SPECIAL REPORT: Typhoon Haiyan
Supply ships are en route to the Philippines from around the world as the race to save survivors ofTyphoon Haiyan intensifies, and as a public health crisis threatens to further devastate the storm-hit nation where thousands are already feared killed.
"We worry about whether our medical supplies will be enough for the people. We also worry about disease breaking out, especially up in Tacloban, where so many died," dentist Mariecon Dayandayan, 26, who has been assisting doctors treating residents injured in Friday's mega-storm, told USA TODAY.
At least 10,000 people may have been killed as a result of the unprecedented storm, the United Nations has said. On Monday, the Pentagon said it was sending an aircraft carrier and other Navy ships to the Philippines to assist in recovery efforts.
Communication outages are making coordination with local government departments a major problem in the relief effort. Army Brig. Gen. Virgilio Espineli told the Associated Press Tuesday: "We are organized. We have command and control. But how do we call the department of social welfare, the department of health, the department of public works and highways?"
East and South get ready: You are in for a blast
Hello, winter. A blast of Arctic air is heading for the eastern and southern USA. Temperatures today and tomorrow will be more typical of January than November, thanks to a powerful cold front now heading for the East Coast. The cold air was already barreling into the northern Plains, upper Midwest and Great Lakes states Monday.
SeaWorld challenges ban on whale-trainer contact
A federal ban on contact between killer whales and their trainers, imposed after a bull orca drowned a SeaWorld trainer, faces a challenge in federal court today as the marine park fights to keep its signature attraction. SeaWorld, famous for its "Shamu" killer whale shows, says the Labor Department judge went too far when he prohibited "close contact" between the killer whales and their keepers after the Feb. 24, 2010, death of veteran SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau.
JetBlue's $55 fares a jab at AA-US Airways merger
JetBlue is putting its money where its mouth is in making a statement about the proposed American-US Airways merger. The airline rolled out a fare sale Monday in which its fares from Washington's Reagan National Airport (DCA) have been slashed to $55 each way on four of JetBlue's five nonstop routes there. Book by November 12 for travel November 19 through December 18, 2013. Blackout dates include November 26-27, 2013, and tickets are only available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Wedding bells to ring on 11/12/13
Today is 11/12/13 — one of only 12 sequential dates this century and a big day for weddings, even if it falls on a Tuesday. Only one more sequential date is left for this century: 12/13/14. After that it won't happen again until 2103.