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French 'yellow vest' demos caused 170 mln euros damage: insurers

Paris - Claims for damage linked to three months of yellow vest protests in France have been estimated at 170 million euros ($190 million) even before this weekend's riots on the Champs-Elysees, the French Insurance Federation said on Monday.

Nations count cost of 2018 climate disasters

Paris - Climate change-induced disasters cost nations at least $100 billion in 2018, a watchdog said Thursday, warning the spate of deadly wildfires, floods and superstorms was "a shadow" of things to come if greenhouse gas emissions aren't slashed.

Haiti quake upends lives already stressed by poverty

Port-de-paix - Quake-hit Port-de-Paix was back to its daily routines Monday but in poor neighborhoods like l'Hopital, on a steep hill that looks out to the sea beyond the Haitian city, people's troubles are just beginning.

Hurricane damage put at 2bn euros on two French islands

Paris - Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused some 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in damage on the French islands of St Martin and Guadeloupe as they ravaged the Caribbean in September, French officials said Tuesday.The damage has been estimated at 1.

Cuba counts the cost of deadly Hurricane Irma

Havana - Cuba emerged from a 72-hour thrashing by Hurricane Irma on Monday with three-quarters of the population without power, as the country began the task of restoring basic infrastructure and services.

Fire experts use technology to help assess damage from wildfires Special

San Bernardino - Fire-ravaged terrain in the path of this week's Blue Cut fire was still smoldering when CalFire assessment experts fanned out into the damaged area, trying to figure out what exactly was destroyed and what it would cost to replace it.

Strong summer storm packs rare punch — Tornado strikes Ashburn

Oshawa - Teams from Environment Canada began cleaning up debris Saturday after powerful summer storms toppled trees and damaged homes south of Toronto, even spawning a small tornado.

Japan twin quakes turned hills into deadly cascades of mud

Nihon - When powerful -- and shallow -- twin earthquakes struck southern Japan barely 24 hours apart, the verdant hills that gracefully dominate the landscape turned into deadly cascades of mud.

Two Northern California wildfires caused $1 billion in damage

San Francisco - Insurers expect to pay out $1 billion in losses to California property owners from the Valley and Butte fires in September that killed six people and damaged more than 2,500 structures.

Power company keeps billing homeowners whose house was destroyed

Dallas - It was a bad end of the year in Texas for tornadoes. One family near Dallas had a secondary problem — they kept getting billed by the power company even though their house has been destroyed.

USGS: Major quake could strike San Francisco Bay Area within days

Fremont - Tuesday's mild 4.0 earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area could be a signal that a major destructive event will arrive within days, a U.S. government seismologist said Tuesday.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge bends just like the iPhone 6 Plus

A test conducted by a U.S. insurance company has revealed that Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge is just as bendable as the iPhone 6 Plus was famously revealed to be after its launch last year. The HTC One M9 can also be bent under pressure.

Security alert prompted as man spotted on the roof of Parliament

An arrest has been made after a man was spotted pacing around on the roof of the houses of Parliament in London late last night, prompting negotiators, police and the fire service to attend the scene in England's capital.

Toronto driverless 'ghost bus' filmed rolling into van on camera

A Toronto bus operator is investigating a "ghost bus" incident after one of its vehicles was videoed slowly rolling away from Bathurst Station with no driver, eventually hitting a parked delivery van.

Study shows junk food damages your brain

Trans fats found in junk food are renowned for creating obesity and heart disease, but now it has been proven that they damage the functioning of the brain as well.

Free quake-recovery workshops planned Thursday in Napa

Napa - Survivors of last month's 6.0 South Napa earthquake are invited Thursday to two free recovery workshops on First Street in downtown Napa.

California requests federal aid to help pay for earthquake damage

Sacramento - California has formally requested federal assistance to help the nation's largest state recover from damage caused by last month's 6.0 South Napa earthquake.

Napa quake caused $300 million in private property damage

Napa - Sunday's early morning earthquake caused $300 million worth of damage to private property in the city of Napa, officials said Wednesday.

Quake-hit Napa starts putting things back together

Napa - A Northern California city that took the brunt of Sunday morning's major earthquake has begun the arduous task of rebuilding damaged buildings, businesses and infrastructure.

Heritage village in Norway badly damaged by fire (video)

Laerdal - A fire broke out in the heritage village of Lærdalsøyri on the Sognefjord, north of Bergen on Sunday morning, destroying over 20 houses and injuring at least 50 people. The village is famed for its 18th- and 19th-century wooden houses.

Video: Around 30 police horses stampede in Mexico City

Mexico - Around 30 police horses escaped and galloped crazily down one of Mexico City's busiest streets, injuring one person and damaging 11 cars on Tuesday.

Death toll in Moore Oklahoma less than expected

Moore Oklahoma took a direct hit from an EF-5 tornado. Live video coverage courtesy of WPIX 11 News from the air in a news chopper! Pray for the people of Oklahoma. I'm lucky, I have a warm bed to sleep in tonight!

Tornado strikes Fayette County

According to the National Weather Service an EF-1 Tornado touched down in Fayette County Saturday night. One minor injury was reported.

Meteorite crashed across Chelyabinsk region of Russia (videos)

Chelyabinsk - Witnesses in Russia's Urals region panicked when a series of explosions and bright flashes hit the sky. Initial reports said a meteorite may have been blown to pieces by a missile, but this is not the case. More than 1,000 people have been injured.

Op-Ed: Video: 2012 'Year of the new normal' — Weather extremes

Many have noticed that 2012 was a year of very extreme weather conditions worldwide. HawkkeyDavisChannel on YouTube has compiled a video, showing just how extreme this weather was.

Rare tornado hits Auckland, New Zealand, 3 dead (video)

Auckland - Auckland, New Zealand has been hit by extreme weather on Thursday, with a tornado, thunderstorms and very heavy rain. 3 people have died and many have been evacuated.

Hurricane Sandy's aftermath in pictures

The destructive nature of Hurricane Sandy is being preserved in pictures, with everyday citizens becoming photo journalists by way of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Flickr.

Man awarded millions in 'Popcorn Lung' lawsuit

Denver - A Colorado man who had developed a condition known as "popcorn lung" has been awarded a multi-million dollar settlement. He said his condition resulted from the chemicals used in microwave popcorn that give it a buttery taste and aroma.

Two tornadoes strike New York City: Video

New York - Residents of Queens and Brooklyn were shocked to see tornadoes cutting across their communities. But officials say while some homes and businesses were damaged, no one was seriously hurt.

Hundreds of partying teens trash Walmart store in Florida

Jacksonville - When a house party was broken up by police in Jacksonville, Florida Saturday night, hundreds of teens headed to a nearby Walmart to wreak havoc.
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The effects of Dicamba drift on grape vines.
The effects of Dicamba drift on grape vines.
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One of several building damaged after Syrian military forces launched an attack on a neighborhood in...
One of several building damaged after Syrian military forces launched an attack on a neighborhood in Damascus.
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A neighborhood in Damascus.
A neighborhood in Damascus.
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High winds knock a large tree onto a car in Braithwaithe Louisiana
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What's left of a McNeill, Miss. man's home after a tornado ripped through the town on Christmas Day 2012.
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Figures on the humanitarian impact of the flooding could be no more than  best estimates  because it...
Figures on the humanitarian impact of the flooding could be no more than "best estimates" because it has not been possible to go from village to village to count the numbers affected, nor to speak to every local authority in disaster-hit areas.
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Damage in Urayasu  Chiba prefecture  Japan  caused by liquefaction during March 11  2011 earthquake.
Damage in Urayasu, Chiba prefecture, Japan, caused by liquefaction during March 11, 2011 earthquake.
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SHAKEUP: The home housing the offices of Wine Spectator magazine on First Street in Napa was heavily...
SHAKEUP: The home housing the offices of Wine Spectator magazine on First Street in Napa was heavily damaged in the Oct. 24 South Napa earthquake.
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Napa s historic Pfeiffer Building  better known locally as the Sam Kee Laundry building  suffered ma...
Napa's historic Pfeiffer Building, better known locally as the Sam Kee Laundry building, suffered major damage in the 6.0 earthquake that struck Aug. 24.
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The recent flooding in Pakistan devastated large areas of the country. The relief effort, being led by the Government of Pakistan, includes urgent search and rescue operations, emergency shelter, food, drinking water, health care, and sanitation.
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Napa's Sam Kee Laundry Building, also known as the Pfeiffer Building, is shown in 2012. The building was seriously damaged in Sunday's 6.0 earthquake.
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Fire destroys several homes in one New York neighborhood.
Fire destroys several homes in one New York neighborhood.
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SHAKER: Region affected by Tuesday s earthquake in California is shown.
SHAKER: Region affected by Tuesday's earthquake in California is shown.
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Last month s South Napa earthquake damaged downtown s 1910 Alexandria Square building at Second and ...
Last month's South Napa earthquake damaged downtown's 1910 Alexandria Square building at Second and Brown streets.
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ALARMING: Benicia firefighters scramble to douse flames at the Washington House on First Street, one of the oldest buildings still standing in the historic California city.
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The top 3,000 companies by market capitalisation, which represent a large proportion of global equity markets, were responsible for $ 2.15 trillion worth of environmental damage in 2008.
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Entrance to the town of Weed with Mt. Shasta in the distance
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Tsunami, Pacific coast of Japan March 11, 2011. Photo taken March 24, 2011
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