Obama says US working with companies to send humans to Mars

WASHINGTON (AP) —€” President Barack Obama says the United States is partnering with commercial companies to build "new habitats" to try to send humans safely to Mars within two decades.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Chicago parents relieved as teachers, district avert strike

CHICAGO (AP) — Relieved parents dropped their children off at Chicago schools on Tuesday morning after the Chicago Teachers Union and the nation's third-largest school district averted a strike with a late-night tentative contract agreement.

  • Written by SARA BURNETT, Associated Press DON BABWIN, Associated Press

US stock indexes move lower in midday trading; oil falls

Health care and materials companies led U.S. stocks broadly lower in midday trading Tuesday. Energy stocks also fell as the price of crude oil headed lower. Investors now have their eye on Corporate America as companies begin to report earnings over the next few weeks. Alcoa slumped after its earnings fell short of Wall Street's expectations.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rescuers still retrieving people from floods after Matthew

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Volunteer firefighters drove their military-surplus truck with 4-foot tires into dark flood waters, as torrents from Hurricane Matthew sent the Lumber River overflowing its banks in Lumberton on North Carolina's coastal plain.

  • Written by EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press MARTHA WAGGONER, Associated Press

Health conditions worsen as aid trickles into remote Haiti

DAME MARIE, Haiti (AP) — In this most western tip of Haiti, 300 patients with festering wounds lay silently on beds at the main hospital in the seaside village of Dame Marie waiting for medicine a week after Hurricane Matthew hit the remote peninsula.

  • Written by DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press BEN FOX, Associated Press