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2 dead, 2 missing as rain pounds New Zealand's largest city

Jan. 27, 2023 20:46 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Police said Saturday that two people had died and two more were missing as record levels of rainfall pounded New Zealand's largest city, causing widespread disruption. Authorities declared a state of emergency for the Auckland region and the nation's...

DOJ appointee releases new plan for 'tenuous' Jackson water

Jan. 27, 2023 21:39 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The interim manager appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the troubled water system in Mississippi's capital city released a new financial plan Friday to change the way Jackson bills for water and spend hundreds of millions of federal relief funds paying down...

S. Dakota tribes seek disaster declaration in storm recovery

Jan. 27, 2023 16:36 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s congressional delegation wrote letters to President Joe Biden in support of the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations’ requests for a major disaster declaration following winter storms that left six people dead. The declaration would assist the...

Southern California's Santa Ana winds topple trees, big rigs

Jan. 26, 2023 21:44 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Powerful Santa Ana winds tore across Southern California on Thursday — topping 100 mph, (160 kph) in parts — blowing over multiple big rigs on several highways and toppling massive 80-to-100 foot-tall trees, including in San Diego’s iconic Balboa Park where a woman was...

8 confirmed dead in ship sinking off Japan and South Korea

Jan. 26, 2023 04:16 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese official said Thursday that eight people have died in the sinking of a cargo ship in waters between Japan and South Korea. Lyu Guijun, the consul general in the western Japanese city of Fukuoka, told state broadcaster CGTN that six of the eight victims were...

Japan launches intel satellite to watch N. Korea, disasters

Jan. 26, 2023 04:14 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan successfully launched a rocket Thursday carrying a government intelligence-gathering satellite on a mission to watch movements at military sites in North Korea and improve natural disaster response. The H2A rocket, launched by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.,...

Kyle Kuzma has 33 points, Wizards beat Rockets 108-103

Jan. 25, 2023 22:58 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Kyle Kuzma scored 20 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help the Washington Wizards rally for a 108-103 victory over the Houston Rockets Wednesday night. The Wizards trailed by as many 19 points and were down by 10 to open the fourth quarter before Kuzma took...

Federal money driving Jackson water bill, DOJ appointee says

Jan. 25, 2023 18:45 PM EST

Jackson, Miss. (AP) — A bill before the Mississippi Legislature that would transfer the capital city's troubled water system to a new regional entity could be motivated by a desire by state officials to access a large pot of federal dollars earmarked for the city, Jackson's federally appointed...

Storm system dumps heavy, wet snow on Indiana and Michigan

Jan. 25, 2023 17:29 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy, wet snow — part of a storm system that spawned tornadoes in the Houston area — has covered roads, vehicles, houses and buildings Wednesday from central and northern Indiana into much of southeastern Michigan. About six inches of snow was expected to...

Tornado causes damage east of Houston; no injuries reported

Jan. 24, 2023 22:44 PM EST

PASADENA, Texas (AP) — A powerful storm system took aim at the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, spawning a tornado that downed utility poles and power lines, overturned vehicles and ripped roofs off homes and businesses in communities east of Houston. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries. ...