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  • Trapped miners rescued in Nicaragua; 5 remain

    Trapped miners rescued in Nicaragua; 5 remain

    Saturday, August 30 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-08-30 23:01:06 GMT
    Rescuers using long ladders tried to get food and water to freelance miners trapped in a Nicaraguan gold mine, as the effort to reach the 24 men entered its second day.
    Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still missing...
  • Wind, weather stoke Northern California wildfires

    Wind, weather stoke Northern California wildfires

    Saturday, August 30 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-08-30 22:31:48 GMT
    The U.S. Forest Service says a pair of wildfires sparked by lightning nearly three weeks ago continues to grow while threatening as many as 250 homes in far Northern California.
    A pair of wildfires sparked by lightning nearly three weeks ago was still growing on Saturday while threatening as many as 250 homes in far Northern California.
  • In quake, barrels became quarter-ton projectiles

    In quake, barrels became quarter-ton projectiles

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:42 AM EDT2014-08-30 14:42:18 GMT
    Napa Valley's seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not.
    Napa Valley's seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not.
  • Lawmakers pass first California groundwater rules

    Lawmakers pass first California groundwater rules

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:49:49 GMT
    The worst drought in a generation has pushed California lawmakers to overhaul the state's longstanding "pump-as-you-please" groundwater policy under a package of bills lawmakers sent Friday to Gov. Jerry Brown.
    The worst drought in a generation has pushed California lawmakers to overhaul the state's longstanding "pump-as-you-please" groundwater policy under a package of bills lawmakers sent Friday to Gov. Jerry Brown.
  • Rescuers race to reach trapped miners in Nicaragua

    Rescuers race to reach trapped miners in Nicaragua

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:20:04 GMT
    Rescuers on Friday located 20 of at least 24 freelance gold miners trapped underground by a landslide in northern Nicaragua, but were not immediately able to bring them to safety.
    Rescuers in Nicaragua raced Friday to reach at least 24 freelance gold miners trapped by a landslide, including 20 who have been located and have managed to communicate with emergency crews.
  • Iceland raises volcano aviation alert briefly

    Iceland raises volcano aviation alert briefly

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:40:28 GMT
    Iceland authorities say there's been a fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash has been detected in the radar system.
    Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash was detected by the radar system.
  • Quake is major test for hard-luck California city

    Quake is major test for hard-luck California city

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:00 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:00:26 GMT
    The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took...
    The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage...
  • Feds say balance struck in California logging plan

    Feds say balance struck in California logging plan

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:59 AM EDT2014-08-29 08:59:47 GMT
    Federal forest officials say they were trying for a balanced approach in new plan to allow loggers to remove dead wood from a massive California wildfire, but environmentalists are calling it a travesty for trees.
    U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive Central California wildfire last year.
  • Group files petition to idle coastal nuke plant

    Group files petition to idle coastal nuke plant

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:59 AM EDT2014-08-29 08:59:42 GMT
    An environmental group is asking federal regulators to idle a California nuclear power plant to review potential earthquake risks.
    An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.
  • Southern California gets more waves as storm eases

    Southern California gets more waves as storm eases

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:02 AM EDT2014-08-29 04:02:20 GMT
    Southern California is seeing the kind of epic surf usually associated with Hawaii or Tahiti. Beaches are thronged with wave riders and crowds are coming to watch the action even as seaside communities try to stave...
    High surf generated by a former hurricane in the eastern Pacific rolled onto Southern California beaches again Thursday, showing signs of diminishing but still bringing warnings of possible property damage and dangerous...
  • 5 things to know about earthquake faults

    5 things to know about earthquake faults

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-08-28 14:49:57 GMT
    The 6.0-earthquake that damaged buildings and left scores of people injured in California's wine country was the largest temblor to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake...
    The 6.0-earthquake that damaged buildings and left scores of people injured in California's wine country was the largest temblor to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.
  • Hearings planned after call for nuke-plant closure

    Hearings planned after call for nuke-plant closure

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:29 AM EDT2014-08-28 05:29:45 GMT
    A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from...
    A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one...
  • Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

    Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:38 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:38:44 GMT
    The surf was churning in Southern California, and even bigger waves were brewing.
    Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot...
  • Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire

    Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:38:50 GMT
    A U.S. Forest Service decision released Wednesday will allow loggers to remove dead trees from 52 square miles of forests blackened last year in a massive central California wildfire, a move contested by...
    U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists...
  • Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

    Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:28 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:28:34 GMT
    Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life,...
    Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't...
  • Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano

    Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:38:39 GMT
    Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic.
    Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic.
  • Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

    Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:19 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:19:44 GMT
    Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life,...
    Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't...
  • Quake is major test for hard-luck California city

    Quake is major test for hard-luck California city

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:41 PM EDT2014-08-27 01:41:04 GMT
    The earthquake that jolted California's wine capital may have caused at least $1 billion in property damage, but it also added impetus to the state's effort to develop an early warning system that might...
    The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage...
  • Hawaii volcano lava flow could threaten homes

    Hawaii volcano lava flow could threaten homes

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-08-27 01:28:22 GMT
    Scientists are monitoring lava flowing from a Hawaii volcano eruption that could threaten homes.
    Scientists are monitoring lava flowing from a Hawaii volcano eruption that could threaten homes.
  • Kentucky leader pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme

    Kentucky leader pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:38:57 GMT
    Circular saws squealed and construction workers hammered away on buildings, part of this Appalachian area's painstaking recovery from a deadly 2012 tornado.
    Circular saws squealed and construction workers hammered away on buildings, part of this Appalachian area's painstaking recovery from a deadly 2012 tornado.
  • Kentucky leader pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme

    Kentucky leader pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:38:55 GMT
    The top elected official in an eastern Kentucky county devastated by a deadly 2012 tornado has pleaded guilty to a fraud charge stemming from a kickback scheme.
    The top elected official in an eastern Kentucky county devastated by a deadly 2012 tornado has pleaded guilty to a fraud charge stemming from a kickback scheme.
  • Iceland lowers aviation alert level from volcano

    Iceland lowers aviation alert level from volcano

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:58:40 GMT
    Two earthquakes measuring over 5 in magnitude - the biggest yet - have shaken Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano after the country issued an aviation red alert warning that an ash-emitting eruption may be imminent.
    Iceland lowered its aviation alert level to orange from red Sunday, saying there was no sign of an imminent eruption at the Bardarbunga volcano. And scientists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office said their announcement...
  • Renewed calls for early-warning system after quake

    Renewed calls for early-warning system after quake

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-08-26 01:37:39 GMT
    In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor reach them, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories...
    In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor reach them, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut...
  • Businesses: Quake cleanup shouldn't deter tourists

    Businesses: Quake cleanup shouldn't deter tourists

    Monday, August 25 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-08-25 23:39:36 GMT
    A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them. Scores were injured as the temblor...
    The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept...
  • A look at earthquake's impact on California region

    A look at earthquake's impact on California region

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:27:32 GMT
    A strong earthquake rattled a swath of Northern California's wine country in the early hours of Sunday morning, unleashing most of its damage on the city of Napa in the heart of the vineyard-studded region.
    A strong earthquake rattled a swath of Northern California's wine country in the early hours of Sunday morning, unleashing most of its damage on the city of Napa in the heart of the vineyard-studded region.
  • Fire in Greece abates after threatening 4 villages

    Fire in Greece abates after threatening 4 villages

    Monday, August 25 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-08-25 18:47:08 GMT
    Greek authorities have partially evacuated a southern village near a major archaeological site due to a large wildfire that is being swept on by strong winds.
    Greek authorities have brought under partial control a large forest fire that threatened villages near a major archaeological site in the south of the country.
  • Tropical Storm Cristobal to move away from Bahamas

    Tropical Storm Cristobal to move away from Bahamas

    Monday, August 25 2014 11:17 AM EDT2014-08-25 15:17:35 GMT
    Tropical Storm Cristobal is expected to move northward away from the Bahamas.
    Tropical Storm Cristobal is moving erratically north-northeastward away from the Bahamas but is forecast to stay away from the U.S. East Coast.
  • Wildfire burns near Gold Rush-era boomtown

    Wildfire burns near Gold Rush-era boomtown

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-08-25 14:09:43 GMT
    State officials say a fast-growing wildfire near the Northern California town of Weaverville is threatening about 520 homes and businesses.
    Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.
  • Strong California quake shakes famed wine country

    Strong California quake shakes famed wine country

    Monday, August 25 2014 2:09 AM EDT2014-08-25 06:09:34 GMT
    Officials say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 has been reported in northern California's San Francisco Bay area.
    The San Francisco Bay Area's strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California's wine country early Sunday, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region's famed wineries and historic...
  • The latest on damaging earthquake in California

    The latest on damaging earthquake in California

    Sunday, August 24 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-08-25 00:56:47 GMT
    This is what Associated Press reporters on the scene are learning following the largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years:
    This is what Associated Press reporters on the scene are learning following the largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years:
  • Cristobal's pelting rains lash southeast Bahamas

    Cristobal's pelting rains lash southeast Bahamas

    Sunday, August 24 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-24 21:48:12 GMT
    A strengthening tropical depression that dumped heavy rains on parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic was upgraded early Sunday to Tropical Storm Cristobal as it passed closer to the Bahamas, the U.S....
    Slow-moving Tropical Storm Cristobal lashed parts of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands with heavy rainfall on Sunday, and one man died and two other people were earlier left missing when they were caught up by...
  • Questions and answers about California earthquake

    Questions and answers about California earthquake

    Sunday, August 24 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-08-24 21:28:19 GMT
    By TERRY TANG Associated Press A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake...
    By TERRY TANG Associated Press A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake struck at...
  • California winemakers cleaning up after quake

    California winemakers cleaning up after quake

    Sunday, August 24 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-24 20:49:10 GMT
    Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels of ruined wine as a result of Sunday's earthquake.
    Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.
  • Biggest quakes by magnitude in California

    Biggest quakes by magnitude in California

    Sunday, August 24 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-08-24 20:38:04 GMT
    By The Associated Press California, where a quake and fire devastated the city of San Francisco in 1906, once again showed it is earthquake country.
    By The Associated Press California, where a quake and fire devastated the city of San Francisco in 1906, once again showed it is earthquake country.
  • Californians tear out lawns to cope with drought

    Californians tear out lawns to cope with drought

    Sunday, August 24 2014 1:57 PM EDT2014-08-24 17:57:04 GMT
    Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.
    Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.
  • Small actions can reduce wildfire risks

    Small actions can reduce wildfire risks

    Sunday, August 24 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-08-24 16:57:48 GMT
    As wildfires burn homes and thousands of square miles across the West, fire experts say simple actions like clearing brush around a home or removing pine needles from decks could make the difference in whether a...
    As wildfires burn homes and thousands of square miles across the West, fire experts say simple actions like clearing brush around a home or removing pine needles from decks could make the difference in whether a house...
  • Tropical depression forms, aims for Bahamas

    Tropical depression forms, aims for Bahamas

    Sunday, August 24 2014 2:26 AM EDT2014-08-24 06:26:53 GMT
    The U.S. Hurricane Center says a tropical depression has formed and it is dumping heavy rains on parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as it heads for the Bahamas.
    A tropical depression formed over the Turks and Caicos Islands as it headed toward the Bahamas and dumped heavy rains on parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, according to the U.S. Hurricane Center.
  • More rain forecast for wildfire-singed Washington

    More rain forecast for wildfire-singed Washington

    Saturday, August 23 2014 7:15 PM EDT2014-08-23 23:15:42 GMT
    An estimated 10 homes were damaged or destroyed and highways were blocked as heavy rains unleashed mudslides in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires.
    A slow-moving front bringing heavy rain and thunder is expected to arrive in areas of Washington state scarred by wildfires on Sunday - days after flash floods destroyed at least 10 homes and closed down highways.
  • Airlines on alert as eruption begins in Iceland

    Airlines on alert as eruption begins in Iceland

    Saturday, August 23 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-23 21:48:25 GMT
    Iceland's Meteorological Office is reporting a surge in seismic activity at the restless Bardarbunga volcano, but sees no evidence yet of any eruptions.
    Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano burst forth with a small eruption Saturday under the ice of Europe's largest glacier, scientists said, prompting the country to close airspace over the area.
  • Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns

    Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:26 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:26:05 GMT
    Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.
    Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.
  • Wash. flash flooding damages estimated 10 homes

    Wash. flash flooding damages estimated 10 homes

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:14 AM EDT2014-08-23 05:14:58 GMT
    Officials in an area of north-central Washington scarred by massive wildfires say heavy rains unleashed mudslides that damaged or destroyed 10 homes and blocked highways.
    Heavy rains that unleashed mud slides in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires damaged or destroyed an estimated 10 homes and blocked highways, officials said Friday.
  • Woman set reservation fire to give friends work

    Woman set reservation fire to give friends work

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:46:06 GMT
    The U.S. Justice Department said Friday an Oregon woman pleaded guilty in May to starting a wildfire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation last year because her firefighter friends were bored and needed work.
    A woman is to be sentenced next month for setting a wildfire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon because her firefighter friends were bored and needed work.
  • Less shake from artificial quakes, fed study says

    Less shake from artificial quakes, fed study says

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:45:09 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.
    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.
  • California drought stings bees, honey supplies

    California drought stings bees, honey supplies

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:43 AM EDT2014-08-21 06:43:59 GMT
    California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.
    California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.
  • Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

    Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:03:38 GMT
    Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save...
    Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of...
  • Drought has state debating its unregulated pumping

    Drought has state debating its unregulated pumping

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:33:49 GMT
    Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of...
    Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of the...
  • Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

    Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:55:20 GMT
    The Obama administration is detailing the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes.
    The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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...
    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.
  • 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.
    Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting.
  • 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.
    Iceland has raised its alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange -the second-most severe level.
  • 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.
    A strong, magnitude 6.2 earthquake jolted a sparsely populated mountainous province near Iran's border with Iraq on Monday, Iranian state television reported.
  • 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.
    A small earthquake has struck the San Bernardino Mountains but no damages or injuries are reported.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    Cemeteries with thirsty lawns are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California's drought.
  • 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...
    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.
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