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"A lot of these things are happening locally, but people don't always connect them to climate change," said Kevin Trenberth, a scientist at the Climate Analysis Section of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the US. "But there is a real climate change component to this and the risk is going up because of climate change."
In regions like the Amazon, where the annual fire season increased by 19 percent between 1979 and 2013, fire is deliberately used to clear forest to make way for agriculture.
Crews on Wednesday continued to increase containment of a cluster of deadly wildfires that have ravaged Northern California, while authorities announced the discovery of another fire victim — a development that brought the fatality count to 42.
Healthcare crisis created by Northern California fires is a wake-up call for disasters to come. Residents advised to close windows after fire erupts at Chevron oil refinery in El Segundo. 9:05 a.m.: This article was updated with information about firefighting efforts in Sonoma and Napa counties.
Mladic faces 11 war crimes charges including two of genocide for an alleged campaign of ethnic cleansing in the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, one of the conflicts in the Balkans that accompanied the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
The long-awaited verdict in Ratko Mladic's years-long trial will be delivered on November 22, judges from the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced Wednesday.
The world's largest earthquake drill will take place on Thursday, with millions set to practice what to do if a massive quake hits — a scenario experts say could likely happen in Southern California in the next several decades.
The center collaborated with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and other partners to create the earthquake drill based on a magnitude 7.8 scenario earthquake on the San Andreas fault in Southern California.
Five firefighters were injured in a fast-moving wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains, one of several wildfires burning across California.
Crews made progress against the two parts of the fire closest to the cities of Sonoma and Santa Rosa, officials told firefighters at a morning briefing at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The 52,894-acre Nuns fire, which gave firefighters the most trouble over the weekend, was 68% contained.
Cypress County is mourning the death of James Hargrave, a firefighter who died battling wildfires near the southeastern Alberta hamlet of Hilda.
READ MORE: ‘Rapidly spreading’ wildfire sparks emergency alert, evacuations in southeastern Alberta’s hamlet of Hilda. Residents of Hilda and Schuler hamlets, located about 70 kilometres north-east of Medicine Hat, were asked to evacuate their homes Tuesday afternoon, after an Alberta Emergency Alert was issued due to a “serious grass and wildfire.”
The death toll climbed to 41 Monday when the driver of a water tender truck died in a rollover crash while helping to battle a series of wildfires ravaging Northern California, according to officials.
8:35 a.m.: This article was updated with the latest fatality counts, burned acreage and containment estimates, and more information about firefighting efforts.
The explosive failure of power lines and other electrical equipment has regularly ranked among the top three singular sources of California wildfires for the last several years.
The deadliest wildfires in state history have raised questions about whether a repeat culprit might again be to blame for starting or spreading at least some of the Northern California blazes: utility companies and their equipment.
Times staff writers Soumya Karlamangla and Louis Sahagun in Santa Rosa and Joy Resmovits in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
On Monday, as firefighters seized greater control of the deadly wildfires that have ravaged Northern California’s wine country, hundreds of evacuees returned home to see for themselves what the fires had destroyed.
An Australian woman who stabbed and killed her grandfather claimed that the TV show “American Horror Story” inspired her to commit the crime, The New York Times reported.
“My grandfather Robert Whitwell was a proud and giving family man, always went above and beyond for anyone in need,” Ryan Dwyer said.
In a rare public speech, Andrew Parker, the director general of MI5 – the equivalent of the FBI – described the threat as “multi-dimensional, evolving rapidly and operating at a scale and pace…not seen before.”
British authorities say a big reason behind the terror uptick is the rise in recent years of the so-called Islamic State. There are some 500 investigations being conducted, it’s claimed, looking at 3,000 suspected terrorists.
A Prince George’s County grand jury on Tuesday handed up the hate crime charge against Sean Urbanski, who has previously been charged with one count of murder in the slaying of Richard Collins III.
Campus police last week said it was investigating three incidents of hate-related graffiti found in the stall of a men’s restroom in a dining hall.
The fire broke out around 10:30 p.m. at or near a malfunctioning pump, said Breck Slover, battalion chief with the El Segundo Fire Department.
Neighbors often complain that the refinery, the largest of its kind on the West Coast, emits offensive odors and has caused health problems, but the fire department hasn’t received any formal complaints from residents about Tuesday’s fire, Slover said.
Jennifer Lawrence revealed in a speech on Monday night that she was forced to participate in a “degrading and humiliating” lineup while naked and was told to lose weight when she was starting off her acting career.
Lawrence, who was being honored at Elle’s Women in Hollywood event in Los Angeles, stood at the lectern and detailed her experience of being mistreated in the entertainment industry. “When I was much younger and starting out, I was told by producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks,” the 27-year-old actress said to a crowd that included Kristen Stewart, Margot Robbie and Ashley Greene.
The wildfire that scorched thousands of acres in northeast Orange County was declared fully contained Tuesday morning, but authorities were still searching for a prisoner who walked away from an inmate firefighting crew that helped battle the blaze.
The Canyon 2 fire burned more than 9,200 acres and destroyed or damaged nearly 60 homes in the posh Anaheim Hills neighborhood, according to Orange County Fire Authority Captain Larry Kurtz.