The company that owns the theater where the Aurora shootings took place is asking residents what it should do with the building. It is an important question for communities looking to move beyond mass shootings.
The Ponderosa fire in northern California threatens another 900 homes. The Ponderosa fire is 57 percent contained. Elsewhere in the West, states are tallying the rising costs of big wildfires this season.
Tropical storm Isaac, now in the eastern Caribbean, appears likely to sweep into the Gulf of Mexico early next week, according to long-range forecasts. Landfall in the US could be from coastal Alabama to the western Florida panhandle.