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  • AP IMPACT: NYC flood protection won’t be easy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Inside tunnels threading under a Houston medical campus, 100 submarine doors stand ready to block invading floodwaters. Before commuters in Bangkok can head down into the …


  • After Sandy, lower Manhattan limps back to life

    NEW YORK (AP) — The hum of massive mobile generators, boilers and pumps emerges blocks from Manhattan’s Financial District and turns into a steady din south of Wall Street — …


  • After Sandy, lower Manhattan limps back to life

    NEW YORK (AP) — Parts of lower Manhattan’s Financial District are still laboring to recover nearly a month after Superstorm Sandy. A real estate consulting firm says that of the …


  • Utility worker pierced pipe before Mass. gas blast

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A natural gas explosion that injured 18 people and damaged 42 buildings in Springfield’s entertainment district was blamed Sunday on a utility worker who accidentally punctured …


  • Utility worker punctured pipe in Mass. gas blast

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A utility worker responding to reports of a gas leak in western Massachusetts punctured a pipe that led to a massive explosion that injured 18 people …


  • AP IMPACT: Will NYC act to block future surges?

    Think Sandy was just a 100-year storm that devastated New York City? Imagine one just as bad, or worse, every three years. Prominent planners and builders say now is the …


  • Officials to announce cause of Mass. gas explosion

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities on Sunday planned to announce the cause of a natural gas explosion that damaged 42 buildings and injured 18 people in one of New England’s …


  • Cleanup, investigation resumes in Mass. gas blast

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in western Massachusetts have resumed an investigation of a natural gas explosion that damaged 42 buildings and injured 18 people. Investigators and cleanup crews on …


  • Fire breaks out at State Dept., 3 seriously hurt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities say a fire broke out at the State Department headquarters in Washington, seriously injuring three maintenance workers. D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Lon Walls said the …


  • Mass. natural gas explosion damaged 42 buildings

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Preliminary investigations show more than 40 buildings were damaged in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts that injured 18 people, building inspectors said Saturday. A strip …


  • Cause of Mass. gas blast that hurt 18 being probed

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Dozens of building inspectors began assessing homes and businesses in one of New England’s biggest cities on Saturday, a day after a natural gas explosion leveled …


  • Building inspectors at site of gas blast in Mass.

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Dozens of building inspectors are assessing homes and businesses in western Massachusetts’ largest city after a natural gas explosion leveled a strip club located next to …


  • Gas blast at Mass. strip club under investigation

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Officials had already evacuated part of the entertainment district in one of New England’s biggest cities because of a gas leak and odor report before a …


  • Gas blast at Mass. strip club under investigation

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Officials had already evacuated part of the entertainment district in one of New England’s biggest cities because of a gas leak and odor report before a …


  • Gas blast levels Mass. strip club; 18 people hurt

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A natural gas explosion in one of New England’s biggest cities on Friday leveled a strip club with a boom heard for miles and heavily damaged …


  • Foggy crash a tragedy for Houston-area family

    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — The children of a Houston-area couple killed during Thursday’s massive interstate wreck in Texas say this year was the family’s first Thanksgiving apart. Authorities are investigating …


  • Gas blast levels Mass. buildings; at least 18 hurt

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A natural gas explosion in one of New England’s biggest cities on Friday destroyed two buildings, including one housing a strip club, and damaged others beyond …


  • Gas explosion levels Mass. buildings; several hurt

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A natural gas explosion in one of New England’s biggest cities on Friday destroyed two buildings, including one housing a strip club, and damaged others beyond …


  • Gas explosion levels Mass. building; several hurt

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A natural gas explosion leveled a multistory building housing a strip club in one of New England’s biggest cities on Friday evening, injuring at least eight …


  • Wreck victims on family’s 1st Thanksgiving apart

    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — The children of a Houston-area couple killed during Thursday’s massive interstate wreck in Texas say this year was the family’s first Thanksgiving apart. Authorities are investigating …


  • Investigation ongoing in huge Texas highway wreck

    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Southeast Texas continue to investigate a 100-vehicle highway pileup that killed two people. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Chuck Havard tells KFDM-TV that …


  • APNewsBreak: Corps cuts flow on Missouri River

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began reducing the flow from a Missouri River reservoir, a move expected to worsen low-water conditions on the Mississippi …


  • NY’s Fire Island assesses future after Sandy

    OCEAN BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers who cherish Fire Island as an idyllic summertime getaway feared the worst when the 32-mile-long barrier island took a direct hit from Superstorm …


  • Calif.-Vegas party train could hit tracks in 2013

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — As if a weekend in Las Vegas isn’t wild enough for Southern Californians, a Nevada entrepreneur is about to add five more hours of party to …


  • California city building “tsunami-resistant” port

    CRESCENT CITY, California (AP) — It doesn’t matter if the earth sways in Chile, Alaska or Japan, the formation of the sea floor along the U.S. West Coast generally aims …


  • 2 killed, dozens injured in massive Texas pileup

    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Two people died and more than 80 people were hurt Thursday when at least 140 vehicles collided in Southeast Texas in a pileup that left trucks …


  • Massive pileup shuts I-10 in Texas; 2 dead

    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Two people died and more than 80 people were hurt Thursday when at least 100 vehicles collided in Southeast Texas in a pileup that left trucks …


  • Sandy victims cheered by NYC’s Thanksgiving parade

    NEW YORK (AP) — Victims of Superstorm Sandy in New York and elsewhere in the Northeast were comforted Thursday by kinder weather, free holiday meals and — for some — …


  • Calif. city building a “tsunami-resistant” port

    CRESCENT CITY, Calif. (AP) — It doesn’t matter if the earth sways in Chile, Alaska or Japan, the formation of the sea floor along the U.S. West Coast generally aims …


  • Official: Man killed zoo monkey during theft try

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 22-year-old man clubbed a monkey to death with a tree branch, after he was bitten by the animal while trying to steal it from a …


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