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  • In New Orleans, a 10-year sentence for Ray Nagin

    In New Orleans, a 10-year sentence for Ray Nagin

    Thursday, July 10 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-07-10 13:28:38 GMT
    He entered New Orleans City Hall as a cool and confidant self-styled reformer, won fame there as a passionate, if profane, critic of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and exited under suspicion.
    He entered New Orleans City Hall as a cool and confident self-styled reformer, won fame there as a passionate, if profane, critic of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and exited under suspicion.
  • Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low

    Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low

    Thursday, July 10 2014 3:07 AM EDT2014-07-10 07:07:54 GMT
    Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers...
    Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said...
  • Stigmatized nuclear workers quit Japan utility

    Stigmatized nuclear workers quit Japan utility

    Thursday, July 10 2014 2:58 AM EDT2014-07-10 06:58:57 GMT
    Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster. Now there's an additional factor: better...
    Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster. Now there's an additional factor: better paying jobs...
  • Cleanup from fatal storms begins in Eastern states

    Cleanup from fatal storms begins in Eastern states

    Thursday, July 10 2014 2:38 AM EDT2014-07-10 06:38:12 GMT
    Officials in central New York say four people are dead and four homes have been destroyed in building collapses amid severe thunderstorms.
    Residents of this rural central New York town on Wednesday picked through debris from homes battered by a deadly tornado, and utility crews worked to restore power in several Eastern states hit by severe storms.
  • California hopes fines up to $500 slow water waste

    California hopes fines up to $500 slow water waste

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-07-09 23:48:27 GMT
    Brown lawns and dusty cars could become the norm in California as state regulators consider unprecedented $500-a-day fines for water-wasters, after acknowledging that voluntary steps to reduce consumption amid a...
    Bo Cuketieh inadvertently let a fine mist from a leaky hose soak the front lawn of a Southern California home Wednesday before considering that such water waste could merit a $500 fine under unprecedented restrictions...
  • In New Orleans, a 10-year sentence for Ray Nagin

    In New Orleans, a 10-year sentence for Ray Nagin

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-07-09 21:18:26 GMT
    When Ray Nagin was elected mayor in 2002, there was real hope that he was a break from the city's sleazy past.
    When Ray Nagin was elected mayor in 2002, there was real hope that he was a break from the city's sleazy past.
  • Texas city using treated wastewater for drinking

    Texas city using treated wastewater for drinking

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-07-09 21:09:01 GMT
    As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the Lone Star State has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies.
    As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the Lone Star State has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies.
  • Officials say juvenile started California wildfire

    Officials say juvenile started California wildfire

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-07-09 20:28:29 GMT
    Investigators have identified a juvenile as a suspect for intentionally starting a wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes near San Diego in May.
    Investigators who spent weeks examining photos and tips from the public have identified a juvenile as a suspect for intentionally starting the most destructive of nearly a dozen wildfires that ripped through Southern...
  • 10-year sentence for ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

    10-year sentence for ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-07-09 17:30:08 GMT
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his conviction on bribery, money laundering and other corruption charges. Prosecutors said the actions for which he was convicted...
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor - including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina...
  • Convicted ex-New Orleans mayor to be sentenced

    Convicted ex-New Orleans mayor to be sentenced

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 9:57 AM EDT2014-07-09 13:57:48 GMT
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin - who swept into office on promises of reform but saw the city crumble under the weight of Hurricane Katrina and his own corruption investigation - will learn Wednesday how much...
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin - who swept into office on promises of reform but saw the city crumble under the weight of Hurricane Katrina and his own corruption investigation - will learn Wednesday how much time he...
  • Typhoon heads toward Kyushu after slamming Okinawa

    Typhoon heads toward Kyushu after slamming Okinawa

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 2:07 AM EDT2014-07-09 06:07:02 GMT
    A powerful typhoon pounded across the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Tuesday, as residents took refuge from destructive winds, towering waves and storm surges.
    A powerful storm slammed through the southwestern Japanese island of Okinawa, leaving at least 28 people injured and 63,000 homes without power before swerving toward the bigger island of Kyushu on Wednesday.
  • Tornado confirmed in Michigan; some injuries

    Tornado confirmed in Michigan; some injuries

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-07-09 01:17:31 GMT
    A severe thunderstorm packing winds estimated at more than 80 mph spawned a tornado, injured at least six people and caused significant damage to homes in western Michigan, officials said Monday, and storms with...
    A severe thunderstorm packing winds estimated at more than 80 mph spawned a tornado, injured at least six people and caused significant damage to homes in western Michigan, officials said Monday, and storms with tornadoes...
  • Quake slams Mexico, Guatemala; at least 3 dead

    Quake slams Mexico, Guatemala; at least 3 dead

    Monday, July 7 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-07-08 00:56:51 GMT
    Seismologists say a magnitude-7.1 earthquake has shaken southernmost Mexico. Local media say the quake was felt strongly across much of southern Mexico, but there are no immediate reports of injury. The U.S....
    A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday, killing at least three people while damaging homes, hospitals and churches.
  • Drought looms in Somalia after poor, erratic rains

    Drought looms in Somalia after poor, erratic rains

    Monday, July 7 2014 9:46 AM EDT2014-07-07 13:46:53 GMT
    The United Nations food agency warns that Somalia's food crisis could worsen in coming months because of poor rains, shrinking humanitarian assistance and rising cereal prices.
    The United Nations food agency warns that Somalia's food crisis could worsen in coming months because of poor rains, shrinking humanitarian assistance and rising cereal prices.
  • Northern California wildfire challenges crews

    Northern California wildfire challenges crews

    Sunday, July 6 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-07-07 03:46:13 GMT
    Firefighters saved about 40 homes in a rural Northern California neighborhood as a fast-moving blaze came dangerously close during a holiday weekend that saw several destructive fires across California, officials...
    Rugged terrain, shifting winds and hot, dry conditions hampered efforts Sunday to contain a wildfire in Northern California that burned to the edge of a rural neighborhood, officials said.
  • Atlantic Canada cleans up after Arthur strikes

    Atlantic Canada cleans up after Arthur strikes

    Sunday, July 6 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-07-06 19:55:44 GMT
    Arthur hit Canada's Maritime provinces with near-hurricane strength winds and torrential rains, knocking down trees and leaving about tens of thousands of people without power.
    Arthur was moving across Newfoundland on Sunday a day after striking Canada's Maritime provinces with near-hurricane strength winds and torrential rains, knocking down trees and leaving tens of thousands of people...
  • Northern California wildfire challenges crews

    Northern California wildfire challenges crews

    Sunday, July 6 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-06 17:25:58 GMT
    Firefighters have largely tamed two wildfires at opposite ends of California, with no new growth, destruction or evacuations as the holiday weekend began.
    A rural fire in Northern California raged throughout the night and continues to challenge firefighters as temperatures rise.
  • Only road onto NC island reopening after Arthur

    Only road onto NC island reopening after Arthur

    Saturday, July 5 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-07-06 00:05:29 GMT
    Businesses on two of North Carolina's barrier islands hoped to salvage the rest of the holiday weekend after Arthur clipped the state without causing major damage as it churned north toward Nova Scotia, Canada.
    North Carolina's popular beach towns began returning to the business of recreation Saturday, after Arthur lashed the state's coast with forceful winds and heavy rain and then churned northward without leaving a...
  • Fireworks, hot dogs, hurricane help mark July 4th

    Fireworks, hot dogs, hurricane help mark July 4th

    Saturday, July 5 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-07-05 11:45:25 GMT
    By The Associated Press The United States marks 238 years as an independent nation as it celebrates the Fourth of July with fireworks, food and music. Here are some highlights:
    By The Associated Press The United States marked 238 years as an independent nation and celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks, food and music. Nature and politics also played a role this year,...
  • North Carolina coast survives Hurricane Arthur

    North Carolina coast survives Hurricane Arthur

    Friday, July 4 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-07-05 03:04:51 GMT
    The center of Hurricane Arthur was moving near North Carolina's coast early Friday after slashing into the state's barrier islands just ahead of Independence Day, forcing thousands to flee and much of the...
    Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina's dangerously exposed Outer Banks, then brought lousy Fourth of July beach...
  • Once-raging California wildfires tame on July 4th

    Once-raging California wildfires tame on July 4th

    Friday, July 4 2014 10:54 PM EDT2014-07-05 02:54:52 GMT
    A wildfire destroyed two homes, threatened hundreds more and forced the cancellation of a Fourth of July parade and celebration in a historic gold-mining town in San Diego County.
    A wildfire that destroyed two homes left a Southern California mountain town without its popular Fourth of July celebrations, but the blaze, along with another in Northern California, was tame Friday, bringing no new...
  • Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East Coast

    Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East Coast

    Friday, July 4 2014 1:33 AM EDT2014-07-04 05:33:59 GMT
    A strengthening Hurricane Arthur forced thousands of vacationers on the North Carolina coast to abandon their Independence Day plans while cities farther up the East Coast rescheduled fireworks displays threatened...
    A strengthening Hurricane Arthur forced thousands of vacationers on the North Carolina coast to abandon their Independence Day plans while cities farther up the East Coast rescheduled fireworks displays threatened by rain...
  • Boston Pops' annual July Fourth show a day early

    Boston Pops' annual July Fourth show a day early

    Friday, July 4 2014 12:14 AM EDT2014-07-04 04:14:57 GMT
    The annual Boston Pops Fourth of July concert and fireworks show has been moved up a day because of potential heavy rain ahead of Hurricane Arthur.
    With the season's first hurricane bearing down on New England, Boston hosted the Boston Pops Fourth of July outdoor concert and fireworks show Thursday, a night earlier than planned and just ahead of drenching rain.
  • Hurricane Arthur makes landfall at Outer Banks

    Hurricane Arthur makes landfall at Outer Banks

    Thursday, July 3 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-07-04 03:44:58 GMT
    Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early Thursday and threatened to give North Carolina a glancing blow on Independence Day, prompting a stream of vacationers and residents to head home from some parts of the...
    Hurricane Arthur has made landfall near the southern end of North Carolina's Outer Banks.
  • Hurricane Arthur strengthens to Category 2

    Hurricane Arthur strengthens to Category 2

    Thursday, July 3 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-07-04 01:23:28 GMT
    Hurricane Arthur has strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane, with winds increasing to 100 mph as it nears the North Carolina coast.
    Hurricane Arthur has strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane, with winds increasing to 100 mph as it nears the North Carolina coast.
  • California wildfires grow in north, south

    California wildfires grow in north, south

    Thursday, July 3 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-07-04 00:56:38 GMT
    A wildfire in rural Northern California's Napa County damaged two homes and forced the evacuation of 200 others, but so far is not posing a to the vineyards that are the region's claim to fame.
    Crews scrambled Thursday to corral a wildfire that burned two homes in Southern California and threatened hundreds of others as an older, larger blaze endangered more homes in rural Northern California.
  • Study shows how drilling wastewater causes quakes

    Study shows how drilling wastewater causes quakes

    Thursday, July 3 2014 2:33 PM EDT2014-07-03 18:33:43 GMT
    A new study explains how just four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma.
    A new study explains how just four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma.
  • Drought won't stop fireworks in dry western states

    Drought won't stop fireworks in dry western states

    Thursday, July 3 2014 10:43 AM EDT2014-07-03 14:43:57 GMT
    Arizona's largest city has gone months without any measurable rain, and neighboring New Mexico is in the midst of four years of severe drought.
    Arizona's largest city has gone four months without any measurable rain, and neighboring New Mexico is in the midst of four years of severe drought.
  • Hurricane Arthur forms in the Atlantic

    Hurricane Arthur forms in the Atlantic

    Thursday, July 3 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-07-03 10:23:21 GMT
    Arthur has strengthened to a hurricane in the Atlantic, where it threatens to deliver the Carolinas a glancing blow on Independence Day.
    Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early Thursday and threatened to give North Carolina a glancing blow on Independence Day, prompting the governor to warn vacationers along the coast not to risk their safety by trying to...
  • Ahead of July 4th, East Coast eyes tropical storm

    Ahead of July 4th, East Coast eyes tropical storm

    Thursday, July 3 2014 2:44 AM EDT2014-07-03 06:44:28 GMT
    As one of the year's busiest travel weekends approaches, so does another visitor: Tropical Storm Arthur, expected to grow into a hurricane by the Fourth of July and hit most harshly at North Carolina's...
    As one of the year's busiest travel weekends approaches, so does another visitor: Tropical Storm Arthur, expected to grow into a hurricane by the Fourth of July and hit most harshly at North Carolina's Outer Banks,...
  • California wildfire threatens wine country homes

    California wildfire threatens wine country homes

    Thursday, July 3 2014 12:52 AM EDT2014-07-03 04:52:46 GMT
    Crews have worked through the night to build containment lines around a wildfire in rural Northern California that has burned more than 4 square miles, damaged five structures and prompted mandatory evacuations.
    A raging wildfire in rural Northern California that spread over 5 square miles and forced the evacuation of 200 homes in Napa County expanded Wednesday, officials said.
  • Evacuation ordered for island on NC's Outer Banks

    Evacuation ordered for island on NC's Outer Banks

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-07-02 22:53:28 GMT
    Emergency officials are ordering a mandatory evacuation of a fragile barrier island along North Carolina's Outer Banks as Tropical Storm Arthur approaches.
    Emergency officials are ordering a mandatory evacuation of a fragile barrier island along North Carolina's Outer Banks as Tropical Storm Arthur approaches.
  • Ahead of July 4th, East Coast eyes tropical storm

    Ahead of July 4th, East Coast eyes tropical storm

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-07-02 21:52:41 GMT
    A hurricane watch was issued for part of North Carolina's coast early Wednesday as Tropical Storm Arthur moved northward, threatening Fourth of July plans along the East Coast.
    As one of the year's busiest travel weekends approaches, so does another visitor: Tropical Storm Arthur, expected to grow into a hurricane by the Fourth of July and hit most harshly at North Carolina's Outer Banks,...
  • Ahead of July 4th, a tropical storm off Florida

    Ahead of July 4th, a tropical storm off Florida

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 4:03 AM EDT2014-07-02 08:03:37 GMT
    With the July Fourth weekend on the horizon, the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm gradually gained strength off Florida's coast on Tuesday, though Arthur wasn't yet spooking too many...
    With the July Fourth weekend on the horizon, the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm plodded off Florida's coast early Wednesday, though Tropical Storm Arthur wasn't yet spooking too many in the...
  • Arizona pauses to remember 19 fallen firefighters

    Arizona pauses to remember 19 fallen firefighters

    Monday, June 30 2014 10:01 PM EDT2014-07-01 02:01:50 GMT
    Hundreds of people wept and stood in salute as they remembered 19 fallen firefighters Monday on the anniversary of their deaths with a moment of silence and the chiming of 19 bells that echoed through a historic...
    Residents wept and stood in salute as they remembered 19 firefighters Monday on the anniversary of their deaths, marked by a moment of silence and the chiming of 19 bells that echoed through a historic courthouse square in...
  • Crews continued progress against Arizona wildfire

    Crews continued progress against Arizona wildfire

    Monday, June 30 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-06-30 23:03:44 GMT
    Crews battling a wildfire in Arizona's eastern mountains are making headway with successful burnout operations, even as the blaze blackens more territory and sends up clouds of smoke.
    Crews battling a wildfire in eastern Arizona's White Mountains continued making headway with successful burnout operations to rob the nearly 9-square-mile blaze of brittle brush that could feed the flames in the...
  • Oklahoma looks for answers on earthquakes

    Oklahoma looks for answers on earthquakes

    Monday, June 30 2014 3:42 PM EDT2014-06-30 19:42:21 GMT
    Oklahoma residents whose homes and nerves have been shaken by an upsurge in earthquakes want know what's causing the temblors - and what can be done to stop them.
    Central Oklahoma residents are demanding to know whether earthquake swarms that have shaken their homes and their nerves in recent months are caused by oil and gas drilling operations in the area.
  • Moderate quake widely felt in Arizona, N. Mexico

    Moderate quake widely felt in Arizona, N. Mexico

    Sunday, June 29 2014 3:39 AM EDT2014-06-29 07:39:51 GMT
    A moderate earthquake has struck in Arizona near the New Mexico line that was widely felt across the region, but no injuries or damages were immediately reported.
    A moderate earthquake struck in Arizona near the New Mexico line that was widely felt across the region, but no injuries or damages were immediately reported.
  • Filipinos to receive disaster alerts on cellphones

    Filipinos to receive disaster alerts on cellphones

    Friday, June 27 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-06-28 02:09:41 GMT
    The Philippines has passed a law that requires mobile phone companies to send early warnings to millions of people in the path of deadly typhoons, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in an effort to reduce high...
    The Philippines has passed a law that requires cellphone companies to send warnings to millions of people in the path of deadly typhoons, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in an effort to reduce the high number of...
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