WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump will pledge $1 million of his own money to relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Thursday, Aug. 31. "I am happy to tell you that (Trump) would like to join in the efforts that a lot of the people that we have seen across this country do and he's pledging $1 million of personal money to the fund," Sanders told reporters at a White House briefing.
NEW YORK - Gasoline futures surged 10 percent on Thursday, Aug. 31, as almost a quarter of U.S. refining capacity remained offline and traders scrambled to reroute millions of barrels of fuel, while oil prices rose nearly 3 percent. U.S. gasoline futures have rallied roughly 26 percent from the previous week to a two-year high above $2 a gallon, buoyed by fears of a fuel shortage days ahead of the Labor Day weekend that typically brings a surge in driving.
NEW YORK - Amazon.com has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit by a couple who claims defective eclipse glasses purchased through the online retailer damaged their eyes. In the lawsuit, filed in federal court in South Carolina on Tuesday evening, Corey Payne and his fiancée, Kayla Harris, said they purchased a three-pack of eclipse glasses on Amazon in early August, assuming that the glasses would allow them to safely view the United States' first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in a century on Aug. 21.
The world's biggest T. rex is getting ready for a cutting-edge makeover. The Field Museum in Chicago said on Wednesday, Aug. 30, it will take down and remount the 40-1/2-foot-long Tyrannosaurus nicknamed Sue, perhaps the world's most famous dinosaur fossil, in a way that embodies the latest understanding of this ferocious Cretaceous Period predator. The big T. rex will move to a new exhibition space in the museum, while a cast of the skeleton of the largest-known dinosaur, Patagotitan mayorum, will take the spot Sue now occupies in the museum's Stanley Field Hall.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said on Tuesday that a city police officer died in floodwaters over the weekend while driving to work. "While I've encouraged other people to stay at home, our first responders they have been working 24 hours, 24-7, on behalf of the people of the city of Houston," the mayor told reporters. "At the same time, they have been putting themselves in harm's way." "Today, I'm sad and deeply saddened to announce the death of Sergeant Steve Perez," he said, adding the 60-year-old officer died Sunday.
Two people were killed and four hospitalized Monday after a shooting at a library in the small city of Clovis, New Mexico, the city's fire chief said. One person was arrested in the incident, Fire Chief Michael Nolen said. Library patron Vanessa Aguirre said she was in the Clovis-Carter Public Library with her son when a man came in and "started to shoot" into the air, The Eastern New Mexico News reported. "It all happened so fast," she told the newspaper. "We took off fast. My purse is still in there." Officials at the library could not be reached to comment.
NEW YORK - Surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd won a permanent injunction blocking the production and distribution of a movie depicting the 1977 plane crash that killed the rock band's lead singer, Ronnie Van Zant. In a decision made public on Monday, U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet in Manhattan said "Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash," based on recollections of former drummer Artimus Pyle, violated a 1988 consent order governing the use of the Lynyrd Skynyrd name.
OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — Dustin Johnson is back, and he offered a reminder of why he is world number one when he beat Jordan Spieth in a playoff to win the Northern Trust on Sunday, Aug. 27. Johnson sank a 3-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole to edge out Spieth after a compelling head-to-head final-round duel between the two Americans at the Glen Oaks Club. Johnson forced the playoff by sinking a sharply-breaking downhill 17-foot par putt at the final regulation hole, his ball catching the right edge of the cup and toppling in at the par-4 18th.
NEW YORK - Britain's world number two Andy Murray has pulled out of the U.S. Open because of a hip injury, he said on Saturday. The Scot, who had not played since Wimbledon, said he had tried everything to be fit for the final grand slam of the year which starts on Monday. “I tried obviously resting, rehabbing to try and get myself ready here,” Murray told a news conference.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's deputy assistant, Sebastian Gorka, has resigned, media outlets reported on Friday. The Federalist newspaper, citing multiple sources familiar with the situation, said the national security and counterterrorism expert in his letter of resignation had expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of the Trump administration.