Space shuttle external tank to be displayed in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA has shipped its last space shuttle external propellant tank to California to join the retired orbiter Endeavour on display in Los Angeles. The plan is to mount the winged spaceship vertically on the massive tank as if ready for launch, complete with a real pair of solid rocket boosters.

  • Written by JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press

Girl kidnapped by Boko Haram found traumatized, with baby

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — One of the teenagers kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists over two years ago from a school in northeastern Nigeria has been found with a baby and was reunited Wednesday with her mother — the first of the Chibok girls to be freed since the mass abduction.

  • Written by MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press HARUNA UMAR, Associated Press

Climate change, runaway development worsen Houston floods

HOUSTON (AP) — With clay soil and tabletop-flat terrain, Houston has endured flooding for generations. Its 1,700 miles of man-made channels struggle to dispatch storm runoff to the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Written by FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press

Over 200 families feared buried by landslides in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Massive landslides triggered by torrential rains crashed down onto three villages in the central hills of Sri Lanka, and more than 200 families were missing Wednesday and feared buried under the mud and debris, the Sri Lankan Red Cross said.

  • Written by BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI, Associated Press