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Removal of fuel in pool at Fukushima’s melted reactor begins

- Associated Press

The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant began removing fuel Monday from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone in what will be a decades-long process to decommission the facility.

Chairman of the Finns Party Jussi Halla-aho campaigns for the Finnish parliamentary elections in Tuusula, Finland, Saturday, April 13, 2019, a day ahead of the elections. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

Euroskeptic populists rail against sacrifices in Finland ‘climate election’

- Associated Press

Across Europe, populist, anti-immigrant, euroskeptic parties have gained ground in recent elections at the expense of traditional political parties. The vote in Finland is expected to reflect that development yet add a new twist: populists here rail against climate change sacrifices instead of focusing on immigration like their counterparts in southern Europe.

In this Nov. 3, 2015, file photo, the Keystone Steele City pumping station, into which the planned Keystone XL pipeline is to connect to, is seen in Steele City, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) ** FILE **

Pipeline opponents ask judge to strike down Trump’s permit

- Associated Press

Opponents of the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline asked a federal court Friday in a lawsuit to declare President Donald Trump acted illegally when he issued a new permit for the project in a bid to get around an earlier court ruling.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., left, looks over her notes during testimony by Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Sitting next to Ocasio-Cortez is Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., right. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump mocks ‘young bartender’ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

- The Washington Times

President Trump gleefully mocked one of the Democratic Party’s biggest stars and her signature legislative proposal at a Republican fundraising dinner Tuesday night. Mr. Trump did not name Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, but he did say he didn’t want to be too hard on her “Green New Deal” because he hoped to campaign against it.

A young girl splashes water on her body at a watering point in Beira, Mozambique, Monday, April, 1, 2019. The death toll from the cyclone has reached over 500, as Mozambican and international health workers raced on Monday to contain the outbreak of cholera in the cyclone-hit city of Beira and surrounding areas, where cases of the disease has jumped to more than 1,000. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Mozambique cholera cases now above 1,400; vaccines arrive

- Associated Press

Cholera cases in cyclone-hit Mozambique have risen above 1,400, government officials said Tuesday, as hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses arrived in an attempt to limit the rapid spread of the disease.

Former President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for Democratic candidates Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Judge tosses Trump executive order, restores Obama drilling ban

- Associated Press

President Trump exceeded his authority when he reversed bans on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic Ocean and dozens of canyons in the Atlantic Ocean, a U.S. judge said in a ruling that restored the Obama-era restrictions.

In this March 18, 2019, photo released by the U.S. Air Force, environmental restoration employees deploy a containment boom from a boat on Offutt Air Force Base in Neb., as a precautionary measure for possible fuel leaks in the flooded area. Surging unexpectedly strong and up to 7 feet high, the Missouri River floodwaters that poured on to much the Nebraska air base that houses the U.S. Strategic Command overwhelmed the frantic sandbagging by troops and their scramble to save sensitive equipment, munitions and aircraft. (Delanie Stafford, The U.S. Air Force via AP)

Floods show national security threat posed by climate change

- Associated Press

The Missouri River floodwater surging on to the air base housing the U.S. military’s Strategic Command overwhelmed round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others. They had to scramble to save sensitive equipment, munitions and dozens of aircraft.

Backwater flooding begins to encircle the Yazoo City, Miss., airport., Sunday, March 17, 2019, as seen in this aerial photograph. Various communities in the Mississippi Delta are combatting both Mississippi River flooding and backwater flooding that are affecting homes, businesses and farm lands. (AP Photo/Holbrook Mohr)

200 million Americans at risk of flooding

- The Washington Times

More than 200 million Americans are at risk of some flooding, as spring weather brings even more water to the Plains, Midwest and Mississippi River basin, which just endured a wetter-than-average winter, a federal report predicts.

Flood waters dominate the landscape following cyclone force winds and heavy rain near the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique, Wednesday March 20, 2019. Torrential rains were expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters were still rising, according to aid groups trying to get food, water and clothing to desperate survivors. It will be days before Mozambique's inundated plains drain toward the Indian Ocean and even longer before the full scale of the devastation is known. (Josh Estey/CARE via AP)

Floods, destruction from cyclone continue in Mozambique

- Associated Press

A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to Customs and Border Patrol agents and agents-in-training at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Advanced Training Facility in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Mike Pence heads to flooded Midwest amid concerns about levees

- Associated Press

Vice President Mike Pence was expected to visit the Midwest on Tuesday to view flooding caused by heavy rains and snowmelt that damaged hundreds of homes and inundated tens of thousands of acres with water.

This image made available by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on Monday March 18, 2019, shows an aerial view from a helicopter of flooding in Beira, Mozambique. The Red Cross says that as much as 90 percent of Mozambique's central port city of Beira has been damaged or destroyed by tropical Cyclone Idai. (Caroline Haga/International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) via AP)

More than 1,000 feared dead after cyclone slams into Mozambique

- Associated Press

More than 1,000 people were feared dead in Mozambique four days after a cyclone slammed into the country, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the floodwaters, the nation’s president said.

Indonesian police and soldiers search for residents who need assistance at a flooded neighborhood in Sentani, Papua Province, Indonesia, Monday, March 18, 2019. Flash flood and mudslides triggered by days of torrential downpours tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia's easternmost province, killing dozens of people. (AP Photo/Tumbur Gultom)

Flash floods, earthquake in Indonesia kill over 80

- Associated Press

The number of people killed after torrential downpours triggered flash floods and mudslides that tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia’s easternmost province has climbed to 79, with dozens of others missing, officials said Monday.

The Rock River crested its banks and floods Shore Drive, seen here on Saturday, March 16, 2019, from the Bauer Parkway bridge in Machesney Park, Ill. Many rivers and creeks in the Midwest are at record levels after days of snow and rain. (Scott P. Yates/Rockford Register Star via AP)

More evacuations in Midwest as floodwaters head downstream

- Associated Press

Residents in parts of southwestern Iowa were forced out of their homes Sunday as a torrent of Missouri River water flowed over and through levees, putting them in a situation similar to hundreds of people in neighboring Nebraska who have been displaced by the late-winter flood.

This Sept. 12, 2015, photo provided by Jacqueline Sones shows a Janolus Nudibranch in Bodega Harbor, Calif. A new study reports that dozens of warm-weather species of sea slugs, jellyfish and other marine life migrated into the northern California region over an unusually long two-year period of severe heatwaves. The University of California, Davis report is to be published Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Scientific Reports. (Jacqueline Sones via AP)

Species by the dozen moved north during marine heatwaves

- Associated Press

Dozens of species of sea slugs, jellyfish and other marine life from toastier southern waters migrated into the Northern California region over an unusually long two-year period of severe heatwaves, says a new scientific report.

In this Feb. 28, 2019, photograph, a storage tank stands near a well pad located in a field near a housing development in Broomfield, Colo. Frustrated residents of a Denver suburb say state law is forcing them to participate in a major oil and gas drilling project against their wishes, so they launched legal challenges with potentially significant consequences for the industry. Backed by a federal judge, they have a chance this week to ask state regulators to block multiple wells planned within about 1,300 feet (400 meters) of homes in the city of Broomfield. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado residents seek to block major oil and gas project

- Associated Press

Frustrated residents of a Denver suburb say state law is forcing them to participate in a major oil and gas drilling project against their wishes, so they launched legal challenges with potentially significant consequences for the industry.

In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019, photo, Rusty Sowell, pastor at Providence Baptist Church, speaks to volunteers organizing donations at the church in Beauregard, Ala. Dealing with the dead became a huge task in a rural Alabama community where nearly two dozen people died in a tornado outbreak. The county coroner, Bill Harris, set up a temporary command post and performed post-mortem exams. He and Sowell then held 17 separate meetings with relatives of the 23 people who died. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

23 tornado deaths ‘gut wrenching’ in tiny Alabama community

- Associated Press

With nearly two dozen people killed in a tornado outbreak that shattered a rural community in east Alabama, notifying the families of the dead was a huge, gut-wrenching task, done in the privacy of a country church.