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  • Montana wildfires burn homes, cause injuries

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rapidly expanding wildfires across a broad swath of southern Montana have caused injuries and burned homes, buildings and vehicles, authorities said Thursday, as firefighters struggled to …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Drought-stricken states welcome rain from Isaac

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The remnants of Hurricane Isaac could bring welcome rain to some states in the Mississippi River valley this week, but experts say it’s unlikely to break …


  • 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 …


  • Fla. prepares for Isaac on eve of GOP convention

    MIAMI (AP) — Officials organized shelters and urged vacationers to leave the Florida Keys as Tropical Storm Isaac approached on Saturday, though preparations farther north focused on getting ready for …


  • CA murder trial opens for accused arsonist

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The five victims all died of heart attacks. But prosecutors said it was still murder. Angry after being thrown out of a house where his …


  • Trial under way in deadly 2003 Calif. wildfire

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A prosecutor said Monday a man who was angry about being thrown out of a house where his family was staying was guilty of murdering …


  • Seasonal firefighters seek health care coverage

    DENVER (AP) — They work the front lines of the nation’s most explosive wildfires, navigating treacherous terrain, dense walls of smoke and tall curtains of flame. Yet thousands of the …


  • The blessing of living in an uninteresting place

    Spokane is the nation’s sixth-safest metropolitan area. It says so right there in last Sunday’s New York Times. The Times put together a map of the U.S. showing the riskiest …


  • Tsunami races across Pacific; Hawaii blasts sirens

    EWA BEACH, Hawaii (AP) — A tsunami triggered by the Chilean earthquake raced across the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, threatening Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast as well as hundreds …


  • Tsunami advisory extended to Washington coast

    EWA BEACH, Hawaii (AP) — A tsunami advisory has been extended to include the states of Oregon and Washington and parts of Alaska, as well as coastal British Colombia.


  • Strong earthquake rattles Japan

    TOKYO (AP) —A strong earthquake shook Japan’s capital and surrounding areas Sunday, halting trains and a professional baseball game, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.