House sends $15B Harvey bill, debt hike to Trump

In this Sept. 6, 2017, photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, right, arrives for a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington. The tortured relationship between President Donald Trump and Ryan has gone cool again, with the Republican president making clear he has no qualms about bucking the GOP leader to cut deals with his Democratic foes. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly on Friday to send a $15.3 billion disaster aid package to President Donald Trump, overcoming conservative objections to linking the emergency legislation to a temporary increase in America’s borrowing authority. The legislation also keeps the government funded into December.

EIRMC nurses to assist Texas hurricane victims

In this photo combination, volunteers pilot their rescue boats into a flooded neighborhood in Spring, Texas, top, to help rescue stranded residents from rising floodwaters following Tropical Storm Harvey on Aug. 28, 2017, and cars drive down the same street on Sept. 5, bottom, after the floodwaters receded. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center sent four nurses to Texas on Monday to assist with disaster relief following severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Billions of dead trees force US fire crews to shift tactics

In this July 12, 2017, photo, Ben Brack, a firefighter and public information officer, tests the stability of a beetle-killed tree at the site of a wildfire locally called the Keystone fire, near Albany, Wyo. The fire was burning in a dense forest of beetle-killed trees, which pose a safety hazard for firefighters because the trees, weakened by the bugs, topple more easily than living trees. (AP Photo/Dan Elliott)

ALBANY, Wyo. — Vast stands of dead timber in the Western U.S. have forced firefighters to shift tactics, trying to stay out of the shadow of lifeless, unstable trees that could come crashing down with deadly force.

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