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  • June 20- A weather system in the Gulf of Mexico has a 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm in the next day or two, threatening energy infrastructure as it advances toward Texas and Louisiana, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday. Currently located about 265 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana, the weather system is expected to approach the...

  • YOKOSUKA, Japan— A Japanese industrial group unveiled Thursday a swimming robot designed for underwater probes of damage from meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Remote controlled robots are key to the decades-long decommissioning process for the plant. During Thursday's demonstration at a test...

  • LONDON— The Latest on the London high-rise fire:. Anger about the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in London is being fueled by the feeling that safety problems with the building were ignored because the residents are mainly poor people in a largely affluent community. London police have clarified comments by a police commander, saying that an investigation has...

  • May had called the vote early in hopes of strengthening her majority going into talks on exiting the European Union, but instead found herself in negotiations with a small party in Northern Ireland in order to stay in power. Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster has tweeted that discussions with British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative...

  • LONDON, June 13- Natural coastal habitats such as mangroves, coral reefs and salt marshes protect communities more effectively against coastal storms than seawalls, and insurers should consider this when pricing flood risk, Lloyd's of London said. Insurers should invest more in habitat conservation to reduce the risks from coastal floods, the report, by the...

  • PARIS, June 11- There will be no room for debate in parliament and democracy will be stifled if French President Emmanuel Macron wins the landslide parliamentary majority pollsters are predicting, his rivals said after Sunday's first round of voting. It will be contested in next Sunday's second round by Mounir Mahjoubi, the youngest minister in Macron's new...

  • PARIS, June 11- There will be no room for debate in parliament and democracy will be stifled if French President Emmanuel Macron wins the landslide parliamentary majority pollsters are predicting, his rivals said after Sunday's first round of voting. It will be contested in next Sunday's second round by Mounir Mahjoubi, the youngest minister in Macron's new...

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  • Drones eye hurricane season for insurers

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan, reports insurers are using advanced technology to monitor and assess damage left in the wake of hurricanes and powerful tropical storms.

  • NEW DELHI, May 30- Crop-nourishing monsoon rains lashed the Kerala coast of India's southwest on Tuesday, the India Meteorological Department said, the earliest start to the rains since 2011 which should boost the world's fasting growing economy's agriculture. The monsoon delivers about 70 percent of India's annual rainfall, critical for the farm sector...

  • Mission Continues with other veterans from the Bronx Platoon.

    Veterans of grueling wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are laying down their weapons and picking up plowshares.

  • *Sri Lanka sees worst disaster from torrential rains since 2003. *Bangladesh still recovering from flash floods in April. DHAKA/ AGALAWATTE, Sri Lanka/ May 29- Bangladesh raised its storm danger signal to the highest level of 10 on Monday as a severe and intensifying cyclone churned towards its low-lying coast and was expected to make landfall in the early hours of...

  • *Sri Lanka sees worst disaster from torrential rains since 2003. DHAKA/ AGALAWATTE, Sri Lanka/ May 29- A severe and intensifying cyclone churned north towards Bangladesh on Monday after heavy rain in Sri Lanka and thunderstorms in eastern India killed at least 201 people, with more torrential downpours forecast. Floods and landslides in tropical Sri Lanka, off...

  • *Sri Lanka sees worst disaster from torrential rains since 2003. DHAKA/ AGALAWATTE, Sri Lanka/ May 29- An intensifying cyclone churned north towards Bangladesh on Monday after heavy rain in Sri Lanka and thunderstorms in eastern India killed almost 200 people, with more torrential downpours forecast. Floods and landslides in tropical Sri Lanka, off India's...

  • *Sri Lanka sees worst disaster from torrential rains since 2003. AGALAWATTE, Sri Lanka, May 29- A cyclone grew in strength as it churned north towards Bangladesh on Monday after heavy rain in rural Sri Lanka and thunderstorms in eastern India killed almost 200 people, with more torrential downpours forecast. Floods and landslides in tropical Sri Lanka, off...

  • NEW YORK, May 23- The Trump administration is proposing to sell off in the coming fiscal year the entire gasoline reserve created in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, according to its budget proposal unveiled on Tuesday. It consists of 1 million barrels of gasoline blendstock and is stored in commercial storage terminals in Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

  • TOKYO, May 11- Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Thursday it will seek partners for its nuclear business as part of a recovery plan after the Fukushima disaster of six years ago brought the utility to its knees and put it under state control. Central to its efforts to boost profits and pay for the costs of the disaster is the restart of its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa...

  • MEXICO CITY, May 10- Tropical Storm Adrian, which strengthened in the Pacific Ocean off Central America on Wednesday, is expected turn in toward the Mexican coast and could become a hurricane by the weekend, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Early on Wednesday morning, Adrian was about 460 miles south-southeast of the Mexican port of Salina Cruz, blowing...

  • MEXICO CITY, May 10- Tropical Storm Adrian, which strengthened in the Pacific Ocean off Central America on Wednesday, is expected turn in toward the Mexican coast and could become a hurricane by the weekend, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Early on Wednesday morning, Adrian was about 460 miles south-southeast of the Mexican port of Salina Cruz, blowing...

  • MEXICO CITY, May 10- Tropical Storm Adrian, which strengthened in the Pacific Ocean off Central America on Wednesday, is expected turn in toward the Mexican coast and could become a hurricane by the weekend, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Early on Wednesday morning, Adrian was about 460 miles south-southeast of the Mexican port of Salina Cruz, blowing...