Natural disasters

File - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, are homes leveled by the Camp Fire line the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park retirement community in Paradise, Calif. A $13.5 billion settlement covering most of the losses from a series of catastrophic wildfires that drove Pacific Gas and Electric into bankruptcy is turning into a financial tug of war pitting the interests of U.S. taxpayers against the disaster victims still trying to rebuild their lives. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
January 16, 2020 - 8:20 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday threatened to force Pacific Gas & Electric to hire more tree trimmers to reduce the chances of its electrical grid igniting fires in Northern California and adhere to a requirement imposed after the utility's natural gas lines blew up a...
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Members of the US army reserve set up tents for portable showers at a tent city set up to house hundreds of people displaced by earthquakes in Guanica, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. More than 1,280 earthquakes have hit Puerto Rico’s southern region since Dec. 28, more than two dozen of them magnitude 4.5 or greater, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
January 16, 2020 - 3:41 pm
PONCE, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Antonetti family sat in the shade of a tree eating orange slices while contemplating the long day ahead of them in a dusty parking lot in southern Puerto Rico. Behind them stood their temporary home: a four-door compact car whose back seat is reserved for 89-year-old...
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Supervisor Marvell Howard inspects the slope failure as he climbs up the side of the Oktibbeha County Lake dam west of Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Officials said a breach would affect an estimated 130 properties and nine highways. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
January 16, 2020 - 2:11 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Leaders in a Mississippi county approved a plan Thursday to drain a swollen lake where officials say a decades-old earthen dam could fail after days of heavy rain. The Starkville Daily News reported that Oktibbeha County supervisors unanimously endorsed the proposal during...
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In this Friday, Jan. 10 photo, children play on a hay farm where residents from the Indios neighborhood of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, have set up shelter after earthquakes and amid aftershocks in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. A 6.4 magnitude quake that toppled or damaged hundreds of homes in southwestern Puerto Rico is raising concerns about where displaced families will live, while the island still struggles to rebuild from Hurricane Maria two years ago. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
January 16, 2020 - 1:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Democrat is introducing a $3.4 billion emergency spending bill to help Puerto Rico deal with a recent spate of earthquakes rocking the U.S. territory, which is still struggling to rebuild and recover from devastating hurricanes in 2017. A spokesman for Appropriations...
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A man walks the his belongings through clouds of ash kicked up on a road as authorities enforced total evacuation of residents living near Taal volcano in Agoncillo town, Batangas province, southern Philippines on Thursday Jan. 16, 2020. Taal volcano belched smaller plumes of ash Thursday but shuddered continuously with earthquakes and cracked roads in nearby towns, which were blockaded by police due to fears of a bigger eruption. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
January 16, 2020 - 9:53 am
LEMERY, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine volcano that erupted last weekend belched smaller plumes of ash but shuddered frequently with earthquakes Thursday, prompting authorities to block access to nearby towns due to fears of a bigger eruption. A crater lake and nearby river on the Taal volcano...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2018 file photo, a Rohingya refugee hangs a blanket out to dry at Balukhali refugee camp, about 50 kilometers (32 miles) from Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. An island in Bangladesh that was submerged during the monsoon season is ready to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees, but no date has been announced to begin relocating people from crowded and squalid camps on the country's border with Myanmar, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)
January 16, 2020 - 9:04 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An island in Bangladesh that was regularly submerged during monsoon seasons is ready to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees, but no date has been announced to begin relocating people from crowded and squalid camps on the country's border with Myanmar, officials said Thursday...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, the Blue Nile river flows near the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Assosa, Ethiopia. Officials from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan say they have reached a preliminary agreement aimed at clearing the way for the filling and operation of a $5 billion dam project on the Nile River. The foreign ministers and water resources officials of the three countries concluded three days of meetings in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 145, 2020, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and World Bank President David Malpass. (AP Photo/Elias Asmare, File)
January 16, 2020 - 2:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan say they have reached a preliminary agreement aimed at clearing the way for the filling and operation of a $5 billion dam project on the Nile River. The foreign ministers and water resources officials of the three countries concluded three...
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This Jan. 8, 2020 photo provided by Jackie Maisey shows Grey-headed Flying Fox bats prepared for a feeding at the Uralla, Australia, home of Maisey, a volunteer with Northern Tableands Wildlife Carers. The bats are swaddled in flannel wraps similar to those being made by thousands of crafters worldwide who are using their sewing, knitting and crocheting skills to make items for wildlife injured in the Australian brush fires. Some animal rescue groups, however, say monetary donations are needed more. (Jackie Maisey via AP)
January 15, 2020 - 4:00 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Kyla Gill had never so much as touched a sewing machine or picked up a crochet hook two weeks ago. Now, she’s hooked on crafting for critters 10,000 miles (16,000 km) away, to the point of temporarily putting aside her floor refinishing business in Pittsburgh. “I do hard labor...
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FILE - This Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, shows the charred remains of the Soda Rock Winery framed by the building's stone facade in the aftermath of the Kincade Fire near Healdsburg, Calif. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, to hire two law firms to pursue legal action against Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation's largest utility. The action comes as PG&E is trying to dig out of a financial hole created by a series of catastrophic fires that have been blamed on the utility's outdated electrical system and managerial negligence. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
January 15, 2020 - 2:26 pm
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — A county in Northern California wine country is exploring plans to sue a utility over a massive wildfire last fall that caused losses of $725 million when combined with rolling power shutoffs. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to hire two law firms to pursue...
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Puerto Rico Earthquake
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Mack Rosenberg
January 15, 2020 - 1:55 pm
The federal government is lifting a nearly two-year hold on disaster relief aid to Puerto Rico following several earthquakes on the island.
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