Natural disasters

June 26, 2019 - 9:48 am
PANAMA CITY (AP) — There were no reports of damage in Panama after a 6.3 magnitude quake rattled the country's western region near the border with Costa Rica early Wednesday. Hospital employees evacuated some patients at clinics in Chiriquí province after the quake, but no injuries were reported...
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FILE - This Dec. 16, 2017 file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows flames burning near power lines in Montecito, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric's key lenders have offered a $30 billion plan to pull the utility out of bankruptcy, and give the tarnished company a new name. The Sacramento Bee reports the proposal filed Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court would set aside up to $18 billion to pay claims on the 2017 and 2018 wildfires caused by PG&E equipment. The plan would rebrand PG&E as Golden State Power Light & Gas Company. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)
June 25, 2019 - 5:45 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric's key lenders on Tuesday offered a $30 billion plan to pull the utility out of bankruptcy and give the tarnished company a new name. The proposal filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court would set aside up to $18 billion of that $30 billion to pay claims...
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This September 2018 photo provided by NOAA shows a NOAA research vessel at a Taylor Energy production site in the Gulf of Mexico. A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana's coast 14½ years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner's assertions about the amount and source of oil. (NOAA via AP)
June 24, 2019 - 9:01 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana's coast 14½ years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner's assertions about the amount and source of oil. Oil and gas have been leaking into the Gulf of...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2015 file photo, fire engulfs sagebrush near Roosevelt, Wash. Federal officials have released a plan intended to reduce the size of giant rangeland wildfires that have become an increasing problem in the Great Basin for cattle ranchers, recreationists and some 350 species of wildlife, including imperiled sage grouse. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
June 24, 2019 - 7:18 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have released their review on removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse. The work would occur on strips of land up to 165 yards (150...
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A burning Eurofighter airplane crashes down near the village Malchow in norther Germany, Monday, June 24, 2019. The two unarmed fighter jets collided on Monday near Lake Mueritz, 100 kilometers ,62 miles, north of Berlin. ( Thomas Steffan/dpa via AP)
June 24, 2019 - 2:27 pm
BERLIN (AP) — A German air force pilot was killed Monday after his fighter jet collided with another during a training mission in northeastern Germany, the country's defense minister said. The pilot of the other Eurofighter Typhoon jet was able to eject safely and survived. Defense Minister Ursula...
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Birds fly by as the sun rises in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, June 24, 2019. Germany expects hot temperatures during the next days. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
June 24, 2019 - 9:15 am
PARIS (AP) — The sunset had an orange glow and so does the new heat alert level for Paris. Authorities around the French capital have issued an orange alert for intense heat — the second-highest level on its scale — as very hot temperatures are expected across continental Europe this week. France's...
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In this photo taken Wednesday, April 17, 2019 town manager Glenn Spivey crosses Jones Street in Trenton, N.C. Eight months after Hurricane Florence inundated North Carolina, communities such as Trenton illustrate the slow and uneven pace of recovery. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
June 22, 2019 - 1:03 pm
TRENTON, N.C. (AP) — Nine months after Hurricane Florence inundated much of eastern North Carolina, the tiny town of Trenton is still struggling to rebuild as a new hurricane season begins. The Jones County courthouse and jail have yet to reopen. Judges hear cases in county office buildings and...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric lineman works to repair a power line in fire-ravaged Paradise, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is willing to throw the state's major utilities a financial lifeline in the face of expensive wildfires -- but only if they agree to concessions including tying executive compensation to safety performance. A proposal unveiled Friday, June 21, 2019, by Newsom's office aims to stabilize California's investor-owned utilities and protect wildfire victims as the state faces increasingly destructive blazes, often caused by utility equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., the largest of the state's three investor-owned utilities, filed for bankruptcy in January as it stared down tens of billions of dollars in potential costs fires it started, including the fire last November that killed 85 people. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
June 21, 2019 - 7:19 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is willing to throw a financial lifeline to the state's major utilities dealing with the results of disastrous wildfires -- but only if they agree to concessions including tying executive compensation to safety performance. A proposal unveiled...
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Chris Smith makes his way through floodwaters to the Macedonia Baptist Church in Westville, N.J., Thursday, June 20, 2019. Severe storms containing heavy rains and strong winds spurred flooding across southern New Jersey, disrupting travel and damaging some property. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
June 20, 2019 - 7:33 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Potent thunderstorms have been blamed for one death and left hundreds of thousands of people without power across the southern United States — and fierce winds walloped parts of several states as new storms formed Thursday, forecasters said. Fallen trees ripped down power lines and...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo, Regina Wells, foreground right, a forensic laboratories supervisor with the Kentucky State Police, demonstrates new crime-fighting technology in Frankfort, Ky. Rapid DNA machines roughly the size of an office printer have helped solve rape cases in Kentucky. Now a state board in Texas has asked a growing government provider of the DNA equipment used in those high-profile projects to halt work amid concerns of potentially jeopardized criminal cases, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner, File)
June 20, 2019 - 7:32 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a name that sounds like futuristic fiction, Rapid DNA machines roughly the size of an office printer have helped solve rape cases in Kentucky, identified California wildfire victims and verified family connections of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Now a state board in...
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