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Federal officials investigate West Virginia flood program

Dec. 08, 2021 10:23 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A program that helps people rebuild homes that were damaged or destroyed in West Virginia’s 2016 flood has been under federal investigation, a state official told lawmakers. As a result of the investigation by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...

Flood insurance costs rise in areas once deemed lower risk

Dec. 08, 2021 09:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the past year, the southwestern Louisiana city of Lake Charles weathered two hurricanes, intense rainfall that sent water gushing down streets and a deep freeze that burst pipes. Yet Tommy Eastman may eventually drop coverage on his four-bedroom home — which...

After firing coach, Flyers drop 9th straight, 7-5 to Avs

Dec. 06, 2021 23:10 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Erik Johnson had a goal and an assist, and the Colorado Avalanche beat Philadelphia 7-5 on Monday night to hand the Flyers their ninth straight loss just hours after they fired coach Alain Vigneault. Mike Yeo took over as interim coach of the Flyers, but they...

Central Colorado wildfire evacuation orders lifted

Dec. 06, 2021 15:02 PM EST

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters made progress containing a 15-acre (6-hectare) wildfire in a central Colorado mountain community as authorities lifted evacuation orders Monday for residents who were forced to leave their homes a day earlier. Clear Creek County Sheriff Rick...

Pandemic relief to help health care workers with child care

Dec. 06, 2021 14:15 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is using $5.5 million in pandemic relief money to help health care workers pay for licensed child care over the next year, the health department and the governor announced Monday. Funds will be available for parents and guardians who work in health...

Homes evacuated as wind drives Colorado wildfire

Dec. 05, 2021 18:23 PM EST

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Evacuations were ordered Sunday in a central Colorado mountain community as fire crews battled a wind-driven blaze. The fire began as a structure fire, destroying a vacant cabin and another unoccupied structure west of Idaho Springs, Clear...

Storm weakens after heavy rain, evacuation in southern India

Dec. 04, 2021 01:28 AM EST

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A tropical storm weakened after dumping heavy rains overnight in parts of southern India off the Bay of Bengal as more than 50,000 people evacuated to government-run camps, officials said Saturday. No loss of life or major damage has been...

Makar, Avalanche bounce back, beat Canadiens 4-1

Dec. 03, 2021 00:47 AM EST

MONTREAL (AP) — Cale Makar scored to put Colorado ahead to stay late in the second period, Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and an assist, and the Avalanche beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Thursday night. Andre Borkovsky and Gabriel Landeskog also scored for the...

$2.5B Hurricane Ida aid to Louisiana residents, businesses

Dec. 02, 2021 14:16 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana residents and businesses have received $2.5 billion in federal aid related to Hurricane Ida, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said. It said another $27.8 million has been approved in public assistance grants for local...

Lawmakers outline insurance complaints after Hurricane Ida

Dec. 01, 2021 15:47 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Slow responses to damage claims. Constant switch-ups of insurance adjusters assessing the destruction. Low payment offers forcing people unnecessarily into litigation to get a fair deal. Louisiana lawmakers and others said Wednesday that those...