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19 wildfires burn in California. 19 wildfires burn in California.
Firefighters in California were battling 19 large wildfires statewide, officials said Sunday, including a brush fire that was being called the largest ever in Los Angeles. In all, more than more than 12,000 pairs of boots were on the ground battling the fires, and temperatures on Sunday were up to 20 degrees hotter than usual. California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday issued an emergency proclam...
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Houston flood: More fires expected at stricken Arkema plant. Houston flood: More fires expected at stricken Arkema plant.
A senior executive of the company which owns a flood-damaged chemical plant near the storm-hit US city of Houston says more fires and possibly explosions are expected at the site. Arkema's Richard Rennard said people should stay away from the area as more chemicals could degrade and combust. But he said no chemicals were released. The US environment agency said there was "no sign of dangerou...
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Harvey to be costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, estimated cost of $160 billion. Harvey to be costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, estimated cost of $160 billion.
Hurricane Harvey could be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history with a potential price tag of $160 billion, according to a preliminary estimate from private weather firm AccuWeather. This is equal to the combined cost of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and represents a 0.8% economic hit to the gross national product, AccuWeather said. “Parts of Houston, the United States' fourth large...
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UPS, FedEx halt delivery to major areas of Texas, Louisiana amid Hurricane Harvey havoc. UPS, FedEx halt delivery to major areas of Texas, Louisiana amid Hurricane Harvey havoc.
Shipping giants UPS, FedEx and the United States Postal Service have indefinitely ceased delivery to major swaths of Texas and Louisiana amid Hurricane Harvey devastation, potentially disrupting supplies of critical medicines, food and other packages. The ferocious flooding that's pummeled the region is preventing or severely limiting the major delivery companies from reaching hundreds of citie...
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Federal government plans years-long recovery effort in states hit by Harvey. Federal government plans years-long recovery effort in states hit by Harvey.
WASHINGTON — Federal emergency officials said Sunday they're bracing to help with recovery efforts in Texas and other states hard hit by Hurricane Harvey for years to come. “This disaster is going to be a landmark event," Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long said on CNN Sunday. “We’re setting up and gearing up for the next couple of years.’’ As Harvey continues to slam Texas ...
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Catastrophic Hurricane Harvey strengthens to Category 3 storm as thousands flee the Texas Gulf coast. Catastrophic Hurricane Harvey strengthens to Category 3 storm as thousands flee the Texas Gulf coast.
CORPUS CHRISTI — Hurricane Harvey, taking dead aim on the Texas Gulf coast, strengthened to a Category 3 storm Friday only hours before it was set to roar ashore and unleash life-threatening high winds, flash flooding, storm surges and up to three feet of rain. "This is going to be a very major disaster," said Gov. Gregg Abbott, who declared a State of Disaster for 30 counties and requested 700...
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U.S. Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander after deadly USS John S. McCain crash. U.S. Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander after deadly USS John S. McCain crash.
The U.S. Navy dismissed Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin as commander of the 7th Fleet on Wednesday, following the deadly collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker off Malaysia. It was the fourth accident involving a U.S. warship this year and the second fatal collision. Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, dismissed Aucoin "due to a loss of confidence in his ability to c...
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Solar eclipse 2017: Americans gaze at sky spectacular. Solar eclipse 2017: Americans gaze at sky spectacular.
A total solar eclipse has wowed the US. A huge shadow cast by the Moon as it passed in front of the Sun swept across the nation, from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east. Millions of people moved to get into the path of darkness, putting on their protective glasses to gaze at the sky in wonder. It was the first total solar eclipse visible from America's lower 48 states in 38 ...
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Roger B. Taney statue removed from Maryland State House ground. Roger B. Taney statue removed from Maryland State House ground.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A statue of the of the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African-Americans has been removed from the grounds of the Maryland State House. The statue of Roger B. Taney was lifted away by a crane at about 2 a.m. Friday. It was lowered into a truck and driven away. A panel voted by email Wednesday to remov...
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Swastika use is on the rise, but among those who understand it least. Swastika use is on the rise, but among those who understand it least.
When the ancient hooked cross first appeared on the Nazi Party's new red, white and black flag in the summer of 1920, Adolf Hitler recalled, “it had an effect like a flaming torch.'' But 97 summers later, when Hitler’s political heirs rallied in Charlottesville, Va., his “torch’’ – the swastika -- was not as conspicuous. Instead, most of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who helped turn J...
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