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Developing: Wildfire whips up, out of control in Western Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS - A wildfire continues to grow quickly in Garfield County, forcing authorities to shut down roads and issue evacuations as the flames spread.


Update: Kilauea rumbles on, 260 quakes on Big Island

The event's duration has scientists unsure what will be left when the shaking stops

Geologists from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are baffled by a swarm of more than 260 small earthquakes that shook the upper East Rift Zone of Kilauea over the course of several hours yesterday.

Magic Wand

Rare Giant Manta Born at Japan Aquarium

What is believed to be the first giant manta ray born in captivity has arrived at a southern Japanese aquarium, the facility said Sunday.

The baby manta, a female, was born late Saturday in a huge fish tank at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, more than a year after its parents mated, the aquarium said in a statement posted Sunday on its Web site.

In a video capturing the birth, the baby manta, rolled up like a tube, came sliding out of the mother manta, then quickly spread its fins and began swimming around.

The scene, recorded by the aquarium, was broadcast by national broadcaster NHK on Sunday.

Cloud Lightning

Torrential Rains Flood Texas Cities

Torrential overnight rainfall flooded a handful of north Texas towns Monday, killing two people and stranding residents and their pets on the roofs of their homes awaiting rescue.

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Creeks swollen by as much as 8 inches of rain inundated parts of the towns of Gainesville and Sherman near the Oklahoma state line.


Tiny but Hungry, Moth Threatens California Crops

SAN FRANCISCO - Full grown, the light brown apple moth is roughly the size of a nickel: a little dirt-colored insect with an adult life span shorter than the average summer vacation.


Swarm of 230 small quakes rocks Big Island

About 230 small earthquakes shook the upper East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano beginning early this morning, prompting officials to close off most of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park as a precaution to protect visitors.


Giant Frogs Raid Toilets, Power Lines

It sounds like the plot of a B movie.

People scream after finding huge frogs in their toilet bowls. Electrified amphibians cause multiple blackouts. Frogs hitch rides in cars, later surprising unsuspecting drivers.

It's all real, and, according to the University of Florida, the invasive Cuban tree frog is responsible for the chaos. The species has colonized over half of Florida and is now moving in on the rest of the state. The 6-inch-long frogs, which dwarf native tiny tree frogs, have also been found in Georgia, South Carolina, California, Hawaii and Canada.

©AP photo/University of Florida/IFAS/Josh Wickham
In this photo, Steve Johnson holds a Cuban tree frog at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Plant City. The invasive frog, which can be more than six inches long, has colonized the southern half of the state and is moving north.

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Flash floods leave 22 dead in Pakistan

Flash flooding caused by torrential rain and thunderstorms struck several villages in mountainous northwestern Pakistan, leaving at least 22 people dead, a senior government official said yesterday.

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Honduras Declares Emergency State after severe rain

After three days of severe rain battering the Central American region, Honduran authorities ordered one-month emergency state, starting on Saturday.

The rain and landslide killed seven Hondurans, provoked hundred of victims, houses and electric power collapse, noted the Contingencies Permanent Commission (COPECO).

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Snow flurries possible in Montana

A low-pressure system moving through the Intermountain West and northern Rockies was expected to bring showers and thunderstorms from New Mexico to the Dakotas.

Showers were forecast for northern Idaho and Montana, although snow flurries were possible in western Montana. Scattered showers and thunderstorms were also forecast for the southern Plains and lower Mississippi Valley.