Italian town destroyed in quake was preparing festival

Aug 25, 2016

Italian town destroyed in quake was preparing festival

In three days, the rugged residents of the medieval Italian hill town of Amatrice had planned to hold one of their most joyful events of the year: the 50th edition of a food festival celebrating their beloved Amatriciana pasta dish, which is made from ...

Central Indiana twisters wreak havoc, flatten homes, Starbucks cafe

Aug 25, 2016

Central Indiana twisters wreak havoc, flatten homes, Starbucks cafe

Thunderstorms and tornadoes plowed through central Indiana on Wednesday, demolishing numerous homes and a Starbucks cafe in Kokomo and cutting power to thousands of Indianapolis-area residents, but no serious injuries were immediately reported. The National Weather Service issued a bulletin saying a “confirmed large ...

Deep South flooding puts a damper on U.S. rice crop

Aug 22, 2016

Deep South flooding puts a damper on U.S. rice crop

Heavy rain that brought record flooding to Louisiana recently has put a damper on the nation’s harvest of rice, a food staple that usually likes water as it grows but can’t be gathered by machine if fields are inundated. While rice is an aquatic ...

Japan's disaster-hit regions look to 'Pokemon Go' to draw tourists

Aug 10, 2016

Japan's disaster-hit regions look to 'Pokemon Go' to draw tourists

Four disaster-hit prefectures are counting on the frenzy sparked by “Pokemon Go” to draw more tourists. Officials from Kumamoto, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures said Wednesday they will use the popular augmented-reality game to encourage more people to visit and thereby spur reconstruction. The ...

Bilingual guidebook to help LGBT community in natural disasters

Jul 20, 2016

Bilingual guidebook to help LGBT community in natural disasters

A bilingual guideline designed for sexual minorities during times of natural disasters has been published in a bid to raise public awareness about problems they may face at emergency shelters. Titled “Rainbow Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Guide,” the leaflet, written in Japanese and ...