As dry spell bites, Californians tear out lawns

Aug 25, 2014

As dry spell bites, Californians tear out lawns

Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn’t keep green, no matter how much he watered it, so he decided to tear it out. Three years later, he brims with pride at his new front yard in Long Beach, California, carpeted with ...

Mudslides kill 36 in Hiroshima

Aug 20, 2014

Mudslides kill 36 in Hiroshima

At least 36 people were confirmed dead and seven remained missing after torrential rain sparked flooding and landslides in the city of Hiroshima on Wednesday, according to police. A 2-year-old boy was pronounced dead after being buried for two hours in a mudslide, while ...

Nepal flood toll tops 100 as disease fears swell

Aug 18, 2014

Nepal flood toll tops 100 as disease fears swell

Nepalese authorities on Monday feared an outbreak of diseases as they attempted to reach thousands of people stranded by flooding that has already killed at least 101 people and left more than 136 missing. Jhanka Nath Dhakal of Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Center said ...

Weather systems stalling more often

Aug 16, 2014

Weather systems stalling more often

by Alister Doyle

Summer heat waves and downpours have become more frequent in the northern hemisphere this century, apparently because extreme weather can get trapped for weeks in the same place in a warming world, a study showed Aug. 11. Disruptions to the jet stream, which forms ...

Aug 12, 2014

Ship rescues three stranded in rough seas off Hawaii

A container ship crew on Monday rescued three people who had been stranded in a sailboat off the Hawaiian islands for about 24 hours as Hurricane Julio battered their vessel with high winds and giant waves. The sailors were pulled aboard the container ship ...

Aug 9, 2014

Typhoon Halong disrupts air, rail transport in southwest

Typhoon Halong, the 11th of the year, disrupted rail and air services throughout southwestern Japan on Saturday as it closed in on Kyushu and Shikoku with winds gusting to 200 kph (125 mph). Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. have canceled about ...