Since the season began on June 1, the Atlantic has produced five named tropical storms but no hurricanes. On average, the first hurricane forms by Aug. 10 and the second by Aug. 28. As of Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center was reporting no activity on the radar and “tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next five days.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has halted military aid to Egypt, a Senate aide said Tuesday, describing what would be a rebuke of the once stalwart U.S. ally's crackdown on Islamist opponents and the military ouster of its president. Obama administration officials immediately rejected the claim.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The speaker, one of the world's most recognizable black leaders, was addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress when he quoted America's top civil rights leader: "Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last," Nelson Mandela said to a standing ovation, quoting words delivered in a speech whose 50th anniversary comes next week
NEW YORK (Reuters) - American author Elmore Leonard, whose ear for gritty, realistic dialogue helped bring dozens of hard-bitten crooks, cops and cowboys to life in nearly 50 novels, died on Tuesday at age 87, according to his website, weeks after a stroke. "Elmore passed away this morning at 7:15 a.m. at home surrounded by his loving family," the announcement on elmoreleonard.com said, adding that more details would follow. Leonard, who first wrote westerns when he gave up his advertising agency job in the 1950s before moving on to crime and suspense books, suffered a stroke on July 29. ...