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Stories with subject: Natural disasters
  • New Jersey forest fire burns half a square mile 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 9:10 pm
  • High winds and dry conditions on Thursday provided fuel for several New Jersey forest fires, including one that forced the evacuation of more than 600 homes and the early closure of a school.

  • Water picture improves for some California towns 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:47 pm
  • SAN FRANCISCO - While much of California remains in the grips of extreme drought, spring storms have eased pressure slightly and reduced the number of rural communities considered at risk of running dry.

  • Discovery to air Everest documentary on May 4 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:50 pm
  • NEW YORK - Discovery Channel has announced May 4 as the airdate for a documentary on last week's Mount Everest avalanche that killed more than a dozen mountain guides.

  • Severe storms loom across central US this weekend 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:35 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Forecasters are predicting a significant chance of strong tornadoes this weekend across a large part of the nation's mid-section, an outbreak that could stretch from the Great Plains to the Midwest and South.

  • Illinois researchers to study Washington mudslide 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:27 pm
  • URBANA, Illinois - Five researchers from the University of Illinois plan to visit the site of a deadly mudslide in Washington state.

  • Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:06 pm
  • KATMANDU, Nepal - Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week.

  • NYC hospital opens ER for 1st time since storm 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:32 pm
  • NEW YORK - A year and a half after Superstorm Sandy hit New York, a major city emergency facility that was destroyed finally fully reopened Thursday - with waterproof walls.

  • Lawsuit claims negligence by utility in wildfire 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 2:37 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - Victims of a wildfire that burned 24 homes have sued the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, claiming the utility started the huge blaze and failed to properly maintain power lines and equipment.

  • Volunteer fire dept. says farewell to old truck 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:16 pm
  • LARAMIE, Wyoming - Ron Blake turned the ignition, and the 62-year-old fire truck roared to life.

  • India likely to have poor monsoon rains 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:16 pm
  • NEW DELHI - India is expected to get below normal monsoon rains this year after four straight years of normal monsoon yielding bumper crops.

  • Oso mudslide search winding down; 2 still missing 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:49 pm
  • OSO, Washington - The number of people working on what they call "the pile" at the Oso mudslide has dropped to a few dozen.

  • State builds $6.65 million youth treatment center 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 10:10 am
  • MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Construction is underway on a modern, $6.65 million girls treatment facility at the Alabama Department of Youth Services' Mt. Meigs campus, replacing a facility that was destroyed by a tornado two years ago.

  • Crews battle woodlands fire in south NJ 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 9:25 am
  • DOWNE TOWNSHIP, New Jersey - State Forest Fire Service crews are working to contain a forest fire in the Bevans Wildlife Management Area in southern New Jersey.

  • Jackson mapping sliding hillslide 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 9:22 am
  • JACKSON, Wyoming - Workers are drilling the first of four holes around a sliding hillside in the resort town of Jackson to help engineers map ground movement and analyze the soil.

  • Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 9:06 am
  • KATMANDU, Nepal - Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week.

  • Avalanche warning for Mount Hood, Mount Rainier 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 8:41 am
  • SEATTLE - The National Weather Service is warning of avalanches on the west slopes of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon Thursday morning because of heavy snow and rain in the mountains.

  • Biologists watching fish runs after deadly slide 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:28 am
  • DARRINGTON, Washington - Fisheries biologist Pete Verhey waded through the cold, clear creek that feeds into the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, scanning riffles and side channels looking for evidence of fish eggs.

  • Magnitude 6.6 quake off British Columbia coast 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:43 am
  • PORT ALICE, British Columbia - A magnitude 6.6 quake was recorded Wednesday night in the Pacific Ocean off the northwest corner of British Columbia's Vancouver Island, the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center said.

  • Ore. geologists offer expanded landslide database 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 11:01 pm
  • PORTLAND, Oregon - Oregon geologists say they've released a new, expanded statewide database of landslide locations.

  • Feds release Rio Grande forecast 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:37 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Despite the ongoing drought and limited water supplies, federal officials said Wednesday they intend to keep stretches of the Rio Grande from going dry in central New Mexico at least through mid-June.

  • NYC mayor proposes tax relief for Sandy victims 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:10 pm
  • ALBANY, New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed legislation in Albany on Wednesday that would prevent higher tax bills for city residents who rebuilt or repaired their homes after they were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

  • Fracking foes challenge Ohio earthquake assurances 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:13 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - A citizens group said Wednesday it isn't taking the word of state regulators that new permitting guidelines will protect public health after earthquakes in northeast Ohio were linked to the gas drilling method of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

  • Sinkhole in Florida seems to be opening again 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:28 pm
  • THE VILLAGES, Florida - A sinkhole that was plugged over the weekend between two houses in a sprawling Florida retirement community appears to be opening again.

  • New River Gorge fire caused by humans 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 3:44 pm
  • GLEN JEAN, West Virginia - The National Park Service says a wildfire in the New River Gorge National River is 75 percent contained.

  • Mudslide victim readmitted to Seattle hospital 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 2:19 pm
  • SEATTLE - A young mother who suffered two broken legs and a broken arm in the Oso mudslide is back in a Seattle hospital.