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Japan death toll could double as landslide fears halt rescue

Tokyo - The death toll from catastrophic landslides in western Japan could more than double, a police tally showed Friday, as fears of a fresh collapse temporarily halted the search for 47 people still missing.

Rescuers comb through devastation of Japan landslide

Tokyo - Thousands of rescuers combed through the wreckage of homes engulfed by landslides in western Japan on Thursday in the slim hope of finding survivors, a day after a wall of mud claimed at least 39 lives.

At least 32 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes

Hiroshima - Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 32 people and left another nine missing Wednesday, authorities said, after waves of mud engulfed homes in a suffocating sludge.

Springfield Preppers & Patriots expo draws visitors

The Preppers & Patriots expo in Springfield this weekend is attracting a large turnout from people who wish to learn how to prepare themselves for a future emergency.

Nagasaki marks 69th anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing

Tokyo - Tens of thousands marked the 69th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki on Saturday, as the city's pacifist mayor urged the Japanese government to listen to increasing concerns over controversial plans to expand the role of its military.

Hiroshima marks anniversary of atomic bombing

Hiroshima - Tens of thousands of people gathered for peace ceremonies in Hiroshima on Wednesday, marking the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city, as anti-nuclear sentiment runs high in Japan.

India landslide death toll expected to top 150

New Delhi - Rescuers said Saturday chances were "very slim" of finding more survivors from a devastating mudslide in western India believed to have claimed more than 150 lives as they dug through mud, trees and tangled debris.

China factory explosion kills 68

Kunshan - A massive explosion killed 68 people Saturday as it ripped through a factory in eastern China, officials said, as badly burned victims were rushed to local hospitals.

Google barge becomes Google garbage

"Google barges" was a large ship event meant to float about and showcase projects such as Google Glass. Now one boat was bought by an unknown owner and is allegedly being turned into scrap.

Indian rescue workers lose hope of finding landslide survivors

- Rescue workers were losing hope Friday of finding survivors amid the mud and debris from a major landslide in western India, where 150 people are feared to have been killed.

Rescuers battle rain in search for India landslide victims

- Rescuers were desperately searching into the night Thursday for victims of a landslide in western India that buried dozens of homes, with fears the death toll could reach 150.

More than 150 feared dead in India monsoon landslide

- The death toll from a major landslide Wednesday in western India was expected to exceed 150, a health official said, after heavy monsoon rains sent mud and rocks tumbling onto homes.

Japanese get anti-radiation pills ahead of nuclear restart

Tokyo - Japanese officials are handing out radiation-blocking iodine tablets to people living in the shadow of two nuclear reactors slated to restart this year, underscoring concerns about atomic power after the Fukushima crisis.

Wrecked Costa Concordia enters Italian port to be scrapped

Genoa - Ship horns blared Sunday as the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner limped into the Italian port of Genoa to be scrapped two and a half years after it capsized in a tragedy that claimed 32 lives.

Italy's wrecked cruise ship prepares to dock in Genoa

Genoa - The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner made its final approach Sunday to the Italian port of Genoa, where the mammoth carcass is being towed for scrap after its fatal capsize two and a half years ago.

Body found in South Korea identified as owner of sunken ferry

Suncheon - A body found in southern South Korea last month is that of the missing owner of the ferry that capsized in April, killing more than 300 and sparking a national outrage that still threatens the government in Seoul.

Costa Concordia wreck leaves Giglio on final voyage

Giglio - Italy's doomed cruise ship Costa Concordia left its wreckage site Wednesday in one of the largest-ever maritime salvage operations, two and a half years after the disaster left 32 people dead.

Italy says Costa cruise wreck to be towed on Wednesday

Giglio - Italian salvage workers have pushed back by a day to Wednesday the departure of the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck from the island of Giglio.

Italy says Costa cruise wreck to be towed on Tuesday

Giglio - Italian salvage workers said they would begin towing away the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck on a final voyage to the scrapyard on Tuesday -- a day later than scheduled.

Japan nuclear watchdog says two reactors safe to switch back on

Tokyo - Japan's nuclear watchdog said Wednesday that two atomic reactors were safe enough to switch back on, marking a big step towards restarting the country's nuclear plants which were shuttered after the Fukushima crisis.

Final chains attached to Italy cruise wreck

Giglio - The final chains were being attached to Italy's shipwrecked Costa Concordia on Tuesday, as salvage workers prepared to refloat and tow away the giant cruise liner later this week.

Italy cruise ship toxins threaten wildlife: Activists

Giglio - It's nursing season in Europe's biggest marine sanctuary and schools of whales have brought their young to Italian shores -- but environmentalists warn they are at risk from toxins leaked by the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship.

Costa Concordia wreck floats for first time

Giglio - Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship floated for the first time Monday since it crashed in 2012, its rust-coloured hull emerging from the waves off the Tuscan island of Giglio as an unprecedented salvage operation began.

South African salvage master to refloat Costa Concordia

Rome - After rescuing a burning ship from pirate-infested waters off Yemen and a sinking oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, South African salvage master Nick Sloane faces his biggest test yet off an idyllic Mediterranean island.

The magnetic field of Earth is weakening 10X faster than expected

There is some concern about how the flipping process of our Earth's poles has sped up. Now instead of thousands of years some estimates put it at hundreds. What does this mean for most of us?

Italy cruise ship removal planned to start July 14

Rome - An unprecedented operation to refloat the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship is planned to begin on Monday -- two and a half years after it foundered off the Tuscan island of Giglio, salvage coordinators said.

Pope to visit Philippines disaster victims

Manila - Pope Francis is to visit the Philippines, Asia's bastion of the Catholic faith, in January 2015 to comfort victims of disasters including Super Typhoon Haiyan, local church leaders said Monday.

Underwater footage shows inside doomed Italy cruise ship

Rome - Italian police have released footage of inside the ghostly shell of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, ahead of an operation to float and remove the wreck from the Tuscan island of Giglio.

More survivors found in rubble of collapsed India building

New Delhi - Emergency workers pulled out three more survivors from the rubble of a collapsed building in southern India Tuesday as authorities said they expected to wrap up rescue efforts by the end of the day.

Survivors pulled from rubble of India building tragedy

New Delhi - Rescuers plucked two survivors from the ruins of a collapsed apartment block in southern India on Monday as they raced against the clock to find dozens more people feared trapped in the rubble.
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