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Matt Levin of Hatfield captured this image, taken through a west-facing window on Elm Street, during Wednesday's storm at around 8 p.m.

Lightning strikes

Friday, July 25, 2014

Caption: Lightning strike west of Hatfield storm of 8 p.m., through a west window on Elm St., 7/23/2014 Your name: Matt Levin Your phone: 247-3368 … 0

Increase in wildfires raises questions, concerns

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: Why are wildfires on the increase and what can be done to stop them from happening? — Sandy Heffran, Albuquerque, New Mexico There’s no question that wildfires are on the increase across the American West and other fire-prone regions of the world, and most environmental leaders agree that global warming is … 0

Tornado kills 2 at Va. campground

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CAPE CHARLES, Va. — Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides. … 0

‘Funnel of fire’ destroys homes in Wash. state

Friday, July 18, 2014

PATEROS, Wash. — A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble, solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley. Friday’s dawn … 0

Credible probe sought in jet tragedy

Friday, July 18, 2014

ROZSYPNE, Ukraine — World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane. At an … 1

UN: 1 in 5 killed in Gaza are children

Friday, July 18, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday in a ground offensive that officials said could last up to two weeks as the prime minister ordered the military to prepare for a “significantly” … 0

Panel backs early release for 46,000 drug felons

Friday, July 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes may be eligible for early release under a cost-cutting proposal adopted Friday that would dramatically reduce the nation’s prison population over time. The U.S. Sentencing … 0

Family of slain robbery hostage starts own investigation

Friday, July 18, 2014

STOCKTON, Calif. — Family members of a hostage slain during a running gun battle with assault weapons between suspected bank robbers and police in a Northern California city on Friday launched their own investigation into the incident. Greg … 0

Islamic State overwhelms Iraqi forces at Tikrit

Friday, July 18, 2014

IRBIL, Iraq — Islamic State gunmen overran a former U.S. military base early Friday and killed or captured hundreds of Iraqi government troops who had been trying to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, the worst military reversal Iraqi troops have suffered since the Islamist forces captured nearly … 0

Airliner shot down in Ukraine Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 298 people

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HRABOVE, Ukraine — Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard Thursday, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied downing … 0

Israel invades Gaza

Thursday, July 17, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers backed by tanks launched a ground invasion, escalating a 10-day campaign … 3

Typhoon kills 38 in Philippines

Thursday, July 17, 2014

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A typhoon that barreled through the northern Philippines left at least 38 people dead and knocked out power in entire provinces and forced more than half a million people to flee its lethal wind … 0

Gunmen, hostage die in Calif. bank robbery

Thursday, July 17, 2014

STOCKTON, Calif. — Misty Holt-Singh had just popped into the bank, leaving her 12-year-old daughter in the car, when the horror began. An hour later, the mother of two lay dead after a bank robbery and planned hostage-taking … 0