Cedar Rapids residents hope flood barriers hold

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Residents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa's second-largest city, hope a temporary floodwall that is protecting thousands of homes and downtown buildings from the rain-swollen Cedar River will hold as the rain-swollen Cedar River crests.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Syrian troops advance in central Aleppo near old quarter

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces captured a central rebel-held neighborhood in Aleppo on Tuesday after a week of blistering airstrikes, as a military official vowed that the offensive would continue until insurgents are "wiped out."

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

Houston gunman had 2 weapons, thousands of rounds at scene

HOUSTON (AP) — A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition when he randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said.

  • Written by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

Police: Mall shooting suspect confessed, shot 5 in 1 minute

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The suspect accused of killing five people at a Macy's department store confessed to police, court documents said, but his motive remained a mystery Monday as a portrait emerged of him as a mentally troubled young man whose parents said they were trying to help him.

  • Written by MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press

Strong winds from big typhoon hit Taiwan, at least 4 dead

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Strong winds knocked down people and scattered debris as a large typhoon crossed over Taiwan on Tuesday, killing four people and injuring more than 260, officials said.

  • Written by RALPH JENNINGS, Associated Press