Wildfire destroys nearly 500 homes in Texas

A roaring wildfire raced through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Central Texas on Monday destroying nearly 500 homes.

New Orleans holds up as Lee loses strength

Tropical Storm Lee weakened to a tropical depression as it neared Mississippi on Sunday, and New Orleans` flood defenses held up under one of their biggest tests since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005.

Tropical Storm Lee hits Louisiana coast

Lee`s tidal surge could spur coastal flooding in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama before drenching a large swath of the southeast and Appalachian regions next week.