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Chemical Fire Draws Illinois National Guard; Locals Evacuate

A massive fire at a chemical plant in northern Illinois spurred the governor to deploy the National Guard to the area as local residents were evacuated. No injuries have been reported. The industrial fire broke out early Monday morning at …

‘This Is Extremely Dangerous’: No Safe Place in Frigid Texas

The dangerously cold temperatures gripping auto-reliant Texas present a terrible dilemma for millions of residents: Stay put in heat-less homes, or ignore all official advice and venture forth on to the state’s treacherous highways. Texans awoke Tuesday morning to a …

In Hurricane-Ravaged Louisiana, Residents Dig Out, Again

LAKE CHARLES, La. — First, Hurricane Laura roared ashore with its staggering, 150 mph (241 kph) winds. Then Hurricane Delta followed, with less wind but with ferocious downpours. The two back-to-back hurricanes in the space of six weeks have left …

As California Burns, the Winds Arrive and the Lights Go Out

SHAVER LAKE, Calif. — Wildfires churned through bone-dry California on Tuesday after a scorching Labor Day weekend that saw a dramatic airlift of more than 200 people trapped by flames and ended with the state’s largest utility turning off power …

Weather, Reinforcements Helping in California Wildfire Fight

VACAVILLE, Calif. — Firefighters hard-pressed by some of the largest wildfires in California history scrambled Wednesday to take advantage of cooler weather and an influx of aid as they carved and burned containment lines around the flames to prevent more …

Riot-Gear Spending Soars 114% in Trump’s Police-Power Surge

Federal agencies are bolstering arsenals of tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets and other crowd-control gear after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. agents to assume new policing powers in cities to quell protests that he said threatened government monuments, statues and property. …

55 Years After Riots, Watts Neighborhood Still Bears Scars

LOS ANGELES — There were no fires this time in Watts. There was no looting, no shooting and no National Guard troops patrolling. Protesters filled the streets around the country in late May and June following the Minneapolis police killing …

Police Arrest Man in Arson of Historic Nashville Courthouse

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A man who set fire to a historic courthouse in Tennessee during weekend protests has been arrested, police said. Wesley Somers, 25, is charged with felony arson, vandalism and disorderly conduct. He is accused of setting fire …

Insured Losses from Riots Reach ‘Catastrophe’ Levels, May Rival Record

Rioting that erupted in cities across the United States after the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis may rival the 1992 Los Angeles riots to become the most costly civil disorder in United States history. The civil disturbance …

North Dakota National Guard Unit Leads Disaster Exercise

More than 100 emergency responders have been practicing in Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., for a possible disaster. The North Dakota National Guard’s 81st Civil Support Team based in Bismarck is leading the week-long exercise, which focuses on a mock World …