HIROSHIMA - At least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday, when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima, and the toll could rise further, police said. | Video
- An elongated area of low pressure located about 350 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.
- The bald eagle may no longer be at risk of extinction, but the U.S. effort to protect the national bird became harder on Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES - Plans to set up a three-block-long "slip 'n slide" in Los Angeles next month have drawn the ire of conservationists who say splashing up to 16,000 gallons of water down it during a severe drought is frivolous and irresponsible.
ATLANTA - A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.
ALBUQUERQUE N.M. - Six people were injured, one critically, when a lightning bolt struck during a middle school football practice in southern New Mexico, a school spokesman said on Wednesday.
BRUSSELS - Two Belgian nuclear reactors owned by GDF-Suez unit Electrabel may remain offline until spring and may need to be halted permanently, Belgian state broadcaster VRT reported on Tuesday.
- The cleanup of a 5,000-gallon fuel oil spill from a Duke Energy Corp power plant into the Ohio River could stretch into Thursday, Duke said on Wednesday, as the U.S. Coast Guard reopened a 15-mile section of the river to limited traffic.
STOCKHOLM - Iceland's civil protection agency has decided to evacuate an area north of the country's Bardarbunga volcano, saying it could not rule out an eruption.
BRUSSELS - EU regulators are preparing draft legislation that will require vehicle fuel use to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories, looking to close loopholes that allow car makers to exaggerate fuel-saving and emissions credentials.