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Natural Disasters

U.S. weather forecasters predict above-normal hurricane season

U.S. weather forecasters on Thursday predicted more tropical storms than normal for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which last year brought one of the deadliest recorded storm systems, killing several hundred people and causing $10 billion in damage.

Trump budget would sell entire U.S. Northeast gasoline reserve

NEW YORK The Trump administration is proposing to sell off in the coming fiscal year the entire gasoline reserve created in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, according to its budget proposal unveiled on Tuesday.

U.S., Politics, Election 2016, May 23 2017

Hawaii faces more flooding with possible record high tides

SEATTLE Hawaii will likely suffer more coastal flooding this week driven by record high tides, a symptom of global warming that could become routine within decades, scientists said Monday.

Environment, May 22 2017

U.S. extends 'temporary protected status' to Haitians until January

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow more than 50,000 victims of Haiti's 2010 earthquake to remain in the United States with work authorizations until January 2018, department officials told reporters on Monday.

U.S., May 22 2017

Heavy rain, wind disrupts travel for New Yorkers

NEW YORK Heavy, wind-driven rain soaked the New York City area on Friday afternoon, causing local flooding and an array of transportation delays across the heavily populated region.

Environment, U.S. May 05 2017

In Hollande country, France's new political map emerges

TULLE, France The Socialist party's headquarters in the southwestern town of Tulle bears the physical scars of the political earthquake that has shaken France since its former mayor Francois Hollande was elected president in 2012.

France, World, May 05 2017

Powerful storm front that killed 16 threatens eastern United States

A powerful storm system bore down on the eastern United States on Monday after spawning tornadoes and torrential rains that killed at least 16 people and shut down hundreds of roads over the weekend, forecasters said.

U.S., Environment, May 01 2017

Strong earthquake hits off Philippines, no major impact seen

MANILA A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 struck off the coast of Mindanao island in the Philippines on Saturday, and the country's seismology agency advised people to stay away from coastal areas but expected no major damage.

World, Environment, Apr 28 2017

Cluster of tremors in central Chile unnerves locals

SANTIAGO A cluster of tremors shook central Chile on Friday afternoon, leaving locals worried that a bigger earthquake may be imminent and prompting some early closures of schools and workplaces.

Environment, Apr 28 2017

Japan reconstruction minister quits after inappropriate comment on disaster zone

TOKYO The Japanese cabinet minister overseeing reconstruction of areas devastated by the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster resigned on Wednesday after saying it was better the disaster struck the northeastern region instead of Tokyo.

World, Japan, Nuclear Power Apr 25 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.