The crack epidemic that began in the 1980s ushered in a wave of bloodletting in the nation’s capital and a death toll that ticked upward daily. Dead bodies, sometimes several in a night, had homicide detectives hustling between crime scenes and earned Washington unwelcome monikers such as the nation’s “murder capital.” At the time, some feared the murder rate might ascend to more frightening heights.
The Caribbean death toll from Hurricane Sandy rose again sharply on Saturday, even as the storm swirled away toward the U.S. East Coast.
Utility crews are struggling to catch up with a backlog of millions of people without electricity for a fourth hot day.
The death toll from weekend storms that left more than 3 million without power at its peak has risen to 22.
The death toll from the storms that devastated the eastern U.S. has risen to 14.