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A firefighting vehicle drives near a burning ridge line near homes on Twisp River Road, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 in Twisp, Wash. Firefighters were in place trying to protect structures, and most residents were running irrigation sprinklers overnight in hopes of protecting their homes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

PHOTOS: Flames rage in Washington

Nearly 29,000 firefighters are battling some 100 large blazes across the West, including in Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington and California.

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15 must-have items for your emergency survival kit

The New Yorker’s viral July article has a lot of people talking about emergency preparation. If a national disaster strikes in your area, will you and your family be prepared? More trending stories As a rule of thumb for planning an emergency survival kit, remember that the federal government expects ...

Chinese police help a man to safety near the site of an explosion in northeastern China's Tianjin municipality Aug. 13, 2015. Chinese state media reported huge explosions at the Tianjin port late Wednesday.

Photos: Devastating scenes revealed day after deadly blasts rock China

Dozens are dead and hundreds injured after explosions rocked the Chinese port city of Tianjin.

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5 things to know before donating to a GoFundMe

Go Fund Me has been used for years to raise money for various causes, like sick children, disaster recovery, and even business ventures. While the website has helped countless people with legitimate causes, there have also been countless incidents of fraud related to the website. 5 things to know before ...

What it would look like if the Hiroshima bomb hit Austin

In the final days of World War II, the United States dropped an atomic bomb called “Little Boy” on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945. Including those lost in the aftermath, the bombing claimed about 140,000 lives, according to the New York Times. A few days later, on Aug. 9, the U.S. dropped another bomb ...

Washington wildfire: 24 structures damaged, 3,000 acres burned

At least two dozen structures were damaged or destroyed, and an estimated 3,000 acres were burned by a fast-growing grass fire in Wenatchee. Despite the extensive damage, authorities said Monday morning there were no injuries. Dozens of other homes are in danger.  Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the ...

10 facts to know about shark attacks

Two shark attacks have occurred within two days in North Carolina this week on the Outer Banks, a popular spot for vacationers. Both victims, a 47-year-old and 18-year-old man, survived the attacks despite suffering multiple injuries.  Here are 10 facts on shark attacks, including their likelihood, ways to avoid them, ...

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Balcony collapse kills 5, injures 8 in California (PHOTOS)

A balcony on an apartment building in Berkeley, California, collapsed early Tuesday, killing five people and injuring eight, according to The Associated Press. Many of the injured have life-threatening wounds, police said. >> Read more trending stories Police don't yet know what caused the incident, saying only that the fourth-floor ...

Rescue workers prepare to head out on boats on the Yangtze River to search for missing passengers after a ship capsized in central China's Hubei province June 2, 2015. The passenger ship carrying more than 450 people sank overnight in the Yangtze River during a storm in southern China, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday.

Photos: Cruise ship with 458 on board sinks in China

A cruise ship capsized overnight in a storm on China's Yangtze River with 458 people aboard, most of them elderly, state broadcaster CCTV said.

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Shocking video: Flooded river bursts into Texas home as family looks on

A shocking video that shows the flooded Blanco River rushing into a Texas home has gone viral. According to CNN, the Perez family was inside their Wimberley vacation house Saturday night when floodwaters burst through the door, filling the first floor. >> Click here to watch the video. (WARNING: Contains language ...

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