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Michigan Counties Seek Access to Funds After Tornado Damage

ARMADA, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan counties are asking the state to help make funds available for residents and businesses affected by recent tornados that damaged buildings, knocked down trees and caused power outages. Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel on …

London Cleans Up After Flash Flooding Drenches Homes, Subway

LONDON (AP) — Londoners were cleaning up Monday after torrential rain left homes, roads and several subway stations flooded, the second unseasonal inundation in as many weeks. The Met Office weather agency said 41.6 centimeters (16 inches) of rain fell …

Repair Shop Owner Pleads Guilty To Insurance Fraud Charges

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A man who used sledgehammers and mallets to further damage customers’ vehicles at the two auto body shops he owned in an effort to cheat insurance companies has pleaded guilty to dozens of charges, prosecutors said. …

Tornado Sweeps Through Suburban Chicago, Causing Damage

CHICAGO (AP) — A radar-confirmed tornado swept through communities in heavily populated suburban Chicago, damaging more than 100 homes, toppling trees, knocking out power and causing multiple injuries, officials said. At least five people, including a woman who was listed …

Major Damage to Alabama Mobile Home Park Amid Tropical Storm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say a suspected tornado spurred by Tropical Storm Claudette demolished or badly damaged at least 50 homes in a small town just north of the Florida border. Sheriff Heath Jackson in Escambia County …

Houston Seethes Over Being Frozen Out of Federal Flood Funds

HOUSTON (AP) — Residents of the East Aldine neighborhood of Houston are tired of their homes flooding during hurricanes and of worrying every time it rains because their streets and waterways don’t drain well. Like the rest of the Houston …

Study: Climate Change Added $8 Billion to Sandy’s Damages

Climate change-triggered sea level rise added $8 billion in damage during 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, one of nation’s costliest weather disasters, a new study said. During Sandy _ a late fall freak combination of a hurricane and other storms that struck …

Number of Damaging Fires in Los Angeles Homeless Camps Grows

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Fires linked to homeless tents and camps are raising concerns in Los Angeles, where flames claimed seven lives last year and caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to nearby businesses, according to a newspaper …

Tornado Rips Off Roofs, Knocks Out Power in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A tornado ripped off roofs, knocked down utility polls and cut off power to thousands in New Orleans early Wednesday, but no serious injuries were reported in what one city official called an unexpected “dry run” …

Hyundai Recalls Over 390K Vehicles for Possible Engine Fires

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai is recalling more than 390,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada for two problems that can cause engine fires. In one recall, owners are being told to park their vehicles outdoors until repairs are made. The …