Headaches and raspy voices as wildfire smoke chokes US West

The smoke from massive wildfires hangs like fog over large parts of the U.S. West, an irritating haze causing health concerns, forcing sports teams to change schedules and disrupting life from Seattle to tiny Seeley Lake, Montana.

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  • Written by By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press

Smaller blasts heard from Harvey-flooded chemical plant


HOUSTON (AP) — At least 2 tons of highly unstable chemicals used in such products as plastics and paint exploded and burned at a flood-crippled plant near Houston, sending up a plume of acrid black smoke that stung the eyes and lungs.


  • Written by By FRANK BAJAK and REESE DUNKLIN , Associated Press

US job growth slows to 156K; unemployment up to 4.4 pct.


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. job growth slowed in August as employers added 156,000 jobs, though still enough to suggest that most businesses remain confident in an economy now in its ninth year of recovery from the Great Recession.

  • Written by By JOSH BOAK , AP Economics Writer

White House readies $5.9B request for Harvey recovery aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is preparing an initial $5.9 billion package in Harvey aid, a down payment to ensure recovery efforts over the next few weeks are adequately funded.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press