Natural disasters

May 21, 2019 - 6:47 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the central United States (all times local): 6:45 a.m. The National Weather Service says a confirmed tornado has been spotted near the Tulsa International Airport. A tornado warning was issued early Tuesday morning for the area. Forecasters say...
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May 20, 2019 - 10:37 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An intense storm system moved across the Southern Plains on Monday, spawning tornadoes that caused scattered damage and a deluge of rain but not the "particularly dangerous" twisters that forecasters had feared. No injuries were reported. Late Monday, the National Weather...
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Travis White, Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Incident Management Team, holds their drone at a drone demo Monday, May 20, 2019, in Park City, Utah. In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they're searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. Public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every state, according to a new survey released on Monday, May 20, 2019 by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
May 20, 2019 - 3:23 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they're searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. Public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly...
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In this May 17, 2019, photo, North Korean farmers plant rice seedlings in a field at the Sambong Cooperative Farm, South Pyongan Province, North Korea. North Korean state media said last week that 54.4 millimeters (2.1 inches) of rain fell in the first five months of 2019, which it said represented the lowest level since 1982. U.N. food agencies said earlier this month that about 10 million people were facing "severe food shortages" after one of the North's worst harvests in a decade. (AP Photos/APTN)
May 20, 2019 - 2:44 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea vowed Monday to move quickly on its plans to provide $8 million worth of humanitarian aid to North Korea while it also considers sending food to the country that says it's suffering its worst drought in decades. Lee Sang-min, spokesman of Seoul's Unification...
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May 18, 2019 - 5:47 pm
DALLAS (AP) — A spate of tornadoes raked across the Southern Plains, leaving damage and causing few injuries, and parts of the region were bracing for more severe thunderstorms and possible flooding. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF2 twister Saturday morning with winds up to 130 mph (...
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In this Aug. 17, 2018, photo Three Brothers Bakery owners Bobby and Janice Jucker stand for a portrait at their South Braeswood Boulevard location in Houston. (Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle via AP)
May 18, 2019 - 8:26 am
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston bakery has lost its decades-long Kosher certification as it struggles to recover financially after being swamped by Hurricane Harvey. The Houston Chronicle reports that the Three Brothers Bakery, which has three locations, was ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary this...
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May 15, 2019 - 4:17 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California fire authorities say Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power lines sparked the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. Cal Fire said Wednesday the lines in the Pulga area ignited the Nov. 8 fire that killed 85 people in Paradise. The investigation also...
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In this May 6, 2019, photo, North Korea's Kaepoong town is seen behind a North Korean military guard post, bottom, from the unification observatory in Paju, South Korea. North Korea says it is suffering its worst drought in nearly four decades amid concern about a food crisis in the country. The official Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday that an average of 54.4 millimeters (2.1 inches) of rain fell throughout the country in the first five months of this year, the lowest level since 1982. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
May 15, 2019 - 5:36 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday it is suffering its worst drought in nearly four decades amid reports of severe food shortages. The official Korean Central News Agency said an average of 54.4 millimeters (2.1 inches) of rain fell throughout the country in the first five months...
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The Capitol is seen in Washington, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 14, 2019 - 2:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are signaling a willingness to include major elements of President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request for humanitarian and security needs on the U.S.-Mexico border in an unrelated, widely backed disaster aid bill that appears to finally be breaking free of...
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May 14, 2019 - 9:50 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A powerful earthquake stuck Papua New Guinea late Tuesday evening, triggering a tsunami alert for coastal areas up to 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) away. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured magnitude 7.5 and was located 45 kilometers (28 miles) northeast of...
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