A storm-weakened tree crashed down on a house, killing a sleeping 8-year-old girl, as an unusually fierce winter storm blew through California over the weekend, leaving thousands without power Monday after dumping much-needed rain on the parched state.
It's finally looking like winter in the Midwest as the season's first big snowstorm crawls across the region, leaving skiers and snow-reliant businesses giddy but greeting Friday commuters with a sloppy, slippery drive.
The worst drought in Texas' history has led to the largest-ever one-year decline in the leading cattle-state's cow herd, raising the likelihood of increased beef prices as the number of animals decline and demand remains strong.
Kathy Lanpher was showing a property to a client when she heard the improbable, gut-wrenching news: A wildfire like the one that destroyed her home four months ago was threatening the nearby subdivision where she had relocated.
The drought that has turned Texas and parts of the Plains into a parched moonscape of cracked earth could persist into next year, prolonging the misery of farmers and ranchers who have endured a dry spell that is now expected to be the state's worst since the 1950s.
An enormous wildfire in eastern Arizona is poised to become the largest in state history, as firefighters on Tuesday tried to keep the blaze from crossing into New Mexico and devouring a small mountain town.