Disaster planning and response

January 05, 2019 - 12:10 pm
ADAK, Alaska (AP) — Officials say a large earthquake has struck in a remote area of the Aleutian Islands near Alaska, but a tsunami is not expected. The U.S. Tsunami Warning System says the 6.0-magnitude quake struck just before 10 a.m. Saturday about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southwest of the town...
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January 03, 2019 - 3:03 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian officials say four people from Sweden and Finland are missing after an avalanche in northern Norway but strong winds, heavy snowfall and poor visibility are hampering rescue efforts. A woman from Sweden and three men from Finland were last heard from on...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, July 16, 2017, movie director Christopher Nolan poses at the premiere of the movie "Dunkirk," in Dunkirk, northern France. Nolan is among those being recognized in Britain’s royal New Year’s Honors List, according to the list of recipients released Friday Dec. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, FILE)
December 29, 2018 - 2:04 am
LONDON (AP) — British divers who rescued young soccer players trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand are among those being recognized in Britain's New Year's Honors List, along with 1960s model Twiggy and Monty Python star Michael Palin. Twiggy, a model who shot to stardom during the Beatles era,...
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FILE - In this July 11, 2018, file photo, a field of corn grows in front of an old windmill in Pacific Junction, Iowa, The government shutdown could complicate things for farmers lining up for federal payments to ease the burden of President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. The USDA last week assured farmers that direct payments would keep going out during the first week of the shutdown. But payments will soon be suspended for farmers who haven’t certified production. Farm loans and disaster assistance programs will also be on hold. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File )
December 28, 2018 - 9:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The end of 2018 seemed to signal good things to come for America's farmers. Fresh off the passage of the farm bill, which reauthorized agriculture, conservation and safety net programs, the Agriculture Department last week announced a second round of direct payments to growers...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, July 16, 2017, movie director Christopher Nolan poses at the premiere of the movie "Dunkirk," in Dunkirk, northern France. Nolan is among those being recognized in Britain’s royal New Year’s Honors List, according to the list of recipients released Friday Dec. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, FILE)
December 28, 2018 - 3:51 pm
LONDON (AP) — British divers who rescued young soccer players trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand are among those being recognized in Britain's New Year's Honors List, along with 1960s model Twiggy and Monty Python star Michael Palin. Twiggy, a model who shot to stardom during the Beatles era,...
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A car fell into this collapsed culvert due to heavy rains on Tommy Butler Road in the Causeyville Whynot area of Lauderdale County, Miss., Friday, Dec 28, 2018. No one was hurt in the accident. The National Weather Service posted flash flood watches and warnings for much of the South from Louisiana into southwest Virginia. (Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star via AP)
December 28, 2018 - 2:58 pm
A powerful winter storm that brought blizzard warnings Friday across the Upper Midwest was blamed for at least three fatal crashes while flash flooding from rains in the South swept away cars and forced dozens of water rescues. In northern New England, a mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain...
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December 27, 2018 - 5:07 am
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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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 - 5:37 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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A man inspects his house damaged by a tsunami in Carita, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. The tsunami occurred after the eruption of a volcano around Indonesia's Sunda Strait during a busy holiday weekend, sending water crashing ashore and sweeping away hotels, hundreds of houses and people attending a beach concert. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
December 23, 2018 - 3:29 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a tsunami that hit the coast around Indonesia's Sunda Strait (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Pope Francis has prayed for the dead, the missing and the homeless in the tsunami that struck Indonesia. Francis told tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on...
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In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott works at his desk in his office in Sacramento, Calif. Pimlott told The Associated Press he prepares to retire on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, after a 30-year career. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
December 11, 2018 - 4:36 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state's top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken...
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