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Hurricane Irma blasts into the record books with lasting intensity

Hurricane Irma was the longest-lasting powerful hurricane or typhoon ever recorded, worldwide. It kept 185-mph winds for 37 hours — longer than any storm on record.

​US commemorates 9/11; thousands expected at ground zero

Thousands of 9/11 victims' relatives, survivors, rescuers and others are expected to gather Monday at the World Trade Center to remember the deadliest terror attack on American soil.

From Sept. 11 to the Beatles: How we remember our first news events

Hundreds of NPR readers recounted their first memory of a news event. These are some of their stories.

​Weakened but dangerous Irma lashes Florida with wind, rain

Irma continued its slog through Florida, while its outer bands were blowing wind and rain into Georgia.

Hurricane Irma slams into Florida but weakens as it moves up the coast

Hurricane Irma has weakened to a Category 2 storm as it batters Florida. It made landfall early Sunday with roaring 130 mph winds.

Death toll rises to 90 after Mexico earthquake

The furious shaking of the earthquake on Thursday night was followed by Hurricane Katia, which made landfall Friday night.

How telecom companies are using drones to help after hurricanes

Cellphone service outages can leave people unable to reach out for help or get in touch with family and friends to say they are alive.

Why some people ignore evacuation orders and choose to see Irma through

More than 6.5 million Floridians were under mandatory evacuation orders. But those who stayed were bracing for a monster storm — or shrugging off another hurricane.

The Latest: 75,000 head to shelters as Hurricane Irma takes aim at Tampa

Irma is hurtling toward Florida with 125 mph winds and it looks like its first target won't be Miami.

Long lines form outside Florida shelters as Hurricane Irma nears

The scramble to flee Hurricane Irma underscores the divide between rich and poor.

Deadly quake, hurricane a one-two punch for Mexico

At least 63 people have died as workers scramble to respond to the twin national emergencies — an 8.1 earthquake and Hurricane Katia.

Congress considers the fate of the Navy's speedy but troubled combat ship

Th Littoral Combat Ship has been plagued with delays, mechanical problems and cost overruns. Should Congress buy more while the Navy plans a new ship?

Death toll rises to 60 in powerful Mexico earthquake

The 8.1-quake hit off Mexico's southern coast, toppling houses in Chiapas state and causing buildings more than 600 miles away in Mexico City to sway violently.

​S. Korea braces for another possible N. Korea missile test

Seoul's Unification Ministry spokeswoman Eugene Lee said Friday that Pyongyang could potentially conduct its next ICBM tests this weekend or around Oct. 10, another North Korean holiday marking the founding of its ruling party.

​Hurricane Irma toll hits 10, increasing threat for Florida

The storm was increasingly likely to rip into heavily populated South Florida early Sunday.

Hurricane Irma pushes toward Puerto Rico

The large storm maintained its 185-mph winds after making its first landfall on Barbuda early Wednesday.