By JANET McCONNAUGHEYAssociated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Nasty weather, including a chance of strong tornadoes and howling thunderstorms, could be on the way for Christmas Day along the Gulf Coast from east Texas to north Florida.
The storms will hold off long enough to let Christmas Eve bonfires
By BY SETH BORENSTEINAP Science Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - As 2012 began, winter in the U.S. went AWOL. Spring and summer arrived early with wildfires, blistering heat and drought. And fall hit the eastern third of the country with the ferocity of Superstorm Sandy.
This past year's
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that storm damage in Birmingham, Ala., was caused by a tornado with maximum winds estimated at 90 mph.
Forecasters say the tornado hit at about 4:45 a.m. Monday near the Birmingham farmer's market.
Mayor William Bell says there
By By COLLEEN BARRYAssociated Press
MILAN (AP) - The Italian government on Friday approved emergency measures to prevent the closure of Europe's largest steel mill, which has been engulfed in a health and environmental scandal, provided that the operators invest at least €3 billion (€3.9
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A natural gas explosion that injured 18 people and damaged 42 buildings in Springfield's entertainment district was blamed Sunday on a utility worker who accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.
State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said the
By SUSAN HAIGHAssociated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Preliminary investigations show more than 40 buildings were damaged in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts that injured 18 people, building inspectors said Saturday.
A strip club was flattened and a day care center was heavily
By JAY REEVESAssociated Press
CORDOVA, Ala. (AP) - Main Street in this old mill town looks about the same as it did the day after tornadoes killed about 250 people across Alabama a year and a half ago: Battered red bricks and broken glass litter the pavement, and the buildings still standing
By LARRY NEUMEISTERAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - A tiny beachfront neighborhood told to evacuate before Sandy hit New York burned down as it was inundated by floodwaters, transforming a quaint corner of the Rockaways into a smoke-filled debris field.
By Tuesday morning, charred foundations
By LARRY O'DELLAssociated Press
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A judge sentenced a former Costa Rican businessman and professional soccer team owner to 60 years in prison Tuesday after hearing heart-wrenching and often tearful testimony from victims of his $485 million insurance fraud scheme.