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  • SINGAPORE, June 16- Crude prices rose after a cautious start on Tuesday, boosted by warnings that a tropical storm was about to hit the coast of oil producing state Texas. The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning on Tuesday morning at 0200 GMT for the Texas coast from Baffin Bay to High Island. "On the forecast track the center... is expected to...

  • Cheap cars from Texas? Stay away! Tuesday, 9 Jun 2015 | 10:25 AM ET
    Texas Floods May 2015

    Industry experts warn that thousands of flood-damaged cars could soon enter the auto market. NBC News reports.

  • Rescue operations continue for capsized Chinese ferry

    Chinese rescuers are racing against the clock to find survivors from a capsized cruise ship, which sank in a storm on the Yangtze river Monday night. CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports.

  • New California water rules fall short: Scientists Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 4:34 PM ET
    The remnants of a marina are seen at the New Melones Lake reservoir east of Stockton, California, which is now at less than 20 percent capacity.

    California's new urban water use rules go into effect Monday, but the state must do more to prepare for the "new normal," a group of scientists say.

  • Could virus make the leap from birds to people? Saturday, 30 May 2015 | 12:02 PM ET
    Lacey Kurth, a research associate, works with avian influenza test samples during testing in the real-time analytical diagnostics lab at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, Iowa.

    There have only been four flu pandemics since the start of the 20th century, yet concerns are widening about the potential for a new outbreak.

  • Japan shaken by big quake: No tsunami warning Saturday, 30 May 2015 | 11:23 AM ET

    A powerful earthquake shook Japan on Saturday, but officials said there was no tsunami, injuries or immediate damage.

  • Texas farmers facing 'total loss for this year' Friday, 29 May 2015 | 2:46 PM ET
    Farm irrigation equipment stands idle in the flooded fields after a storm dropped 2 inches of rain on Raymondville, Texas.

    Farms across Texas and surrounding states are flooded and waterlogged, leaving farmers who had been looking at bumper crops now worried.

  • The town with America's cheapest water Friday, 29 May 2015 | 11:46 AM ET
    This reservoir, owned by South Feather Water & Power, in California is the cheapest water in the country.

    Despite extreme drought conditions causing restrictions in California, water itself isn't so expensive in the Golden State.

  • What El Nino means for California—and the drought Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:32 PM ET
    Dry cracked earth is visible on the banks of Shasta Lake at Bailey Cove in Lakehead, Calif.

    A strengthening El Nino season could mean more rain coming to drought-ridden California. But that could pose a different problem.

  • Texas hit with historic floods Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
    Texas hit with historic floods

    Unprecedented rainfall caused record-breaking flash floods in Texas early Tuesday. The death had risen to 11 by the afternoon.

  • Scenes from Tropical Storm Bill ravaged Texas Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 12:19 PM ET
    Waves crash onto the Matagorda beach pier as Tropical Storm Bill comes on shore on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Matagorda, Texas.

    Tropical Storm Bill is Texas's second battle with storms in 2015, on the heels of deadly floods in May.

  • Is an El Nino economic storm brewing? Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 11:32 PM ET
    Is an El Nino economic storm brewing?

    Avtar Sandu, senior mManager, Commodities at Phillip Futures, discusses the predictions that El Nino may emerge this year and explains what it means for commodity markets.

  • This might make you like Cristiano Ronaldo Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 12:19 PM ET
    Cristiano Ronaldo runs for the ball during a Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid CF game on April 26, 2015.

    The soccer star recently donated $7.8 million to Nepal's earthquake relief through global charity Save the Children.

  • Nepal earthquake is 'huge' crisis for kids Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 11:20 AM ET
    Nepal earthquake is 'huge' crisis for kids

    Another earthquake has hit Nepal, with more than 1,000 injured. Rose Foley, spokesperson for UNICEF Nepal, reports on the relief efforts.

  • Fresh Nepal earthquake kills dozens, triggers panic Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    A 7.3 magnitude earthquake killed at least 37 people and spread panic in Nepal, weeks after a devastating quake killed more than 8,000 people.

  • Deadly 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Deadly 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal

    The quake's epicenter was close to Everest base camp, and about 51 miles east of Kathmandu, reports "Squawk Box's" Andrew Ross Sorkin with the latest details.

  • Tornado threat: 43M in path of severe weather Monday, 11 May 2015 | 11:50 AM ET
    A satellite weather image taken May, 11, 2015

    After a tornado ravaged a Texas city, roughly 43 million Americans are in the path of possible severe weather. NBC News reports.

  • Drones to the rescue? Friday, 1 May 2015 | 4:24 PM ET
    Drones to the rescue?

    How drones could help emergency workers in disaster areas, with Brandon Torres Declet, Measure founder and CEO.

  • A volunteer walks on top of the debris of a collapsed temple at Basantapur Durbar Square on April 27, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

    The death toll from Nepal's devastating earthquake rose steadily past 6,200 on Friday.

  • The cities at greatest risk for a mega-quake Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 10:50 AM ET
    Nepal is still struggling to recover from the previous earthquake, which hit the country late last month

    In earthquake-prone cities, growing populations live amidst infrastructures that are unable to withstand the effects of large quakes.