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Winter storm howls through Midwest, cancels flights
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Heavy snow and strong winds are pushing through the Midwest, closing highways in Kansas and South Dakota and snarling flights in Denver and Minneapolis....

Puerto Rico reopens 12 nature reserves, refuges after Maria
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Officials in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico have reopened 12 nature reserves and protected areas nearly four months after Hurricane Maria....

China, Europe jointly test technology for storm satellite

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BERLIN (AP) -- China and Europe are jointly testing new technology that could help satellites peer through clouds and analyze storms....

The Latest: California mudslide destruction tally grows

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on deadly California mudslides (all times local):...

Big freeze: Russia's Yakutia sees near-record cold spell
MOSCOW (AP) -- People living in some of the coldest places on earth are hunkering down as temperatures fall to near-record lows that are even defeating thermometers....

Immigrant from Mexico, 2 sisters among mudslide victims

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MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) -- An immigrant from Mexico and a pair of sisters were among the 20 people killed in devastating mudslides that brought tragedy and sorrow to the idyllic coastal community of Montecito, California....

California highway to stay shut another week after mudslides

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Crews working around the clock cleared boulders, trees and crushed cars from all lanes of U.S. 101, but California officials said Monday the key coastal highway would remain closed for another week after being inundated during mudslides that killed 20 people....

Future floods will be in mind as California town rebuilds

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MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) -- Officials say the possibility of future catastrophic floods will be in mind as Montecito, California, rebuilds after deadly mudslides that devastated the wealthy coastal hideaway....

Crash of water and a terrifying ride: Driver glad he's alive
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- A driver who rode a wave of muddy water down a twisting street in his car during a Southern California flood said he is lucky to be alive....

Wild swings occur in numbers of California mudslide missing

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- The number of missing after a California mudslide has fluctuated wildly, due to shifting definitions, the inherent uncertainty that follows a natural disaster, and just plain human error....
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