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Are we prepared? Disasters prove more costly as people move into storm-prone areas
The United States has more than doubled in population since 1950. Fifty-three percent of Americans now live in the 17 percent of counties sitting on a coast. Development is happening in vulnerable places.
QUIZ: Are you ready? Test your emergency prep knowledge
Are you disaster-ready? See how much you know about disaster preparedness with this quiz.
VIDEO: Reese Witherspoon apologizes after arrest
Actress Reese Witherspoon says she's 'deeply embarrassed' after her disorderly conduct arrest. She was taken into custody early Friday along with her husband, who was charged with driving under the influence.
VIDEO: Girls raft through Okla. floodwaters on inflatable mattress
Some Chickasha, Okla., residents were plagued by Wednesday night's storms, while others saw an opportunity for a unique adventure.
Boston bombing victim in iconic photo helped identify suspects
Minutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him.
Boston bombings probe turns to wider terrorist ties
Authorities said they will examine every scarp of evidence, including text messages and cell phone calls, to determine if an organized terrorist group encouraged two brothers from Russia to plant bombs at the Boston Marathon, then engage police in two bloody shootouts before one was killed and the other captured Friday.
Weather warnings now issue from your pocket
Keith Stammer, director of emergency management in Joplin, Mo., suggests people have back-up systems for their back-up systems when it comes to weather warnings. The layers of alerts should include mobile apps and text alerts that indicate when storms are approaching, he says.
Are the world's great cities ready for rising waters and freak storms?
The list of metropoles threatened by rising seas and freak storms is alarmingly long, if (from a U.S. viewpoint) reassuringly international.
Social media reactions to Texas explosion
A deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas, on Wednesday night flattened buildings and injured dozens, and social media sites were flooded with pictures and video of the event.
Everybody talks about the weather, but it's not easy to predict
Large temperature variations from year to year have significant implications, most obviously for farmers and gardeners but also for utility companies estimating energy use, city managers budgeting for snow and sports teams worrying about scheduling. Are we getting any better at predicting the weather weeks or months in advance?
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