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  • NYC braces for megastorm; evacuations ordered

    NEW YORK (AP) — After days of seeming to take a looming superstorm in stride, New Yorkers scrambled to gather supplies and get out of the way as forecasters warned …


  • Obama to visit FEMA headquarters for storm update

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is going to the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get an update on plans for responding to Hurricane Sandy. The National …


  • Tsunami warning in Hawaii downgraded to advisory

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii tsunami warning that spurred coastal evacuations statewide was downgraded to a tsunami advisory early Sunday, ending the threat of serious damage less than three hours …


  • Tsunami waves smaller than expected at start in HI

    HONOLULU (AP) — The first waves of a tsunami hitting Hawaii on Saturday night were smaller than expected, roughly three hours after evacuations were ordered for coastal areas threatened after …


  • Tsunami warning for Hawaii, canceled in Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Emergency sirens sounded around Hawaii late Saturday warning about an oncoming tsunami, after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Canada. Even as many people …


  • Tsunami warning for Hawaii, downgraded for Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Emergency sirens sounded around Hawaii late Saturday warning about an oncoming tsunami, after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Canada. Even as emergency officials …


  • US superstorm threat launches mass evacuations

    SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) — Forget distinctions like tropical storm or hurricane. Don’t get fixated on a particular track. Wherever it hits, the rare behemoth storm inexorably gathering in the …


  • Obama gets storm update before campaigning in NH

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama had a conference call Saturday to discuss Hurricane Sandy with the Homeland Security secretary, the head of the Federal Emergency …


  • East Coast braces for monster ‘Frankenstorm’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Hurricane Sandy becomes a hybrid weather monster some call “Frankenstorm” it will smack the East Coast harder and wider than last year’s damaging Irene, forecasters said …


  • East Coast readies for ‘Frankenstorm’ monster

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The pre-Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call “Frankenstorm” is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are …


  • Calif., other states take part in earthquake drill

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Millions of Americans preparing to survive an earthquake ducked under tables and covered their heads Thursday as part of the annual “Great ShakeOut” drill. Organizers said …


  • Panetta: Use police not military for enforcement

    PUNTA DEL ESTE, Uruguay (AP) — Latin American nations must try to use their police and not their military forces to enforce the law, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday, …


  • Congress returns for short pre-election session

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off a five-week vacation, lawmakers return to Washington on Monday for a truncated pre-election session in which Congress will do what it often does best: punt …


  • No, really: Govt warns of ‘zombie apocalypse’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — “The zombies are coming!” the Homeland Security Department says. Tongue firmly in cheek, the government urged citizens Thursday to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, part of a …


  • India’s emergency medical care system in tatters

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Bharat Singh saw headlights zooming toward his motorbike and swerved. For a split second, he thought he had dodged the truck. Then his passenger screamed. Singh …


  • Smooth path seen to renewal of disaster aid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite some sniping on the presidential campaign trail, negotiations on Capitol Hill are likely to ensure a smooth flow of disaster aid in the wake of Hurricane …


  • India’s emergency care system in tatters

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Bharat Singh saw headlights zooming toward his motorbike and swerved. For a split second, he thought he had dodged the truck. Then his passenger screamed. Singh …


  • Dems open convention in push for tested president

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Four years later Democrats have gathered again, this time in support of a president who carries the power and the burden of incumbency, both in evidence …


  • Obama: Help is on the way to hurricane zone

    LaPLACE, La. (AP) — President Barack Obama insisted on Monday that the federal government can help Americans in crisis, whether they’re autoworkers fearful that their company will disappear or Gulf …


  • Another disaster brings candidates to Gulf Coast

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mitt Romney wasted no time after accepting the GOP presidential nomination in heading to Louisiana to see the damage from Hurricane Isaac, changing his schedule on …


  • Neb., SD wildfires grow with help of strong wind

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Wildfires in northwestern Nebraska tripled in size in less than 24 hours, as strong winds pushed flames through the rugged, rural terrain. More than 285 square …


  • Isaac promises drought relief, lousy holiday

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — When drought made Fourth of July fireworks a fire hazard, organizers in Chesterfield, Mo., decided to try again Labor Day weekend. Go figure: Now rain from …


  • Twin typhoons raise fears in disaster-prone NKorea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Twin typhoons renewed fears of a humanitarian crisis in North Korea, where poor drainage, widespread deforestation and crumbling infrastructure can turn even a routine rainstorm …


  • Isaac - when government aid is not largesse

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At their convention, Republican leaders are taking the stage to push for less government and accuse President Barack Obama of profligate spending. About 500 miles away, under …


  • Year after Irene, celebration and mourning in Vt.

    RANDOLPH, Vt. (AP) — For some state residents, it’s block parties and parades. For others, a moment of silence. For still others, just another day of cleaning up the mess. …


  • Remote Alaska to stockpile food, just in case

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska is known for pioneering, self-reliant residents who are accustomed to remote locations and harsh weather. Despite that, Gov. Sean Parnell worries a major earthquake or …


  • Sikh temple shooter’s death ruled a suicide

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The man who killed six Sikh worshippers at a Wisconsin temple before fatally shooting himself had a history of alcohol problems and underwent a noticeable personality change …


  • Ryan opposed new, Obama-backed disaster aid regime

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As Hurricane Isaac bears down on the Gulf Coast, there should be plenty of money — some $1.5 billion — in federal disaster aid coffers, thanks, in …

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