Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that Tropical Storm Erika poses a "severe threat to the entire state" and declared a state of emergency.
Some needed a stick, others a carrot, but drought-conscious Californians racked up their biggest water savings yet in July, conserving more than 30 percent, a dramatic reduction in one of the hottest months of the year.Julia Prodis Sulek
Libyan authorities were collecting the bodies of migrants who drowned off the coastal city of Zuwara, with some 200 feared dead on Friday in the latest disaster involving desperate people trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean.Mohamed Ben Khalifa | Associated Press
Police arrested several people believed to be part of a human smuggling operation in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants who likely suffocated in a refrigerated truck found abandoned on Austria's main highway.George Jahn | Associated Press
Every major stock market in the world surged higher Thursday, helped by an unexpectedly strong economic report in the United States and a late rally in Chinese stocks.AMIE TSANG and PETER EAVIS
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is traveling to the frontline to visit the firefighters battling some of the worst fires the state has ever seen.Kelsey Warner
After the murder of two journalists on live television by a former co-worker, the father of one of the victims made a series of emotional appeals for gun control laws.HAWES SPENCER and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
The decomposing bodies of as many as 50 people assumed to be migrants being smuggled across Europe were found in a truck abandoned on a highway east of Vienna on Thursday, police said.Alison Smale
A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect.James Macpherson
A ruling by the National Labor Relations Board makes it substantially easier for unions to bargain for higher wages and benefits.NOAM SCHEIBER