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  • Iceland: Subglacial eruption is underway

    Iceland: Subglacial eruption is underway

    Saturday, August 23 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-23 15:08:10 GMT
    Iceland's Meteorological Office is reporting a surge in seismic activity at the restless Bardarbunga volcano, but sees no evidence yet of any eruptions.
    Iceland's Meteorological Office says a subglacial eruption is underway at the Bardarbunga volcano, which has been rattled by thousands of earthquakes over the past week.
  • Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns

    Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:26 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:26:05 GMT
    Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.
    Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.
  • Wash. flash floods, mudslides damage several homes

    Wash. flash floods, mudslides damage several homes

    Saturday, August 23 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-08-23 07:45:26 GMT
    An estimated 10 homes were damaged or destroyed and highways were blocked as heavy rains unleashed mudslides in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires.
    An estimated 10 homes were damaged or destroyed and highways were blocked as heavy rains unleashed mudslides in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires.
  • Wash. flash flooding damages estimated 10 homes

    Wash. flash flooding damages estimated 10 homes

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:14 AM EDT2014-08-23 05:14:58 GMT
    Officials in an area of north-central Washington scarred by massive wildfires say heavy rains unleashed mudslides that damaged or destroyed 10 homes and blocked highways.
    Heavy rains that unleashed mud slides in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires damaged or destroyed an estimated 10 homes and blocked highways, officials said Friday.
  • Woman set reservation fire to give friends work

    Woman set reservation fire to give friends work

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:46:06 GMT
    The U.S. Justice Department said Friday an Oregon woman pleaded guilty in May to starting a wildfire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation last year because her firefighter friends were bored and needed work.
    A woman is to be sentenced next month for setting a wildfire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon because her firefighter friends were bored and needed work.
  • Less shake from artificial quakes, fed study says

    Less shake from artificial quakes, fed study says

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:45:09 GMT
    A new federal study found that man-made earthquakes cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude.
    Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found.
  • California drought stings bees, honey supplies

    California drought stings bees, honey supplies

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:43 AM EDT2014-08-21 06:43:59 GMT
    California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.
    California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.
  • Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

    Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:03:38 GMT
    Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save...
    Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of...
  • Drought has state debating its unregulated pumping

    Drought has state debating its unregulated pumping

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:33:49 GMT
    Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of...
    Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of the...
  • Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

    Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:55:20 GMT
    The Obama administration is detailing the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes.
    The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes.
  • 36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

    36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:57 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:57:04 GMT
    Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris early Wednesday in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing at least 10 people and leaving 22 missing, the government said.
    Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, Japanese police said.
  • Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape

    Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:35 AM EDT2014-08-20 07:35:36 GMT
    Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans.
    Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans.
  • Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

    Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:34:56 GMT
    Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes.
    Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes.
  • Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

    Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:05:30 GMT
    Authorities have sent evacuation orders to some 13,000 phone numbers as a wildfire bears down on a foothill community near Yosemite National Park in Central California.
    Officials say they have gained the upper hand on a central California blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park that forced more than 1,000 residents to flee their homes.
  • Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

    Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:44:39 GMT
    Flooding from heavy monsoon season rains in the Phoenix area forced authorities on Tuesday to close several major roads, including a portion of Interstate 17, while elsewhere firefighters rescued multiple motorists...
    Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state.
  • Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland

    Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:15:18 GMT
    Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting.
    Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting.
  • Iceland warns of possible volcanic eruption

    Iceland warns of possible volcanic eruption

    Monday, August 18 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-08-18 19:54:25 GMT
    Iceland has raised its alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange -the second-most severe level.
    Iceland has raised its alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange -the second-most severe level.
  • Strong quake hits remote area in southwest Iran

    Strong quake hits remote area in southwest Iran

    Monday, August 18 2014 10:23 AM EDT2014-08-18 14:23:26 GMT
    A strong, magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolted a sparsely populated mountainous province near Iran's border with Iraq on Monday, Iranian state television reported.
    A strong, magnitude 6.2 earthquake jolted a sparsely populated mountainous province near Iran's border with Iraq on Monday, Iranian state television reported.
  • 3.6-magnitude quake hits Southern California

    3.6-magnitude quake hits Southern California

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:03 AM EDT2014-08-18 06:03:38 GMT
    A small earthquake has struck the San Bernardino Mountains but no damages or injuries are reported.
    A small earthquake has struck the San Bernardino Mountains but no damages or injuries are reported.
  • Schatz wins over voters in tough US Senate primary

    Schatz wins over voters in tough US Senate primary

    Sunday, August 17 2014 7:24 AM EDT2014-08-17 11:24:33 GMT
    Incumbent Sen. Brian Schatz won a tense Democratic primary election in Hawaii on Friday. He proved he's not just a senator who was appointed to his seat - he has captured the confidence of Hawaii voters.
    Incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz won a tense Democratic primary election in Hawaii, proving that he is no longer just a senator who was appointed to his seat - he has captured the confidence of Hawaii voters.
  • California cemeteries work to cope with drought

    California cemeteries work to cope with drought

    Sunday, August 17 2014 12:32 AM EDT2014-08-17 04:32:07 GMT
    Cemeteries with thirsty lawns are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California's drought.
    Cemeteries with thirsty lawns are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California's drought.
  • Schatz wins Democratic Hawaii US Senate primary

    Schatz wins Democratic Hawaii US Senate primary

    Saturday, August 16 2014 3:52 AM EDT2014-08-16 07:52:31 GMT
    A steady flow of residents recovering from Tropical Storm Iselle began casting votes Friday to finally decide who wins Hawaii's Democratic U.S. Senate primary - a race expected to determine who will serve the...
    Sen. Brian Schatz beat U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Hawaii, closing out a tight, emotional race that went into overtime after a tropical storm kept some voters from the polls.
  • Californians to vote on $7.5 billion water plan

    Californians to vote on $7.5 billion water plan

    Thursday, August 14 2014 1:18 AM EDT2014-08-14 05:18:41 GMT
    California lawmakers on Wednesday voted to place a $7.5 billion water plan before voters in November, marking the largest water investment in decades for a state struggling with a historic drought.
    Driven to action by the state's historic drought, California lawmakers on Wednesday voted to place a $7.5 billion water plan before voters in November.
  • More water headed to struggling Lake Mead

    More water headed to struggling Lake Mead

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 7:40 PM EDT2014-08-13 23:40:41 GMT
    One of the main reservoirs in a vast Colorado River water system that is struggling to serve the booming Southwest will get more water this year.
    One of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system that is struggling to serve the booming Southwest will get more water this year, but that won't be enough to pull Lake Mead back from near-record lows.
  • 11 injured as train cars derail in Swiss Alps

    11 injured as train cars derail in Swiss Alps

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 1:39 PM EDT2014-08-13 17:39:09 GMT
    Swiss police say at least two train cars have derailed in the Alps after a landslide on the tracks. One carriage was hanging off a steep ravine.
    Three train cars derailed and 11 people were injured Wednesday after a landslide hit a mountain train in the Swiss Alps, police said. One carriage slid down a steep slope, saved from a ravine only by large trees.
  • Rebuilt Moore school brings changes, reminders

    Rebuilt Moore school brings changes, reminders

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-08-12 21:09:25 GMT
    Students heading back to class next week at the rebuilt Plaza Towers Elementary in Oklahoma will see new fixtures as well as reminders of the resiliency the school and community showed after a tornado killed seven...
    Students heading back to class next week at the rebuilt Plaza Towers Elementary in Oklahoma will see new fixtures as well as reminders of the resiliency the school and community showed after a tornado killed seven students...
  • A look at Lake Mead's water levels, impact

    A look at Lake Mead's water levels, impact

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-08-12 13:37:53 GMT
    Lake Mead is one of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system, and its receding shoreline is raising concerns about the future of a network serving the perennially parched Southwest.
    Lake Mead is one of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system, and its receding shoreline is raising concerns about the future of a network serving the perennially parched Southwest.
  • Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop

    Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 6:08 AM EDT2014-08-12 10:08:20 GMT
    Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation, but are also drilling a new pipeline to keep...
    Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation, but are also drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing...
  • Fire burns over 3 California firefighters; all OK

    Fire burns over 3 California firefighters; all OK

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 2:47 AM EDT2014-08-12 06:47:29 GMT
    Authorities say three trapped firefighters had to deploy their fire shelters as a rapid wind shift sent a Northern California wildfire burning over their location Monday. A fire spokesman says all three survived...
    Three trapped firefighters had to deploy their personal fire shelters as a rapid wind shift sent a Northern California wildfire burning over their location Monday, authorities said. All three survived with no serious...
  • Storm capsizes boats in Northern Ireland regatta

    Storm capsizes boats in Northern Ireland regatta

    Monday, August 11 2014 11:06 AM EDT2014-08-11 15:06:52 GMT
    Authorities say dozens of small sailboats taking part in a Northern Ireland regatta have capsized in stormy seas, triggering an emergency evacuation involving several lifeboats and a helicopter from the neighboring...
    Authorities say dozens of small sailboats taking part in a Northern Ireland regatta have capsized in stormy seas, triggering an emergency evacuation involving several lifeboats and a helicopter from the neighboring...
  • What's behind Hawaii's twin storms: Mostly luck

    What's behind Hawaii's twin storms: Mostly luck

    Monday, August 11 2014 9:48 AM EDT2014-08-11 13:48:39 GMT
    All sorts of weather factors came together for Hawaii's twin hurricane threat: stuck currents, an oddball brewing El Nino, slightly warmer water but mostly just bad luck.
    All sorts of weather factors came together for Hawaii's twin hurricane threat: stuck currents, an oddball brewing El Nino, slightly warmer water but mostly just bad luck.
  • Lightning sparks new fires in California

    Lightning sparks new fires in California

    Monday, August 11 2014 12:06 AM EDT2014-08-11 04:06:45 GMT
    Firefighters rushed to put out nine wildfires that were sparked by lightning in the northeastern corner of California on Sunday as a stubborn blaze to the west in Mendocino County continues to challenge crews.
    Firefighters rushed to put out nine wildfires that were sparked by lightning in the northeastern corner of California on Sunday as a stubborn blaze to the west in Mendocino County continues to challenge crews.
  • Panama Canal chief: drought could limit shipping

    Panama Canal chief: drought could limit shipping

    Sunday, August 10 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-08-11 00:26:55 GMT
    The head of the Panama Canal Authority says officials might be forced to limit the draft of ships by the end of this year or early in 2015 if a drought continues and lowers the level of lakes that feed the...
    The head of the Panama Canal Authority says officials might be forced to limit the draft of ships by the end of this year or early in 2015 if a drought continues and lowers the level of lakes that feed the waterway's...
  • How tropical weather shook up an island paradise

    How tropical weather shook up an island paradise

    Sunday, August 10 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-08-10 23:56:44 GMT
    His generator whirring at top speed, Gene Lamkin used rain captured from Tropical Storm Iselle to wash his hair as he and thousands of others in a rural swath of the Big Island remained in the dark and unable to...
    Sunshine and blue skies returned to parts of Hawaii on Sunday after days of heavy rain and gusting winds brought by Tropical Storm Iselle, the first to make landfall in more than two decades. A second storm in the Pacific,...
  • 8 firefighters burned battling California wildfire

    8 firefighters burned battling California wildfire

    Sunday, August 10 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-08-10 13:56:29 GMT
    Eight firefighters who suffered minor burns while battling a wildfire in Northern California left the hospital Saturday as crews gained enough ground on other blazes across the West to allow hundreds of people to...
    Eight firefighters who suffered minor burns while battling a wildfire in Northern California left the hospital Saturday as crews gained enough ground on other blazes across the West to allow hundreds of people to return to...
  • Tourists back to paradise as Hawaii area struggles

    Tourists back to paradise as Hawaii area struggles

    Sunday, August 10 2014 2:38 AM EDT2014-08-10 06:38:33 GMT
    The one-two hurricane punch that was supposed to hit Hawaii is looking more like a jab and a missed left hook.
    His generator whirring at top speed, Gene Lamkin used rain captured from Tropical Storm Iselle to wash his hair as he and thousands of others in a rural swath of the Big Island remained in the dark and unable to traverse...
  • Hurricane Julio downgraded to a Category 1 storm

    Hurricane Julio downgraded to a Category 1 storm

    Sunday, August 10 2014 12:36 AM EDT2014-08-10 04:36:16 GMT
    The National Weather Service has downgraded Hurricane Julio to Category 1, the least powerful level.
    The National Weather Service has downgraded Hurricane Julio to Category 1, the least powerful level.
  • Drought lessons: Water wasters attend Water School

    Drought lessons: Water wasters attend Water School

    Saturday, August 9 2014 1:06 PM EDT2014-08-09 17:06:53 GMT
    Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn't bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict...
    Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn't bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations take a...
  • Hawaii primary to go ahead despite tropical storm

    Hawaii primary to go ahead despite tropical storm

    Saturday, August 9 2014 1:35 AM EDT2014-08-09 05:35:37 GMT
    Hawaii election officials were scrambling Friday to set up polling stations ahead of the state's primary election, which officials determined will go ahead as planned despite rain and winds from Tropical Storm...
    Hawaii election officials were scrambling Friday to set up polling stations ahead of the state's primary election, which officials determined will go ahead as planned despite rain and winds from Tropical Storm Iselle...