A tropical storm blew across the northern Philippines, causing floods and power outages in several towns and prompting rescue teams to scramble to evacuate villagers in low-lying communities. The storm, which had sustained winds of 85 kilometers (53 miles) per hour and gusts of 100 kph (62 mph), started early, according to government forecasters.
Kyushu Electric Power Co. began loading nuclear fuel into a reactor at its Sendai complex,...
A thunderstorm with heavy rains and high winds moved across the Las Vegas area, flooding roads...
Liberian authorities quarantined two households after the corpse of a 17-year-old boy was found with Ebola, sparking fears the West African country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free.
A former BP engineer is entitled to a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge stemming from an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court ruled. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that granted Kurt Mix a new trial because of jury misconduct in his 2013 trial.
A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, but it's not clear whether they'll all sprout because persistent rain in some Midwestern states has flooded fields and slowed plant development.
Authorities in central Georgia say up to 50 teenagers bent on destruction raced into a Wal-Mart in Macon, smashing merchandise and causing an estimated $2,000 in damage. Sheriff's officials said one of the teens later told a Wal-Mart employee the goal was to see how much damage they could cause.
Four days of heavy rain have caused severe flooding in central China, killing at least 15 people and leaving 19 others missing, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs said. Millions of people have been affected by the heavy rains since Friday and tens of thousands were relocated.
The family of a businessman killed when a speeding passenger train derailed near Philadelphia accused Amtrak of negligence and outrageous conduct in a wrongful-death lawsuit. The May 12 crash killed eight people, including businessman Robert Gildersleeve Jr. of Elkridge, Maryland, and injured more than 200.
A wildfire fueled by high temps and strong winds roared into a central Washington neighborhood, forcing more than a thousand people to flee their homes and destroying a dozen structures, authorities said. At least a thousand people have left their homes in Wenatchee, about 120 miles east of Seattle.
A man set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train in Japan, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, a fire official said. At least 26 other people were injured, three seriously, mostly from smoke inhalation, Odawara Fire Department official Ikutaro Torii said.
A wet June turned worse after strong weekend storms drenched the Midwest, strengthening worries that already-serious flooding won't go away anytime soon. It seems to be unrelenting: More rain is forecast for later this week in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, "possibly a lot," National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said.
Egypt faced treacherous weather conditions as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in the Sinai peninsula shook buildings more than 200 miles away in the capital, Cairo. At its peak, the sandstorm covered the capital in a thick orange cloud, dramatically reducing visibility.
Difficult to prepare for and impossible to stop, floods are among the most dangerous disasters that business continuity professionals can face. A bad flood can shut a business down for days and keep employees out of the office for much, much longer. Here are the five worst floods of 2015 so far.
Powerful storms that thundered through eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut downed trees and power lines, leaving nearly 400,000 customers without electricity and disrupting mass transit service in all three states. The strong storm system was the same that had spawned tornadoes in the Midwest, including at least nine in northern Illinois.
The devastating heat wave that struck southern Pakistan last weekend is slowly subsiding but the toll was still climbing, to a total of 860 confirmed deaths, a senior health official said. On Thursday, the temperature dropped to 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 degrees Fahrenheit) in Karachi from a high of 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) on Sunday.
South Korea's finance ministry said Thursday that economic growth will slow this year as the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome saps spending and tourism. The ministry cut its forecast for South Korea's growth to 3.1 percent from 3.8 percent. Asia's fourth-largest economy grew 3.3 percent last year.
A disaster official says flash floods triggered by a tropical storm have killed seven people and left four others missing in a northern Vietnamese province. Vietnam is prone to floods and storms, which kill hundreds of people each year.
Whether serious or not, infectious disease outbreaks always seem to grab headlines. Even if the threat is minimal, it always seems as though diseases like Ebola instantly become the focus of the media once an outbreak begins. The recent cases of MERS in South Korea show how critical healthcare and infrastructure are in preventing pandemic situations.
New Ebola infections in Guinea and Sierra Leone are down to a trickle. That means while there may still be time to prove if experimental Ebola vaccines protect against the dreaded disease, the chances of success are becoming slimmer. The teams trying to do that critical research know the odds are stacked against most of the trials that are underway.
North Korea says it has succeeded where the greatest minds in science have failed. The authoritarian, impoverished nation better known for pursuing a nuclear program despite global criticism announced it has a drug can prevent and cure MERS, Ebola, SARS and AIDS.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been the toast of their Midwestern city for generations, a source of civic pride as one of baseball's most successful and cherished franchises. Suddenly, they're an embarrassment, under federal investigation for allegedly hacking into the computer database of an opponent, the Houston Astros, whose general manager, Jeff Luhnow, is a former Cardinals executive.
Thousands of villagers are refusing to leave their homes on the slopes of one of Indonesia's most volatile volcanoes despite warnings that it is poised for a powerful eruption. Mount Sinabung, one of about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, has been at the highest alert level for nearly two weeks.
North Korea says it has been hit by its worst drought in a century, resulting in extensive damage to agriculture during its main planting season. The official Korean Central News Agency said the drought has caused about 30 percent of its rice paddies to dry up. Young rice plants normally need to be partially submerged in water during the early summer.
The eastern half of Texas prepared for renewed flooding as Tropical Storm Bill made landfall along the state's Gulf Coast. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the storm came ashore with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.
Recent disasters, like the earthquakes in Nepal and floods in Texas and Oklahoma, have once again put the focus on businesses staying operational during and recovering from drastic events. Preparing for these events can be crucial, as disasters can cost businesses financially as well as other ways. Some businesses never recover from large storms or natural disasters.
The torrential storms of last month essentially ended one of Texas' worst-ever droughts, but much of the excess water has already flowed into the Gulf of Mexico or will evaporate by year's end. With a wary eye toward the next prolonged dry-streak that inevitably will come, some think expanding the use of underground aquifers may help slake the thirst of Texas' rapidly growing population.
Nepal on reopened most of the cultural heritage sites that were damaged in a pair of devastating earthquakes, hoping to lure back foreign tourists. The April 25 and May 12 quakes killed more than 8,700 people and damaged hundreds of thousands of buildings in Nepal, including old temples, palaces and other historical structures that are popular with tourists.
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