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Japan warns of more rain, mudslide risk in typhoon-hit areas

Oct. 21, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese weather agency warned people in Tokyo and northern Nagano that heavy rainfall Tuesday may set off flooding and mudslides, including in areas recovering from a deadly typhoon. The Japan Meteorological Agency said heavy rain was expected throughout the day, with waves and...

The Latest: Bushes home spared by Dallas tornado

Oct. 21, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on severe weather that struck portions of the central and southern U.S. (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The tornado that caused widespread damage in north Dallas passed closed to the home of former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush but caused no damage. Bush spokesman Freddy...

Tornado slams Dallas; 4 killed in Arkansas, Oklahoma

Oct. 21, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A tornado tossed trees into homes, tore off storefronts and downed power lines but killed no one in a densely populated area of Dallas, leaving Mayor Eric Johnson to declare the city "very fortunate" to be assessing only property damage. A meteorologist said Monday that people took shelter...

Deliberate blackouts possible again in California amid winds

Oct. 21, 2019 10:36 PM EDT

With windy, dry weather in the forecast again, California's largest utility said Monday it's considering shutting off power this week to about a half million people to try and prevent wildfires ignited by electrical equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric said shutoffs in the northern part of the state could...

Latest: Deliberate blackouts possible again in California

Oct. 21, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 6:05 p.m. With windy, dry weather in the forecast again, Pacific Gas & Electric says it's considering shutting off power this week to about a half million people in Northern California to try and prevent wildfires ignited by...

Climate change making stronger El Ninos, study finds

Oct. 21, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate change is making stronger El Ninos, which change weather worldwide and heat up an already warming planet, a new study finds. Scientists examined 33 El Ninos — natural warming of equatorial Pacific that triggers weather extremes across the globe — since 1901. They...

3.1 magnitude earthquake recorded in southeastern Oklahoma

Oct. 21, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

QUINTON, Okla. (AP) — No injuries have been reported following a 3.1 magnitude earthquake in southeastern Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was recorded at 11:09 a.m. Monday a little more than 1 mile (2 kilometers) north of Quinton, about 123 miles (198 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma...

4.6 magnitude earthquake hist off southern Oregon coast

Oct. 21, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 4.6 magnitude earthquake shook off the southern Oregon coast. KOIN reports the Monday morning earthquake was over 6 miles deep and 122 miles west of Bandon. This is the second quake to hit the Oregon coast in under a week and the fifth to hit this month. The most recent happened on...

Zimbabwe says 55 elephants have starved to death in 2 months

Oct. 21, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in Zimbabwe's biggest national park as a serious drought forces animals to stray into nearby communities in search of food and water, authorities said on Monday. "The problem is real, the situation is dire," said...

Iran says 5.6 magnitude earthquake strikes its south

Oct. 21, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A magnitude 5.6 earthquake shook southern Iran Monday, though there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Officials said the earthquake struck near Kukherd, a city in Iran's Hormozgan province. Kukherd is a farming community some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of Iran's...