Natural Disasters

Torrential rain floods Houston before heading toward New Orleans

- Torrential rain triggered flooding on the streets of Houston and sent spectators fleeing from a circus south of the Texas city, officials said on Saturday, as the storm system headed east toward Louisiana and neighboring states.

'Isis' among names removed from UN list of hurricane names

GENEVA - 'Isis' has been removed from the official list of names of future hurricanes as it was now deemed inappropriate because of the eponymous militant group, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday.

Environment, 17 Apr 2015

Suspected tornado picks up Jeep with occupants in Oregon parking lot

- A rare suspected tornado in Oregon swept across a parking lot at a community college in the city of Eugene, lifting up a Jeep with two people inside and damaging three other vehicles, officials said on Wednesday.

U.S., 15 Apr 2015

Thousands could survive West Coast tsunami by walking to safety: study

SEATTLE - Thousands of people living along the U.S. Pacific coastline from Northern California to Washington state could survive a powerful tsunami, as long as they are prepared to walk briskly to higher ground, a researcher said on Tuesday.

Environment, 14 Apr 2015

Alaska road to oilfield operations opens for limited traffic

JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska’s lone road to North Slope oilfield operations reopened on Sunday to limited traffic after flooding from an adjacent river shut it down for nearly a week, state transportation officials said.

U.S., 12 Apr 2015

Residents assess damage after deadly northern Illinois tornado

- Residents of a small northern Illinois town slammed by a powerful tornado were allowed to return to their homes on Saturday to assess damage but safety concerns prevented them from staying for long, officials said. | Video

U.S., Environment 11 Apr 2015

Climate change seen bringing more fires, less snow to Yellowstone

- Predicted climate changes bringing warmer and drier conditions to Yellowstone National Park will likely fuel catastrophic wildfires, cause declines in mountain snows and threaten the survival of animals and plants, scientists said on Thursday.

U.S., Environment, 10 Apr 2015

Climate change seen bringing more fires, less snow to Yellowstone

- Predicted climate changes bringing warmer and drier conditions to Yellowstone National Park will likely fuel catastrophic wildfires, cause declines in mountain snows and threaten the survival of animals and plants, scientists said on Thursday.

Environment, 09 Apr 2015

U.S. storm forecasters predict below-average Atlantic hurricane season

DENVER - The Atlantic Ocean will see a "well below average" number of hurricanes this season due to cooler Caribbean waters and a strong El Nino effect, forecasters with Colorado State University predicted on Thursday.

U.S., Environment, 09 Apr 2015

Hundreds of people return home in Philippines as typhoon weakens

MANILA - Hundreds of people in the north of the main Philippine island of Luzon left evacuation centers and returned home on Sunday after a typhoon weakened significantly as it made landfall, although officials still warned of heavy rain and rough seas.

World, Environment 05 Apr 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.