- FEMA extends proof of loss form filing deadline Updated: May-04-16 7:39 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted a 60-day extension for filing proof of loss forms by National Flood Insurance Program policyholders affected by storms across the state in March.
- Supervisors to consider airport repairs caused by flooding Updated: May-03-16 11:13 am
HATTIESBURG, Mississippi - The Forrest County Board of Supervisors is considering how to help out with Hattiesburg airport repairs caused by flooding last month.
- Philippines to discuss lease of Japan surveillance planes Updated: May-03-16 5:44 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine defense chief said Tuesday his government has agreed in principle to lease five Japanese surveillance planes to be used in patrolling disputed areas of the South China Sea and in search-and-rescue missions during disasters.
- Puerto Rico skips bond payments, says Congress must help Updated: May-02-16 5:39 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A spiraling Puerto Rico debt crisis reached a new milestone as the island missed nearly $370 million on a bond payment Monday and officials warned of worse to come if the U.S. Congress doesn't help it dig out from a mountain of debt.
- Feud over artistic independence threatens Asian film fest Updated: May-02-16 8:22 am
SEOUL, South Korea - The future of Asia's largest, most-awaited film festival is in question as South Korean filmmakers threaten to boycott the red carpet over what they view as government interference.
- Michigan congressman proposes lower lead limit for tap water Updated: Apr-28-16 4:35 pm
A Michigan congressman is proposing a tougher national limit for lead in drinking water in response to the crisis in Flint.
- Senate committee OKs millions to aid Flint in water crisis Updated: Apr-28-16 4:18 pm
WASHINGTON - A Senate committee on Thursday approved a $220 million aid package for Flint, Michigan, as the city struggles to deal with a water crisis and public health emergency from lead-contaminated pipes.
- Heavy rain floods some homes on Mississippi Gulf Coast Updated: Apr-28-16 3:18 pm
GULFPORT, Mississippi - The mayor of Gulfport, Mississippi, has declared a state of emergency because of heavy rain and widespread flooding in the largest city on the state's Gulf Coast.
- China sends 4 planeloads of aid to quake-ravaged Ecuador Updated: Apr-27-16 4:00 pm
QUITO, Ecuador - China's government has sent four plane loads of aid worth over $9 million to tens of thousands left homeless by this month's powerful earthquake in Ecuador
- Radiation detection boat takes to water in Cape Cod Updated: Apr-25-16 9:24 am
FALMOUTH, Massachusetts - Standing at the helm, John Doherty let the twin 300 horsepower engines idle as the Barnstable County Sheriff's new vessel slipped past a sea wall being rebuilt at the mouth of Falmouth Harbor.
- Nepal has done little to protect itself from next 'big one' Updated: Apr-25-16 2:00 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal - Last year's massive earthquake in Nepal killed nearly 9,000 people, yet could have been much deadlier. It was spared not by disaster preparedness, but by the calendar.
- Earthquake report spurs retrofitting in Utah, Nevada Updated: Apr-24-16 1:11 pm
RENO, Nevada - A new report raising the likelihood of a destructive earthquake striking Salt Lake City in the next half century has underscored the urgency to retrofit more than 30,000 older brick homes and other unreinforced buildings at high risk of collapsing.
- How early is too early for word that tornadoes may come? Updated: Apr-23-16 11:02 am
NORMAN, Oklahoma - Meteorologists are finding something much tougher to forecast than a stormy atmosphere: the human mind.
- FEMA giving $31K to Portland Fire Department Updated: Apr-23-16 8:45 am
PORTLAND, Maine - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving the fire department in Maine's largest city a grant of more than $31,000 through the Assistant to Firefighters Grant Program.
- The Latest: Illinois universities grateful; say more needed Updated: Apr-22-16 3:32 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Latest on the Illinois Legislature's plan to fund higher education and other legislative issues (all times local):
- Walker declares state of emergency going into fire season Updated: Apr-21-16 3:47 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency due to elevated wildfire conditions across the state.
- 3 officials charged in Flint water crisis; more predicted Updated: Apr-21-16 12:29 am
FLINT, Michigan - The Flint water crisis has become a criminal case, with two state regulators and a city employee charged with official misconduct, evidence-tampering and other offenses over the lead contamination that alarmed the country and brought cries of racism.
- The Latest: Ecuador to raise taxes to fund quake recovery Updated: Apr-20-16 9:19 pm
MONTECRISTI, Ecuador - The latest on the impact of the Ecuadorean earthquake (all times local):
- Senate OKs bill to promote wide variety of energy sources Updated: Apr-20-16 4:41 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate overwhelmingly approved a far-reaching energy bill Wednesday that reflects significant changes in U.S. oil and natural gas production over the past decade and boosts alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power.
- Cincinnati councilman who ran for US Senate collapses Updated: Apr-19-16 12:12 pm
CINCINNATI - A Cincinnati councilman who ran for U.S. Senate says he is fine after collapsing during a news conference at city hall.
- Fallin signs bill to clarify Oklahoma agency's power Updated: Apr-18-16 5:31 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Wastewater disposal wells that have been linked to an uptick in earthquakes in Oklahoma could be ordered shut down without notice or hearing under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.
- Restrictions proposed for building in flood plains Updated: Apr-15-16 11:40 am
PORTLAND, Oregon - Building in flood zones is about to get harder across much of Oregon, due to new federal recommendations.
- Oklahoma governor announces federal storm aid for 8 counties Updated: Apr-15-16 2:21 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin has announced that disaster assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration is now available for eight Oklahoma counties.
- High copper or lead levels seen in 19 Detroit schools' water Updated: Apr-14-16 6:30 pm
DETROIT - Detroit's hard-pressed school system has found elevated levels of lead and copper in nearly a third of its elementary schools, contamination that one expert says could be found nationwide, wherever school authorities spend the time and money to look.
- Some big US banks have 6 months to shape up plans Updated: Apr-13-16 9:00 pm
WASHINGTON - Five of the biggest U.S. banks have six months to get their disaster plans in shape. That's the message regulators issued Wednesday after giving the banks failing grades for the strategies they would deploy if they tumbled into bankruptcy.