The US West had a snowy winter, so why the fiery summer?


DENVER (AP) — Acrid yellow smoke clogs the skies of major Western U.S. cities, a human-caused fire in the Columbia River Gorge rains ash on Portland, Oregon, and a century-old backcountry chalet burns to the ground in Montana's Glacier National Park.


  • Written by By DAN ELLIOTT , Associated Press

Andrew was a monster; Irma could blow it out of the water


WASHINGTON (AP) — For an entire generation in South Florida, Hurricane Andrew was the monster storm that reshaped a region. Irma is likely to blow that out of the water.


  • Written by BY SETH BORENSTEIN , AP Science Writer

Powerful quake rocks southern Mexico coast; at least 32 die

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck off the country's southern coast, toppling hundreds of buildings, triggering tsunami evacuations and sending panicked people fleeing into the streets in the middle of the night. At least 32 people were reported killed.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN and E. EDUARDO CASTILLO , Associated Press

Equifax breach exposes 143 million people to identity theft


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen.


  • Written by By MICHAEL LIEDTKE , AP Technology Writer