Natural disasters

FILE - In this June 5, 2017, file photo, toxic froth from industrial pollution floats on Bellundur Lake on World Environment Day, in Bangalore, India. Environmental pollution - from filthy air to contaminated water - is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)
October 19, 2017 - 10:51 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. One out of every six premature deaths in...
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A sign on the chimney of a home warns looters Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, after it was destroyed by wildfires in Glen Ellen, Calif. California fire officials have reported significant progress on containing wildfires that have ravaged parts of Northern California. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
October 19, 2017 - 8:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wildfires that have devastated Northern California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities increased the count of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000. Both numbers were expected to rise as...
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In this early morning Sept. 20, 2017 photo, a young boy looks out the window as strong winds brought on by Hurricane Maria bend a palm tree and send debris flying, in Juncos, Puerto Rico. As rains began to lash Puerto Rico, Gov. Ricardo Rossello warned that Maria could hit "with a force and violence that we haven't seen for several generations." (AP Photo/Linda Rodriguez Flecha)
October 19, 2017 - 7:31 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — One man climbs 24 flights of stairs several times a day alongside dormant elevators. Street vendors hawk plastic washboards for $20. And families outstretch their hands as crews in helicopters drop supplies in communities that remain isolated. This is life one month...
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A Pacific Gas & Electric crew work on replacing poles Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Glen Ellen, Calif. California fire officials have reported significant progress on containing wildfires that have ravaged parts of Northern California. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
October 19, 2017 - 6:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires rage across California and the West, Democratic and Republican senators have joined forces to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires. A bill introduced Thursday by senators from three Northwestern states would authorize more than...
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October 19, 2017 - 6:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it has ordered two companies to make more extensive repairs to stabilize the area around a Superfund toxic waste site near Houston following Hurricane Harvey. EPA said Thursday that a survey of the area near the San Jacinto River Waste Pits...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Governor Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 19, 2017 - 6:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won't let go of the false claim that Puerto Rico was hit by a Category 5 hurricane. He also errs in citing praise from a Clinton-era official for the way he's responded to the island's plight. TRUMP: "They got hit dead center — if you look at those maps — by...
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President Donald Trump meets with Governor Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 19, 2017 - 5:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gave himself a "10" on Thursday for his response to the widespread devastation Puerto Rico suffered after back-to-back hurricanes created a situation that the island's governor described as "catastrophic" as he met with Trump at the White House. More than 80...
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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2017 file photo, wildfire evacuees Beatrice Thomas, 85, right, chats with her husband, Al, 85, at First United Methodist Church that doubles as an evacuation shelter in Santa Rosa, Calif. The vast majority of those who died in the Northern California wildfires were in their 70s and 80s including several couples who died together. Many could not move fast enough to escape the speeding flames. Some likely never heard the frantic calls of friends or honking of neighbors' cars, possibly their only warnings of danger. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
October 19, 2017 - 4:01 pm
Some had just celebrated marriages of half a century or longer. They spent their time volunteering and playing with grandchildren. A few had lived through both world wars. The vast majority of the 42 people found dead so far in the wildfires that have ravaged Northern California were senior...
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017 file photo Bob Odenkirk arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Spielberg" at Paramount Studios. Odenkirk, is sponsoring a benefit in Albuquerque, where his former series "Breaking Bad" and current series "Better Call Saul" is filmed, for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico . He'll be joined by Steven Michael Quezada, who played a federal drug enforcement agent in "Breaking Bad". The event will be on Oct. 23 at an Albuquerque brewer and is part of a broader effort by actress Anne Heche to raise money for the island. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP,File)
October 19, 2017 - 2:12 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two actors from the hit series "Breaking Bad" will host an Albuquerque fundraiser next week for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Bob Odenkirk, who played sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman, is sponsoring a benefit event in Albuquerque where the show was filmed, the actor...
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Rodrigo Diaz Mejia climbs into what was a second-story apartment in a building, felled by the earthquake at 517 Tokio street in the Portales Norte neighborhood of Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Diaz, a 38-year-old mechanic who lives on the same block, said he helped rescue people trapped atop the roof on the day of the quake, Sept. 19, and has since been making risky trips into the ruptured structure to retrieve prized possessions for the displaced residents. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
October 19, 2017 - 12:08 am
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Wearing a hardhat, Rodrigo Diaz Mejia steps onto the hood of a crushed car and then gingerly into an apartment cracked open by the Sept. 19 earthquake. Inside he spots a photo of two young boys hanging on a wall spider-webbed with deep cracks. He puts it under his arm to carry it...
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