• Hundreds of illegal immigrants counting on the DREAM Act passing wait in line to get a passport or any other kind of assistance outside the Mexican Consulate, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in Houston. Illegal immigrants are scrambling to get passports and other records in order as the Department of Homeland Security starts accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get a work permit.

    The Homeland Security Department started accepting applications to allow illegal immigrants avoid deportation and get work permits.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT
  • Flames from the Taylor Bridge Fire climb the side of Lookout Mountain east of Cle Elum, Wash., Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.

    A fast-moving wildfire burned at least 40 homes across about 23 square miles of central Washington, one several blazes burning Tuesday across the West threatening homes and sending up plumes of smoke.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 4:10 AM EDT
  • In this Sept. 8, 2008 file photo, planes taxi on runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

    A man swam ashore, scaled a fence and walked dripping wet into Kennedy Airport despite a $100 million system of surveillance cameras and motion detectors.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT