Alert for United States Of America
Midwest hit by deadly tornadoes - 18 November 2013:
At least six people have been killed after a series of powerful tornadoes swept through the Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. The city of Washington, Illinois was one of the hardest hit areas, with hundreds of houses destroyed and 31 people requiring hospital treatment.
Shooting at LAX airport leaves one dead - 1 November 2013:
One person has been shot dead and seven others wounded during a shooting at Los Angeles International airport. A single gunmen opened fire in Terminal 3 on Friday morning, leading to all inbound and outbound flights being temporarily suspended. The suspect, name in the US media as 23-year old Paul Ciancia, was later wounded by police and detained.
Senate reaches deal to raise debt ceiling - 16 October 2013:
The US Senate has reached a cross-party deal to raise the country's debt ceiling, ending a partial government shutdown. The bill, which still needs to pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, would extend the borrowing limit until 07 February 2014. The government's existing federal borrowing authority of $16.7tn is due to expire on Thursday.
Washington DC in shutdown over gunfire - 3 October 2013:
Washington DC briefly entered shutdown after gunfire was reported near Capitol Hill. Authorities said that a woman attempted to ram a barricade at the entrance to the White House, leading to a a police chase which ended with gunfire outside Capital Hill. Police later confirmed that the woman was killed during the incident.
Government shutdown after budget deadlock - 1 October 2013:
The US government has started a partial shutdown after Congress failed to reach a budget agreement. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives demanded that President Obama's health reforms be delayed before they would agree to pass any spending bills. Federal agencies began shutting down at midnight on Tuesday, leaving more than 800,000 "non-essential" workers facing unpaid leave.
Hundreds missing in Colorado flooding - 18 September 2013:
Authorities in Colorado are still searching for around 200 people after the state was hit by deadly flooding. At least eight people have been killed in the flash flooding, while more than 1,500 houses have been destroyed. Military helicopters have evacuated around 2,4000 people in Boulder and Larimer County, in what has been the largest rescue operation since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Gunman kills 13 at Washington naval yard - 16 September 2013:
A gunman has killed 12 people and wounded several others at a naval base in the US capital, Washington DC. The gunman, identified as former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis, was later killed during the shootout with police at the Washinhton Navy Yard.
Firefighters killed tackling Arizona wildfire - 1 July 2013:
A wildfire in the US state of Arizona has killed 19 members of an elite firefighting crew, while dozens of houses have been destroyed and two small towns outside Phoenix have been evacuated. Only one member of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshot crew survived the blaze in the Yarnell Hill region of Yavapai County.
Five dead in Santa Monica shooting rampage - 10 June 2013:
At least 5 people are dead and several others injured after a gun rampage in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California. The attack began at a house and ended on a college campus where the police shot the gunman.
Huge storms kill 13 across Midwest - 3 June 2013:
At least 13 people have been killed and thousands of others left without power after a huge storm swept across the US Midwest. Ten people died in the state of Oklahoma, including three storm chasers, while three others died in neighbouring Missouri. Two weeks ago 24 people were killed when a tornado struck the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore.
FBI shoot dead man linked to Boston bombings - 22 May 2013:
An FBI agent has shot dead a man who was being questioned about links to the Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The victim, who has been identified as 27-year old Ibragim Todashev, was a Chechen national who met Tsarnaev when they both lived in Boston.
Huge tornado causes devastation in Oklahoma City - 21 May 2013:
At least 91 people have been killed by a huge tornado which has ripped through a suburb of Oklahoma City. The storm, which was one of the strongest ever recorded, brought winds of up to 200mph to Moore in the south of the city. President Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma.
Six killed as tornado hits northern Texas - 16 May 2013:
At least six people have been killed and dozens of others wounded after a tornado struck the Dallas-Fort Worth area of northern Texas. The most severe damage was reported in the Rancho Brazos neighbourhood of Granbury, where 14 people remain missing.
Four jailed over terrorist recruitment in Minnesota - 15 May 2013:
Four men have been jailed in the US state of Minnesota for trying to recruit fighters for the Somali militant group al-Shababab. Investigators said that around 20 young ethnic Somalis had been recruited between 2007 and 2009 to fight for the group.
Shooting spree leaves 19 wounded in New Orleans - 13 May 2013:
At least 19 people, including two children, have been wounded in a shooting spree during a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans. An FBI spokeswoman said there was no indication that the shooting was an act of terrorism, instead classifying it as street violence.
Marathon bombing suspect in police custody - 20 April 2013:
Boston police have captured the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings following an extended manhunt. Dzhokar Tsarnaev was found suffering from gunshot wounds and has been taken to hospital. His brother and fellow suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a shootout with police at the MIT campus on Thursday.
Boston police hunt marathon bomb suspect - 19 April 2013:
Police are hunting for a man suspected of being behind the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Another suspect died during a shootout with police on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) late on Thursday, during which a police officer was also killed. Police are warning all residents to stay indoors, while authorities have also shut down the city's transport systems.
Texas fertilizer blast wounds dozens - 18 April 2013:
Between five and 15 people have been killed in a huge explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas. More than 160 people were wounded in the blast in the small town of West, with 65 being treated for injuries at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco.
FBI begins investigation into Boston bombings - 16 April 2013:
The FBI have taken over the investigation into the twin bombings which left three people dead and more than 100 others wounded at the Boston Marathon yesterday. In a statement the bureau's lead agent said the inquiry was being treated as "a criminal investigation that is a potential terrorist investigation".
Twin blasts hit Boston Marathon - 15 April 2013:
At least two people have been killed and 23 others wounded after two bombs exploded at the finishing line of the Boston Marathon. A third controlled explosion was carried out by police in the city, while two other improvised devices were also found in the area.
Dozens killed in Connecticut school shooting - 14 December 2012:
A school shooting at a primary school in Connecticut has left 26 people dead, including 20 young children. The lone gunman, who had earlier shot dead his mother, committed suicide after the rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown.
Hurricane Sandy slams eastern US - 30 October 2012:
Hurricane Sandy has slammed the eastern US coastline, causing extensive flooding, knocking out power and causing widespread travel disruptions. The storm, which was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone last night, made land at Atlantic City in New Jersey and is now headed towards Pennsylvania.
Hurricane Sandy heads towards US - 26 October 2012:
Hurricane Sandy appears to be heading towards the eastern US coastline after sweeping through Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica. The latest hurricane models suggest that Sandy will make land around north Carolina and the wider mid-Atlantic region.
US agent shot dead bear Mexico border - 03 October 2012:
A US border patrol agent has been shot dead near the US-Mexico border in Arizona. Nicholas Ivie and a colleague reported taking gunfire around 8 km north of the border at 0200 local time.
Deadly shooting at Empire State Building - 24 August 2012:
At least two people have been shot dead outside the Empire State Building in New York. Several others were wounded in the incident, which occurrend during the morning rush hour. The gunman, who is being described a disgruntled worker, was killed by police.
Shooting reported at Sikh temple in Wisconsin - 05 August 2012:
A shooting has been reported at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Winsconsin. At least seven people have been killed, including the gunman, while a police officer remains in a critical condition.
Ten shot dead at Denver film premiere - 20 July 2012:
Ten people have been shot dead and more than 30 wounded after a gunman opened fire at a film premiere in the city of Denver. Local media are reporting that one suspect has been arrested and is now in police custody.
Heatwave leaves dozens dead - 08 July 2012:
At least 42 people have died after a heatwave brought record temperatures across a number of eastern states. Temperatures reached 107F in St Louis and 105F in Washington DC.
Protesters clash with Chicago police outside NATO summit - 21 May 2012:
Protesters have clashed with riot police outside the NATO summit meeting in Chicago. The demonstrators were calling for an immediate withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan.
US warns of increased terrorist threat on 9/11 anniversary - 09 September 2011:
The US has warned of an increased threat from terrorism ahead of the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The warning is based upon a "specific, credible threat" and extra security has been deployed in New York and Washington DC.
Tornado kills 89 in state of Missouri - 23 May 2011:
At least 89 people have been killed by a tornado in the US state of Missouri. The worst of the damage has been seen in the city of Joplin where houses and offices were flattened by the storm. The governor has declared a state of emergency and warned of further storms in the area.
Latest storms kill more than 170 in southern US - 28 April 2011:
The latest barrage of storms and tornadoes have killed at least 170 across the southern US states of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi. States of emergency have been declared in seven states and further heavy storms are forecast.
Severe storms leave more than 40 dead - 18 April 2011:
Severe storms and tornadoes throughout the southern US have left at least 40 people dead and more than 80 injured. North Carolina was the most severely by the storms and a state of emergency has been declared by the governor. Deaths have also been reported in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Georgia and Virginia.