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"Acts of God" and Medicaid Block Grants Do Not Mix

Bruce Lesley | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Fortunately, when it comes to the medical needs for people in crisis, Medicaid is immediately responsive to these needs without the need for a plea or request from states.

Solar Electric Backup for Disasters? Not as Easy as You Think

Dan R. Fink | Posted 09.22.2012 | Green
Dan R. Fink

Why not just cut that electrical umbilical cord from the power company to your home and go off grid completely, in the middle of the city or suburbs? Unfortunately it's not that simple, and not cheap.

Strong Earthquake Hits Off Papua New Guinea

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2012 | World

March 21 (Reuters) - A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the north coast of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. ...

PHOTOS: The World's Deadliest Places

Barry A. Vann | Posted 06.10.2012 | Books
Barry A. Vann

Many of the places we perceive to be dangerous are not as deadly as other parts of the planet. Join me on a journey around the world in pursuit of the deadliest air pollution disasters, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and floods.

WATCH: Truck Trailer Tossed Around By Tornado

Posted 04.04.2012 | Green

Regions of Texas faced tornado warnings on Tuesday as several twisters touched down in the state. Reuters reports that tornadoes blew through the D...

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northern Italy

AP | Posted 03.28.2012 | World

ROME — A 5.4-magnitude earthquake shook northern Italy on Friday, the second such temblor this week, but there were no reports of injuries or si...

Earthquake Hits Indonesian Waters

AP | By FAKHRURRADZIE GADE | Posted 03.11.2012 | World

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- A powerful earthquake hit off the coast of western Indonesia early Wednesday, prompting officials to briefly issue a tsunami ...

Earthquake Hits Dominican Republic

AP | Posted 03.06.2012 | World

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A moderate 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattled the southern coast of the Dominican Republic just before dawn Th...

Earthquake Hits Dominican Republic

AP | Posted 03.06.2012 | World

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A moderate 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattled the southern coast of the Dominican Republic just before dawn Th...

Devastating Landslide Kills At Least 25, Buries Dozens More

AP | OLIVER TEVES | Posted 03.06.2012 | World

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine officials say they have resumed the search for victims of a landslide that killed more than 20 people at a remo...

Lava Flood Kills 4 In Indonesia

AP | Posted 02.26.2012 | World

TERNATE, Indonesia — Officials say mudflows streaming from a volcano in eastern Indonesia have killed four villagers and about 1,000 others have...

Nuclear Disaster Turned Japan's Fukushima Into No-Man's Land

AP | ERIC TALMADGE and DAVID GUTTENFELDER | Posted 02.26.2012 | World

IWAKI, Japan — Fukushima was just emerging from the snows of winter when the disaster hit – a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, the strongest in J...

Death Toll In Philippines Floods Goes Down

AP | Posted 02.26.2012 | World

MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine disaster management officials say the number of people who died in massive flash floods in the southern Mindanao reg...

Devastating Floods Kill More Than 400

AP | JIM GOMEZ | Posted 02.16.2012 | World

MANILA, Philippines — Flash floods devastated a southern Philippine region unaccustomed to serious storms, killing at least 450 people as they s...

PHOTOS: Floodwater In Bangkok Is Receding

AP | Posted 01.14.2012 | World

BANGKOK — Thailand's prime minister is urging people in flooded areas to be patient, saying the government is working as hard as it can to drain...

Earthquake Destroys Homes, Injures Dozens

AP | FRANKLIN BRICENO | Posted 12.29.2011 | World

LIMA, Peru — Peruvian authorities said Saturday that 134 homes were destroyed and 103 people treated at hospitals for injuries during a 6.9-magn...

Italy Searches For Floods Survivors

AP | MARIA GRAZIA MURRU | Posted 12.27.2011 | World

AULLA, Italy — Soldiers and civilian rescue workers battled knee-deep mud Thursday as they searched for survivors after flash floods and mudslid...

Death Toll In Turkish Earthquake Reaches 534

AP | SELCAN HACAOGLU and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 12.27.2011 | World

ERCIS, Turkey — Rescuers, working under floodlights, pulled a 13-year-old boy alive from the rubble of a collapsed apartment building early Frid...

Flash Floods In Italy Kill At Least 9

AP | Posted 12.26.2011 | World

ROME — Torrential rains lashed Italy from its northern Alps to the southern island of Sicily, causing flash floods that killed at least nine peo...

Thailand's Flood Crisis Deepens

AP | THANYARAT DOKSONE and TODD PITMAN | Posted 12.25.2011 | World

BANGKOK — Advancing Thai floodwaters breached barriers protecting Bangkok's second largest airport on Tuesday, halting commercial flights, as th...

Long-Term Rebuilding in the Aftermath of Disasters

Jonathan T.M. Reckford | Posted 12.03.2011 | Impact
Jonathan T.M. Reckford

As we focus on the global need for adequate shelter on this World Habitat Day, we implore business, government, policy, civic and relief organization leaders to work together to institute practices that support adequate housing in all areas of the world.

Extreme Weather Leaves More Than 600 Dead Or Missing

AP | OLIVER TEVES | Posted 11.30.2011 | World

MANILA, Philippines — The second typhoon in a week battered the rain-soaked northern Philippines on Saturday, adding misery to thousands of peop...

Sharing Stories After the Joplin Tornado

Randy Turner | Posted 11.26.2011 | Books
Randy Turner

During the four hours we were at Hastings Books in Joplin Saturday, we heard terrifying stories, some sad, some uplifting of the May 22 event that forever reshaped the lives of Joplin residents.

Despite Irene Aftermath, New York Stock Exchange To Open On Time

AP | By CHIP CUTTER and CANDICE CHOI | Posted 10.29.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- The opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange is set to ring on time Monday. Operators of the historic Big Board and other major U.S. e...

Hurricane Irene: What Are The Best Ways To Prepare?

Posted 10.26.2011 | Small Business

As Hurricane Irene takes aim, business owners up and down the East Coast are hoping for the best -- but if they're smart, preparing for the worst. ...