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  • KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii— Greg Colden, a farmer on Hawaii's Big Island, said he is most worried about the damage that more rain and sustained winds could do to the area as Hurricane Ignacio passes by this week. He is one of the owners of Kona Natural Soap Co. in Holualoa, upslope of Kona Village on the west side of the island, and has 450 coffee trees and 1,250 cacao trees.

  • Puerto Rico government delays fiscal reform plan Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 10:17 PM ET

    SAN JUAN, Aug 29- Puerto Rico will delay until Sept. 8 the completion of its fiscal reform plan, the commonwealth's government said on Saturday, citing time spent on contingency disaster planning by the government in the run-up to Tropical Storm Erika. A working group appointed by Puerto Rico Gov. Tropical Storm Erika hit the eastern portion of Puerto Rico early on...

  • The U.S. Agriculture Department, which oversees the Forest Service, is spending more than $150 million a week beating back several dozen blazes, he said. Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who is co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill that would assign national disaster status to the largest 1 to 2 percent of wildfires, freeing up emergency funding and preventing...

  • BOISE, Idaho— The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a potato genetically engineered by Idaho- based J.R. Simplot Co. to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still damages crops around the world. The USDA made the announcement Friday on its website. The Russet Burbank variety the USDA approved is the second generation of...


  • MIAMI, Aug 28- Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with heavy rain and fierce winds on Friday, moving across the Caribbean and apparently heading for the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti and eventually South Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The greatest risk was heavy rainfall over northern Haiti and the Dominican...

  • West Texas Investors Club: All-New Tuesday 10p ET/PT Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 11:54 AM ET
    West Texas Investors Club: All-New Tuesday 10p ET/PT

    A young pilot arrives in West Texas ready to pitch his Uber-like app for air travel... but must first complete a challenge on blind faith. Later, Butch and Rooster put the inventor of a clamp-on caddy to the test... only to find themselves in uncharted territory.

  • China police arrest Tianjin blast suspects: Report Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 10:07 PM ET
    August 18, 2015: Paramilitary police mourn for firefighters and soldiers killed during the explosions in Tianjin. With a swathe of one of the world's busiest ports in ruins, more than a billion dollars in losses, and some major multinational firms still unable to access their premises, the economic impact of the Tianjin explosions could reverberate for months.

    Chinese police have arrested 12 people suspected of involvement in this month's massive explosions in the city of Tianjin.

  • MIAMI, Aug 26- A tropical storm watch was extended to the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas on Wednesday as Erika, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, closed in on the Eastern Caribbean and appeared to be heading for Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Erika strengthened slightly on Wednesday and could reach hurricane status...

  • West Texas Investors Club: 15 Questions With Gil Prather Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 3:30 PM ET
    West Texas Investors Club: 15 Questions With Gil Prather

    Get to know the man, the myth, the legend: Gil Prater.

  • MIAMI, Aug 26- Tropical storm warnings were in effect on Wednesday for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as Erika, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, closed in on the Eastern Caribbean and appeared to be heading for Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Erika strengthened slightly overnight and could reach hurricane status over...

  • The Silverton Board of Trustees and the San Juan County Commission approved a joint resolution Monday to seek the money. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had pushed for 25 years to grant Superfund status to the Gold King mine and other idled 19th century mines leaking heavy metals above Silverton. Local authorities spurned federal intervention,...

  • Aug 25- Exxon Mobil Corp's controversial $225 million settlement with New Jersey of a longstanding environmental pollution case won approval on Tuesday from a state judge, despite objections from critics who viewed the accord as a sellout. Judge Michael Hogan of the State Superior Court called the accord a "reasonable compromise" even though the payout was...

  • WARSAW, Poland— Poland will pay more than 500 million zlotys in compensation to the thousands of farmers who have lost crops and fodder because of drought and unusually high temperatures, the agriculture minister said Tuesday. That brought river and groundwater levels down and restricted navigation on Europe's second largest river, the Danube in Romania, and...

  • Explosion at chemical plant in eastern China kills 1 Sunday, 23 Aug 2015 | 1:07 AM ET

    BEIJING— An explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China killed one person and injured nine others, a state news agency reported Sunday, less than two weeks after a similar disaster at a chemical warehouse killed 123 people. The explosion occurred just before 9 p.m. Saturday in Zibo, a city southeast of Beijing in Shandong province, the Xinhua News Agency said.

  • TIANJIN, China— High levels of toxic chemicals remained inside the core area in the Chinese city of Tianjin on Friday, more than a week after a massive warehouse explosion that killed at least 114.. Driving home the importance of such efforts, President Xi Jinping and other top leaders gathered in Beijing to hear a report on progress in investigating the disaster.

  • Thailand hunts bomb 'suspect' caught on camera Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 12:53 AM ET
    Thai soldiers inspect the scene after a bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok late on August 17.

    Thailand's PM said authorities were looking for a "suspect" seen on CCTV after the bombing that killed 22 people.

  • Bangkok reels after deadly shrine bombing Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 12:11 AM ET

    Shock waves rippled through Bangkok as the Thai city surveyed the aftermath of a deadly pipe-bomb explosion at a well-known shrine.

  • While shaken, Bangkok tries to return to normal: Pro Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 10:09 PM ET
    While shaken, Bangkok tries to return to normal: Pro

    While the deadly bomb explosion has shaken the country, life in Thailand has resumed to "relatively normal" levels on Tuesday, says Thailand-based co-founder of MBMG Group, Paul Gambles.

  • Magnitude 4.0 earthquake near San Francisco Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 10:47 AM ET
    The San Francisco Bay Area attracts some of the nation's top technology talent.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck a mile north of Piedmont, California, at 6:49 a.m. PDT.