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Thousands evacuate Minot, "We're trying to help"

The worst flood in four decades has hit Minot, N.D. Water from the Souris River is predicted to begin pouring over dikes, which led authorities to order the evacuation of 12,000 people there,

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Blown-up levee destroys black community

A small African-American town is suffering after the  Army Corps of Engineers decided to blow holes in a levee in eastern Missouri.

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Arizona faces largest wildfire in its history

Investigators were questioning "persons of interest" in regard to the origin of the blaze, but campfire mishaps aren't the only cause of the fires.

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Unions help towns in tornado aftermath

"I've been in the labor movement since 1998, and seeing more than 150 of my union brothers and sisters come together to help one another and their communities is the proudest moment of my life."

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Why is the Mississippi River flooding?

The right-wing National Review is rushing to instruct us that global warming has nothing to do with the record-breaking Mississippi River flood. Are they right?

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Mississippi flood leaves hundreds homeless in Memphis

Hundreds of families, most of whom did not have flood insurance, have been added to the already swelling numbers of homeless in Memphis and other parts of Shelby County.

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One year after deadly BP explosion, troubles persist

Today marks one year since 11 workers were killed in the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Feeling kinship with Japan’s tsunami victims

Posted prominently beside the road leading out of  town at the mouth of the Dungeness River is a sign, "Tsunami Evacuation Route." In the past we paid little attention to it. But we are now.

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Utility faces probes after tragic gas pipe blast

OAKLAND, Calif. - After a gas pipe explosion devastated a residential neighborhood in a San Francisco suburb Sept. 9, killing at least four residents, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident while state regulators are ordering Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to inspect its entire natural gas transmission system and report how much it is spending on pipeline safety.

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Mourners stage vigils for miners; Blankenship updates Twitter page

Hundreds of mourners staged candlelight vigils in West Virginia towns the evening of April 7 honoring the 29 coal miners who died in the explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine, Monday April 5, and for the four missing miners.

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