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Western Panama hit by 6.3 magnitude earthquake

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The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 has struck western Panama. More>>

US releases review on removing vegetation to stop wildfires

(AP Photo/Don Ryan, File). FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2015 file photo, fire engulfs sagebrush near Roosevelt, Wash. Federal officials have released a plan intended to reduce the size of giant rangeland wildfires that have become an increasing problem in th... (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File). FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2015 file photo, fire engulfs sagebrush near Roosevelt, Wash. Federal officials have released a plan intended to reduce the size of giant rangeland wildfires that have become an increasing problem in th...
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Federal officials have released a draft environmental analysis for a proposal intended to stop rangeland wildfires in a huge swath of the West that hosts cattle ranching and recreation and is home to imperiled sage grouse. More>>

PG&E's lenders offer billions, new name to rebrand utility

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Pacific Gas & Electric's key lenders have offered a $30 billion plan to pull the utility out of bankruptcy, give the tarnished company a new name. More>>

Hidden oil spill: New study contradicts owner's claims

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File). FILE- In this March 31, 2015 aerial photo, the wake of a supply vessel heading towards a working platform crosses over an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off t... (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File). FILE- In this March 31, 2015 aerial photo, the wake of a supply vessel heading towards a working platform crosses over an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off t...
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A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana 14½ years ago finds releases lower than other recent estimates. More>>

France put on hot weather alert as heatwave reaches Europe

(AP Photo/Michael Probst). Birds fly by as the sun rises in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, June 24, 2019. Germany expects hot temperatures during the next days. (AP Photo/Michael Probst). Birds fly by as the sun rises in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, June 24, 2019. Germany expects hot temperatures during the next days.
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Authorities in the Paris region have issued an alert for intense heat expected in the French capital and across Europe this week. More>>

1 pilot dies, 1 survives after German fighter jets collide

(Jens Buettner/dpa via AP). Firefighters work in Nossentiner Huette, eastern Germany on Monday, June 24, 2019 where two German Eurofighter military planes crashed earlier today. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP). Firefighters work in Nossentiner Huette, eastern Germany on Monday, June 24, 2019 where two German Eurofighter military planes crashed earlier today.
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A German air force pilot was killed Monday after his fighter jet collided with another during a training mission in the northeast of the country, the military said. More>>

Devastated North Carolina town still reeling from Florence

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome). In this photo taken Wednesday, April 17, 2019 town manager Glenn Spivey crosses Jones Street in Trenton, N.C. Eight months after Hurricane Florence inundated North Carolina, communities such as Trenton illustrate the slow and u... (AP Photo/Gerry Broome). In this photo taken Wednesday, April 17, 2019 town manager Glenn Spivey crosses Jones Street in Trenton, N.C. Eight months after Hurricane Florence inundated North Carolina, communities such as Trenton illustrate the slow and u...
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Eight months after Hurricane Florence inundated North Carolina, communities such as Trenton illustrate the slow and uneven pace of recovery. More>>

APNewsBreak: Texas says DNA technology jeopardizes cases

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Texas officials are raising concerns over Rapid DNA analysis that has been used to identify California wildfire victims and verify family connections on the US-Mexico border. More>>

California governor proposes safety steps for utilities

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Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to throw a financial lifeline to California's biggest electric companies dealing with the results of disastrous wildfires _ but only if the companies agree to concessions such as tying executive pay to safety. More>>

Storms bring tornadoes, floods, power outages across the US

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Damaging storms have left more than 200,000 people without power across the southern United States, and forecasters say more are on the way. More>>

Surviving Italian climbers mourn death of Pakistan colleague

(AP Photo/B.K. Bangash). The team leader, Tarcisio Bellò, 57, breaks in tears while talking about his Pakistani colleague who lost his life during heavy avalanche, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, June 20, 2019.  The renowned Italian mountaineer, who ... (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash). The team leader, Tarcisio Bellò, 57, breaks in tears while talking about his Pakistani colleague who lost his life during heavy avalanche, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, June 20, 2019. The renowned Italian mountaineer, who ...
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Italian mountaineer who along with five other climbers narrowly survived an expedition in Pakistan, burst into tears as he recalled helplessly looking on as one of his Pakistani colleagues was swept away by an avalanche. More>>

Seattle to open smoke shelters for 'new normal' summer fires

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File). FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2017, file photo, a man sunbathes in view of the Space Needle, partially obscured by wildfire smoke covering the region from British Columbia fires, in Seattle. After subsequent years marked by t... (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File). FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2017, file photo, a man sunbathes in view of the Space Needle, partially obscured by wildfire smoke covering the region from British Columbia fires, in Seattle. After subsequent years marked by t...
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After subsequent years marked by thick smoke hanging over the city from summer wildfires, Seattle officials say they will retrofit five city facilities to serve as havens where residents can go to breathe clean air. More>>

PG&E says it's fixed many major safety risks on lines, poles

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File). FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric lineman works to repair a power line in fire-ravaged Paradise, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric said Wednesday, June 19, 2019, that it discovered... (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File). FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric lineman works to repair a power line in fire-ravaged Paradise, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric said Wednesday, June 19, 2019, that it discovered...
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Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. officials say the utility discovered more than 1,000 high-priority safety risks on its transmission lines and distribution poles during several months of inspections and most have been fixed. More>>

Strong quake hits island chain off New Zealand; no tsunami

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A magnitude 7.4 earthquake has struck an arc of islands off New Zealand on Sunday, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says it may cause only minor sea level changes in some coastal areas. More>>

PG&E to pay $1 billion to governments for wildfire damage

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A California utility blamed for igniting several wildfires that have killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes has agreed to pay $1 billion to local governments. More>>

Strong quake jolts northwest Japan; no major damage reported

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A powerful earthquake has jolted northwestern Japan, and officials are warning of a tsunami of up to one meter (3.3 feet) high along parts of the coast. More>>

Snowmelt fills rivers in US Southwest, easing drought fears

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer). This Tuesday, June 11, 2019, photo shows the raging waters in the Big Cottonwood Creek, near Salt Lake City. The summer's melting snowpack is creating rivers that are running high, fast and icy cold. The state's snowpack this wi... (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer). This Tuesday, June 11, 2019, photo shows the raging waters in the Big Cottonwood Creek, near Salt Lake City. The summer's melting snowpack is creating rivers that are running high, fast and icy cold. The state's snowpack this wi...
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A welcome surge of melting snow is pouring out of the Rocky Mountains and into the drought-starved rivers of the southwestern U.S. More>>

Rescue efforts underway after China quake kills at least 12

(Zeng Lang/Xinhua via AP). In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers search for trapped people at a collapsed building after an earthquake in Shuanghe Town in Changning County of Yibin City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Tuesda... (Zeng Lang/Xinhua via AP). In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers search for trapped people at a collapsed building after an earthquake in Shuanghe Town in Changning County of Yibin City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Tuesda...
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Rescue efforts are underway after an earthquake in southwestern China that has left 12 people dead and 134 others injured. More>>

Earthquake in southern China kills 11 people, injures 122

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The U.S. Geological Survey says a strong earthquake has hit southwestern China and warns of possible casualties. More>>

Portugal's prime minister: wildfires require long-term fight

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Portugal's prime minister is warning against complacency in the fight against wildfires after huge blazes in 2017 that killed more than 100 people were followed by two years of much smaller charred areas and no deaths. More>>

Pope dons helmet to enter earthquake-hit cathedral in Italy

(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia). Pope Francis walks in procession in front of the Cathedral of Camerino, Italy, as he arrives to celebrate mass, Sunday, June 16, 2019. The town of Camerino was heavily damaged by the 2016 earthquake that hit the central Ital... (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia). Pope Francis walks in procession in front of the Cathedral of Camerino, Italy, as he arrives to celebrate mass, Sunday, June 16, 2019. The town of Camerino was heavily damaged by the 2016 earthquake that hit the central Ital...
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Pope Francis donned a white firefighter's safety helmet on Sunday and entered a damaged cathedral during a visit to central Italy where he is giving encouragement to people still struggling three years after devastating earthquakes struck. More>>

911 upgrade could cost Californians despite budget surplus

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File). FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom gestures towards a chart with proposed funding to deal with the state's homelessness as he discusses his revised state budget during a news conferen... (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File). FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom gestures towards a chart with proposed funding to deal with the state's homelessness as he discusses his revised state budget during a news conferen...
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California lawmakers are poised to approve a framework for a $214.8 billion budget that seeks to address a teacher shortage and bolster the state's top firefighting agency following the most devastating wildfire season in state history. More>>

Cyclone batters fishing hub but veers away from Indian coast

(AP Photo/Ajit Solanki). A waves crashes as people stand on boats on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, India, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Indian authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people on Wednesday as a severe cyclone in the Arabian Se... (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki). A waves crashes as people stand on boats on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, India, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Indian authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people on Wednesday as a severe cyclone in the Arabian Se...
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Authorities have evacuated nearly 300,000 people from India's western coastline ahead of a very severe cyclone that's expected to make landfall as the year's second major storm. More>>

The Latest: Cyclone forecast to jog away from Indian coast

(AP Photo/Fareed Khan). Pakistani fishermen boats are called back from the sea following a warning by authorities of Cyclone Vayu at Karachi harbor in Pakistan, Thursday, June 13, 2019. The meteorological department Thursday issued an alert, warning fi... (AP Photo/Fareed Khan). Pakistani fishermen boats are called back from the sea following a warning by authorities of Cyclone Vayu at Karachi harbor in Pakistan, Thursday, June 13, 2019. The meteorological department Thursday issued an alert, warning fi...
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A very severe cyclone appears to have changed course and is less likely to touch India's western coast than was previously forecast. More>>

4 Jamaican fishermen detained on Coast Guard ships

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Four Jamaican fisherman were held for nearly a month aboard U.S. Coast Guard vessels in the Caribbean Sea, most of the time chained outside in the blistering sun and through strong storms, an ACLU lawsuit says. More>>

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