Natural Disasters

Water scarce for thousands in Mexico's Los Cabos as new storm looms

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SAN JOSE DEL CABO - Thousands of tourists were stranded in the storm-battered Mexican Pacific resort of Los Cabos on Thursday, with water in short supply and looted stores sitting empty as a new hurricane threatened to buffet the popular tourist hub. | Video

Arizona braces for possible repeat of powerful storms

PHOENIX - Arizona residents braced for another wave of heavy rains and flooding on Tuesday as the remnants of Hurricane Odile began to sweep into the desert state.

U.S., Environment, 16 Sep 2014

Balkans hit by fresh flooding; three dead

BELGRADE - One person died in Serbia and authorities scrambled to evacuate hundreds of others from villages threatened by rising rivers, officials said on Tuesday, in scenes recalling the devastating May flooding that killed dozens.

Environment, 16 Sep 2014

Wildfires rage in California drought, hundreds forced to flee

LOS ANGELES - Crews were battling about a dozen major wildfires across California on Tuesday that have forced thousands of people to flee, damaged or destroyed more than 100 buildings, and charred thousands of acres of drought-stricken forest.

U.S., 16 Sep 2014

Odile batters Mexico's Baja resorts, knocks out power to most area

CABO SAN LUCAS Mexico - Tropical Storm Odile ground its way up Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Monday, gradually losing strength after forcing the evacuation of thousands and smashing shops open to looters in the popular tourist area. | Video

Environment, World 16 Sep 2014

Philippines evacuates thousands as volcano glows red

MANILA - The Philippines has evacuated more than 12,000 people from around the foot of its most active volcano as the crater glows red and authorities warn of a possible eruption.

World, Environment, 15 Sep 2014

Hurricane Odile batters Mexico's Baja resorts, sparks looting

CABO SAN LUCAS Mexico - Hurricane Odile ground its way up Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Monday, gradually losing strength after injuring dozens of people, forcing the evacuation of thousands and smashing shops open to looters in the popular tourist area.

Environment, World 15 Sep 2014

UK lawmakers say government environmental record ranges from bad to worse

LONDON - British lawmakers say the government is doing a worse job of reducing air pollution, preventing flooding and protecting wildlife than it was four years ago, according to a report published on Tuesday.

Environment, 15 Sep 2014

Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico quakes

DENVER - The deep injection of wastewater underground by energy companies during methane gas extraction has caused a dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, U.S. government scientists said in a study released on Monday.

U.S., Environment, 15 Sep 2014

Crews battle 11 major California wildfires amid drought, heat wave

LOS ANGELES - Crews battled nearly a dozen major wildfires across California on Monday that have forced hundreds of people to flee, destroyed dozens of homes and structures and charred thousands of acres of forest land left bone dry by the state's record drought.The most destructive of the 11 blazes, the Courtney Fire, quickly blackened 320 acres east of Yosemite after it erupted on Sunday, burning several homes to the ground, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire

U.S., 15 Sep 2014