for the railroad's Northeast corridor, where a fatal derailment occurred Tuesday night.
The move by Philadelphia Democrat Chaka Fattah failed on a party-line vote as the Appropriations Committee debated a $55 billion measure funding transportation and housing programs. The GOP measure would slash...
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a man shot and wounded by a police officer after he pulled out a hammer and struck a second officer has a history of mental illness.
Thirty-year-old David Baril was in critical but stable condition Wednesday after he was shot at least twice by an officer. Surveillance video shows Baril lunging at an officer, with a hammer striking her at least three times. She falls to the ground as her partner fires on Baril.