Natural disasters

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2018 file photo, Texas Governor Greg Abbott smiles before a gubernatorial debate against his Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas. Decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene in new sessions in 2019. Abbott and the Republican-controlled Legislature will be wrestling with whether to tap as much as $5 billion from the state’s rainy-day fund to pay for the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, which swamped the southeast portion of the state in August 2017. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool)
December 31, 2018 - 12:20 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Big-dollar decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for their 2019 sessions with a closer balance between Republicans and Democrats. Some states will be considering anew whether to expand government-funded...
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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2018 file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown steps down Jan. 7 after signing more than 1,000 bills into law during his last year in office, most of which take effect with the Jan. 1 start of the new year. They continue positioning California as a bastion of liberal activism and goad to Republican President Donald Trump on topics including climate change, criminal justice and gender discrimination. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 29, 2018 - 11:44 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is leaving office Jan. 7 after signing more than 1,000 laws in his last year, further positioning the state as a bastion of liberal activism and goad to President Donald Trump. The laws, most of which take effect Tuesday, ease criminal sentences...
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Plumes rise from Mount Anak Krakatau as it erupts in the Java Strait, Indonesia on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. A deadly tsunami followed an eruption and apparent undersea landslide on the volcano, gushing ashore without warning during a busy holiday weekend. (Nurul Hidayat/Bisnis Indonesia via AP)
December 29, 2018 - 12:24 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Scientists say Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano island, which erupted and collapsed a week ago triggering a deadly tsunami, is now only about a quarter of its pre-eruption size. Indonesia's Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation says Anak Krakatau now...
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Soldiers remove debris from a damaged house in the tsunami-hit village of Carita, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. Indonesia has widened the no-go zone around an island volcano that triggered a tsunami on the weekend, killing hundreds of people in Sumatra and Java. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
December 28, 2018 - 6:49 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Bad weather and a massive ash column hampered efforts to assess whether Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano island could trigger another deadly tsunami as authorities said Friday the search for victims in the worst-affected province will continue into January. Indonesia's...
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An official looks a seismograph at an observation post near a recent volcanic eruption in Carita, Indonesia, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. Indonesia has widened the no-go zone around an island volcano that triggered a tsunami on the weekend, killing hundreds of people in Sumatra and Java. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
December 27, 2018 - 6:30 pm
CARITA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia raised the danger level for an island volcano that triggered a tsunami on the weekend, killing at least 430 people in Sumatra and Java, and widened its no-go zone. The country's volcanology agency on Thursday increased the Anak Krakatau volcano's alert status to...
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In this grab taken from validated UGC provided on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, a boy is airlifted after an avalanche, on the French Alps on Wednesday. A 12-year-old boy in the French Alps was found alive and uninjured after being buried under an avalanche for 40 minutes, an event his rescuers are calling a true "miracle." (UGC via AP)
December 27, 2018 - 2:44 pm
PARIS (AP) — A 12-year-old boy in the French Alps was found alive and uninjured after being buried under an avalanche for 40 minutes, an event his rescuers are calling a true "miracle." French police in the town of Bourg Saint-Maurice said the boy was skiing off piste at the La Plagne ski resort in...
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December 27, 2018 - 7:26 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A strong earthquake jolted Venezuelans from their sleep early Thursday, forcing residents in the capital to evacuate buildings in their pajamas before sunrise. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The 5.5 magnitude quake struck just before 5 a.m. Thursday (1000...
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This combination of synthetic aperture radar images taken by JAXA's ALOS-2 satellite and analyzed by Geospatial Information Authority of Japan shows Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano, center in images, before and after the Dec. 22, 2018, eruption. The images were taken on Aug. 20, 2018, left, and on Dec. 24, 2018, right, respectively. The satellite imagery showed a deformation on the volcano's southwest side.(Geospatial Information Authority of Japan via AP)
December 26, 2018 - 10:29 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Radar data from satellites, converted into images, shows Indonesia's Anak Krakatau island volcano is dramatically smaller following a weekend eruption that triggered a deadly tsunami. Satellite photos aren't available because of cloud cover but radar images from a Japan...
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This undated photo provided by the Sanpete County Jail in Manti, Utah, shows Ruben Hernandez. Hernandez, accused of sexually assaulting a woman while he was working at a wildfire base camp in Utah, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery. (Sanpete County Jail via AP)
December 26, 2018 - 7:37 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An Idaho inmate accused of sexually assaulting a woman after he was sent to work at a wildfire base camp in Utah has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery. The woman approved the plea deal so she could avoid having to testify in the case, prosecutor Kevin Daniels said...
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Indonesia soldier walks near debris at a tsunami-ravaged area in Carita, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. Indonesian authorities asked people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed hundreds of people last weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
December 26, 2018 - 9:39 am
CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities urged people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed at least 430 people over the weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami. The big waves that followed an eruption on a...
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