If California experienced an earthquake like the one that rocked Chile, strict building codes and a culture of preparedness are on its side, but citizens have to take responsibility, observers say.
A Washington, DC councilman said the city didn't move fast enough to clear the streets because of comments President Obama made last year.
Viewed from a US Navy helicopter, Haitians in a destroyed Port-au-Prince neighborhood take refuge in a tent camp on a public square.
Military jets have begun delivering relief supplies as part of Haiti aid efforts in the wake of the earthquake, but it will take another week for a US Navy hospital ship to reach there. Parachute drops have been ruled out for now, for fear of riots.
After the Haiti earthquake, donations have poured into Wyclef Jean’s Yéle Haiti foundation. While the organization has been praised for good work, some experts say charitable giving should be focused on larger organizations with established emergency relief programs.
Census worker Bill Sparkman's death in September set off a rush of speculation and commentary about right-wing extremism. On Tuesday, police ruled the death a suicide.
President Obama's visit to New Orleans Thursday lasts barely four hours, and includes a stop for some soul food at the famed Dooky Chase.
When President Obama speaks to New Orleans residents Thursday, they will likely tell him they need federal help to make the city more hurricane-proof and to fix a moonscape of post-Katrina potholes.
Samoa was hit harder than American Samoa, but damage is confined to one area. Another challenge will be convincing tourists – a major revenue source – to return.
President Obama declared Tuesday's tsunami a 'major disaster' and dispatched aid to American Samoa. As many as 120 people may have died, and more tsunamis could hit.