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Tropical storm Edouard hit the Texas Gulf Coast east of Galveston on Tuesday with winds of 65 m.p.h. and heavy rain, but it did not arrive as a hurricane, as some forecasters thought it might. The storm was expected to weaken later in the day.

A price of a gallon of regular gasoline fell to $3.871 Tuesday, as oil prices continued their downward trend, sinking as low as $118 for a barrel of crude.

Roughly 1,250 marines serving as trainers in Afghanistan will have their stays extended a month longer, until late November, at the request of commanders, according to a senior military official.

Tornado warning sirens sounded across Chicago Monday night, leading to the cancelation of more than 350 flights at O'Hare International Airport, widespread power outages, and the evacuation of fans from the stands at Wrigley Field. The National Weather Service did not immediately confirm any tornado touchdowns.

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