Disaster planning and response

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2017 file photo, water flows through a break in the wall of the Oroville Dam spillway in Oroville, Calif. One year after the closest thing to disaster at a major U.S. dam in a generation, federal dam regulators say they are looking hard at how they overlooked the built-in weaknesses of old dams like California's Oroville Dam for decades, and expect dam managers around the country to study their old dams and organizations equally hard. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)
February 12, 2018 - 5:22 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would beef up dam inspections under legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown Monday, a year after a near disaster prompted the evacuation of nearly 200,000 residents. The Assembly unanimously gave final approval to the bill requiring annual inspections for dams...
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A residential building leans on its collapsed first floor Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 after a deadly earthquake in Hualien, southern Taiwan. The building was one of several damaged by a magnitude 6.4 temblor that struck Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hualien county. (Central News Agency via AP)
February 10, 2018 - 1:59 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Search and rescue workers found the bodies of two people believed to be members of a Chinese family trapped in a partially collapsed hotel in Taiwan on Saturday, bringing the death toll from this week's earthquake to 14. Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center announced...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, walk to the chamber after collaborating on an agreement in the Senate on a two-year, almost $400 billion budget deal that would provide Pentagon and domestic programs with huge spending increases, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 08, 2018 - 12:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders brokered a long-sought budget agreement Wednesday that would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years. But both Democratic liberals and GOP tea party forces swung against the plan, raising questions about its...
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A residential building leans on a collapsed first floor following an earthquake, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Hualien, southern Taiwan. Rescue crews continue to try free people from damaged buildings after a strong earthquake hit near Taiwan's east coast and killed at least four people. (Central News Agency via AP)
February 07, 2018 - 10:47 am
HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers worked Wednesday to free people trapped after a strong earthquake near Taiwan's east coast caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously. At least six people were killed and 76 could not be contacted following the quake. At least four midsized buildings in...
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A residential building leans on a collapsed first floor following an earthquake, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Hualien, southern Taiwan. Rescue crews continue to try free people from damaged buildings after a strong earthquake hit near Taiwan's east coast and killed at least four people. (Central News Agency via AP)
February 07, 2018 - 7:56 am
HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — The Latest on a strong earthquake that struck Taiwan (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Pope Francis is sending his prayers to the victims of Taiwan's earthquake and encouragement to rescue crews. In a message of condolence Wednesday, Francis expressed his solidarity with the...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., flanked by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, left, and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., speaks with reporters as work continues on a plan to keep the government open as a funding deadline approaches, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 06, 2018 - 11:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Buoyed by the sudden likelihood of a budget pact, lawmakers are on track to avoid a repeat of last month's government shutdown — though President Donald Trump unexpectedly raised the possibility of closing things down again if he can't have his way on immigration. "I'd love to see...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2018, file photo provided by Civil Beat, cars drive past a highway sign that says "MISSILE ALERT ERROR THERE IS NO THREAT" on the H-1 Freeway in Honolulu. A Hawaii employee who mistakenly sent an alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile earlier this month, creating a panic across the state, thought an actual attack was imminent, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Cory Lum/Civil Beat via AP, File)
January 31, 2018 - 1:18 am
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii emergency management officials knew for years that an employee had problems performing his job. Then, he sent a false alert warning of an imminent missile attack earlier this month. The worker had mistakenly believed drills for tsunami and fire warnings were actual events,...
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., confers with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., right, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 30, 2018 - 8:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A week after a standoff forced a three-day government shutdown, congressional budget talks remain bogged down by Democrats' demands to protect "Dreamer" immigrants and GOP conservatives' concerns about a booming federal deficit. The deadlock is deflating hopes that lawmakers will...
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January 30, 2018 - 6:34 am
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Richard Aster, Colorado State University (THE CONVERSATION) California earthquakes are a geologic inevitability. The state straddles the North American and Pacific tectonic plates and...
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Jacob Lerma looks at the bare studs inside his home, which was damaged by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Friendswood, Texas. Five months after Hurricane Harvey damaged thousands of houses in Texas, financial difficulties many homeowners still face as they work to rebuild has created a spike in missed mortgage payments. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
January 27, 2018 - 10:56 am
FRIENDSWOOD, Texas (AP) — As Jacob Lerma surveyed the skeletal beams of his suburban Houston home that was flooded during Hurricane Harvey, he kept muttering three words as he wondered if his family would ever be able to move back in: "I don't know." Like many Texans whose homes were flooded during...
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