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  • Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash

    Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:32 AM EDT2014-07-24 08:32:35 GMT
    Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people, the airline said Thursday.
    Stormy weather trailing behind a typhoon was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people on board and injured 10 on the plane and five on the ground, the airline said Thursday.
  • Fire season in West so far is below expectations

    Fire season in West so far is below expectations

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:24 AM EDT2014-07-24 07:24:32 GMT
    Widespread drought across the West had forecasters expecting an above-average wildfire season this summer, which so far has not lived up to expectations.
    Widespread drought across the West had forecasters expecting an above-average wildfire season this summer, which so far has not lived up to expectations.
  • Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash

    Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:14 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:14:29 GMT
    A plane making a second landing attempt in stormy weather crashed at an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 51 people and injuring seven, fire officials said.
    An airline said Thursday it suspected typhoon weather caused one of its planes to crash land on a small Taiwanese island, killing 48 people.
  • Fire season in West expected to get more intense

    Fire season in West expected to get more intense

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:31:11 GMT
    Despite widespread drought in the West, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.
    Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.
  • Obama declares Washington wildfire emergency

    Obama declares Washington wildfire emergency

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:58:02 GMT
    Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.
    Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.
  • Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

    Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:06:41 GMT
    Firefighters and local authorities are heartened by weather forecasts that call for continued cooler temperatures and higher humidity as they battle a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles...
    Firefighters made progress Tuesday in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control, with wetter weather bringing some relief but also raising concerns about flash flooding.
  • Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

    Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:11:08 GMT
    President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.
    President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.
  • Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

    Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:06:16 GMT
    A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see...
    Pressure is on Congress to act in the next two weeks on several problems, from keeping highway projects on track and easing wait time for veterans seeking health care to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Better weather aiding Washington wildfire fight

    Better weather aiding Washington wildfire fight

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:33 AM EDT2014-07-22 05:33:25 GMT
    Forecasters say calmer winds and cooler temperatures are headed for a fire-scorched region of Washington state, conditions that could help firefighters in their battle against wildfires that have charred hundreds...
    Calmer winds and cooler temperatures helped firefighters go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.
  • Armed bandits demand water in dry northern India

    Armed bandits demand water in dry northern India

    Monday, July 21 2014 7:49 AM EDT2014-07-21 11:49:56 GMT
    Armed bandits in drought-stricken northern India are threatening to kill hundreds of villagers unless they deliver 35 buckets of water each day to the outlaws in their rural hideouts.
    Armed bandits in drought-stricken northern India are threatening to kill hundreds of villagers unless they deliver 35 buckets of water each day to the outlaws in their rural hideouts.
  • Helpful weather coming to Washington wildfires

    Helpful weather coming to Washington wildfires

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-07-21 00:20:25 GMT
    A massive wildfire that has forced the evacuation of towns, destroyed numerous homes and blackened scenic hillsides in north-central Washington has been burning into new areas, fueled by dry conditions and gusty...
    Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles.
  • Drought hinders California's clean energy goals

    Drought hinders California's clean energy goals

    Sunday, July 20 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-07-20 20:31:02 GMT
    California's ongoing drought could complicate the state's effort to combat global warming.
    Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.
  • High winds push growing Washington wildfire

    High winds push growing Washington wildfire

    Sunday, July 20 2014 3:09 AM EDT2014-07-20 07:09:17 GMT
    Residents strolled through the smoldering rubble of their neighborhoods, some wearing surgical masks to protect their lungs from the smoke and ash lingering in the air of the riverside community they call...
    Pushed by howling, erratic winds, a massive wildfire in north-central Washington was growing rapidly and burning in new directions Saturday.
  • Trains running again in NY after rock slide

    Trains running again in NY after rock slide

    Sunday, July 20 2014 1:52 AM EDT2014-07-20 05:52:41 GMT
    Tumbling rocks north of New York City have damaged a stretch of train tracks in the nation's second-largest commuter rail system, suspending service and leaving hundreds of passengers without rides.
    Full service has resumed on the nation's second-largest commuter rail system after tumbling rocks damaged a stretch of tracks, halted trains and left hundreds of passengers without rides north of New York City.
  • Wildfires bring destruction to central Washington

    Wildfires bring destruction to central Washington

    Saturday, July 19 2014 5:09 AM EDT2014-07-19 09:09:10 GMT
    By The Associated Press A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick...
    By The Associated Press A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and...
  • Destructive Washington fire empties another town

    Destructive Washington fire empties another town

    Saturday, July 19 2014 1:51 AM EDT2014-07-19 05:51:09 GMT
    A Washington sheriff says a small town and nearby hospital threatened by a wind-whipped wildfire have been evacuated, and the blaze has burned at least 35 homes in his county.
    A massive wildfire that has destroyed at least 100 homes has forced the residents of a second north-central Washington town to leave their homes, and prompted a partial evacuation of a third community, a sheriff said...
  • Wildfire prompts evacuation order for Wash. town

    Wildfire prompts evacuation order for Wash. town

    Friday, July 18 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-07-18 06:00:50 GMT
    With a wildfire fueled by strong winds tearing through timber in its path, authorities in Central Washington have urged residents of nearly 900 homes to flee.
    A north-central Washington sheriff issued an urgent evacuation notice late Thursday for the wildfire-threatened small town of Pateros and officials were also evacuating a hospital in a nearby town, authorities said.
  • California drought doesn't end brown lawn warnings

    California drought doesn't end brown lawn warnings

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-07-18 02:28:38 GMT
    Some homeowners following the state's new drought-conscious motto that brown is the new green are being warned by local governments that they could be slapped with fines because of those dried up lawns.
    Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don't know whether they're being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws.
  • Risk of earthquake increased for one-third of US

    Risk of earthquake increased for one-third of US

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:23:35 GMT
    A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the United States and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation.
    A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth.
  • Winds fan Washington wildfire, threaten homes

    Winds fan Washington wildfire, threaten homes

    Thursday, July 17 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-07-17 10:00:37 GMT
    A state of emergency has been declared in 20 Eastern Washington counties because of multiple wildfires and scorching hot temperatures coupled with high winds on Wednesday.
    Residents of hundreds of homes were urged to evacuate Wednesday as a wind-driven central Washington wildfire raced through heavy timber, sending up a towering column of smoke.
  • Typhoon kills 38 in Philippines, spares Manila

    Typhoon kills 38 in Philippines, spares Manila

    Thursday, July 17 2014 12:17 AM EDT2014-07-17 04:17:39 GMT
    Typhoon Rammasun left at least seven people dead and knocked out power in many areas but it spared the Philippine capital, Manila, and densely populated northern provinces from being directly battered Wednesday...
    A typhoon that barreled through the northern Philippines left at least 38 people dead and knocked out power in entire provinces and forced more than half a million people to flee its lethal wind and rains, officials said...
  • Officials: Complacency drives hike in water use

    Officials: Complacency drives hike in water use

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:14:54 GMT
    Reservoirs are running dry, the Capitol's lawn has turned brown, and farmers have left hundreds of thousands of acres unplanted.
    Some Southern California water districts became so good at saving water and building their own water storage facilities in recent decades that residents are not feeling the effects of the worst drought to hit the state in...
  • Earthquakes cause minor damage in central Oklahoma

    Earthquakes cause minor damage in central Oklahoma

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-07-16 19:50:04 GMT
    Two early morning earthquakes rattled residents in central Oklahoma on Tuesday and caused minor damage at local businesses.
    Two early morning earthquakes rattled residents in central Oklahoma on Tuesday and caused minor damage at local businesses.
  • Japanese nuclear plant deemed safe, nears restart

    Japanese nuclear plant deemed safe, nears restart

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 10:16 AM EDT2014-07-16 14:16:25 GMT
    A Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval Wednesday for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety requirements, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules.
    A Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety regulations Wednesday, an important step toward restarting the country's first reactors under the tighter rules applied...
  • Japanese nuclear plant deemed safe, nears restart

    Japanese nuclear plant deemed safe, nears restart

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-07-16 04:07:27 GMT
    A Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval Wednesday for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety requirements, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules.
    A Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval Wednesday for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety requirements, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules.
  • California approves fines for water-wasters

    California approves fines for water-wasters

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-07-16 02:49:16 GMT
    In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and...
    California water regulators voted Tuesday to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, as a report showed that consumption throughout the state has actually risen...
  • Typhoon shifts slightly from Manila, leaves 1 dead

    Typhoon shifts slightly from Manila, leaves 1 dead

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-07-16 01:48:55 GMT
    Haunted by last year's devastating storm, hundreds of thousands of Filipinos fled from disaster-prone areas Tuesday in advance of another typhoon due to hit the northeast at nightfall before barreling across...
    Typhoon Rammasun strengthened overnight, leaving at least one person dead and knocking out power in many areas, but its fierce wind shifted slightly Wednesday to spare the Philippine capital, Manila, and densely populated...
  • Answers on link between injection wells and quakes

    Answers on link between injection wells and quakes

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-07-15 22:53:32 GMT
    States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry...
    States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of...
  • Convicted ex-New Orleans mayor files appeal notice

    Convicted ex-New Orleans mayor files appeal notice

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-07-15 18:50:39 GMT
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin filed a formal notice of appeal Tuesday in the corruption case that resulted in a guilty verdict on 20 criminal counts and a prison sentence of 10 years.
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin filed a formal notice of appeal Tuesday in the corruption case that resulted in a guilty verdict on 20 criminal counts and a prison sentence of 10 years.
  • Winds aid crews battling fire in Oregon

    Winds aid crews battling fire in Oregon

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-07-15 18:12:55 GMT
    A destructive wildfire in southern Oregon is now 15 percent contained.
    Firefighters usually dread winds, but crews trying to save rural dwellings in Oregon got a break when a spreading fire ran into breezes that pushed it the other way.
  • AP Exclusive: North Korea pushes farmers for more

    AP Exclusive: North Korea pushes farmers for more

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-07-15 11:19:27 GMT
    By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press Rim Ok Hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China, where rows of lush, green young potato plants stretch into the distance.
    Rim Ok Hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China, where rows of lush, green young potato plants stretch into the distance.
  • Record settlement reached in Aussie wildfire suit

    Record settlement reached in Aussie wildfire suit

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-07-15 09:57:59 GMT
    Survivors of one of Australia's deadliest wildfires are to be awarded nearly 500 million Australian dollars in a class-action settlement reached Tuesday, the largest such compensation in the nation's history.
    Survivors of one of Australia's deadliest wildfires are to be awarded nearly 500 million Australian dollars in a class-action settlement reached Tuesday, the largest such compensation in the nation's history.
  • Hot, dry weather encouraging western wildfires

    Hot, dry weather encouraging western wildfires

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 3:13 AM EDT2014-07-15 07:13:26 GMT
    A Southern Oregon wildfire destroyed six homes and 14 other buildings, and dozens of additional blazes ignited after thousands of lightning strikes lashed the state.
    A southern Oregon wildfire has destroyed six homes and 14 other buildings, and dozens of additional blazes ignited after thousands of lightning strikes lashed the state.
  • Man accused of starting N. California wildfire

    Man accused of starting N. California wildfire

    Sunday, July 13 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-07-14 03:27:50 GMT
    A 27-year-old man who was allegedly at an illegal marijuana plot is suspected of starting a wildfire that has burned about 6 square miles of forested land in Northern California.
    Authorities believe a wildfire in Northern California was sparked by the exhaust from a truck driven by a man delivering supplies to an illegal marijuana plot.
  • Washington fire holds steady; more storms expected

    Washington fire holds steady; more storms expected

    Sunday, July 13 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-07-13 22:49:00 GMT
    A wildfire burning on about 34 square miles of grass, brush and timber in central Washington did not grow on Saturday, but officials worry that storms forecast to arrive Sunday afternoon could cause explosive growth.
    A wildfire burning on about 34 square miles of grass, brush and timber in central Washington did not grow on Saturday, but officials worry that storms forecast to arrive Sunday evening could cause explosive growth.
  • Washington fire grows slightly; some progress made

    Washington fire grows slightly; some progress made

    Saturday, July 12 2014 8:08 PM EDT2014-07-13 00:08:25 GMT
    A wildfire burning grass, brush and scattered timber in central Washington has grown by about 2 square miles, but officials reported good progress in protecting homes in the area.
    A wildfire burning grass, brush and scattered timber in central Washington has grown by about 2 square miles, but officials reported good progress in protecting homes in the area.
  • Crews battle wildfires in Washington, California

    Crews battle wildfires in Washington, California

    Saturday, July 12 2014 12:40 AM EDT2014-07-12 04:40:48 GMT
    Several hundred firefighters worked Friday to contain a fire that has burned grass and brush across nearly 30 square miles in central Washington.
    Several hundred firefighters worked Friday to contain a fire that has burned grass and brush across nearly 32 square miles in central Washington.
  • Stigmatized nuclear workers quit Japan utility

    Stigmatized nuclear workers quit Japan utility

    Friday, July 11 2014 3:18 AM EDT2014-07-11 07:18:06 GMT
    Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster. Now there's an additional factor: better...
    Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster. Now there's an additional factor: better paying jobs...
  • Texas city using treated wastewater for drinking

    Texas city using treated wastewater for drinking

    Thursday, July 10 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-07-10 22:54:49 GMT
    As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the Lone Star State has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies.
    As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the Lone Star State has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies.
  • In New Orleans, a 10-year sentence for Ray Nagin

    In New Orleans, a 10-year sentence for Ray Nagin

    Thursday, July 10 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-07-10 13:28:38 GMT
    He entered New Orleans City Hall as a cool and confidant self-styled reformer, won fame there as a passionate, if profane, critic of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and exited under suspicion.
    He entered New Orleans City Hall as a cool and confident self-styled reformer, won fame there as a passionate, if profane, critic of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and exited under suspicion.
  • Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low

    Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low

    Thursday, July 10 2014 3:07 AM EDT2014-07-10 07:07:54 GMT
    Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers...
    Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said...
  • Cleanup from fatal storms begins in Eastern states

    Cleanup from fatal storms begins in Eastern states

    Thursday, July 10 2014 2:38 AM EDT2014-07-10 06:38:12 GMT
    Officials in central New York say four people are dead and four homes have been destroyed in building collapses amid severe thunderstorms.
    Residents of this rural central New York town on Wednesday picked through debris from homes battered by a deadly tornado, and utility crews worked to restore power in several Eastern states hit by severe storms.