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  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2015, 4:21 P.M.

    Strong quake shakes Chile capital, causing buildings to sway

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook Chile’s capital Wednesday night, causing buildings to sway and people to take refuge in the streets. Several strong aftershocks hits within minutes …


  • SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015, 10:05 A.M.

    Nepal quake: 1,865 dead, history razed, Everest shaken

    KATHMANDU, Nepal — Tens of thousands of people were spending the night in the open under a chilly and thunderous sky after a powerful earthquake devastated Nepal on Saturday, killing …


  • FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015, 10:15 A.M.

    Huge magma chamber spied under Yellowstone supervolcano

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists have spied a vast reservoir of hot, partly molten rock beneath the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park. It’s big enough to fill the Grand Canyon …


  • SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2015, 12:21 A.M.

    Vanuatu residents remain in shelters after massive cyclone

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Many residents in cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu were forced to hunker a second night in emergency shelters after venturing out Saturday only to find their homes damaged …


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 18, 2014, 4:47 A.M.

    More bodies spotted on Nepal trekking trail

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A rescue helicopter spotted nine more bodies Saturday on a trekking trail in northern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 38 from this week’s series of …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 27, 2014, 4:11 A.M.

    Volcano erupts in central Japan, injuring 11

    TOKYO (AP) — A volcano in central Japan erupted in spectacular fashion on Saturday, catching mountain climbers by surprise and injuring at least 11 people, including seven who lost consciousness. …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 6, 2014, 4:01 A.M.

    Monsoon rains kill 110 in Pakistan, 108 in India

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Heavy monsoon rains and flash floods have killed 110 people in Pakistan and 108 people in India, officials said Saturday, as forecasters warned of more rain in …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 24, 2014, 8:54 A.M.

    Numerous buildings uninhabitable after Napa Valley earthquake

    Officials in the city of Napa say 15 to 16 buildings are no longer inhabitable after Sunday’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake, and there is only limited access to numerous other structures. Napa …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 24, 2014, 6:23 A.M.

    USGS: 6.0 earthquake shakes California’s Bay Area

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) — A large earthquake rolled through California’s northern Bay Area early today, damaging some buildings, knocking out power to thousands and sending residents running out of their …


  • FRIDAY, AUG. 8, 2014, 6:56 A.M.

    Tropical Storm Iselle makes landfall on Hawaii

    HONOLULU (AP) — The first storm in a one-two punch heading for Hawaii clamored ashore overnight Friday as a weakened tropical storm, while a second system close behind it strengthened …


  • TUESDAY, AUG. 5, 2014, 12:06 P.M.

    Money allocated for suppressing fires to run out

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service will soon have to tap into programs designed to prevent wildfires so that it can meet the expenses of fighting this summer’s round …


  • THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014, 7:59 A.M.

    Washington wildfire burns through Alp-like terrain

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A wind-fueled wildfire chased people from nearly 900 homes in Washington state as it burned through a landscape so reminiscent of the Alps a nearby village …


  • SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014, 3:27 A.M.

    Record Balkan floods claim at least 20 lives

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Tens of thousands fled their homes Saturday in Bosnia and Serbia, evacuated by boat or helicopter as rising waters surged into villages and towns. Authorities said …


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014, 8:57 P.M.

    Avalanche sweeps Everest; 4-5 believed buried

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — About five climbers are feared buried by an avalanche that swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday and hit a route used to assent the …


  • TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014, 6:01 P.M.

    Magnitude-8.2 quake strikes northern Chile

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast Tuesday night, and officials ordered an evacuation of coastal areas before an expected tsunami. There were no …


  • MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014, 2:54 P.M.

    Official number of mudslide victims rises to 24

    DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say the official death toll from the deadly Washington state mudslide has increased to 24. The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office said Monday that it …


  • SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014, 11:34 A.M.

    Number believed missing in mudslide reduced to 30

    DARRINGTON, Wash. — Crews searching for victims in the tangled debris field from the Washington mudslide halted their work Saturday for a moment of silence to honor those lost. Gov. …


  • TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014, 6:50 P.M.

    10 more bodies found in Washington state mudslide

    ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials say searchers found 10 more bodies in the debris of a massive landslide, raising the number of people who died in the disaster …


  • MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014, 6:54 A.M.

    Earthquake strongly felt across Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pre-dawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin on Monday, rattling residents from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach. The quake’s magnitude was 4.4 …


  • SATURDAY, FEB. 1, 2014, 5:29 A.M.

    Indonesia volcano erupts again; kills at least 11

    MOUNT SINABUNG, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in western Indonesia has unleashed fresh clouds of searing gas, killing at least 11 people and injuring three others. National Disaster Mitigation Agency …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 2013, 5:25 A.M.

    2 dead as flash flooding hits Colorado

    LYONS, Colo. (AP) — Flash flooding in Colorado has left two people dead and the widespread high waters are keeping search and rescue teams from reaching stranded residents and motorists …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 24, 2013, 5:33 A.M.

    Tropical Storm Ivo heads north in eastern Pacific

    MIAMI (AP) — Winds and rain from Tropical Storm Ivo (‘EE-voh) are spreading across portions of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Saturday that …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 10, 2013, 4:44 A.M.

    6 killed by hot lava as Indonesia volcano erupts

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Gushing hot lava from an erupting volcano killed six people sleeping in a beach village in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, after ash and smoke shot up …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013, 8:40 P.M.

    Official: 19 firefighters die battling Ariz. fire

    YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire killed 19 firefighters Sunday afternoon after the blaze raced through an Arizona community, a state forestry official told The Associated Press. Forestry spokesman …


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2013, 8:31 A.M.

    360-plus homes destroyed in Colo. Springs wildfire

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire burning northeast of Colorado Springs has destroyed at least 360 homes, making it the most destructive in state history. El Paso County sheriff …


  • TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013, 2:16 P.M.

    Teachers credited with saving students in Okla.

    MOORE, Okla. — The principal’s voice came on over the intercom at Plaza Towers Elementary School: A severe storm was approaching and students were to go to the cafeteria and …


  • TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013, 6:22 A.M.

    Crews dig through night after deadly Okla. twister

    MOORE, Okla. — Search-and-rescue crews worked through the night after a monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburbs, demolishing an elementary school and reducing homes to piles of splintered …


  • MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013, 4:30 P.M.

    Death toll rises to 51 in Oklahoma tornado

    MOORE, Okla. (AP) — A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013, 9:44 A.M.

    Crews demolish most of house over sinkhole

    SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) — Crews on Sunday razed more than half of the Tampa-area home over a huge sinkhole that swallowed a man three days ago, managing to salvage some …


  • SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2013, 12:43 A.M.

    Fla. sinkhole that swallowed man grows deeper

    SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) — Engineers worked gingerly to find out more about a slowly growing sinkhole that swallowed a Florida man in his bedroom, believing the entire house could eventually …


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