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Mexicans race to save schoolgirl buried by quake; death toll at 237

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:30:56 -0400

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican rescuers raced against the clock on Wednesday to save a 12-year-old girl trapped beneath a collapsed school and reach other possible survivors buried in rubble in central Mexico following the country's most deadly earthquake in three decades.(image)



Hurricane Maria lashes Dominican Republic after direct hit on Puerto Rico

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 03:06:30 -0400

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria thrashed parts of the Dominican Republic with heavy rain and high winds as it passed off its east coast on Thursday after making a direct hit on Puerto Rico that caused severe flooding and cut power to almost all the island.(image)



Storm Maria brings fear, pain and shock to Puerto Ricans

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:01:01 -0400

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Miguel Cruz awoke to the descent of Hurricane Maria on his home on Wednesday morning when the massive storm peeled off most of the roof, sent his belongings flying in all directions, but left intact an icon of Jesus hanging above his bed.(image)



At least 10 dead, 92 missing in eastern Congo floods: local official

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:15:45 -0400

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - At least 10 people have died and another 92 are missing in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo due to flooding after torrential rains caused a river to overflow its banks, a local official said on Wednesday.(image)



Tusk-smuggling case ends in prison for Canadian ex-mountie :U.S. judge

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:24:23 -0400

(Reuters) - A retried Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer was sentenced on Wednesday by a U.S. judge to five years and two months in prison, after pleading guilty to 10 money laundering charges related to a scheme to smuggle Arctic narwhal tusks.(image)



NHC says weakened Maria could regain major hurricane status

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:11:28 -0400

(Reuters) - Maria, which weakened into a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday, could regain major hurricane status by Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory.(image)



China to halt new projects in pollution 'red zones'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:52:37 -0400

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will halt major projects in regions with high levels of pollution, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Wednesday, underscoring an environmental crackdown that is starting to hit business around the country.(image)



Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes Vanuatu in Pacific : USGS

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:18:01 -0400

(Reuters) - A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck Vanuatu's Erromango island in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, but caused no damage, the U.S. Geological Survey and local authorities said.(image)



U.S. nuclear reactors face uphill challenge, despite lower emissions

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:38:15 -0400

(Reuters) - The U.S. nuclear power industry is facing an uphill battle to hang onto its share of the country's electricity production, with some projecting a worst-case scenario where half of the nation's 99 nuclear reactors could shut over the next couple of decades.(image)



California cities sue big oil firms over climate change

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:21:34 -0400

(Reuters) - California cities San Francisco and Oakland filed separate lawsuits against five oil companies on Wednesday seeking billions of dollars to protect against rising sea levels they blamed on climate change, according to public documents.(image)