- Federal agencies defend response to California oil spill Updated: May-29-15 11:41 pm
LOS ANGELES - On the afternoon of the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, graduate student Natalie Phares quickly organized a volunteer bucket brigade to clean a beach north of Santa Barbara.
- 4 more bodies found after Texas flooding Updated: May-29-15 9:44 pm
DALLAS - Authorities said Friday they reclaimed four more bodies from Texas waters, adding to the growing death toll inflicted by record-setting storms that continue to submerge highways and flood homes.
- Emergency declared as La. officials eye rising Red River Updated: May-29-15 7:13 pm
SHREVEPORT, Louisiana - State officials and authorities in northwestern Louisiana are keeping an eye on the Red River, which is expected to surpass flood stage late next week.
- Branstad extends state of emergency in response to bird flu Updated: May-29-15 6:51 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he has extended a state of disaster emergency until July 1 as farms continue to report new cases of the bird flu virus in their poultry operations.
- Timeline of the California oil spill and response Updated: May-29-15 2:46 pm
SANTA BARBARA, California - On May 19, an underground pipeline on California's Central Coast leaked up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil. It fouled nearby beaches, and an estimated 21,000 gallons flowed into the ocean. It was the worst spill in the area since a platform blowout in 1969 spilled several million gallons and helped give rise to the modern environmental movement.
- Latest on flooding: Texan swept away in storm confirmed dead Updated: May-29-15 2:32 pm
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- Senate approves drought relief money, awaits House action Updated: May-29-15 1:36 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - The state Senate has approved $18 million in emergency drought relief as lawmakers wrapped up its first special session Thursday.
- Gov. Cuomo proclaims hurricane preparedness week in New York Updated: May-29-15 3:08 am
ALBANY, New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is encouraging New Yorkers to prepare for dangerous storms as hurricane season nears.
- Flash flood warning in effect after thunderstorm, heavy rain Updated: May-28-15 9:46 pm
TOMS RIVER, New Jersey - Flash flood waters have begun receding in a coastal New Jersey town and there were no reports of injuries after people had to be rescued from flood waters.
- Obama: TX, OK storms a reminder to prepare for disasters Updated: May-28-15 5:57 pm
MIAMI - President Barack Obama said Thursday that deadly flooding in Texas and Oklahoma is a reminder that the U.S. needs to toughen its response to the effects of natural disasters. He said climate change is affecting both the pace and intensity of storms.
- SW Ohio city hit by tornado doesn't use warning sirens Updated: May-28-15 7:17 am
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio - The southwest Ohio city hit by a tornado this week doesn't use sirens to warn residents about severe weather, but officials say such an alert might not have been much help because the twister struck quickly and unexpectedly.
- Operation Blessing team heads to Texas for flood relief Updated: May-28-15 2:34 am
VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia - Operation Blessing International's U.S. Disaster Relief team is deploying to San Marcos, Texas to help following flooding of the Blancos River.
- Deaths highlight hidden danger from municipal storm drains Updated: May-27-15 11:38 pm
The drowning of an Oklahoma firefighter and a Texas teenager in storms that swept through those states highlight the persistent dangers posed by storm drains that help protect neighborhoods during flash flooding but can suck in unsuspecting residents and rescue workers.
- New York steps up crude-by-rail spill response, monitoring Updated: May-27-15 6:17 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York's Department of Environmental Conservation says it's stepping up air monitoring at the Port of Albany and enhancing spill response capabilities along rail corridors to reduce health and environmental risks stemming from crude oil transport through the state.
- Red River in Louisiana expected to flood by June Updated: May-27-15 12:50 pm
SHREVEPORT, Louisiana - A National Weather Service scientist has warned Louisiana officials that the Red River could soon reach its highest level in 25 years.
- Floods in northwest Romania leave 1 dead, dozens evacuated Updated: May-27-15 12:28 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania - Officials in Romania say flooding in the country's northwest has killed at least one person, damaged homes and forced emergency evacuations.
- UN agency to hire mountain guides, porters for Nepal relief Updated: May-27-15 9:16 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal - The U.N. food agency is hiring thousands of mountain and trekking guides, porters and other workers to carry food, medicine, tents and supplies to Nepal's mostly inaccessible northern villages where two powerful earthquakes destroyed houses, officials said Wednesday.
- Japan nuclear plant obtains final permit needed to restart Updated: May-27-15 9:07 am
TOKYO - A nuclear plant in southern Japan on Wednesday obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
- Texas flooding overwhelms popular bed-and-breakfast region Updated: May-26-15 10:31 pm
WIMBERLEY, Texas - The vacation house where two families were to spend Memorial Day weekend was already gone, swept down the swollen Blanco River, when Carissa Smith's husband arrived.
- Water center to aid in crises like drought, floods Updated: May-26-15 5:24 pm
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - A new federal center will help improve forecasts and emergency response during future water crises like the California drought and flooding in Texas, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said Tuesday.
- $42 million 'nose-to-tail' upgrade for 2 hurricane hunters Updated: May-26-15 1:31 pm
TAMPA, Florida - The hurricane planes known affectionately as "Miss Piggy" and "Kermit" are getting new Rolls-Royce engines, new wings and better radar.
- California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought Updated: May-25-15 9:32 pm
SYDNEY - California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.
- Tornado damage assessment wraps up in Delmont area Updated: May-25-15 11:35 am
DELMONT, South Dakota - State and federal officials have wrapped up an assessment of tornado damage to homes and businesses in Charles Mix and Douglas counties, including the town of Delmont.
- Moore residents still recover 2 years after deadly tornado Updated: May-24-15 1:32 pm
MOORE, Oklahoma - Two years after a massive tornado destroyed homes and businesses in Moore, residents are still recovering.
- Governor: NC residents should prepare for hurricane season Updated: May-24-15 4:53 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Gov. Pat McCrory is advising North Carolina residents to prepare for hurricane season, which officially begins June 1.