- New Jersey goes to court to seize beach lots for dunes Updated: Oct-08-15 3:04 pm
Making good on a long-delayed threat that was reiterated last week by Gov. Chris Christie, New Jersey went to court Thursday to seize 87 publicly owned beach parcels to be used for a protective dune system that a South Jersey shore town and its residents bitterly oppose.
- Heavy rains bring end to drought across North Carolina Updated: Oct-08-15 2:29 pm
ASHEVILLE, North Carolina - The latest report from state monitor shows North Carolina is officially drought free.
- New bursts of ash and gas from Ecuador's Cotopaxi Updated: Oct-08-15 12:51 pm
QUITO, Ecuador - Ecuador's restive Cotopaxi volcano has been spewing plumes of ash and gas far above its crater and volcanologists say its activity has been on the upswing.
- Oil-starved Nepal seeks suppliers to bring fuel by air Updated: Oct-08-15 7:57 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal - Struggling with a fuel shortage after Indian shipments stopped, Nepal is asking suppliers to bring gasoline and kerosene by airplane before the Himalayan country begins celebrating its biggest festival of the year. And for the first time, it is looking to import fuel from China.
- Finding recorder key to solving the sinking of cargo ship Updated: Oct-08-15 5:01 am
JACKSONVILLE, Florida - Investigators trying to determine why a 790-foot cargo ship stalled and sank in the howling winds of Hurricane Joaquin will be searching for a brightly colored device bolted to the deck and pinging away in the blackness and pressure of the 15,000-foot-deep sea.
- Calif. wildfire that killed 4, burned homes fully contained Updated: Oct-07-15 11:37 pm
MIDDLETOWN, California - A destructive wildfire in Northern California that killed 4 and destroyed more than 1,000 homes has been fully contained more than three weeks after it broke out.
- The Latest: Coast Guard calls off search for missing crew Updated: Oct-07-15 7:53 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Florida - The latest on a U.S.-based cargo ship that sank in the Atlantic and the search for crew members. All times local:
- Flood slams South Carolina's already shoddy infrastructure Updated: Oct-07-15 5:27 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Long before the historic floods of the past week, crumbling roads, bridges and dams and aging drinking water systems plagued South Carolina - a poor state that didn't spend much on them in the first place and has been loath to raise taxes for upkeep.
- Guyana rushes water to indigenous area hit by dry spell Updated: Oct-07-15 4:08 pm
GEORGETOWN, Guyana - Officials in the South American country of Guyana are rushing water to parched areas as indigenous communities struggle with dry wells and withered crops.
- Most crops in Delaware, Maryland survive nor'easter Updated: Oct-07-15 1:34 pm
LAUREL, Delaware - Farmers on Maryland's Eastern Shore and in Delaware say most crops survived last week's heavy rainfall.
- Guatemala to investigate for those responsible for mudslide Updated: Oct-06-15 11:48 pm
SANTA CATARINA PINULA, Guatemala - The warning signs were everywhere in the canyon neighborhood of Cambray on the outskirts of Guatemala City, where a mudslide buried hundreds of people last week.
- Arborist testifies in wildfire case about utility standards Updated: Oct-06-15 8:25 pm
BERNALILLO, New Mexico - An electric cooperative wasn't following industry standards for ensuring the area along one of its power lines was clear of potentially hazardous vegetation when an aspen tree fell and sparked one of the largest wildfires in New Mexico's recorded history, a certified arborist and consultant told jurors Tuesday.
- Study: Higher temps, more fires, 1,000 years ago in Rockies Updated: Oct-06-15 7:05 pm
CASPER, Wyoming - New research by scientists at the University of Wyoming has found that extreme wildfire seasons are nothing new in the Rocky Mountain region: They also happened hundreds of years ago, after global temperatures had risen slightly.
- After past opposition, SC delegation now seeks flood aid Updated: Oct-06-15 5:44 pm
WASHINGTON - South Carolina's congressional delegation is vowing to make sure the state gets federal help to recover from the historic flooding from massive rains.
- The Latest: Diesel fuel disappeared after Vermont derailment Updated: Oct-06-15 4:36 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The latest on the derailment of an Amtrak train in Vermont (all times local):
- Captain, crew of doomed ship loved the sea, despite dangers Updated: Oct-06-15 4:14 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Florida - The El Faro carried a crew of 28 Americans and five Polish workers when it sank in the Atlantic after losing engine power amid Hurricane Joaquin's 50-foot waves and 140 mph winds. One body has been sighted in the debris area, but the search continues for survivors. Here are some of the people who were on the ship:
- Rock fences that may prevent derailment not used in Vermont Updated: Oct-06-15 4:03 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Special fences protect railroad tracks from rock slides in some parts of the country, but the head of Amtrak said Tuesday it's unclear if the mechanisms could have prevented a derailment that injured seven people in Vermont.
- Health concerns abound in aftermath of flooding Updated: Oct-06-15 1:43 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Many areas in South Carolina's capital city - a metropolitan area home to more than 800,000 - have been covered by record amounts of water this week in historic flooding. The rain subsided, but as families returned to their homes to assess damage, officials warned them about health-related problems, too.
- Hurricane Joaquin moving over open Atlantic away from land Updated: Oct-06-15 11:56 am
MIAMI - Hurricane Joaquin (wah-KEEN') is moving over the open Atlantic far away from land.
- Forrest Co. receives reimbursement for voting machines Updated: Oct-06-15 10:40 am
HATTIESBURG, Mississippi - Forrest County is finally getting reimbursed for replacing 233 voting machines that were damaged in the February 2013 tornado that ripped through the area.
- Neighbors turn up the heat on Indonesia over forest fires Updated: Oct-06-15 5:13 am
SINGAPORE - For weeks now, the quality of life in parts of Southeast Asia has been left to sheer chance - the direction of the wind. Every day, it alone determines which city will be shrouded by peaty white smoke blowing from burning forests in Indonesia.
- Report details ordeal of 4 firefighters trapped by blaze Updated: Oct-05-15 10:29 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Four California firefighters were in serious trouble almost immediately after a helicopter dropped them near ground zero of what they thought would be a small blaze.
- Firefighters fully contain 238-acre blaze in Summit County Updated: Oct-05-15 8:44 pm
FRISCO, Colorado - Crews have fully contained a wildfire that scorched 238 acres north of Silverthorne.
- A timeline on the search for missing cargo ship El Faro Updated: Oct-05-15 4:26 pm
MIAMI - Here is a timeline on the search for the cargo ship El Faro, missing off the coast of the Bahamas:
- The Latest: Hurricane Joaquin moving away from Bermuda Updated: Oct-05-15 11:08 am
MIAMI - The latest on Hurricane Joaquin in the Atlantic Ocean (all times EDT):