Mudslide kin warned death toll will spike

Mar 28, 2014

Mudslide kin warned death toll will spike

Rescuers searching for 90 people still missing five days after a massive mudslide in Washington state braced the public Thursday for an impending steep rise in the death toll even as they deflected criticism of the early disaster response. At least 25 people are ...

U.S. mudslide fatalities to rise substantially

Mar 28, 2014

U.S. mudslide fatalities to rise substantially

Weary rescuers in hip waders pressed through rain and their own exhaustion Thursday, searching for more bodies and a perhaps a miracle atop the pile of filth and debris from the mudslide that laid waste to a town in Washington state and killed at ...

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 victims 'knew of risk'

Mar 26, 2014

U.S. mudslide victims 'knew of risk'

A scientist working for the government issued a warning 15 years ago about the potential for a catastrophic landslide in the northwestern U.S. fishing village where the collapse of a rain-soaked hillside over the weekend killed at least 16 people and left scores missing. ...

Obama proposes $1 billion climate protection fund

Feb 15, 2014

Obama proposes $1 billion climate protection fund

President Barack Obama proposed Friday a $1 billion fund to mitigate the impact of climate change in the United States, and unveiled financing to combat drought parching swathes of California. The president landed in the Central Valley area and met farmers who have lost ...

Winter storm leaves 25 dead on U.S. East Coast

Feb 15, 2014

Winter storm leaves 25 dead on U.S. East Coast

A winter storm that brought snow and ice to the U.S. East Coast moved offshore Friday, leaving at least 25 people dead and hundreds of thousands without power and causing a large pileup in Pennsylvania that injured 30 people. The deaths included a pregnant ...

Feb 9, 2014

A glance at the world's major drought hot spots

by Tess Reid

1. California: The state’s water resources are at critically low levels and a drought emergency has been declared. The health department says 17 rural areas are dangerously parched. 2. Sao Paulo, Brazil: The country’s largest city is on the verge of water rationing because ...

Feb 7, 2014

U.K. deploys marines after worst floods in 250 years

Britain deployed Royal Marines on Thursday to help with devastating floods after what officials said was likely the worst winter rainfall in 250 years. Around 40 marines were helping reinforce flood defenses near Taunton in Somerset, southwest England, parts of which have been under ...

'King of K-pop' gets ready to reign again

Jan 7, 2014

'King of K-pop' gets ready to reign again

South Korean singer Rain, known by some as the “King of K-pop,” last week released his first album in four years as part of a long-awaited comeback following mandatory military service. Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, released online his sixth album, “Rain ...

In Haiyan's wake, Christmas infused with tragedy

| Dec 25, 2013

In Haiyan's wake, Christmas infused with tragedy

Christmas lights blink in a handful of restaurants in Tacloban, but at nightfall, much of this city flattened by Typhoon Haiyan slips into darkness. A few downtown shops have reopened. Roadside vendors peddle fruits of the season: oranges and red apples. There is rebuilding, ...