Cyclone batters Australia's Great Barrier Reef coast

Apr 12, 2014

Cyclone batters Australia's Great Barrier Reef coast

A tropical cyclone battered Australia’s Barrier Reef coast Saturday, knocking out power and phone lines for thousands of people and threatening floods, despite weakening as it headed south toward major tourist resorts. Tens of thousands of people hunkered down overnight as strong gales and ...

Washington mudslide yields more bodies, but some may never be found

Mar 27, 2014

Washington mudslide yields more bodies, but some may never be found

Search teams picked through mud-caked debris for a fifth day on Wednesday, looking for scores of people still missing in a deadly Washington state landslide, as officials reported finding more bodies while acknowledging that some victims’ remains may never be recovered. The official death ...

U.S. mudslide kills at least four, with 18 missing

Mar 24, 2014

U.S. mudslide kills at least four, with 18 missing

A massive landslide in northwestern Washington state that completely destroyed a small riverside neighborhood has killed at least four people. At least 18 people remained missing, though authorities warned that number could grow. Crews were able to get out to the muddy, tree-strewn area ...

Volcanoes explain warming 'hiatus'

Feb 24, 2014

Volcanoes explain warming 'hiatus'

Volcanoes spewing sun-reflecting particles into the atmosphere have partly offset the effects of man’s carbon emissions over the last 15 years, a period that has become a battleground in the ongoing debate over global warming, researchers said Sunday. A so-called hiatus in warming since ...

Rare Lake Superior ice sculptures lure tourists

Feb 16, 2014

Rare Lake Superior ice sculptures lure tourists

From the bridge of the Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw, northern Lake Huron looks like a vast, snow-covered field dotted with ice slabs as big as boulders — a battleground for the icebreaker’s 58-member crew during one of the roughest winters in memory. It has ...

Snowstorm brings strandings and tragedy to U.S. east

Feb 14, 2014

Snowstorm brings strandings and tragedy to U.S. east

A deadly winter storm swept the eastern United States on Thursday, spelling trouble for millions and tragedy for a few, including an expectant mother killed by a snowplow. U.S. media counted at least 11 dead as a result of the storm, which dropped a ...

Ex-New Orleans mayor convicted of taking bribes

Feb 13, 2014

Ex-New Orleans mayor convicted of taking bribes

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, best remembered for his impassioned pleas for help after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005, was convicted Wednesday of accepting bribes in exchange for helping businessmen secure millions of dollars in city work. A federal jury found ...

Ice storm causes havoc across U.S. South

Feb 13, 2014

Ice storm causes havoc across U.S. South

The second wintry storm in two weeks to hit the normally balmy U.S. South encrusted highways, trees and power lines in ice Wednesday, knocking out electricity to more than 350,000 homes and businesses. President Barack Obama declared states of emergency in Georgia and South ...

Historic Yiddish theater damaged by snowstorm in Romania

Jan 30, 2014

Historic Yiddish theater damaged by snowstorm in Romania

One of Europe’s oldest Yiddish theaters, the State Jewish Theater of Bucharest, has been forced to close down after its roof was damaged by the snowstorms sweeping Romania. “This is a disaster. About 30 percent of the theater roof has been destroyed. The stage ...

Warmer Pacific boosts East Asian typhoon risk

Jan 16, 2014

Warmer Pacific boosts East Asian typhoon risk

China, the Korean Peninsula and Japan are set to be nailed by powerful typhoons because water is warming in the western Pacific, according to a three-decade study published Thursday. Researchers led by Chang-Hoi Ho from Seoul National University looked at five sets of background ...