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Californians can go home but told to keep watch on wildfire

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Officials say a wind-driven wildfire in rural central California has forced mandatory evacuations and is threatening hundreds of buildings. More>>

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column

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Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes. More>>

2 bears burned in California wildfire spotted in the wild

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Two female bears badly burned in a Southern California wildfire are settling back into their home in the wild. More>>

4 small earthquakes recorded in northwestern Oklahoma

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The U.S. Geological Survey reports four small earthquakes near Waynoka in northwestern Oklahoma, the strongest with a preliminary magnitude of 3.8. More>>

The Latest: Florida school hit by attack: Closed 2 more days

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The couple who took in the Florida school shooting suspect after his mother died says he told them he was sorry after the shooting. More>>

5.9 quake hits southern Mexico, but no damage reported

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The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary 5.9 magnitude has struck in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, days after a more powerful temblor hit the same area. More>>

Copter on quake mission flips in Mexico, kills 13 on ground

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A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake crashed Friday in southern Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground. More>>

7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction

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A powerful earthquake that rattled south and central Mexico caused little apparent destruction but rekindled fears in a population that still sees daily reminders of deadly earthquakes five months ago. More>>

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

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A powerful earthquake has shaken south and central Mexico, causing people to flee buildings and office towers in the country's capital. More>>

Water use climbs in California enclaves as drought returns

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A warm winter with almost no rain is shriveling water conservation in Southern California. More>>

Huge sinkhole on Rome street swallows half-dozen cars

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Prosecutors have opened an investigation into a 10-meter (30-foot) -wide sinkhole that swallowed up a half-dozen cars on a residential street in Rome. More>>

3 skiers die in avalanche in the French Pyrenees

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Authorities say three skiers have died after being swept away by an avalanche in the French Pyrenees. More>>

Tongans face long wait for services to return after cyclone

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Thousands of Tonga residents face a long wait for power and other services to be restored after a cyclone tore through the Pacific nation this week. More>>

Bali volcano decreases in activity, alert status lowered

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Indonesian authorities have lowered the alert status of Bali's Mount Agung volcano from the highest level and say thousands of people who have fled its slopes for government shelters may return home. More>>

Cyclone destroys Parliament House, homes on Tonga, Fiji next

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Tonga began cleaning up Tuesday after a cyclone hit overnight, while some people in the nearby Pacific island nation of Fiji began preparing for the storm to hit them. More>>

Damage assessment from storm starts in American Samoa

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Officials in American Samoa began a full assessment Monday of damage caused by tropical storm Gita over the weekend. More>>

Dinosaur-killing space rock may have triggered sea volcanoes

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A new study says that giant asteroid that hit Earth 66 million years ago and wiped out the dinosaurs may have done even more, triggering massive undersea volcanic eruptions. More>>

Oxfam's deputy chief executive resigns in Haiti scandal

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Oxfam's deputy chief executive has resigned amid the scandal involving sex abuse in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. More>>

Blackout hits northern Puerto Rico following fire, explosion

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A blackout has hit northern Puerto Rico after an explosion set off a big fire at a main power substation in the U.S. territory. More>>

Blackout hits northern Puerto Rico following fire, explosion

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A blackout has hit northern Puerto Rico after an explosion set off a big fire at a main power substation in the U.S. territory. More>>

False alarms highlight weaknesses in national alert system

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Last month's bogus ballistic missile alert in Hawaii and a tsunami foul-up this week have highlighted trouble spots in the system that warns Americans about dangerous weather and other emergencies. More>>

Indiana county records 4 deaths in 48 hours from moving snow

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A county near Chicago has recorded four deaths related to moving snow in the 48 hours following a major winter storm. More>>

UK reviews Oxfam ties after sex abuse scandal in Haiti

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The British government is reviewing its relationship with Oxfam after a newspaper reported that staff members of the anti-poverty charity used prostitutes while in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. More>>

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week. More>>

Water forecast is bleak for major reservoir in Southwest US

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Forecasters say one of the most important reservoirs in the southwestern U.S. will likely collect less than half the normal amount of spring runoff this year because of a dry winter in much of the region. More>>

No more 'voluntary' evacuations in area of California slide

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Emergency authorities in Southern California are eliminating the word "voluntary" from language used in evacuation orders following the devastating mudslides that struck last month. More>>

Rescuers comb Taiwan quake rubble for remaining 7 missing Video included

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Workers have placed steel beams to stabilize a dangerously tilted building while rescuers try to pull out survivors more than a day after a deadly quake in eastern Taiwan. More>>

Puerto Ricans grab machetes, shovels to help restore power

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Fed up with waiting for the government, about a dozen remote mountain communities across Puerto Rico are fixing the power grid on their own, digging holes, trimming brush with machetes and hoisting 300-pound power poles to bring back power faster. More>>

6 dead, 76 missing after strong quake hits Taiwan Video included

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A rescue worker says a crew is trying to free two people from a hotel whose ground floor caved after a strong earthquake hit near Taiwan's eastern coast. More>>

Taiwan quake kills 4, tilts buildings; over 140 missing Video included

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The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.4 earthquake has struck near the coast of Taiwan. More>>

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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Among 10 Things to Know: SpaceX's big new rocket blasts off, puts sports car in space; deadly earthquake strikes Taiwan; Pennsylvania redistricting decision gives Democrats a boost. More>>

The Latest: Rescuers work to free people trapped after quake

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Officials say a magnitude-6.4 earthquake that struck near the coast of Taiwan has killed two hotel employees and injured 144 other people. More>>

Oklahoma quakes tied to how deep wastewater is injected

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A new study finds how deep wastewater is injected is key to understanding the quake outbreak in Oklahoma. More>>

Southern California's brief escape from drought ends

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NN California's water managers are carrying out their mid-winter snowpack survey as the winter's dry spell persists. More>>

Cape Town pushes possible tap closure on "Day Zero" to May

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Cape Town pushes back "Day Zero" by nearly a month to May 11, giving residents a slight reprieve from looming threat of tap closure. More>>

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