Natural Disasters

Oklahoma court rules earthquake victim can sue oil companies

WASHINGTON - An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state's highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential lawsuits against the state's energy companies.

Arizona to pay firefighter families $670,000 over wildfire deaths

PHOENIX - Arizona will pay a total of $670,000 to the families of the 19 elite firefighters killed in the country's deadliest wildfire in 80 years and has agreed to reform the way it fights wildfires, state officials said.

U.S., 29 Jun 2015

Nepal tells U.N. to destroy low quality food meant for quake survivors

KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations must destroy hundreds of tonnes of substandard food it imported for distribution to survivors of the recent earthquakes in Nepal, a senior Nepali government official said on Monday.

World, United Nations, 29 Jun 2015

Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California

LOS ANGELES - Two wildfires burning in parched forestland east of Los Angeles threatened thousands of structures on Friday as crews battled to contain the blazes before shifts in the wind pushed them into new territory, officials said.

Environment, U.S. 26 Jun 2015

Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California

LOS ANGELES - Two wildfires burning in parched forestland east of Los Angeles were threatening thousands of structures on Friday as crews battled to contain the blazes before shifts in the wind push them into new territory, officials said.

Environment, 26 Jun 2015

Donors pledge $4.4 billion in Nepal quake aid

KATHMANDU - Earthquake-hit Nepal received pledges of aid worth $4.4 billion on Thursday, or two-thirds of the amount needed over five years for reconstruction after a devastating earthquake two months ago, Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said.

World, 25 Jun 2015

Eleven arrested in protest against Hawaii telescope

HONOLULU - Eleven people were arrested on Wednesday in a protest against what would be one of the world's largest telescopes being built on a dormant Hawaiian volcano, which has sparked a contentious debate over Native Hawaiian rights and sacred lands. 

U.S., 24 Jun 2015

Oklahoma drilling regulator calls spike in quakes a 'game changer'

- A spike in earthquakes across Oklahoma is forcing the state's energy regulator to urgently consider tougher restrictions on drilling activity, a spokesman said on Wednesday, calling it a "game changer."

U.S., 24 Jun 2015

Wildfires prompt evacuations in Alaska, road closures in California

JUNEAU, Alaska - Several hundred residents in Alaska were told to leave their homes on Tuesday as swiftly growing wildfires on the drought-stricken U.S. West Coast closed highways and destroyed buildings, officials said.

U.S., Environment, 23 Jun 2015

U.S. Plains flooding refills soil moisture, farmers' wallets

CHICAGO - Farmers are reaping higher yields and ranchers' feed costs have fallen sharply since flooding swept across the southern U.S. Plains in May, with the record rains providing tangible benefits to agriculture despite causing damage that will likely cost billions of dollars to repair.

Environment, 23 Jun 2015

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.