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Rescuers locate 20 of 24 trapped in Nicaragua mine

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Rescuers in Nicaragua raced Friday to reach at least 24 freelance gold miners trapped by a landslide, including 20 who have been located and have communicated with emergency crews. More>>

Iceland raises volcano aviation alert briefly

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Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash was detected by the radar system. More>>

Quake is major test for hard-luck California city

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The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage... More>>

Feds say balance struck in California logging plan

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U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive Central California wildfire last year. More>>

Group files petition to idle coastal nuke plant

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An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults. More>>

Southern California gets more waves as storm eases

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High surf generated by a former hurricane in the eastern Pacific rolled onto Southern California beaches again Thursday, showing signs of diminishing but still bringing warnings of possible property damage and dangerous... More>>

5 things to know about earthquake faults

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The 6.0-earthquake that damaged buildings and left scores of people injured in California's wine country was the largest temblor to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. More>>

Hearings planned after call for nuke-plant closure

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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... More>>

Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

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Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot... More>>

Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire

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U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists... More>>

Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

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Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't... More>>

Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano

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Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic. More>>

Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

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Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't... More>>

Quake is major test for hard-luck California city

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The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage... More>>

Hawaii volcano lava flow could threaten homes

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Scientists are monitoring lava flowing from a Hawaii volcano eruption that could threaten homes. More>>

Kentucky leader pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme

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Circular saws squealed and construction workers hammered away on buildings, part of this Appalachian area's painstaking recovery from a deadly 2012 tornado. More>>

Kentucky leader pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme

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The top elected official in an eastern Kentucky county devastated by a deadly 2012 tornado has pleaded guilty to a fraud charge stemming from a kickback scheme. More>>

Iceland lowers aviation alert level from volcano

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Iceland lowered its aviation alert level to orange from red Sunday, saying there was no sign of an imminent eruption at the Bardarbunga volcano. And scientists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office said their announcement... More>>

Renewed calls for early-warning system after quake Video included

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In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor reach them, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut... More>>

Businesses: Quake cleanup shouldn't deter tourists Video included

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The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept... More>>

A look at earthquake's impact on California region Video included

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A strong earthquake rattled a swath of Northern California's wine country in the early hours of Sunday morning, unleashing most of its damage on the city of Napa in the heart of the vineyard-studded region. More>>

Fire in Greece abates after threatening 4 villages

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Greek authorities have brought under partial control a large forest fire that threatened villages near a major archaeological site in the south of the country. More>>

Tropical Storm Cristobal to move away from Bahamas

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Tropical Storm Cristobal is moving erratically north-northeastward away from the Bahamas but is forecast to stay away from the U.S. East Coast. More>>

Wildfire burns near Gold Rush-era boomtown

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Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville. More>>

Strong California quake shakes famed wine country Video included

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The San Francisco Bay Area's strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California's wine country early Sunday, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region's famed wineries and historic... More>>

The latest on damaging earthquake in California Video included

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This is what Associated Press reporters on the scene are learning following the largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years: More>>

Cristobal's pelting rains lash southeast Bahamas

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Slow-moving Tropical Storm Cristobal lashed parts of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands with heavy rainfall on Sunday, and one man died and two other people were earlier left missing when they were caught up by... More>>

Questions and answers about California earthquake Video included

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By TERRY TANG Associated Press A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake struck at... More>>

California winemakers cleaning up after quake Video included

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Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake. More>>

Biggest quakes by magnitude in California Video included

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By The Associated Press California, where a quake and fire devastated the city of San Francisco in 1906, once again showed it is earthquake country. More>>

Californians tear out lawns to cope with drought

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Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out. More>>

Small actions can reduce wildfire risks

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As wildfires burn homes and thousands of square miles across the West, fire experts say simple actions like clearing brush around a home or removing pine needles from decks could make the difference in whether a house... More>>

Tropical depression forms, aims for Bahamas

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A tropical depression formed over the Turks and Caicos Islands as it headed toward the Bahamas and dumped heavy rains on parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, according to the U.S. Hurricane Center. More>>

More rain forecast for wildfire-singed Washington

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A slow-moving front bringing heavy rain and thunder is expected to arrive in areas of Washington state scarred by wildfires on Sunday - days after flash floods destroyed at least 10 homes and closed down highways. More>>

Airlines on alert as eruption begins in Iceland

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Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano burst forth with a small eruption Saturday under the ice of Europe's largest glacier, scientists said, prompting the country to close airspace over the area. More>>

Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns

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Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days. More>>

Wash. flash flooding damages estimated 10 homes

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Heavy rains that unleashed mud slides in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires damaged or destroyed an estimated 10 homes and blocked highways, officials said Friday. More>>

Woman set reservation fire to give friends work

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A woman is to be sentenced next month for setting a wildfire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon because her firefighter friends were bored and needed work. More>>

Less shake from artificial quakes, fed study says

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Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found. More>>

California drought stings bees, honey supplies

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California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. More>>

Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

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Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of... More>>

Drought has state debating its unregulated pumping

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Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of the... More>>

Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

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The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes. More>>

36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

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Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, Japanese police said. More>>

Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape

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Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans. More>>

Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

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Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes. More>>

Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

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Officials say they have gained the upper hand on a central California blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park that forced more than 1,000 residents to flee their homes. More>>

Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

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Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state. More>>

Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland

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Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting. More>>

Iceland warns of possible volcanic eruption

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Iceland has raised its alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange -the second-most severe level. More>>

Strong quake hits remote area in southwest Iran

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A strong, magnitude 6.2 earthquake jolted a sparsely populated mountainous province near Iran's border with Iraq on Monday, Iranian state television reported. More>>

3.6-magnitude quake hits Southern California

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A small earthquake has struck the San Bernardino Mountains but no damages or injuries are reported. More>>

Schatz wins over voters in tough US Senate primary

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Incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz won a tense Democratic primary election in Hawaii, proving that he is no longer just a senator who was appointed to his seat - he has captured the confidence of Hawaii voters. More>>

California cemeteries work to cope with drought

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Cemeteries with thirsty lawns are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California's drought. More>>

Schatz wins Democratic Hawaii US Senate primary

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Sen. Brian Schatz beat U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Hawaii, closing out a tight, emotional race that went into overtime after a tropical storm kept some voters from the polls. More>>

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