Natural disasters

November 08, 2019 - 1:25 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal government announced $800 million in aid Friday to farmers in three southern states that were devastated by last year's hurricanes. Nearly half that money will go to Florida, where timber farmers suffered catastrophic losses when Hurricane Michael came ashore in...
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November 07, 2019 - 9:28 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck northwestern Iran early Friday, killing at least five people and injuring 120 others, officials said. The temblor struck Tark county in Iran's Eastern Azerbaijan province at 2:17 a.m. local time, Iran's seismological center said. The U.S...
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FILE- In this Jan. 23, 2019, file photo a Pacific Gas & Electric truck enters their customer center in Hayward, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Thursday, Nov. 7, reported a third-quarter loss of $1.62 billion, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
November 07, 2019 - 3:43 pm
Pacific Gas & Electric reported another huge loss on Thursday as the fallout from catastrophic wildfires blamed on its outdated transmission lines drive the bankrupt utility into a deeper hole. The company estimated it's facing a bill of more than $6 billion this year alone to pay for...
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This 2005 photo provided by Bethany Bradley shows cheatgrass, at right, invading shrubs, left, near Lovelock, Nev. A new study finds that for much of the United States, invasive grass species, such as cheatgrass, are making wildfires more frequent, especially in fire-prone California. (Bethany Bradley/University of Massachusetts via AP)
November 04, 2019 - 2:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of the United States, invasive grass species are making wildfires more frequent, especially in fire-prone California, a new study finds. Twelve non-native species act as "little arsonist grasses," said study co-author Bethany Bradley, a University of Massachusetts...
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A firefighter passes a burning home as the Hillside fire burns in San Bernardino, Calif., Oct. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
November 04, 2019 - 7:08 am
SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) — It's ironic, but momentarily forgetting some of my safety gear ended up saving my life. It happened as I drove late Thursday into the heart of a wildfire that had erupted near the city of Santa Paula, a two-hour drive west of Los Angeles. This was one of the dozens of...
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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019 file photo flames from the Hillside Fire consume a home in San Bernardino, Calif. President Donald Trump on Sunday, Nov. 3 threatened to cut U.S. funding to California for aid during wildfires that have burned across the state during dry winds this fall. (AP Photo/Noah Berger,File)
November 03, 2019 - 11:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities lifted all evacuation orders as firefighters made progress Sunday on a large blaze that sent thousands fleeing homes and farms northwest of Los Angeles. Crews working in steep terrain were tamping down hotspots and keeping an eye on lingering gusts in mountain areas...
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An air tanker drops retardant as the Maria Fire approaches Santa Paula, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. According to Ventura County Fire Department, the blaze has scorched more than 8,000 acres and destroyed at least two structures. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
November 02, 2019 - 10:05 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities lifted evacuation orders for a farm community Saturday as firefighters make progress on a large wildfire in Southern California that continues to threaten about 2,500 homes and buildings. Ventura County officials allowed an unknown number of residents in Somis to...
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November 02, 2019 - 1:43 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say two people have been killed and 35 homes damaged by two wildfires burning in the northwestern border state of Baja California. The federal Department of Security and Citizen Protection said late Friday in a statement that the blazes were located in the...
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November 02, 2019 - 10:46 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Nov. 1 about wildfires in California, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Maria Fire was northeast of Los Angeles. It is northwest. A corrected version of the story is below: Utility re-energized power line before fire A Southern California utility that...
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Chanchenda Hou, and Da Heng, hold up a victims' boot with bullet holes in it after the Halloween themed birthday party hosted at their home ended with 3 dead and 9 injured. (Brittany Murray/The Orange County Register via AP)
November 01, 2019 - 7:35 pm
ORINDA, Calif. (AP) — Four people were killed and at least four injured at a Halloween party shooting at a Northern California home rented by a woman who falsely claimed she wanted the Airbnb so her asthmatic family members could escape wildfire smoke, officials and a person with knowledge of the...
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