Natural Disasters

Washington state community devastated by mudslide could face floods

SEATTLE - A Washington state community devastated by a mudslide that killed 43 people in March was bracing for its first rainy season since the disaster and the threat of flooding from a river that changed course as a result of it, officials said on Thursday.

Hurricane Gonzalo's damages in Bermuda estimated at up to $200 million

- Hurricane Gonzalo caused between $200 million and $400 million in insured losses over the weekend on Bermuda, according to an estimate by AIR Worldwide, a Boston-based catastrophe modeling company.

Environment, 2:36pm EDT

GM posts higher-than-expected profit on strong North American demand

DETROIT - General Motors Co on Thursday reported a higher-than-expected profit in the third quarter on strong demand for its redesigned full-size pickup trucks in North America. | Video

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Lawmakers in Japan's tsunami-hit region eye casino to hasten recovery

SENDAI Japan - Business and political leaders in northeastern Japan are betting on a casino as the brightest hope to speed reconstruction in a region battered by the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

World, Japan, 21 Oct 2014

Hurricane Ana stays well south of Hawaii

- Hurricane Ana stayed on a slow course south of Hawaii on Sunday, well off shore but spinning off threats of heavy rains, strong winds and high surf to the Pacific archipelago, the National Weather Service said.

U.S., Environment, 19 Oct 2014

Hurricane Gonzalo speeds across far north Atlantic

HAMILTON Bermuda - Hurricane Gonzalo was speeding across the cold waters of the far north Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, meteorologists said, leaving Bermuda to clean up from a direct hit of howling winds and driving rain.

Environment, 19 Oct 2014

Bermuda fares better than expected after hurricane's direct hit

HAMILTON Bermuda - Hurricane Gonzalo scored a direct hit on Bermuda Friday night into Saturday morning, pummeling the tiny island chain with rain and howling winds that downed trees and knocked out power but spared it catastrophic damage or death.

World, Environment, 18 Oct 2014

Hurricane Ana, brushing past Hawaii, to bring strong rain, surf

- A hurricane churning past Hawaii on Saturday pummeled the Pacific archipelago with heavy rain, strong gusts and dangerous surf but was skirting the islands without making a direct hit, the National Weather Service said.

U.S., Environment, 18 Oct 2014

Bermuda fares better than expected from hurricane's direct hit

HAMILTON Bermuda - Hurricane Gonzalo scored a direct hit on Bermuda Friday night into Saturday morning, pummeling the tiny island chain with rain and howling winds that downed trees and knocked out power but spared it catastrophic damage or death.

World, Environment 18 Oct 2014

Hurricane Gonzalo scores bull's eye hit on Bermuda

HAMILTON Bermuda - Hurricane Gonzalo slammed into Bermuda on Friday, knocking out most of the electricity as it lashed the tiny Atlantic island chain with pounding surf, torrential rain and howling wind, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Environment, U.S., 18 Oct 2014

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.