The map in this article shows hourly rainfall in the southeastern United States as the powerful storm Irma pounded the region early Sunday morning through Monday afternoon.
The National Weather Service releases hourly data on rainfall across the U.S., as measured in inches. The circles on the map are proportional to the amount of rainfall at a given point in the grid in a particular hour.
Irma downgraded to a tropical depression by Tuesday morning, knocking out power... View gallery »
Authorities have issued a hurricane watch for Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria churns toward the Eastern Caribbean amid forecasts it could become a major hurricane.
Chicago has reached a bloody milestone amid a particularly deadly weekend that saw at least 10 people killed and 31 others wounded in shootings across the city.
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Toys R Us, which reportedly faces a large debt load as it heads into the new year, could file for bankruptcy by the end of the week, sources familiar with the matter told CNBC.
The sources said that plans to file for bankruptcy are not set in stone, and if it does go through, the timing could change.
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A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding.
The combined tab from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is expected to hit $200 billion or more. While the federal government is expected to pay most of that, the affected state and local governments have to start paying for recovery now and eventually could be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars or more.
States vary on how prepared they are to weather such costs. Florida and South Carolina, both hit by Hurricane Irma, are among the dozen or so states that do not have dedicated disaster funds and opt to cover the expenses after the fact, potentially by dipping into reserves or shifting money from other state agencies.
A Georgia Tech fourth-year student, who was also an LGBTQ activist, was shot dead by campus police on Saturday night, officials said Sunday, and the deadly exchange was caught on camera by a witness.
Officials said police encountered Scout Schultz, 21, after they received a 911 call claiming the student was armed with a gun, NBC News reported. Officers found Schultz carrying a knife.
Video shows Schultz yelling "shoot me" at officers, who hold out their guns, back away and repeatedly order the student to drop the knife. Schultz was shot after walking forward and ignoring orders to drop the knife, and Schultz later died at the hospital.
"What was Scout doing that day? Standing there disoriented, having a mental breakdown and was shot from 20 feet away," said an attorney for Schultz's family at a news conference Monday.
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Underground or "rogue" off-campus groups acting as substitutes for traditional fraternities and sororities are a focus for colleges and universities across the country, NBC News reported.
Last month, Washington, D.C.'s American University expelled 18 students associated with one so-called underground fraternity, Epsilon Iota, citing "a threat to the safety and well-being of our students."
"I think it's unheard of," said Hank Nuwer, a journalism professor at Indiana's Franklin College, who has written books on hazing. "I really can't tell you any other [school] that has done that."
Recent deaths linked to hazing at traditional Greek life groups at Penn State and Louisiana State University have renewed attention on a long-standing issue. But hazing in off-campus groups presents another challenge.
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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is scheduled to survey agricultural damage in Florida from Hurricane Irma.
Perdue will visit the state Monday, starting in Clewiston. According to a news release, he will fly with Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam to view the storm's impact on crops.
Irma dealt Florida's iconic orange crop a devastating blow, destroying nearly all the fruit in some Southwest Florida groves and seriously damaging groves in Central Florida.
Other crops were also destroyed. Lisa Lochridge, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, said last week that reports indicate a 50 percent to 70 percent crop loss in South Florida.
Florida is a key source of fresh fruits and vegetables for the nation in the winter.
In St. Louis, a peaceful day of protests took a destructive turn after nightfall Sunday as vandals damaged property. NBC's Dan Scheneman reports. The protests come after former police officer Jason Stockley...
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California could become the first state to ban the sale of animals from so-called puppy mills or mass breeding operations under legislation sent Thursday to Gov. Jerry Brown by lawmakers.
Animal rights groups are cheering the bill by Democratic Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell to require pet stores to work with animal shelters or rescue operations if they want to sell dogs, cats or rabbit.
Thirty-six cities in California, including Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Francisco already have similar bans in place, but no statewide bans exist.
"We've actually seen a thriving pet industry based on the model of getting these from shelters," said Democratic Assemblyman Matt Dababneh of Encino.
Brown spokesman Brian Ferguson declined to comment on whether the governor plans to sign it.
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Hundreds of police officers in riot gear mobilized in downtown St. Louis after another day of peaceful protests over an ex-police officer's acquittal in the death of a black man, a scene that grew ugly after nightfall amid dozens of arrests and reports of property damage and vandalism in the streets.
Authorities made the arrests shortly before midnight, saying people had ignored orders to disperse after the peaceful protests.
A judge ruled Friday that Jason Stockley, a 36-year-old who left the department and moved to Houston three years ago, was not guilty in the 2011 death of Anthony Lamar Smith. The ruling set off raucous protests throughout the weekend. Another peaceful demonstration was expected later Monday.
Recent eruptions of violence over Confederate symbols like the rebel flag have prompted impassioned national debates — and not just in the public arena. Churches, too, are wrestling with the question of what to do with emblems dotting their parishes that memorialize the former slaveholding states and their battle heroes.
It's in part the continuation of a conversation that was sparked when self-avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine African-American parishioners during a Bible study at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015. Roof was seen brandishing a Confederate flag in photographs that surfaced after his arrest. He is currently on federal death row.
The shock and turmoil of the shooting at Emanuel A.M.E., the South's oldest black church, prompted the removal of a Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds in Columbia. And then came Charlottesville, Virginia.
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The U.S. Navy plans to use Xbox 360 controllers to operate periscopes aboard its newer submarines.
The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia, reported Saturday that the Navy's Virginia-class subs don't have a traditional rotating periscope. They're being replaced by high-resolution cameras and large monitors.
They can be controlled by a helicopter-style stick. But the Navy plans to integrate an X-box controller into the system because they're more familiar to younger sailors and require less training.
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On a sweltering Washington summer day, President Donald Trump's motorcade pulled up to the Pentagon for a meeting largely billed as a briefing on the Afghanistan conflict and the fight against the Islamic State group.
There, in the windowless meeting room known as "The Tank," Trump was to be briefed on the state of America's longest-running war as he and his top aides plotted ways ahead. But, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the meeting, it was, in reality, about much more.
Trump's national security team had become alarmed by the president's frequent questioning about the value of a robust American presence around the world. When briefed on the diplomatic, military and intelligence posts, the new president would often cast doubt on the need for all the resources.