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  • 36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

    36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:57 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:57:04 GMT
    Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris early Wednesday in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing at least 10 people and leaving 22 missing, the government said.More >>
    Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, Japanese police said.More >>
  • Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape

    Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:35 AM EDT2014-08-20 07:35:36 GMT
    Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans.More >>
    Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans.More >>
  • Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

    Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:34:56 GMT
    Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes.More >>
    Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes.More >>
  • Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

    Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:05:30 GMT
    Authorities have sent evacuation orders to some 13,000 phone numbers as a wildfire bears down on a foothill community near Yosemite National Park in Central California.More >>
    Officials say they have gained the upper hand on a central California blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park that forced more than 1,000 residents to flee their homes.More >>
  • Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

    Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:44:39 GMT
    Flooding from heavy monsoon season rains in the Phoenix area forced authorities on Tuesday to close several major roads, including a portion of Interstate 17, while elsewhere firefighters rescued multiple motorists...More >>
    Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state.More >>
  • Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland

    Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:15:18 GMT
    Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting.More >>
    Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting.More >>
  • Less shake from artificial quakes, fed study says

    Less shake from artificial quakes, fed study says

    Monday, August 18 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-08-18 23:14:42 GMT
    A new federal study found that man-made earthquakes cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude.More >>
    Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found.More >>
  • Iceland warns of possible volcanic eruption

    Iceland warns of possible volcanic eruption

    Monday, August 18 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-08-18 19:54:25 GMT
    Iceland has raised its alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange -the second-most severe level.More >>
    Iceland has raised its alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange -the second-most severe level.More >>
  • Strong quake hits remote area in southwest Iran

    Strong quake hits remote area in southwest Iran

    Monday, August 18 2014 10:23 AM EDT2014-08-18 14:23:26 GMT
    A strong, magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolted a sparsely populated mountainous province near Iran's border with Iraq on Monday, Iranian state television reported.More >>
    A strong, magnitude 6.2 earthquake jolted a sparsely populated mountainous province near Iran's border with Iraq on Monday, Iranian state television reported.More >>
  • 3.6-magnitude quake hits Southern California

    3.6-magnitude quake hits Southern California

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:03 AM EDT2014-08-18 06:03:38 GMT
    A small earthquake has struck the San Bernardino Mountains but no damages or injuries are reported.More >>
    A small earthquake has struck the San Bernardino Mountains but no damages or injuries are reported.More >>
  • Schatz wins over voters in tough US Senate primary

    Schatz wins over voters in tough US Senate primary

    Sunday, August 17 2014 7:24 AM EDT2014-08-17 11:24:33 GMT
    Incumbent Sen. Brian Schatz won a tense Democratic primary election in Hawaii on Friday. He proved he's not just a senator who was appointed to his seat - he has captured the confidence of Hawaii voters.More >>
    Incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz won a tense Democratic primary election in Hawaii, proving that he is no longer just a senator who was appointed to his seat - he has captured the confidence of Hawaii voters.More >>
  • California cemeteries work to cope with drought

    California cemeteries work to cope with drought

    Sunday, August 17 2014 12:32 AM EDT2014-08-17 04:32:07 GMT
    Cemeteries with thirsty lawns are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California's drought.More >>
    Cemeteries with thirsty lawns are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California's drought.More >>
  • Schatz wins Democratic Hawaii US Senate primary

    Schatz wins Democratic Hawaii US Senate primary

    Saturday, August 16 2014 3:52 AM EDT2014-08-16 07:52:31 GMT
    A steady flow of residents recovering from Tropical Storm Iselle began casting votes Friday to finally decide who wins Hawaii's Democratic U.S. Senate primary - a race expected to determine who will serve the...More >>
    Sen. Brian Schatz beat U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Hawaii, closing out a tight, emotional race that went into overtime after a tropical storm kept some voters from the polls.More >>
  • Californians to vote on $7.5 billion water plan

    Californians to vote on $7.5 billion water plan

    Thursday, August 14 2014 1:18 AM EDT2014-08-14 05:18:41 GMT
    California lawmakers on Wednesday voted to place a $7.5 billion water plan before voters in November, marking the largest water investment in decades for a state struggling with a historic drought.More >>
    Driven to action by the state's historic drought, California lawmakers on Wednesday voted to place a $7.5 billion water plan before voters in November.More >>
  • More water headed to struggling Lake Mead

    More water headed to struggling Lake Mead

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 7:40 PM EDT2014-08-13 23:40:41 GMT
    One of the main reservoirs in a vast Colorado River water system that is struggling to serve the booming Southwest will get more water this year.More >>
    One of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system that is struggling to serve the booming Southwest will get more water this year, but that won't be enough to pull Lake Mead back from near-record lows.More >>
  • 11 injured as train cars derail in Swiss Alps

    11 injured as train cars derail in Swiss Alps

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 1:39 PM EDT2014-08-13 17:39:09 GMT
    Swiss police say at least two train cars have derailed in the Alps after a landslide on the tracks. One carriage was hanging off a steep ravine.More >>
    Three train cars derailed and 11 people were injured Wednesday after a landslide hit a mountain train in the Swiss Alps, police said. One carriage slid down a steep slope, saved from a ravine only by large trees.More >>
  • Rebuilt Moore school brings changes, reminders

    Rebuilt Moore school brings changes, reminders

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-08-12 21:09:25 GMT
    Students heading back to class next week at the rebuilt Plaza Towers Elementary in Oklahoma will see new fixtures as well as reminders of the resiliency the school and community showed after a tornado killed seven...More >>
    Students heading back to class next week at the rebuilt Plaza Towers Elementary in Oklahoma will see new fixtures as well as reminders of the resiliency the school and community showed after a tornado killed seven students...More >>
  • A look at Lake Mead's water levels, impact

    A look at Lake Mead's water levels, impact

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-08-12 13:37:53 GMT
    Lake Mead is one of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system, and its receding shoreline is raising concerns about the future of a network serving the perennially parched Southwest.More >>
    Lake Mead is one of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system, and its receding shoreline is raising concerns about the future of a network serving the perennially parched Southwest.More >>
  • Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop

    Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 6:08 AM EDT2014-08-12 10:08:20 GMT
    Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation, but are also drilling a new pipeline to keep...More >>
    Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation, but are also drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing...More >>
  • Fire burns over 3 California firefighters; all OK

    Fire burns over 3 California firefighters; all OK

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 2:47 AM EDT2014-08-12 06:47:29 GMT
    Authorities say three trapped firefighters had to deploy their fire shelters as a rapid wind shift sent a Northern California wildfire burning over their location Monday. A fire spokesman says all three survived...More >>
    Three trapped firefighters had to deploy their personal fire shelters as a rapid wind shift sent a Northern California wildfire burning over their location Monday, authorities said. All three survived with no serious...More >>
  • Storm capsizes boats in Northern Ireland regatta

    Storm capsizes boats in Northern Ireland regatta

    Monday, August 11 2014 11:06 AM EDT2014-08-11 15:06:52 GMT
    Authorities say dozens of small sailboats taking part in a Northern Ireland regatta have capsized in stormy seas, triggering an emergency evacuation involving several lifeboats and a helicopter from the neighboring...More >>
    Authorities say dozens of small sailboats taking part in a Northern Ireland regatta have capsized in stormy seas, triggering an emergency evacuation involving several lifeboats and a helicopter from the neighboring...More >>
  • What's behind Hawaii's twin storms: Mostly luck

    What's behind Hawaii's twin storms: Mostly luck

    Monday, August 11 2014 9:48 AM EDT2014-08-11 13:48:39 GMT
    All sorts of weather factors came together for Hawaii's twin hurricane threat: stuck currents, an oddball brewing El Nino, slightly warmer water but mostly just bad luck.More >>
    All sorts of weather factors came together for Hawaii's twin hurricane threat: stuck currents, an oddball brewing El Nino, slightly warmer water but mostly just bad luck.More >>
  • Lightning sparks new fires in California

    Lightning sparks new fires in California

    Monday, August 11 2014 12:06 AM EDT2014-08-11 04:06:45 GMT
    Firefighters rushed to put out nine wildfires that were sparked by lightning in the northeastern corner of California on Sunday as a stubborn blaze to the west in Mendocino County continues to challenge crews.More >>
    Firefighters rushed to put out nine wildfires that were sparked by lightning in the northeastern corner of California on Sunday as a stubborn blaze to the west in Mendocino County continues to challenge crews.More >>
  • Panama Canal chief: drought could limit shipping

    Panama Canal chief: drought could limit shipping

    Sunday, August 10 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-08-11 00:26:55 GMT
    The head of the Panama Canal Authority says officials might be forced to limit the draft of ships by the end of this year or early in 2015 if a drought continues and lowers the level of lakes that feed the...More >>
    The head of the Panama Canal Authority says officials might be forced to limit the draft of ships by the end of this year or early in 2015 if a drought continues and lowers the level of lakes that feed the waterway's...More >>
  • How tropical weather shook up an island paradise

    How tropical weather shook up an island paradise

    Sunday, August 10 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-08-10 23:56:44 GMT
    His generator whirring at top speed, Gene Lamkin used rain captured from Tropical Storm Iselle to wash his hair as he and thousands of others in a rural swath of the Big Island remained in the dark and unable to...More >>
    Sunshine and blue skies returned to parts of Hawaii on Sunday after days of heavy rain and gusting winds brought by Tropical Storm Iselle, the first to make landfall in more than two decades. A second storm in the Pacific,...More >>
  • 8 firefighters burned battling California wildfire

    8 firefighters burned battling California wildfire

    Sunday, August 10 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-08-10 13:56:29 GMT
    Eight firefighters who suffered minor burns while battling a wildfire in Northern California left the hospital Saturday as crews gained enough ground on other blazes across the West to allow hundreds of people to...More >>
    Eight firefighters who suffered minor burns while battling a wildfire in Northern California left the hospital Saturday as crews gained enough ground on other blazes across the West to allow hundreds of people to return to...More >>
  • Tourists back to paradise as Hawaii area struggles

    Tourists back to paradise as Hawaii area struggles

    Sunday, August 10 2014 2:38 AM EDT2014-08-10 06:38:33 GMT
    The one-two hurricane punch that was supposed to hit Hawaii is looking more like a jab and a missed left hook.More >>
    His generator whirring at top speed, Gene Lamkin used rain captured from Tropical Storm Iselle to wash his hair as he and thousands of others in a rural swath of the Big Island remained in the dark and unable to traverse...More >>
  • Hurricane Julio downgraded to a Category 1 storm

    Hurricane Julio downgraded to a Category 1 storm

    Sunday, August 10 2014 12:36 AM EDT2014-08-10 04:36:16 GMT
    The National Weather Service has downgraded Hurricane Julio to Category 1, the least powerful level.More >>
    The National Weather Service has downgraded Hurricane Julio to Category 1, the least powerful level.More >>
  • Drought lessons: Water wasters attend Water School

    Drought lessons: Water wasters attend Water School

    Saturday, August 9 2014 1:06 PM EDT2014-08-09 17:06:53 GMT
    Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn't bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict...More >>
    Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn't bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations take a...More >>
  • Hawaii primary to go ahead despite tropical storm

    Hawaii primary to go ahead despite tropical storm

    Saturday, August 9 2014 1:35 AM EDT2014-08-09 05:35:37 GMT
    Hawaii election officials were scrambling Friday to set up polling stations ahead of the state's primary election, which officials determined will go ahead as planned despite rain and winds from Tropical Storm...More >>
    Hawaii election officials were scrambling Friday to set up polling stations ahead of the state's primary election, which officials determined will go ahead as planned despite rain and winds from Tropical Storm Iselle...More >>
  • Wind, rain eases as tropical storm passes Hawaii

    Wind, rain eases as tropical storm passes Hawaii

    Friday, August 8 2014 11:36 PM EDT2014-08-09 03:36:50 GMT
    The National Weather Service has downgraded Iselle to a tropical storm.More >>
    As the first tropical storm to hit Hawaii in 22 years passed by the islands, some coffee farmers on the Big Island navigated flooded roads to assess damage to their crops Friday while residents and tourists wandered the...More >>
  • Correction: Wetlands-Water Reuse story

    Correction: Wetlands-Water Reuse story

    Friday, August 8 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-08-08 19:45:52 GMT
    As murky water snakes through a man-made wetland between Dallas and Houston, its shallow ponds of lush vegetation slowly filter out phosphorous and nitrates until, a week later, the water runs clear as a creek into...More >>
    In a story Aug. 3 about a man-made wetland system, The Associated Press erroneously reported the amount of water the system contributes to a local reservoir. It adds 65 million gallons per day, not 65,000 gallons.More >>
  • Man charged with starting massive California blaze

    Man charged with starting massive California blaze

    Friday, August 8 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-08-08 14:45:40 GMT
    While the flames still raced through California's Sierra Nevada last year, investigators zeroed in on a deer hunter they suspected of starting what would become the mountain range's largest fire in its...More >>
    While the flames still raced through California's Sierra Nevada last year, investigators zeroed in on a deer hunter they had rescued by helicopter an hour after the first report of the wildfire that would become the...More >>
  • Iselle downgraded to tropical storm

    Iselle downgraded to tropical storm

    Friday, August 8 2014 5:15 AM EDT2014-08-08 09:15:02 GMT
    The National Weather Service has downgraded Iselle to a tropical storm.More >>
    The National Weather Service has downgraded Iselle to a tropical storm.More >>
  • Hawaii bracing as hurricane nears the islands

    Hawaii bracing as hurricane nears the islands

    Friday, August 8 2014 4:27 AM EDT2014-08-08 08:27:04 GMT
    Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didn't - and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years.More >>
    Barely holding on to hurricane strength, Iselle's outer edges brought rain and wind to Hawaii on Thursday as it approached landfall, poised to become the first hurricane or tropical storm to hit the island chain in 22...More >>
  • Man charged with starting massive California blaze

    Man charged with starting massive California blaze

    Thursday, August 7 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-07 23:55:07 GMT
    A California man was charged Thursday with starting the state's third-largest wildfire, a 2013 blaze that charred hundreds of square miles of land in Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest.More >>
    A California man was charged Thursday with starting the state's third-largest wildfire, a 2013 blaze that charred hundreds of square miles of land in Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest.More >>
  • Thousands of stranded fish rescued in dry Nevada

    Thousands of stranded fish rescued in dry Nevada

    Thursday, August 7 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-08-07 19:45:46 GMT
    Volunteers joined Nevada wildlife officials this week in a rescue mission to save thousands of stranded trout and other fish from irrigation ditches that have been cut off from Truckee River water supplies due to...More >>
    Volunteers joined Nevada wildlife officials this week in a rescue mission to save thousands of stranded trout and other fish from irrigation ditches that have been cut off from Truckee River water supplies due to drought...More >>
  • Hawaii rattled by quake as hurricanes near

    Hawaii rattled by quake as hurricanes near

    Thursday, August 7 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-08-07 17:35:37 GMT
    The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.3 earthquake has rattled Hawaii's Big Island, as two hurricanes rumbled toward the islands.More >>
    The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude-4.5 earthquake has rattled Hawaii's Big Island, as two hurricanes rumbled toward the islands.More >>
  • 275 households told to flee Oregon wildfire

    275 households told to flee Oregon wildfire

    Thursday, August 7 2014 12:55 AM EDT2014-08-07 04:55:06 GMT
    A new wildfire pushed by gusting winds threatens the small Columbia River Gorge community of Rowena, where residents of 275 homes had been told to evacuate as of Wednesday night.More >>
    A new wildfire pushed by gusting winds threatens the small Columbia River Gorge community of Rowena, where residents of 275 homes had been told to evacuate as of Wednesday night.More >>
  • Volunteers step up in China's response to quake

    Volunteers step up in China's response to quake

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-08-07 02:27:14 GMT
    Minutes after a deadly earthquake shook western China, disaster teams were on the move. Within hours, food, tents, and even a 4G cellphone network were in place, showing how a fast-developing China can bring its...More >>
    Minutes after a deadly earthquake shook western China, disaster teams were on the move. Within hours, food, tents, and even a 4G cellphone network were in place, showing how a fast-developing China can bring its plentiful...More >>
  • Hurricane Iselle gains strength as it nears Hawaii

    Hurricane Iselle gains strength as it nears Hawaii

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-08-07 01:27:39 GMT
    Hawaii is used to preparing for tropical storms - stock up on water, toilet paper and other essentials and wait. But actually getting hit with systems like the two approaching the islands? Not as much.More >>
    Hawaii residents prepared for what could be the first hurricane to hit the state in more than 20 years as weather officials said Wednesday that an approaching storm appears to have strengthened and will likely maintain its...More >>
  • Amid respite, West readies for more wildfires

    Amid respite, West readies for more wildfires

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-08-06 18:48:47 GMT
    Wildfires, like earthquakes, are a frightening fact of life in California, just more predictable. So as thousands of firefighters made progress in taming more than a dozen blazes that have pockmarked the northern...More >>
    Wildfires, like earthquakes, are a frightening fact of life in California, just more predictable. So as thousands of firefighters made progress in taming more than a dozen blazes that have pockmarked the northern half of...More >>
  • Family prayed in vain for home to withstand storms

    Family prayed in vain for home to withstand storms

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 5:55 AM EDT2014-08-06 09:55:06 GMT
    A family in this mountainside Salt Lake City suburb huddled late at night with neighbors and a local Mormon leader, praying in vain that a fractured ridge above their home would hold steady during a storm and...More >>
    A family in this mountainside Salt Lake City suburb huddled late at night with neighbors and a local Mormon leader, praying in vain that a fractured ridge above their home would hold steady during a storm and prevent...More >>
  • Death toll in southern China quake rises to 589

    Death toll in southern China quake rises to 589

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 3:15 AM EDT2014-08-06 07:15:32 GMT
    The death toll in southern China's earthquake jumped from 410 to 589 on Wednesday as search and rescue teams found scores more bodies while pushing into isolated mountain communities to clear debris from...More >>
    The death toll in southern China's earthquake jumped from 410 to 589 on Wednesday as search and rescue teams found scores more bodies while pushing into isolated mountain communities to clear debris from collapsed homes.More >>
  • Death toll in southern China quake rises to 589

    Death toll in southern China quake rises to 589

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 1:07 AM EDT2014-08-06 05:07:13 GMT
    Some 10,000 troops used pickaxes and backhoes to clear roads and dig residents from collapsed homes Tuesday after a quake in southwest China that killed 405 people. Meanwhile, volunteers like goateed student...More >>
    The death toll in southern China's earthquake rose to 589 on Wednesday as search and rescue teams pushed into isolated mountain communities to clear debris from collapsed homes.More >>
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