- Cleveland authorities to tout convention preparedness Updated: May-28-16 6:00 pm
CLEVELAND - City officials plan to present an overview of security preparation for this summer's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, seeking to counter continuing concerns about readiness to host the event expected to bring 50,000 visitors to northeast Ohio.
- Sandoval urges relaxed grazing restrictions as drought wanes Updated: May-28-16 11:52 am
RENO, Nevada - Gov. Brian Sandoval is urging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to reconsider livestock grazing restrictions in northeast Nevada, saying that may now be unwarranted given a wet winter that has drought conditions on the mend.
- 153 homes in Bryan damaged by tornado Updated: May-27-16 10:44 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Latest on severe weather in the Plains and flooding in Texas following heavy rains (all times local):
- House, Senate to meet to draft final state budget proposal Updated: May-27-16 3:11 pm
BOSTON - House and Senate negotiators will likely begin meeting next week to draft a final state budget proposal after the Senate gave final approval to a $39.5 billion spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.
- California lawmakers advance Brown's affordable housing plan Updated: May-27-16 1:54 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California lawmakers have adopted a controversial plan proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown in response to the state's affordable housing crisis.
- State-appointed board votes to restore Flint council powers Updated: May-27-16 6:45 am
FLINT, Michigan - A state-appointed board has voted in favor of restoring powers to Flint City Council as the city moves out of state oversight.
- WHO: Nearly 960 killed in attacks on hospitals in 2 years Updated: May-26-16 11:36 am
WASHINGTON - Nearly 960 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years, the World Health Organization said in a report Thursday that highlighted an alarming disrespect for the protection of health care in war by both governments and armed groups.
- Flooded homeowners sue Houston, alleging negligence Updated: May-25-16 8:35 pm
HOUSTON - A citizen's group and homeowners who have recently suffered repeat flood damage sued Houston in federal court Wednesday, alleging the city backed improvements at a commercial development they say were made without putting in adequate drainage.
- UN health agency gets OK for revamp of emergency response Updated: May-25-16 6:58 pm
GENEVA - Stung by failures in its response to Ebola, the World Health Organization is revamping how it responds to emergencies to become nimbler, more reactive and more operational in "one of the most profound transformations" ever at the U.N. health agency.
- Lawmakers, Snyder agree to framework of budget Updated: May-24-16 8:01 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Key Republican lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder's administration agreed Tuesday on the framework of a state spending plan that would direct $165 million more toward Flint's lead-tainted water crisis and significantly scale back a plan to address underground infrastructure needs across Michigan.
- Pierre, Fort Pierre mayors reflect on flood 5 years later Updated: May-24-16 12:54 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill got a call from the state Department of Public Safety asking her to come to a meeting at 4 p.m. That meeting would change her life.
- FEMA aims to reform flood insurance program Updated: May-24-16 6:55 am
NEWARK, New Jersey - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking changes to the national flood insurance program aimed at increasing transparency and oversight.
- Peru declares emergency over mercury contamination Updated: May-23-16 6:42 pm
LIMA, Peru - Peru's government declared an emergency across a broad jungle region Monday because of mercury contamination caused by wildcat gold mining.
- New Mexico is first to sue EPA, mine owners over toxic spill Updated: May-23-16 6:21 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico on Monday became the first state to sue the federal government and the owners of two mines over the release of 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater from a closed Colorado gold mine, seeking tens of millions of dollars for environmental and economic damage caused by the spill.
- After Sandy victims complain, FEMA tweaks flood program Updated: May-23-16 5:27 pm
NEW YORK - After learning some hard lessons from Superstorm Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it is reforming the way it handles appeals from disgruntled policyholders in the National Flood Insurance Program.
- 3 Maine fire departments to get grants for gear, training Updated: May-22-16 10:47 am
SCARBOROUGH, Maine - Three Maine fire departments will receive almost $600,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for equipment and training.
- Muscatine County officials approve plans for shooting range Updated: May-21-16 10:57 am
WEST LIBERTY, Iowa - Muscatine County officials have approved advancing a proposal to build a shooting range in the eastern Iowa city of West Liberty.
- Trying to get jump on Zika preparations with money in limbo Updated: May-21-16 10:55 am
WASHINGTON - Beg, borrow and steal: Zika preparation involves a bit of all three as federal, state and local health officials try to get a jump on the mosquito-borne virus while Congress haggles over how much money they really need.
- Governor activates National Guard for flood prevention Updated: May-20-16 10:35 am
CASPER, Wyoming - Gov. Matt Mead has activated the Wyoming National Guard to help with flood prevention efforts in Carbon and Fremont counties.
- UN: Yellow fever outbreak is "serious" but not an emergency Updated: May-19-16 2:36 pm
LONDON - The World Health Organization says the ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in central Africa is "serious and of great concern" but does not warrant being declared a global emergency.
- Nearly $40M in storm disaster help approved for East Texas Updated: May-19-16 1:19 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Federal officials have approved nearly $40 million in disaster assistance for 13 East Texas counties slammed by March heavy rain, tornadoes and flooding.
- North Dakota firefighter group getting $392K federal grant Updated: May-18-16 7:03 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota's congressional delegation says a group representing firefighters is getting a federal grant to support training.
- Senate overrides veto; $40M in help heading to SC farmers Updated: May-18-16 6:24 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - About $40 million in state aid will soon be heading to South Carolina farmers after the Senate delivered its own sharp rebuke to Gov. Nikki Haley on Wednesday by overriding her veto of a farm aid bill.
- Climate change, runaway development worsen Houston floods Updated: May-18-16 5:07 pm
HOUSTON - With clay soil and tabletop-flat terrain, Houston has endured flooding for generations. Its 1,700 miles of man-made channels struggle to dispatch storm runoff to the Gulf of Mexico.
- Venezuela opposition rejects Maduro's state of emergency Updated: May-17-16 7:06 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan opposition leaders are rejecting a 60-day state of emergency declared by President Nicolas Maduro.