Disaster planning and response

September 24, 2017 - 11:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday it has recovered 517 containers filled with unidentified, potentially hazardous material found floating in or washed up along Texas waterways after the devastating floods from Hurricane Harvey receded. The agency's statement sought...
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In this Sept. 22, 2017 photo, a civilian dressed in fatigues passes out chocolate to police guarding the site of an office building that collapsed during Tuesday's 7.1 earthquake, as search and rescue operations continue there at the corner of Oaxaca and Alvaro Obregon streets in the Roma Norte neighborhood in Mexico City. As rescue operations stretched into Day 5, residents throughout the capital have held out hope that dozens still missing might be found alive. (AP Photo/Gustavo Martinez Contreras)
September 24, 2017 - 7:11 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — When Luis Ramirez finally reached his mother after the powerful Mexico earthquake, he learned her home was so badly damaged that it had to be demolished. He considered getting on a plane from New York to help her find a new home, but it was too risky now that the program that has...
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In this Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 photo provided by the Virginia Task Force 1, crew members ultilize a hot stick to assess electrical lines in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in eastern Puerto Rico. Days after Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, flooding towns, crushing homes, millions on the island face the dispiriting prospect of weeks and perhaps months without electricity. (Virginia Task Force 1 via AP)
September 24, 2017 - 4:57 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The latest on Hurricane Maria and its devastation of Puerto Rico (all times local): 4:55 p.m. The U.S. Department of Energy says initial damage assessments and power restoration efforts have begun on Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The agency said Sunday that it is...
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CORRECTS TO CLARIFY SITUATION WAS AN EVACUATION - Rescue workers and volunteers stand in the middle of the street after an earthquake alarm sounded and a small tremor was felt during rescue operations at the site of a collapsed building in Roma Norte, in Mexico City, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. All rescue workers atop the rubble were able to evacuate safely via an adjacent building. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
September 23, 2017 - 11:57 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, killing at least two people, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge, and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes that together have killed more than 400 people. The U.S. Geological...
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Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa wears messages on his cap for those affected by disasters in Mexico and Puerto Rico during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
September 23, 2017 - 3:17 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — It's been three days since Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico and Carlos Beltran still hasn't been able to get in touch with his parents who live there. While the Houston Astros designated hitter plays with a heavy heart and prays that his family is OK in the wake of the massive...
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Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa wears messages on his cap for those affected by disasters in Mexico and Puerto Rico during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
September 23, 2017 - 3:17 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — It's been three days since Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico and Carlos Beltran still hasn't been able to get in touch with his parents who live there. While the Houston Astros designated hitter plays with a heavy heart and prays that his family is OK in the wake of the massive...
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September 23, 2017 - 10:12 am
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Dozens of sick, injured and newborn sea turtles are back in their tanks on the Georgia coast after evacuating nearly 450 miles (725 kilometers) to escape from Hurricane Irma. The Brunswick News reports the 29 turtles and 50 hatchlings being cared for at the Georgia Sea...
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Rescue workers move buckets of rubble from the site of an office building felled by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, as they search for people who are believed to be trapped inside, at the corner of Alvaro Obregon and Yucatan streets in Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Mexican officials are promising to keep up the search for survivors as rescue operations stretch into a fourth day following Tuesday's major earthquake that devastated Mexico City and nearby states. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
September 23, 2017 - 12:07 am
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on Mexico's major earthquake (all times local): 11 p.m. Mexico's federal prosecutors' office says one of its employees has died in the crash of a helicopter that was carrying aid to a remote village in Oaxaca state. The office started aid flights to supply the village...
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September 22, 2017 - 5:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the House's tax-writing committee is putting forward legislation to give temporary tax relief to victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The bill proposed Friday by Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, would ease requirements...
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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, Canadian singer Shawn Mendes performs at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mendes announced on Sept. 22, 2017, that he was launching an online fundraiser to help those affected by the Sept. 19 earthquake in Mexico. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)
September 22, 2017 - 4:17 pm
Shawn Mendes has launched an online fundraiser to help those affected by the Mexican earthquake just days after he escaped safely from the quake ahead of a planned show in Mexico City, an incident he called "pretty scary." The Canadian singer-songwriter and his manager, Andrew Gertler, have gotten...
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