White House preparing $5.9B request for Harvey recovery aid

The Trump proposal, which is being finalized pending White House consultations with key Republicans, promises to represent just a fraction of an eventual Harvey recovery package that could rival the $100-billion-plus in taxpayer-financed help for victims of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

Utah theater wins ‘Deadpool’ case over law banning booze

U.S. District Judge David Nuffer said state regulators violated Brewvies’ freedom of speech when it threatened to fine the theater up to $25,000 under a law that prohibits serving booze during films with simulated sex or full-frontal nudity.

Harvey: Heavy rains, flood fears, likely tornado in Alabama

The National Weather Service issued flash flood alerts for much of West Tennessee as the still-potent storm slogged northeastward into the nation’s interior after its catastrophic drenching of parts of Texas and Louisiana.

Governors’ health care plan retains mandate

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, crafted a compromise plan for stabilizing individual insurance markets that’s designed to be palatable to both parties.

Source: Lobbyist in Trump Tower meeting spoke to grand jury

Akhmetshin’s testimony is a further signal of Mueller’s interest in the meeting that included Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son-in-law and his former campaign chairman. Trump Jr. took the meeting expecting that he would be receiving damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Houston-area floodwaters recede but dangers still loom

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The confirmed death toll climbed to at least 31 on Wednesday, including six family members — four of them children — whose bodies were pulled Wednesday from a van that had been swept off a Houston bridge into a bayou.

2M Muslims gather near Mecca for peak of hajj pilgrimage

During the hajj, male pilgrims are required to wear seamless, white terrycloth garments for the entirety of the hajj. Women wear loose clothing, cover their hair and forgo makeup and nail polish to achieve a state of humility and spiritual purity.

Expedia’s CFO to replace CEO who defected to Uber

The online travel-booking service named Mark Okerstrom as its CEO late Wednesday, the same day that his predecessor, Dara Khosrowshahi, debuted in his new job as CEO of ride-hailing service Uber.