Natural disasters

In this Tuesday, July 2, 2019, photo, homeowner Clifton Hall, left, watches and helps volunteer Tom Poston, with Baptists On Mission, make repairs to Hall's home which was damaged by Hurricane Florence the year before, in Spring Lake, N.C. North Carolina hurricane survivors are frustrated with the slow spending of federal long-term housing recovery funds. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
July 25, 2019 - 10:54 am
SPRING LAKE, N.C. (AP) — The heating and air conditioning in Carrie Johnson's home — damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 — still wasn't fixed when Hurricane Florence flooded her house last September. Now, her home of over 50 years is gutted, the flooring and walls nothing more than bare wooden...
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Ex-New York City councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, center, joins protesters outside La Fortaleza, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Rico have been outraged by leaked, obscenity-laced online chats between Gov. Ricardo Rossello and his advisers, and have protested for nearly two weeks demanding his resignation. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)
July 24, 2019 - 11:00 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Puerto Rico (all times local): 11:55 p.m. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says he is resigning effective Aug. 2 in the face of public furor over an obscenity-laced online chat that showed the governor and close advisers insulting...
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This photo provided by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) shows wildfires burning in Idaho, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. The largest wildfire at the nation's primary nuclear research facility in recent history had been burning close to buildings containing nuclear fuel and other radioactive material, but a change in wind direction Wednesday was pushing the flames into open range at the sprawling site in Idaho, officials said. The lightning-caused fire at the Idaho National Laboratory is one of several across the U.S. West. (Bureau of Land Management via AP)
July 24, 2019 - 4:10 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The largest wildfire at the nation's primary nuclear research facility in recent history had been burning close to buildings containing nuclear fuel and other radioactive material but a change in wind direction Wednesday was pushing the flames into open range at the sprawling...
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July 24, 2019 - 2:06 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say more than 170 firefighters are battling to contain a large wildfire north of Athens that forced the preemptive evacuation of a small monastery but isn't threatening homes. The fire service says the blaze broke out Wednesday and swept through forest and...
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FILE - This Nov. 15, 2018, aerial file photo shows the remains of residences leveled by the Camp wildfire in Paradise, Calif. A group of insurance companies are offering a plan to take over Pacific Gas & Electric, the latest to offer competing proposals to pay the utility's wildfire liabilities and pull it out of bankruptcy. In court filings Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the insurers said PG&E Corp. owes them more than $20 billion in claims paid to victims of recent California wildfires caused by PG&E equipment and offered a "viable path" to emerge from bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
July 24, 2019 - 12:33 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Insurance companies contending that Pacific Gas & Electric owes them more than $20 billion from wildfire claims want to take over the California utility and pull it out of bankruptcy. The insurers filed court documents Tuesday to end PG&E's exclusive right to file a...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2006, file photo, the Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant in Tomiokamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, is seen. The operator of the nuclear plant wrecked by a tsunami is considering decommissioning more reactors in northeastern Japan. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings says a decision is pending on dismantling the four reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ni plant. (Kyodo News via AP, File)
July 24, 2019 - 7:45 am
TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the nuclear plant wrecked by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami said Wednesday that it will decommission four more reactors in northeastern Japan in addition to those already being scrapped. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings said a final decision on dismantling the four...
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July 23, 2019 - 10:01 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Insurance companies that say Pacific Gas & Electric owes them more than $20 billion from wildfire claims wants to take over the California utility and pull it out of bankruptcy. The group of insurers filed court documents Tuesday seeking to end PG&E's exclusive right to...
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July 23, 2019 - 9:35 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A forest fire outside Athens is threatening homes on the anniversary of a deadly blaze in the same area that claimed more than 100 lives. The Fire Service said Tuesday that three water-dropping planes and two helicopters were helping fire crews outside the port of Rafina and a...
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A burnt car is seen following a fire near Roda, in central Portugal on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Emergency services in Portugal have brought under control a huge wildfire which raged for four days and injured 39 people. Civil Protection Agency commander Luis Belo Costa says around 1,000 firefighters are watching out for smoldering hotspots amid temperatures close to 40 degrees Celsius and gusting winds. (AP Photo/Sergio Azenha)
July 23, 2019 - 9:28 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Firefighters in Portugal have brought a huge wildfire under control after the blaze raged for four days and injured 39 people. Civil Protection Agency commander Luis Belo Costa said around 1,000 firefighters were keeping watch over smoldering hotspots amid gusting winds and...
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Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, front atop truck, participates with other local celebrities in a protest demanding the resignation of governor Ricardo Rossello in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, July 22, 2019. Protesters are demanding Rossello step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities to describe an ex-New York City councilwoman and a federal control board overseeing the island's finance. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
July 22, 2019 - 4:16 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Waving flags, chanting and banging pots and pans, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans jammed a highway Monday to demand the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in a crisis triggered by a leak of offensive, obscenity-laden chat messages between him and his advisers. The...
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