Natural disasters

Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic prepares to vote, at a polling station, in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Serbia's ruling populists are set to tighten their hold on power in a Sunday parliamentary election held amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus in the Balkan country and a partial boycott by the opposition. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
June 21, 2020 - 5:39 pm
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president declared a landslide victory Sunday for his right-wing party in a parliamentary vote held amid concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus and a boycott of much of the opposition. Aleksandar Vucic told jubilant supporters that his Serbian Progressive...
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In this handout photo provided by Olga Burtseva, children play in the Krugloe lake outside Verkhoyansk, the Sakha Republic, about 4660 kilometers (2900 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 21, 2020. A Siberian town that endures the world's widest temperature range has recorded a new high amid a hear wave that is contributing to severe forest fires. Russia's meteorological service said the thermometer hit 38 Celsius (100.4 F) on Saturday in Verkhoyansk, in the Sakha Republic about 4660 kilometers (2900 miles) northeast of Moscow. (Olga Burtseva via AP)
June 21, 2020 - 11:27 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A Siberian town with the world's widest temperature range has recorded a new high amid a heat wave that is contributing to severe forest fires. The temperature in Verkhoyansk hit 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 F) on Saturday, according to Pogoda i Klimat, a website that compiles Russian...
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Bill Smith, interim chief executive officer and president of PG&E Corp., listens as Butte County Superior Court Judge Michael Deems announces the penalties for its role in the 2018 Camp Fire, during the criminal sentencing hearing in the trial of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp in Chico, Calif., Thursday, June 18, 2020. PG&E received the maximum fine of $3.5 million for its crimes and an additional $500,000 for the cost of the investigation into the cause of the wildfire. The utility company pleaded guilty, Tuesday, to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter for the fire that wiped out the town of Paradise. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
June 18, 2020 - 3:26 pm
Pacific Gas & Electric on Thursday was fined $4 million for the deaths of 84 people killed in a nightmarish Northern California wildfire ignited by the its long-neglected electrical grid. The sentencing comes as the nation's largest utility prepares to end a 17-month bankruptcy proceeding...
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Bill Johnson, chief executive officer and president of PG&E Corp., lowers his head after admitting the company's guilt in the deaths of 84 people in a 2018 wildfire, during a hearing in Butte County Superior Court in Chico, Calif., Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Johnson entered guilty pleas on behalf of the company for 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the fire which was blamed on the company's crumbling electrical grid the wiped out the town of Paradise in November of 2018.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)
June 17, 2020 - 7:22 pm
The families of some of the 85 people killed by a horrific Northern California wildfire ignited by Pacific Gas & Electric's long-neglected equipment vilified the company Wednesday as greedy, corrupt and reckless, telling heartbreaking stories of their loss in court. The speakers tearfully told...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, a vehicle rests in front of a home leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. A grand jury investigation into the 2018 wildfire that killed 85 people in Northern California, wiping out a town, found that Pacific Gas & Electric repeatedly ignored warnings about its failing power lines in the area, performed inadequate inspections and ignored pleas from employees about deteriorating equipment. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
June 16, 2020 - 6:08 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A scathing grand jury report released Tuesday after a 2018 Northern California wildfire killed 85 people found that Pacific Gas & Electric officials repeatedly ignored warnings about its failing power lines, performed inadequate inspections to focus on profits and refused...
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019, file photo, Christina Taft, the daughter of Camp Fire victim Victoria Taft, displays a collage of photos of her mother, at the burned out ruins of the Paradise, Calif., home where she died in 2018. Pacific Gas & Electric officials are to be expected to appear in court Tuesday, June 16, 2020, to plead guilty for the deadly wildfire that nearly wiped out the Northern California town of Paradise in 2018. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
June 16, 2020 - 11:20 am
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter during a court hearing in which the nation's largest utility will be confronted with its history of neglect and greed that culminated in a wildfire that killed 85...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, construction work takes place, at the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Assosa, Ethiopia. Egypt and Sudan said talks over a controversial massive Nile dam would be resumed Monday, June 15, 2020, amid Egyptian accusations that Ethiopia has sought to scrap “all agreements and deals” they had previously reached, and that “many fundamental issues” remain rejected by Ethiopia, the third party to the project. (AP Photo/Elias Asmare, File)
June 14, 2020 - 6:45 am
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia said Sunday they would resume talks this week over a contentious, massive Nile dam, even as Egypt accused Ethiopia of trying to hinder progress on a resolution to disagreements over the project. The construction of the $4.6 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance...
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In this Wednesday evening, June 10, 2020 photo, the Bighorn Fire breaks onto the southern slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains and burns over a pair of homes in the foothills just east of the Finger Rock Trailhead in Tucson, Ariz. Pima County authorities have advised residents of foothills area on the northern outskirts of metro Tucson to be prepared to evacuate because of a lightning-sparked wildfire in nearby mountains. (Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star via AP)
June 12, 2020 - 11:27 am
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Hundreds of foothills homes on the outskirts of Tucson remained under an evacuation notice Friday as firefighters worked to keep a wildfire from moving downhill from canyons and ridges in mountains in a national forest. Most of the western United States is experiencing extreme...
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A couple stroll along Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Mich., Wednesday, June 10, 2020, as a storm moves over Lake Michigan.(Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)
June 10, 2020 - 3:53 pm
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal were moving out of the Midwest and into Canada on Wednesday, with gusty winds and heavy rain leaving behind flooding in Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri and Iowa. High winds brought down trees and left thousands without power in Wisconsin,...
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Erin Shaw, left, and Brittany Schanzbach stand near crashing waves near the seawall of Lake Pontchartrain from a storm surge in New Orleans, Sunday, June 7, 2020, as Tropical Storm Cristobal approaches the Louisiana Coast. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
June 09, 2020 - 4:29 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal moved across parts of the Midwest on Tuesday after lashing the South, unleashing downpours and bringing gusty winds as more high winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms were forecast. Heavy rain hit Missouri on Tuesday morning and...
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