Disaster planning and response

Workers had cut a tree apart and work to free a truck on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Millvale, Pa. A landslide on Friday caused trees and concrete stored on top of the hill to tumble onto a business below in the Pittsburgh suburb. Area roads are closed and authorities warn more closing and flooding may be coming with the weekend's continuing rains. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
February 24, 2018 - 3:30 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Landslides outside of Pittsburgh have damaged vehicles, closed roads and even caused a home evacuation after debris slid down a slope against the house. Authorities are warning that more may be coming with the weekend's wet weather. Allegheny County officials said Saturday a...
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Firefighters use a raft to rescue Samantha Tucker, center, and her young child and infant, after rising flood waters submerged her home, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)
February 22, 2018 - 11:42 pm
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Shelters were open to assist people forced from their homes by flooding in Indiana and Michigan on Thursday, as rivers swollen by heavy rain and melting snow continue to rise in the Midwest. Flood warnings were in effect across a wide swath of the central and southern U.S.,...
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February 22, 2018 - 8:14 am
FINLEYVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Firefighters had a rescue a police officer who became trapped by rising floodwaters in western Pennsylvania. The officer, who is from Monongahela, was patrolling nearby Union when his vehicle got trapped at Courtney Hill and Patterson roads early Thursday. A Washington...
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February 12, 2018 - 6:08 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Members of the Puerto Rican community want help for Hurricane Maria survivors who have resettled in Philadelphia. Groups will gather at Thomas Paine Plaza on Monday to call for financial resources for the evacuees. The groups say more than 1,500 evacuees are in Philadelphia,...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the chamber after announcing an agreement in the Senate on a two-year, almost $400 billion budget deal that would provide Pentagon and domestic programs with huge spending increases, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 07, 2018 - 2:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders announced Wednesday they have sealed agreement on a two-year budget pact that would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with almost $300 billion above existing limits, giving wins to both GOP defense hawks and Democrats seeking billions for infrastructure...
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A residential building leans on a collapsed first floor following an earthquake, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Hualien, southern Taiwan. Rescue crews continue to try free people from damaged buildings after a strong earthquake hit near Taiwan's east coast and killed at least four people. (Central News Agency via AP)
February 07, 2018 - 7:30 am
HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers worked Wednesday to free people trapped after a strong earthquake near Taiwan's east coast caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously. At least six people were killed and 76 could not be contacted following the quake. Videos and photos showed several...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., flanked by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, left, and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., speaks with reporters as work continues on a plan to keep the government open as a funding deadline approaches, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 06, 2018 - 11:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Buoyed by the sudden likelihood of a budget pact, lawmakers are on track to avoid a repeat of last month's government shutdown — though President Donald Trump unexpectedly raised the possibility of closing things down again if he can't have his way on immigration. "I'd love to see...
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January 31, 2018 - 6:19 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As advocates prepare efforts register hurricane-displaced Puerto Ricans to vote in the U.S. mainland, the chief elections officer in Connecticut is putting the weight of her office behind drives to sign up as many eligible newcomers as possible. Residents of the Caribbean...
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., confers with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., right, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 30, 2018 - 8:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A week after a standoff forced a three-day government shutdown, congressional budget talks remain bogged down by Democrats' demands to protect "Dreamer" immigrants and GOP conservatives' concerns about a booming federal deficit. The deadlock is deflating hopes that lawmakers will...
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Jacob Lerma looks at the bare studs inside his home, which was damaged by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Friendswood, Texas. Five months after Hurricane Harvey damaged thousands of houses in Texas, financial difficulties many homeowners still face as they work to rebuild has created a spike in missed mortgage payments. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
January 27, 2018 - 10:56 am
FRIENDSWOOD, Texas (AP) — As Jacob Lerma surveyed the skeletal beams of his suburban Houston home that was flooded during Hurricane Harvey, he kept muttering three words as he wondered if his family would ever be able to move back in: "I don't know." Like many Texans whose homes were flooded during...
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