• Minnesota Feb 1, 2019

    Long Johns to Short Sleeves: Rapid Thaw to Follow Polar Blast

    In Illinois, temperatures could rise by 80 degrees within days. In Michigan, melting snow and rain and a 17-mile ice jam on the Muskegon River could lead to flooding. And across the Midwest, the warmer forecast was sure to bring more broken roads and busted water mains....
    The polar vortex that brought many cities to a standstill was expected to come...

  • Gregory Katz Sep 14, 2017

    London Fire Survivors Feel ‘Anger and Betrayal', Chief Fire Investigator Says

    A government-ordered inquiry into the London tower fire that killed at least 80 people opened Thursday with a minute of silence for the victims — and with its leader acknowledging that survivors feel a “great sense of anger and betrayal.” Retired judge Martin Moore-Bick said he hoped his investigation would “provide a small measure of solace” by discovering how such...

  • Gregory Katz Jul 12, 2017

    UK Police Detail Painstaking Search for London Fire Remains

    British police on Wednesday described the painstaking work of recovering remains from a burnt-out London high-rise, as they tried to reassure grieving families that everything possible is being done to identify and retrieve the dead. Police say at least 80 people died in the June 14 fire at Grenfell Tower, but only 32 victims have formally been identified. Detectives say...

  • Gregory Katz Jun 26, 2017

    London Cladding Samples Fail Fire Safety; Officials Urge Evacuations

    Britain’s government urged local officials across the country Sunday to urgently submit samples of tower block cladding after tests found that all samples tested so far have failed fire safety standards. In London, officials tried Sunday to complete the evacuation of hundreds of apartments in four towers deemed unsafe, but faced resistance as several families refused to budge. The government...

  • Gregory Katz Jun 25, 2017

    34 UK High-Rise Buildings Fail Fire Safety Tests

    Britain’s fire-safety crisis expanded substantially Saturday as authorities said 34 high-rise apartment blocks across the country had cladding that failed fire safety tests. London officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing towers after experts found them “not safe for people to sleep in overnight.” Hundreds of residents hastily packed their bags and sought emergency shelter, with many angry and confused...

  • PG&E Dec 24, 2016

    ‘It's Frustrating, it's Dangerous and it's Irresponsible': PG&E Fined $5.45 Million Over Natural Gas Inspections

    The California Public Utilities Commission on Friday issued a $5.4 million citation against PG&E for its use of more than 100 unqualified inspectors to check exposed gas pipelines for corrosion.

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