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  • Fire damage to mill another blow to timber town

    Fire damage to mill another blow to timber town

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 6:22 AM EDT2014-09-17 10:22:44 GMT
    Besides destroying or damaging scores of homes and other structures, a fast-moving wildfire struck a blow at the economic vitals of this struggling Northern California timber town, knocking its last wood products...
    Besides destroying or damaging scores of homes and other structures, a fast-moving wildfire struck a blow at the economic vitals of this struggling Northern California timber town, knocking its last wood products mill...
  • Weakened Odile heads over Mexico toward Arizona

    Weakened Odile heads over Mexico toward Arizona

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 5:22 AM EDT2014-09-17 09:22:14 GMT
    Mexico's government airlifted thousands of stranded foreign tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort of Los Cabos, as a weakened Odile headed over the Gulf of California Wednesday on a path toward the U.S....
    Mexico's government airlifted thousands of stranded foreign tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort of Los Cabos, as a weakened Odile headed over the Gulf of California Wednesday on a path toward the U.S. state of...
  • Arizona gets ready for second Pacific storm blast

    Arizona gets ready for second Pacific storm blast

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 3:03 AM EDT2014-09-17 07:03:42 GMT
    The remnants of Tropical Storm Odile barreled toward Arizona on Wednesday and threatened to swamp some areas with 5 inches of rain in the second blast of hurricane-related weather to hit the desert region in the...
    The remnants of Tropical Storm Odile barreled toward Arizona on Wednesday and threatened to swamp some areas with 5 inches of rain in the second blast of hurricane-related weather to hit the desert region in the last two...
  • Lumber town takes stock after wind-driven wildfire

    Lumber town takes stock after wind-driven wildfire

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 1:12 AM EDT2014-09-17 05:12:19 GMT
    Dan Linville and his son were sitting in their living room when they smelled smoke. When they looked outside, they saw a black cloud coming over the hills.
    They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee.
  • Lava flows from Philippine volcano; thousands flee

    Lava flows from Philippine volcano; thousands flee

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 12:52 AM EDT2014-09-17 04:52:02 GMT
    The Philippines' most active volcano has belched out huge lava fragments that rolled about a kilometer (half a mile) down its slope, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said...
    The Philippines' most active volcano has sent more huge lava fragments rolling down its slopes in an ongoing gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Wednesday.
  • Hospitals struggled during Sandy, report says

    Hospitals struggled during Sandy, report says

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 12:22 AM EDT2014-09-17 04:22:05 GMT
    When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn't get to work - problems that a...
    When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn't get to work - problems that a new...
  • Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile

    Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:02 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:02:41 GMT
    A weakening Tropical Storm Odile pushed up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula early Tuesday, dumping heavy rains that could bring dangerous flash floods and mudslides but also a potential boon to the...
    The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.
  • Woman in wildfire's path lost almost everything

    Woman in wildfire's path lost almost everything

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:52:42 GMT
    Kate Stonecypher awoke Monday and thought about wearing boots to work but decided on sneakers instead.
    Kate Stonecypher awoke Monday and thought about wearing boots to work but decided on sneakers instead.
  • Arizona gets ready for second Pacific storm blast

    Arizona gets ready for second Pacific storm blast

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:13:42 GMT
    In a sign of just how unusual this summer's weather has become, Phoenix residents lined up Tuesday to fill sandbags in anticipation of potential flooding brought on by the remnants of a powerful Pacific storm.
    In a sign of just how unusual this summer's weather has become, Phoenix residents lined up Tuesday to fill sandbags in anticipation of potential flooding brought on by the remnants of a powerful Pacific storm.
  • Northern California wildfire burns 100 homes

    Northern California wildfire burns 100 homes

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:51 AM EDT2014-09-16 07:51:38 GMT
    Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures.
    A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Monday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people,...
  • Philippines warns of possible volcanic eruption

    Philippines warns of possible volcanic eruption

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:01 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:01:21 GMT
    Government scientists say one of the Philippines' most active volcanos is showing signs of heightened unrest and an eruption is possible within weeks.
    One of the Philippines' most active volcanoes is showing signs of heightened unrest and an eruption is possible within weeks, government scientists warned Tuesday.
  • Odile slams Mexico's Baja California

    Odile slams Mexico's Baja California

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:41:29 GMT
    Hurricane Odile raked the Baja California Peninsula with strong winds and heavy rains early Monday as locals and tourists in the resort area of Los Cabos began to emerge from shelters and assess the damage.
    Odile weakened to a tropical storm Monday night after blazing a trail of destruction through Mexico's Baja California Peninsula that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels, and left entire...
  • Hurricane Odile in Baja slams Baja California

    Hurricane Odile in Baja slams Baja California

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:51 AM EDT2014-09-15 13:51:30 GMT
    Hurricane Odile raked the Baja California Peninsula with strong winds and heavy rains early Monday as locals and tourists in the resort area of Los Cabos began to emerge from shelters and assess the damage.
    Hurricane Odile raked the Baja California Peninsula with strong winds and heavy rains early Monday as locals and tourists in the resort area of Los Cabos began to emerge from shelters and assess the damage.
  • Locals, tourists ride out Hurricane Odile in Baja

    Locals, tourists ride out Hurricane Odile in Baja

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:31 AM EDT2014-09-15 09:31:26 GMT
    Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.
    Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.
  • Hundreds evacuate from 2 California wildfires

    Hundreds evacuate from 2 California wildfires

    Monday, September 15 2014 1:30 AM EDT2014-09-15 05:30:30 GMT
    Two out-of-control wildfires in California forced hundreds of residents to flee from their homes on Sunday, including one near a lakeside resort town that has destroyed several structures, authorities said.
    Two out-of-control wildfires in California forced hundreds of residents to flee from their homes on Sunday, including one near a lakeside resort town that has burned 21 structures, authorities said.
  • Powerful Hurricane Odile aims at Mexico's Baja

    Powerful Hurricane Odile aims at Mexico's Baja

    Sunday, September 14 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-09-15 03:20:59 GMT
    Hurricane Odile grew into a powerful Category 4 storm Sunday and took aim at the resort area of Los Cabos, prompting Mexican authorities to evacuate vulnerable coastal areas and prepare shelters for up to 30,000...
    A powerful Hurricane Odile closed in on the resort area of Los Cabos on Sunday night as Mexican authorities evacuated vulnerable coastal areas and readied shelters for up to 30,000 people.
  • Small earthquake rattles Northern California

    Small earthquake rattles Northern California

    Sunday, September 14 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-09-14 23:01:02 GMT
    A small earthquake rattled parts of Northern California.
    A small earthquake rattled parts of Northern California.
  • Lava approaches vacant lots in Hawaii subdivision

    Lava approaches vacant lots in Hawaii subdivision

    Sunday, September 14 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-14 11:30:39 GMT
    Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos soon could reach three vacant lots in a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island, but officials are hopeful homes will be spared.
    Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos soon could reach three vacant lots in a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island, but officials are hopeful homes will be spared.
  • 110 rescued from ferry: 'Death was in our minds'

    110 rescued from ferry: 'Death was in our minds'

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:31 AM EDT2014-09-14 10:31:07 GMT
    Survivors from a ferry that sank after encountering steering problems in the central Philippines said Sunday that they floated and were tossed about by the churning sea in pitch-black darkness for six hours while...
    Survivors from a ferry that sank after encountering steering problems in the central Philippines said Sunday that they were tossed about by the churning sea in darkness for six hours while praying and clinging to an...
  • When sinkholes open, they can swallow fortunes

    When sinkholes open, they can swallow fortunes

    Saturday, September 13 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-09-14 02:20:21 GMT
    Solid ground isn't always a certainty. Sinkholes can lurk anywhere, beneath suburban homes, city streets or even football stadiums and museums.
    Solid ground isn't always a certainty. Sinkholes can lurk anywhere, beneath suburban homes, city streets or even football stadiums and museums.
  • Crews battle California wildfire amid heat wave

    Crews battle California wildfire amid heat wave

    Saturday, September 13 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-09-13 22:09:43 GMT
    Hundreds of firefighters battled both flames and triple-digit temperatures Saturday as they sought to contain a wildfire that forced people to flee about 30 homes near Southern California's Cleveland National...
    Hundreds of firefighters battled both flames and triple-digit temperatures Saturday as they sought to contain a wildfire that forced people to flee about 30 homes near Southern California's Cleveland National Forest.
  • Lava approaches vacant lots in Hawaii subdivision

    Lava approaches vacant lots in Hawaii subdivision

    Friday, September 12 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-09-13 03:39:12 GMT
    Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos soon could reach three vacant lots in a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island, but officials are hopeful homes will be spared.
    Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos soon could reach three vacant lots in a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island, but officials are hopeful homes will be spared.
  • Nevada crews aim to repair Interstate 15 by Friday

    Nevada crews aim to repair Interstate 15 by Friday

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-09-11 02:47:45 GMT
    Tourists and truckers were told to prepare for another day of disruptive detours Wednesday around a closed stretch of busy Interstate 15 in southern Nevada that crumbled in chunks during intense flash flooding.
    Road crews hoped to have one lane repaired in each direction Friday on a closed stretch of busy Interstate 15 in southern Nevada that crumbled during intense flash flooding, a state transportation official said Wednesday.
  • Regulators reject call for nuke plant shutdown

    Regulators reject call for nuke plant shutdown

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 8:57 PM EDT2014-09-11 00:57:35 GMT
    A top Nuclear Regulatory Commission official has rejected a federal expert's recommendation to shut down California's last operating nuclear power plant until it can determine whether its reactors can...
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday rejected a senior federal expert's recommendation to shut down California's last operating nuclear power plant until the agency can determine whether its twin reactors...
  • First death reported from California earthquake

    First death reported from California earthquake

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-09-10 22:08:51 GMT
    A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television fell on her during last month's earthquake in California's wine country has died - the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 temblor,...
    A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television struck her during last month's earthquake in California's wine country has died - the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 temblor,...
  • Japanese nuclear plant clears safety hurdle

    Japanese nuclear plant clears safety hurdle

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-09-10 12:57:05 GMT
    A nuclear power plant in southern Japan won regulators' approval Wednesday under new safety standards imposed after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, a key step toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter...
    A nuclear power plant in southern Japan won regulators' approval Wednesday under new safety standards imposed after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, a key step toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules.
  • New Mexico's green chile harvest in full swing

    New Mexico's green chile harvest in full swing

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 2:47 AM EDT2014-09-10 06:47:04 GMT
    The sweet aroma of roasted peppers is wafting throughout New Mexico, signaling that fall is near and the green chile harvest is in full swing.
    The sweet aroma of roasted peppers is wafting throughout New Mexico, signaling that fall is around the corner and the green chile harvest is in full swing.
  • 'There's no control': Hawaii watches lava's creep

    'There's no control': Hawaii watches lava's creep

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 7:38 AM EDT2014-09-09 11:38:27 GMT
    Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos has been advancing at a slower pace the past few days and is now moving parallel to a sparsely populated subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island.
    Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos has been advancing at a slower pace the past few days and is now moving parallel to a sparsely populated subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island.
  • 'There's no control': Hawaii watches lava's creep

    'There's no control': Hawaii watches lava's creep

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 1:37 AM EDT2014-09-09 05:37:30 GMT
    Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos has been advancing at a slower pace the past few days and is now moving parallel to a sparsely populated subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island.
    Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos has been advancing at a slower pace the past few days and is now moving parallel to a sparsely populated subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island.
  • Weather slows Yosemite wildfire that dozens fled

    Weather slows Yosemite wildfire that dozens fled

    Monday, September 8 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-09 02:35:52 GMT
    A wildfire burning for weeks in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park grew unexpectedly, forcing the helicopter evacuation of about 100 park visitors.
    Cooler weather on Monday slowed the spread of a wildfire that forced the helicopter evacuation of dozens of people from the famous Half Dome rock in Yosemite National Park.
  • Indian, Pakistani troops aid flood-stranded people

    Indian, Pakistani troops aid flood-stranded people

    Monday, September 8 2014 10:18 AM EDT2014-09-08 14:18:49 GMT
    Army and air force troops worked through the night to rescue thousands of people stranded across Kashmir and parts of northern and eastern Pakistan where more than 320 people have been killed in landslides and...
    Rescue workers in boats and helicopters worked to save thousands of people trapped in homes and on rooftops Monday after floods and landslides killed more than 320 people in the Himalayan region of Kashmir and eastern...
  • Monsoon floods kill nearly 300 in India, Pakistan

    Monsoon floods kill nearly 300 in India, Pakistan

    Sunday, September 7 2014 9:14 AM EDT2014-09-07 13:14:41 GMT
    Fast-moving floodwaters have submerged large parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir after five days of pounding rain.
    Landslides and flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains have killed nearly 300 people in large swaths of northern India and Pakistan, officials said Sunday.
  • Monsoon rains kill 128 in Pakistan, 108 in India

    Monsoon rains kill 128 in Pakistan, 108 in India

    Saturday, September 6 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-09-07 03:04:15 GMT
    A government official in Pakistan says 110 people have been killed across the country in heavy monsoon downpours and flooding as more rain is forecast for the coming days.
    Heavy monsoon rains and flash floods have killed 128 people in Pakistan and 108 people in India, officials said Saturday, as forecasters warned of more rain in the coming days and troops raced to evacuate people from...
  • Hawaii residents still on alert as lava flow slows

    Hawaii residents still on alert as lava flow slows

    Saturday, September 6 2014 9:24 PM EDT2014-09-07 01:24:38 GMT
    Residents in a sparsely populated neighborhood near Hawaii's active volcano are still on alert while officials say a dangerous lava flow has slowed its advance.
    Residents in a sparsely populated neighborhood near Hawaii's active volcano are still on alert while officials say a dangerous lava flow has slowed its advance.
  • Scientists: Quake directed its main force at Napa

    Scientists: Quake directed its main force at Napa

    Saturday, September 6 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-09-07 00:14:25 GMT
    Emerging data on last month's 6.0 magnitude earthquake shows it directed most of its force north toward Napa and the Napa Valley, hitting hard enough to move one side of the West Napa Fault north by 18 inches,...
    Emerging data on last month's 6.0 magnitude earthquake shows it directed most of its force north toward Napa and the Napa Valley, hitting hard enough to move one side of the West Napa Fault north by 18 inches, the head...
  • Mexico hurricane means Southern California rain

    Mexico hurricane means Southern California rain

    Saturday, September 6 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-09-06 23:14:08 GMT
    The National Weather Service is warning Southern Californians to watch out for flash floods and strong surf because of a Pacific hurricane that is churning north up the Mexican coast.
    The National Weather Service warned Southern Californians to watch out for weekend flash floods and strong surf because of a Pacific hurricane that is churning north up the Mexican coast.
  • Drought lingers, yet some homes lack water meters

    Drought lingers, yet some homes lack water meters

    Saturday, September 6 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-09-06 19:54:10 GMT
    Although California is locked in a third year of historic drought, many homeowners and businesses still don't have meters telling them just how much water they are using.
    Although California is locked in a third year of historic drought, many homeowners and businesses still don't have meters telling them just how much water they are using.
  • A look at Hawaii volcano sending lava toward homes

    A look at Hawaii volcano sending lava toward homes

    Friday, September 5 2014 9:26 PM EDT2014-09-06 01:26:37 GMT
    Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos is creeping slowly but steadily through cracks in the earth toward a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island. Scientists warn that if the lava flow from...
    Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos is creeping slowly but steadily through cracks in the earth toward a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island. Scientists warn that if the lava flow from Kilauea...
  • Monsoon floods kill 116 in Kashmir, east Pakistan

    Monsoon floods kill 116 in Kashmir, east Pakistan

    Friday, September 5 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-09-05 16:25:09 GMT
    The death toll from severe flooding in Indian-controlled Kashmir has risen to at least 28 people, as authorities asked for help from federal rescue officials as relentless rains continue to lash much of the...
    Heavy monsoon rains have caused flash floods and landslides that left at least 116 people dead in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir and in eastern Pakistan, officials said Friday.
  • Lava flowing toward homes on Hawaii's Big Island

    Lava flowing toward homes on Hawaii's Big Island

    Thursday, September 4 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-09-04 23:55:03 GMT
    The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has issued a warning to a rural community less than a mile from lava flowing out of a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island.
    Residents in a rural, isolated region of Hawaii's Big Island still reeling from a recent tropical storm turned their attention to a potential new disaster Thursday as scientists warned that a lava flow from a nearby...
  • Employee error blamed in Reno museum flash fire

    Employee error blamed in Reno museum flash fire

    Thursday, September 4 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-09-04 23:08:57 GMT
    A routine experiment designed to help children understand tornadoes erupted in a chemical flash, injuring 13, including children who suffered acid burns on their hands, arms and faces.
    A flash fire that injured 13 people, mainly children, at a Nevada science museum happened when an employee applied the chemicals in the wrong order during a tabletop demonstration about the mechanics of tornadoes,...
  • Bus swept away by stream in Kashmir; 50 missing

    Bus swept away by stream in Kashmir; 50 missing

    Thursday, September 4 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-09-04 19:43:10 GMT
    An overcrowded bus carrying wedding guests was swept away Thursday by a flooded stream in the Indian-held portion of Kashmir and about 70 people were missing, a state official said.
    A bus carrying more than 50 wedding guests was swept away by a flooded stream Thursday in the Indian-held portion of Kashmir, and all but five of the passengers were missing, officials said.
  • Hurricane Norbert churns in Pacific off Mexico

    Hurricane Norbert churns in Pacific off Mexico

    Thursday, September 4 2014 2:13 AM EDT2014-09-04 06:13:17 GMT
    Hurricane Norbert is churning in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
    Hurricane Norbert is churning in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
  • 13 hurt, mostly kids, in chemical mishap at museum

    13 hurt, mostly kids, in chemical mishap at museum

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 11:42 PM EDT2014-09-04 03:42:36 GMT
    Authorities say 13 people have been injured, mostly children, in a chemical explosion during a science demonstration at a museum in downtown Reno.
    A demonstration about the science of tornadoes went awry Wednesday at a Nevada museum, injuring 13 people, several with minor burns or smoke inhalation.
  • Norbert becomes Hurricane in Pacific off Mexico

    Norbert becomes Hurricane in Pacific off Mexico

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 11:42 PM EDT2014-09-04 03:42:35 GMT
    Norbert has become a hurricane in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
    Norbert has become a hurricane in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
  • Woman who lit fire to give friends work sentenced

    Woman who lit fire to give friends work sentenced

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-09-03 19:23:15 GMT
    A woman who set a massive wildfire on Oregon tribal lands to give her firefighter friends work has been sentenced to more than a year in prison.
    A woman who set a massive wildfire on Oregon tribal lands to give her firefighter friends work has been sentenced to more than a year in prison.
  • UK team unlocking secrets of North Korea volcano

    UK team unlocking secrets of North Korea volcano

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 2:42 AM EDT2014-09-03 06:42:14 GMT
    More than a thousand years ago, a huge volcano straddling the border between North Korea and China was the site of one of the biggest eruptions in human history, blanketing eastern Asia in its ash. But unlike other...
    More than a thousand years ago, a huge volcano straddling the border between North Korea and China was the site of one of the biggest eruptions in human history, blanketing eastern Asia in its ash. But unlike other major...