Hurricane Cristobal was gradually gaining strength Tuesday as it headed over the Atlantic Ocean toward Bermuda after drenching parts of the Caribbean and causing at least five deaths. The storm was centered about 590 miles (950 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda and had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) as it approached the British island territory, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.
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A university lab in the city of Berkeley is testing a prototype of an earthquake early-warning system that California is pursuing years after places like Mexico and Japan already have them up and running. Experts say it would allow trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects, reducing injuries and damage.
Granite City police told local television stations that the bomb squad has been sent to the Totall Metal Recycling plant and officials fear more explosions, perhaps from live ammunition rounds. More than 160 people work at the plant.
A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.
Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died. the two are spouses of a man and woman who had direct contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who flew into the country last month with the virus and infected 11 others before he died in July.
Firefighters from throughout California were being dispatched Tuesday to protect homes threatened by an out-of-control wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, the second fire around the park in recent weeks. The nearly 2-square-mile blaze in Madera County had destroyed eight structures and was threatening 500 others around Oakhurst, which is about 16 miles away from an entrance to Yosemite.
The deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,000 in West Africa is disrupting the flow of goods, forcing the United Nations to plan food convoys for up to a million people as hunger threatens the largely impoverished area.Amid roadblocks manned by troops and pervasive fear among the population of the dreaded disease, the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola is increasingly impacting the food supply in three countries.
A tanker truck explosion and fire in Middle Tennessee killed one person early Friday and police said would cause significant delays for motorists on Interstate 65. The fuel tanker hit an overpass around 3:40 a.m. It was carrying unleaded gasoline.
The death toll from the collapse of a six-story building under construction on the outskirts of Thailand's capital has risen to 14, as rescue teams ended their search Friday, four days after the cave-in. Police were investigating the cause of the collapse and have arrested four people, including the site engineer, who will face criminal charges.
The grocery chain Supervalu said Friday that it may have suffered a data breach at stores in as many as five states. Hackers accessed a network that processes store transactions. Account numbers, expiration dates, cardholders' names and other information may have been stolen, the company said.
Warren Mayor James Fouts said roughly 1,000 vehicles had been abandoned in floodwaters in the suburb where many roads were closed after 5.2 inches of rain fell Monday. He said he would contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help.
Marina operators, water managers and farmers who for decades have chased every drop of water across the booming Southwest and part of Mexico are closely tracking the reservoir water level already at its lowest point since it was first filled in the 1930s.
Jason Kolbert, a biotechnology analyst at Maxim Group in New York, said investors are "freaking out" because a Spanish priest, who was reportedly treated with another Ebola drug called ZMapp, died on Tuesday in Madrid after being transported by air from Liberia.
Nigerian authorities on Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700 people in four countries.
About 2,500 people were stranded early Monday after thunderstorms caused mountain mudslides in Southern California, while one person was found dead in a flooded creek. About 1,500 residents of Oak Glen, and another 1,000 residents of Forest Falls were unable to get out because of thick debris flows caused by flash floods. The stranded include 500 children and adults who had arrived at a Forest Falls campground Sunday morning.
The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility. Metal dust produced from polishing steel hubcaps ignited Saturday morning at the factory in the eastern Chinese city of Kunshan, causing an explosion that destroyed almost the entire roof of the plant.