Disaster

Alabama News: President Trump Declares Major Disaster for Four Alabama Counties as a Result of Hurricane Michael

MONTGOMERY, AL — In response to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s request, President Donald Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the state of Alabama, as a result of Hurricane Michael.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Program will provide assistance to four affected counties: Geneva, Henry, Houston and Mobile Counties. “I appreciate President … Continue reading Alabama News: President Trump Declares Major Disaster for Four Alabama Counties as a Result of Hurricane Michael

New Jersey News: Ambler Man, Nicholas Ochs Admits Defrauding FEMA Relating To Major Disaster

CAMDEN, N.J. – An Ambler, Pennsylvania, man today admitted defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of thousands of dollars after Hurricane Sandy, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Nicholas Ochs, 54, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden federal court to Counts One (disaster benefit fraud) and Four (mail fraud) of … Continue reading New Jersey News: Ambler Man, Nicholas Ochs Admits Defrauding FEMA Relating To Major Disaster

WASHINGTON | Mixing bravado and insults, Trump rallies delight supporters

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump gazes out over his rally crowd and lets loose a stream of insults with a theatrical flourish and playful grin. He jabs at Cory Booker the “disaster” mayor, Elizabeth Warren the “Pocahontas” pretender and “sleepy” Joe Biden. “I want to be careful,” Trump tells the crowd, feigning a confession. He … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mixing bravado and insults, Trump rallies delight supporters

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia | Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for hajj’s pinnacle

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia — Some 2 million Muslim pilgrims gathered on Monday in the valley of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for a day of prayer that marks the pinnacle of the annual hajj. Pilgrims stood shoulder to shoulder for an emotional day of repentance and supplication at the site Muslims believe the Prophet … Continue reading MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia | Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for hajj’s pinnacle

WASHINGTON | FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe

WASHINGTON — An embattled FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages exposed the Justice Department to claims of institutional bias vigorously defended himself Thursday at an extraordinary congressional hearing that devolved into shouting matches, finger-pointing and veiled references to personal transgressions. Peter Strzok testified publicly for the first time since being removed from special counsel Robert … Continue reading WASHINGTON | FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Avenatti calls Giuliani appearance a ‘disaster’

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10:20 a.m. The attorney for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels is calling the latest statements by President Donald Trump’s new attorney “an absolute unmitigated disaster.” Michael Avenatti says the president’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, “expects the American people to believe that he doesn’t really know the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Avenatti calls Giuliani appearance a ‘disaster’

China minister says trade war with US would be ‘disaster’

BEIJING/March 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  China said Sunday that it will not initiate a trade war with the United States, but vowed to defend its national interests in the face of growing American protectionism. “There are no winners in a trade war, and it would bring disaster to our two countries as well as the … Continue reading China minister says trade war with US would be ‘disaster’

Teacher killed in space shuttle Challenger disaster honored

CONCORD, N.H/January 28, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— New Hampshire has proclaimed a day in tribute to a local teacher who died in the NASA space shuttle Challenger disaster decades ago. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu (soo-NOO’-noo) said Sunday would be known as Christa McAuliffe Day in honor of the Concord (KAHN’-kard) woman selected to become the first educator in … Continue reading Teacher killed in space shuttle Challenger disaster honored

House GOP pushing $81B disaster relief for hurricanes, fires

WASHINGTON/December 18, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  House Republicans plan to unveil an $81 billion disaster aid package to help hurricane-ravaged communities and states hit by wildfires, almost double the amount requested by President Donald Trump last month. The emergency aid would provide $26 billion for community development block grants, which would help Florida, Texas and the … Continue reading House GOP pushing $81B disaster relief for hurricanes, fires

Lack of transparency clouds Texas spending after Harvey

FORT WORTH, Texas /December 17, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  Texas has been awarded billions in federal aid to help recover from Hurricane Harvey and the devastating flooding that followed, but it’s unclear how the state is spending its share of the money. State records don’t indicate which contracts are storm-related, making fund tracking — and spending … Continue reading Lack of transparency clouds Texas spending after Harvey

Nobel laureate: If atomic bombs exist, disaster inevitable

OSLO, Norway / December 9, 2017 ( (AP)STL.News) — As long as atomic bombs exist, a disaster is inevitable, the head of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, said Saturday. “We are facing a clear choice right now: The end of nuclear weapons or the end … Continue reading Nobel laureate: If atomic bombs exist, disaster inevitable

The Latest: Irma weakens again slightly on way to Florida

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua/September 9, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local): 5:20 a.m. The National Hurricane Center says Irma has weakened slightly to a Category 4 hurricane, as it moves over the Camaguey Archipelago of Cuba. Irma had briefly regained Category 5 strength late Friday, but now has maximum sustained winds … Continue reading The Latest: Irma weakens again slightly on way to Florida

Hurricane Irma likely to be far worse than monster Andrew

WASHINGTON/September 7, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — For an entire generation in South Florida, Hurricane Andrew was the monster storm that reshaped a region. Irma is likely to blow that out of the water. Bigger and with a 90-degree different path of potential destruction, Irma is forecast to hit lots more people and buildings than 1992’s Andrew, … Continue reading Hurricane Irma likely to be far worse than monster Andrew

So far, cellphone networks have weathered Harvey

NEW YORK/August 31, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Roads, refineries and other infrastructure have taken a beating in the Texas and Louisiana regions hit by Harvey — but cellphone networks so far remain largely functional. One reason: Big carriers brought in supplemental equipment and backup power and turned to drones to diagnose problems. Four Gulf Coast counties … Continue reading So far, cellphone networks have weathered Harvey

Trump approves Governor Greitens request to declare Missouri major disaster

June 3, 2017 (STL.News) As previously reported, on May 24, 2017, Governor Greitens requested that President Trump declare Missouri a major disaster after the enormous rain fall experienced in April 2017. On April 28, 2017, Governor Greitens declared a state of emergency in preparation of flooding based on the National Weather Service forecast. The Governor … Continue reading Trump approves Governor Greitens request to declare Missouri major disaster