Natural disasters

In this Oct. 20, 2011, photo, Johnny Galecki arrives at the premiere of "In Time" in Los Angeles. A spokeswoman for, Galecki, the 42-year-old actor, says his home on a ranch in the San Luis Obispo area was destroyed by the wildfire on the state's central coast. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
June 30, 2017 - 1:34 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki is thanking firefighters for trying in vain to save his vacation home from a California wildfire. Galecki posted a picture on Instagram on Thursday of himself hugging a firefighter while standing among the rubble of the home in the San...
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In this Oct. 20, 2011, photo, Johnny Galecki arrives at the premiere of "In Time" in Los Angeles. A spokeswoman for, Galecki, the 42-year-old actor, says his home on a ranch in the San Luis Obispo area was destroyed by the wildfire on the state's central coast. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
June 30, 2017 - 1:24 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki is thanking firefighters for trying in vain to save his vacation home from a California wildfire. Galecki posted a picture on Instagram on Thursday of himself hugging a firefighter while standing among the rubble of the home in the San...
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Gov. Doug Ducey speaks to local government officials about the northern Arizona wildfire at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School on Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Dewey, Ariz. Crews made considerable progress Thursday fighting an Arizona forest fire that shut down youth summer camps, forced thousands from their homes and came dangerously close to consuming a town. (AP Photo/Angie Wang)
June 30, 2017 - 11:32 am
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities reopened a major route through an Arizona community that barely escaped destruction from a massive wildfire and were expected to allow more evacuated residents to return home. The fire, which is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Phoenix, triggered...
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Tsunehisa Katsumata, center, former chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), accompanied by his lawyers, arrives at Tokyo District Court for a trial in Tokyo Friday, June 30, 2017. Three former executives of TEPCO, including Katsumata, are going on trial for alleged negligence in the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The trial is the first to consider whether the utility can be held criminally responsible. (Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP)
June 30, 2017 - 4:12 am
TOKYO (AP) — Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. apologized in court Friday for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, but they pleaded not guilty to charges of professional negligence. Tsunehisa Katsumata, the 77-year-old ex-chairman of TEPCO, and two former vice presidents said they...
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Tsunehisa Katsumata, center, former chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), accompanied by his lawyers, arrives at Tokyo District Court for a trial in Tokyo Friday, June 30, 2017. Three former executives of TEPCO, including Katsumata, are going on trial for alleged negligence in the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The trial is the first to consider whether the utility can be held criminally responsible. (Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP)
June 30, 2017 - 1:55 am
TOKYO (AP) — Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. apologized in court Friday for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, but they pleaded not guilty to charges of professional negligence. Tsunehisa Katsumata, the 77-year-old ex-chairman of TEPCO, and two former vice presidents said they...
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Tsunehisa Katsumata, center, former chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), accompanied by his lawyers, arrives at Tokyo District Court for a trial in Tokyo Friday, June 30, 2017. Three former executives of TEPCO, including Katsumata, are going on trial for alleged negligence in the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The trial is the first to consider whether the utility can be held criminally responsible. (Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP)
June 29, 2017 - 10:27 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. went on trial Friday for alleged negligence in the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The trial in Tokyo District Court is the first to consider whether utility officials can be held criminally responsible. Three reactors had meltdowns...
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An evacuee from the Goodwin fire enters a Red Cross shelter, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Prescott Valley, Ariz. Forest officials say over a dozen campground and other recreation areas have been closed because of the wildfire in northern Arizona. (AP Photo/Matt York)
June 28, 2017 - 8:45 pm
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire burning Wednesday through a dense Arizona forest has forced thousands of people from their homes, closed a major road and created a huge plume of smoke over the same area devastated by a blaze that killed 19 firefighters four years ago. The fire is burning...
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An evacuee from the Goodwin fire enters a Red Cross shelter, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Prescott Valley, Ariz. Forest officials say over a dozen campground and other recreation areas have been closed because of the wildfire in northern Arizona. (AP Photo/Matt York)
June 28, 2017 - 7:34 pm
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire burning Wednesday through a dense Arizona forest has forced thousands of people from their homes, closed a major road and created a huge plume of smoke over the same area devastated by a blaze that killed 19 firefighters four years ago. The fire is burning...
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A fire burns near Mayer, Ariz, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, as seen from Spring Valley, Ariz. The fire has burned over 28 square miles (73 square kilometers). More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze that's near the small town where 19 members of an elite firefighting unit were killed while battling a blaze four years ago. (AP Photo/Matt York)
June 28, 2017 - 3:54 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A wildfire burning Wednesday through a dense Arizona forest has forced thousands of people from their homes, closed a major road and created a huge plume of smoke over the same area devastated by a blaze that killed 19 firefighters four years ago. The fire is burning in communities...
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A helicopter drops water on a ridge line during a wildfire near Huer Huero Road in Santa Margarita, Calif., Tuesday, June 27, 2017. (Joe Johnston/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo) via AP)
June 28, 2017 - 9:23 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah firefighters braced Wednesday for more high winds as they try to slow a stubborn wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people from a ski resort town. Another wildfire in Arizona forced the evacuation of a town with about 1,400 residents...
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