Two dead in Texas wildfires, Perry to return

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Sixty separate wildfires, whipped by strong gusts of wind spawned by Tropical Storm Lee as it moved north, burned across Texas on Monday, destroying homes and leaving at least two people dead, authorities said.

Mother, teen children shot dead, boyfriend arrested

CONWAY, Mass (Reuters) – A woman and her two teen children were shot dead early on Monday in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and the mother’s live-in boyfriend was taken into custody, authorities said.

Telethon raises $61 million in absence of Jerry Lewis

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Absent but still the star of the show, comedian Jerry Lewis helped the 2011 Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon raise more than $61 million over the weekend.

Storm Lee threatens Southeast with heavy rains

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – After testing New Orleans’ flood defenses over the weekend, Tropical Storm Lee moved northeast on Monday after weakening to a tropical depression, and threatened to bring heavy rains and flooding to a large section of the Southeast.

Australia’s Howard a surprise 9-11 witness

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s former Prime Minister John Howard, a surprise witness to the September11, 2001, attacks on the United States, believes former U.S. President George W. Bush deserves more praise for his response and for stopping further attacks.

Obama vows federal help for Irene victims

PATERSON, New Jersey (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Sunday urged Republicans not to play politics with federal disaster aid as he toured flood-stricken New Jersey and pledged to do everything possible to help states recover after Hurricane Irene.

Tropical storm Lee hits Texas with wind, some rain

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – James Taylor once sang, “I’ve seen fire, and I’ve seen rain,” and Texas was seeing some of both on Sunday, courtesy of Tropical Storm Lee.

Quake does little to shake town’s nuclear faith

MINERAL, Virginia (Reuters) – In a village of about 500 where nearly everyone knows someone who works at the local nuclear plant, the recent historic earthquake created more punch lines than new concerns about the safety of their community.