- Las Vegas feels magnitude-4.8 earthquake 100 miles away Updated: May-22-15 9:00 pm
LAS VEGAS - A magnitude-4.8 earthquake struck a rural area of southern Nevada on Friday, shaking buildings more than 100 miles away and shutting down a busy Las Vegas interchange as road-tripping travelers were descending on Sin City for Memorial Day weekend.
- California farmers strike a deal to cut water use Updated: May-22-15 8:45 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal Friday to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record.
- Giant hole forms at entrance of Missouri golf course Updated: May-22-15 8:21 pm
BRANSON, Missouri - A big sinkhole discovered Friday near the driving range of a southwest Missouri golf course is attracting the attention of geological experts.
- Q&A: California farmers strike water-saving deal with state Updated: May-22-15 7:44 pm
FRESNO, California - A group of farmers in the heart of California's agricultural region have cut a historic deal with the state to reduce their water use by 25 percent in exchange for avoiding deeper mandatory cuts sure to come later.
- State agrees to pay $7.6M to firm that handled Sandy program Updated: May-22-15 7:25 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration has reached a deal to pay $7.6 million to a firm the state contracted to help handle applications for its Superstorm Sandy housing recovery program.
- Reno water authority to need drought reserves by mid-June Updated: May-22-15 2:20 pm
RENO, Nevada - Water flow in the Truckee River is expected to diminish by mid-June, forcing the Reno area's water authority to resort to backup supplies to provide water to homes and businesses.
- Mud pushing Colorado Springs mobile homes from foundations Updated: May-22-15 11:59 am
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - A slow moving mudslide is pushing some mobile homes in Colorado Springs from their foundations, forcing five people from their homes.
- Quake rattles nerves in Napa Valley after 2014 disaster Updated: May-22-15 11:05 am
NAPA, California - A magnitude-4.1 earthquake has jolted Napa Valley and became an unwelcome reminder of the wine country's large temblor last summer - the strongest quake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century.
- Nepal assesses if quake-hit villages are at risk before rain Updated: May-22-15 10:31 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal - Geologists were sent to earthquake-damaged mountain villages in Nepal this week to assess landslide risks before the rainy season begins next month, an official said Friday.
- Nonprofits in 12 W.Va. counties eligible for disaster loans Updated: May-22-15 10:16 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Disaster loans are being offered to nonprofit organizations in a dozen West Virginia counties that sustained damage from severe weather in April.
- Woman gets at least 18 months for fire near grandchildren Updated: May-22-15 8:05 am
MIDDLEBURG, Pennsylvania - A Pennsylvania grandmother has been sentenced to 18 months to 7 years in a state facility for setting a wildfire prosecutors say endangered her grandchildren sleeping in a nearby mobile home.
- Turkey: 2 trapped in landslide at dam construction site Updated: May-22-15 7:29 am
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish officials say two construction workers are trapped under debris after a landslide at a dam construction site in northeast Turkey.
- Experts: Part of New Jersey is in a moderate drought Updated: May-22-15 1:55 am
PISCATAWAY, New Jersey - The U.S. Drought Monitor says New Jersey's dry spell has worsened in the last week and part of the northwestern section of the state is in a moderate drought.
- Regulators deny request to idle California nuclear plant Updated: May-21-15 9:25 pm
LOS ANGELES - Federal regulators Thursday turned away a request from environmental activists to idle California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to determine if its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.
- Q&A: California farmers with oldest water rights face cuts Updated: May-21-15 8:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut off if they voluntarily conserve.
- Colombia bids farewell to victims of deadly flooding Updated: May-21-15 7:38 pm
SALGAR, Colombia - Thousands of mourners poured into the streets Thursday to bid farewell to dozens of the victims of a deadly mudslide that ravaged this coffee-growing town nestled deep in the Andes
- Damaged buildings, homes being taken down in Delmont Updated: May-21-15 6:11 pm
DELMONT, South Dakota - Damaged buildings and homes in the town of Delmont are being taken down as cleanup continues in the town hit earlier this month by a tornado.
- Warm Montana spring enhances drought by depleting snowmelt Updated: May-21-15 5:32 pm
HELENA, Montana - A warm spring has nearly depleted what little snowpack Montana saw this year, draining the state of water necessary to combat worsening drought conditions, officials said Thursday.
- Alaska wildfire responders keeping eye on dry conditions Updated: May-21-15 5:25 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Green leaves have popped out on trees throughout interior Alaska, but the dry vegetation below is putting wildfire responders on edge.
- Agencies launch effort to reduce fires in sagebrush steppe Updated: May-21-15 4:41 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management as well as other federal and state agencies are starting a public information campaign intended to reduce human-caused fires in sagebrush steppe areas in Idaho.
- Fund set up for Joplin tornado victim closes, board disbands Updated: May-21-15 3:04 pm
JOPLIN, Missouri - A fund established after the 2011 Joplin tornado has been closed and its board disbanded after distributing nearly $1 million to assist residents and nonprofits in recovery efforts.
- Jersey shore still recovering as 3rd post-Sandy summer nears Updated: May-21-15 2:28 pm
TOMS RIVER, New Jersey - In the months after Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey shore, Gov. Chris Christie warned residents the damage would not be quickly undone.
- WSU researcher says drought could get worse Updated: May-21-15 2:26 pm
SPOKANE, Washington - The drought conditions in Washington that prompted Gov. Jay Inslee last week to declare an emergency are likely to grow worse because of a strengthening El Nino tropical weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean, a weather researcher for Washington State University said Thursday.
- Oso store near mud slide in danger of closing Updated: May-21-15 1:56 pm
OSO, Washington - The owner of the Oso General Store is struggling to keep her business afloat just three months after opening.
- Rains in Texas bring end to second-worst drought category Updated: May-21-15 12:05 pm
LUBBOCK, Texas - Ongoing rainfall across much of Texas has brought additional improvement in drought conditions.