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Thousands of San Jose, California, residents allowed home after flooding

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Some residents of San Jose in Northern California who were forced out this week by flooding from a rain-swollen creek returned on Thursday to find their homes stayed dry, but nearly 4,000 people were still under evacuation orders, officials said.

Thousands still forced from homes by flooding in California tech hub

The mucky water flooding a section of San Jose in Northern California forced officials on Wednesday to widen the area under mandatory evacuation orders, with about 14,000 people barred from returning to their homes following drenching rains.

U.S., Environment, Feb 22 2017

Biggest storm in five years thrashes Southern California

LOS ANGELES Southern California cleaned up on Saturday after its biggest storm in years unleashed a wave of rain and snow that killed at least three people and triggered flooding, mudslides, high winds and power outages, officials said.

U.S., Environment, Feb 18 2017

U.S. probe into El Faro disaster concludes public hearings

TAMPA, Fla. U.S. investigators stood in silence for 33 seconds on Friday as they concluded the public phase of a probe into the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship during a 2015 hurricane, recognizing each crew member aboard who died.

U.S., El Faro Feb 17 2017

Storm Dineo kills at least seven people in Mozambique: government

MAPUTO Tropical storm Dineo has killed seven people in Mozambique since it hit the eastern coast on Wednesday, the government's disaster centre said on Thursday.

Environment, Feb 16 2017

Tropical storm Dineo batters coastal towns in Mozambique

MAPUTO Tropical storm Dineo, which has been building along the east coast of southern Africa, made landfall in Mozambique on Wednesday evening, battering two coastal towns with heavy rain and wind at speeds of up to 160 km (100 miles) an hour.

Environment, Feb 15 2017

U.N. warns of catastrophic dam failure in Syria battle

GENEVA The United Nations is warning of catastrophic flooding in Syria from the Tabqa dam, which is at risk from high water levels, deliberate sabotage by Islamic State (IS) and further damage from air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition.

World, Syria, United Nations, Feb 15 2017

Mozambique, South Africa brace for cyclone during peak maize season

JOHANNESBURG A tropical storm heading for the coast of southern Mozambique is expected to develop into a cyclone with winds of up to 118 to 165 kms (70 to 100 miles) per hour, the South African Weather Service said on Tuesday.

Environment, Feb 14 2017

Philippines starts to repair damage in quake-hit southern province

MANILA Philippine authorities have begun to restore electricity and water supply to areas hit by a powerful earthquake in the south that killed six and damaged public infrastructure.

World, Environment, Feb 12 2017

Earthquake in southern Philippines kills four, damages infrastructure

MANILA Four people died and more than 100 were injured after a powerful earthquake struck the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines late Friday, damaging some structures and cutting power in many areas, local officials said. | Video

World, Environment Feb 11 2017

China economic reforms may result in $14.4 trillion GDP, growth at 6 percent – Asia Society report

Sweeping economic reform initiated by China President Xi Jinping in November 2013 marked a turning point for the world's second biggest economy. If implemented fully, China's potential GDP growth can be sustained at 6 percent through 2020. One risk: Falling short of that growth rate could result in growth at half that projection, or worse, leading to a new economic crisis, according to a new study.