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At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

Firefighters and members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces prepare to rescue climbers near the peak of Mount Ontake in central Japan, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Mount Ontake erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and blanketing the surro…

September 28, 2014 11:21 am
At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

Firefighters and members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces conduct a rescue operation at a cabin near the peak of Mount Ontake as plumes of smoke billow in central Japan, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Mount Ontake erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high in…

September 28, 2014 11:21 am
At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

Rescue workers carry a climber rescued from Mount Ontake into an ambulance, in Kiso, Nagano prefecture in central Japan, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Mount Ontake erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and blanketing the surrounding area …

September 28, 2014 11:21 am
At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

Plumes of smoke and ash billow from Mount Ontake as it continues to erupt in central Japan, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Mount Ontake in central Japan erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and blanketing the surrounding area in ash. An e…

September 28, 2014 11:21 am
At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

Firefighters and members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces carry a person rescued from a cabin on Mount Ontake in central Japan, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Mount Ontake erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and blanketing the surroundin…

September 28, 2014 11:21 am
At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

Rescuers help an injured person on Mount Ontake in central Japan, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Mount Ontake erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and blanketing the surrounding area in ash. An estimated 40 people were stranded at mountai…

September 28, 2014 11:21 am
At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

Firefighters and members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces conduct a rescue operation on Mount Ontake in central Japan, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Mount Ontake erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and blanketing the surrounding area in a…

September 28, 2014 11:21 am
At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

A climber is lifted by a helicopter as being rescued from the peak of Mount Ontake in central Japan, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Mount Ontake erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and blanketing the surrounding area in ash. Rescue worke…

September 28, 2014 11:21 am
At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

A helicopter of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force lifts a person injured during the eruption on Mount Ontake in central Japan, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Mount Ontake erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and blanketing the surroundi…

September 28, 2014 11:21 am
At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

Firefighters and members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces carry a person rescued from a cabin, top left, near the peak of Mount Ontake in central Japan, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Mount Ontake erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and …

September 28, 2014 11:21 am
At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

Firefighters and members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces conduct a rescue operation at an ash-covered cabin, center left, near the peak of Mount Ontake in central Japan on Sunday. Mount Ontake erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky an…

September 28, 2014 11:21 am
Hurricane Odile slams Mexico's Baja California

Hurricane Odile slams Mexico's Baja California

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows category four Hurricane Odile taken at 5:45 a.m. EDT Sunday Sept. 14, 2014. The rapidly strengthening Hurricane Odile intensified Saturday night and appeared headed for a possible close brush with the southern end of Mexico's Baja California penins…

September 15, 2014 12:14 pm
Seismic activity calms down near Iceland volcano

Seismic activity calms down near Iceland volcano

A plume of smoke rises from the lava eruption on Holuhraun, northwest of the Dyngjujoekull glacier in Iceland, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Lava fountains danced along a lengthy volcanic fissure near Iceland's subglacial Bardarbunga volcano Sunday, prompting authorities to raise the aviation warni…

September 02, 2014 12:38 pm
Businesses: Quake cleanup shouldn't deter tourists

Businesses: Quake cleanup shouldn't deter tourists

Signs and caution tape block the street in front of the earthquake-damaged Vintner's Collective multi-winery tasting room Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Napa, Calif. The building dates from the late 1800s. The San Francisco Bay Area's strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of Californi…

August 25, 2014 5:04 pm
Quake in California's wine country injures dozens

Quake in California's wine country injures dozens

A cracked section of roadway is shown in the Carneros district following an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years struck before dawn on Sunday, sending scores of people to hospitals, igniting fires, damaging his…

August 25, 2014 2:54 pm
Quake in California's wine country injures dozens

Quake in California's wine country injures dozens

A youngster rides his scooter over a sidewalk buckled by an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. A large earthquake caused significant damage and left at least three critically injured in California's northern Bay Area early Sunday, igniting fires, sending at least 87 people to …

August 25, 2014 10:47 am
Volunteering is a way of life for Hammond retiree

Volunteering is a way of life for Hammond retiree

On any given day, Anne Herbert is working behind the scenes to improve the lives of those in her community and across the country.

July 23, 2014 12:00 am
'Funnel of fire' destroys homes in Washington

'Funnel of fire' destroys homes in Washington

A pickup drives along a road where a wildfire rages early Friday, July 18, 2014, near Brewster, Wash. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Tyler Tjomsland)

July 18, 2014 2:40 pm
Tornadoes flatten tiny rural Nebraska town; 2 dead

Tornadoes flatten tiny rural Nebraska town; 2 dead

Two tornados approach Pilger, Neb., Monday June 16, 2014. The National Weather Service said at least two twisters touched down within roughly a mile of each other Monday in northeast Nebraska.

June 17, 2014 5:46 pm

Ice pellets and snow frustrate holiday travel rush

CHICAGO | A storm with a 2,000-mile footprint threatened to frustrate Christmas travelers from Texas to Nova Scotia with a little of everything Mother Nature has to offer, from freezing rain, ice and snow to flooding, thunderstorms and possibly some tornadoes in the South.

December 21, 2013 2:00 pm
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