NEW YORK (AP) — Toy company executive Isaac Larian and other investors have pledged a total of $200 million and hope to raise four times that amount in crowdfunding in a bid to save potentially more than half of the 735 Toys R Us stores that will go dark in bankruptcy proceedings.

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest nor'easter lost some punch as it rolled into New England on Thursday, as millions of others in the Northeast dug out from the storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some places, knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers and had many wishing for more spring-like weather.

CROSBY, Texas (AP) — The skeleton crew at Arkema's chemical plant knew it was time to go by the morning of Aug. 29. Flooding from Hurricane Harvey had knocked out power.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Video of a deadly self-driving vehicle crash in suburban Phoenix shows a pedestrian walking from a darkened area onto a street just moments before an Uber SUV strikes her.

A 23-year-old suspected of planting deadly bombs that struck fear across Austin was described Wednesday by his uncle as a smart and kind "computer geek" and a friend said he was an assertive person who would end up being "kind of dominant and intimidating in conversation."

NEW YORK (AP) — In the wake of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a rare media mini-blitz in an attempt to take some of the public and political pressure off the social network.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two officers yelled for a suspect to show his hands then shouted "gun, gun, gun" moments before fatally shooting the man who turned out to be unarmed, audio from body camera footage released by Sacramento police shows.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Most people who own a smartphone take it wherever they go, a fact of modern life that enabled authorities to hunt down the man suspected in five Texas bombings before he blew himself up Wednesday.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The suspected Austin bomber is dead after terrorizing Texas' capital city for three weeks. And in the end the manhunt wasn't cracked by hundreds of phoned-in tips, the big pot of reward money or police pleading to the bomber through TV.

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 25-minute cellphone video left behind by the bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for weeks details the differences among the weapons he built and amounts to a confession, police said.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A strong Pacific storm dropped record-breaking rain Wednesday on a swath of California evacuated by thousands of people over threats of debris flows and mudslides from wildfire burn areas.

In his first news conference as head of the world's leading central bank, Jerome Powell avoided any professorial lectures. His replies were briefer than his predecessors'.

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — As a SWAT team closed in, the suspected bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for three weeks used one of his own devices to blow himself up.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky teachers turned out in droves on a snowy day to keep the political heat on the Republican-led legislature — warning they'll remember what happens to their retirement benefits come Election Day — and state lawmakers say they heard them.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Already heightened security will be bolstered Thursday at the Florida high school where last month's massacre occurred as Gov.

GREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — Tuesday's school shooting in southern Maryland that left the shooter dead and two students wounded increasingly appears to be the action of a lovesick teenager.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's buildings regulator launched investigations at more than a dozen Kushner Cos. properties Wednesday following an Associated Press report that the real estate developer routinely filed false paperwork claiming it had zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings across the city.

GREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — A teenager used his father's legally-owned handgun in an attack inside his high school in Maryland, police said Wednesday.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two officers yelled for a suspect to show his hands then shouted "gun, gun, gun" moments before fatally shooting the man who turned out to be unarmed, audio from body camera footage released Wednesday by Sacramento police shows.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican Rick Saccone conceded defeat to Democrat Conor Lamb on Wednesday night in a closely watched special election in Pennsylvania, more than a week after the end of a remarkable race that has shaken GOP confidence ahead of the November midterm elections.

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced plans Wednesday night to run for mayor against the man who fired him after the release of dashcam video showing a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager.