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Forecasts call for a normal hurricane season

This year’s Atlantic hurricane season should be “near normal,” government forecasters announced Thursday, with the likelihood of nine to 15 named storms, and two to four major Category 3 hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or greater.

Nik Wallenda and sister plan highwire walk over Times Square

For his next trick, daredevil Nik Wallenda plans to cross New York’s Times Square — without his feet touching the ground.

Congress on cusp of delivering long-overdue disaster aid

The aid bill passed the Senate only after Democrats insisted on tossing out President Trump’s $4.5 billion request to handle migrants at the US-Mexico border.

Utah climber dies after climbing up Everest in 7 summit bid

A Utah climber with a long-held dream to climb the highest mountains on the planet’s seven continents died on top of Mount Everest after reaching his final summit, one of his daughters said.

US charges Assange with violating Espionage Act

Federal prosecutors on Thursday accused the founder of WikiLeaks of violating the Espionage Act, bringing against him a new, 18-count indictment alleging that he unlawfully obtained and disclosed national defense information.

Federal judge hears House lawsuit to stop Trump border wall construction

The judge pressed the House of Representatives’ general counsel to point to historical precedent allowing one chamber of Congress to sue the president to settle political differences.

Storms and tornadoes wreak havoc in Missouri, lead to three deaths

An outbreak of devastating storms spawned tornadoes that destroyed buildings and cars, injured dozens of people in Missouri’s capital city, and killed at least three others elsewhere in the state.

Trump and Pelosi trade barbs, both questioning the other’s fitness

The war of words between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi escalated in dramatic fashion on Thursday.