Disaster
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Severe storms hammer South and Midwest

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/13/20, 11:55 am

Icy weather, tornadoes, and flooding led to 11 deaths throughout the South and Midwest over the weekend. Tens of thousands of people were without electrical power on Sunday following punishing storms.

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Iran rejects blame for plane crash

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/10/20, 10:54 am

Iran on Friday continued to deny one of its missiles brought down a Ukraine International Airlines plane despite mounting evidence. The crash on Wednesday killed all 176 people on board hours after Iran launched several ballistic missiles at two U.S. bases in Iraq. Ali Abedzadeh, head of Iran’s national aviation department, on Friday said with “certainty” that no missile hit the plane, which went down shortly after taking off near Tehran.

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Puerto Rico government asks for help

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/10/20, 10:49 am

Powerful aftershocks complicated the recovery effort in Puerto Rico after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday killed one person, injured nine others, and severely damaged infrastructure on the southwestern coast. More than 40 earthquakes measuring 3.0 magnitude or higher have shaken the island since Tuesday. Following a request from Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vázquez, President Donald Trump declared an emergency in the U.S. territory, opening the door to Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to help with recovery.

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