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Up to 13 feared dead in volcanic eruption off New Zealand

Dec. 9, 2019 9:31 PM EST

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — Unstable conditions hampered rescue workers Tuesday from searching for at least eight people missing and feared dead after a volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted in a towering blast of ash and scalding steam while dozens of tourists explored its moon-like surface. Five...

11 Australians missing, 13 injured in New Zealand eruption

Dec. 9, 2019 8:39 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said on Tuesday 11 Australians remained unaccounted for and 13 had been hospitalized after a volcano eruption in New Zealand. Three Australians were suspected to be among the initial five confirmed dead, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told...

PG&E's $13.5B deal with fire victims removes huge obstacles

Dec. 9, 2019 8:30 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric will be able to avoid two legal obstacles that could have tripped up its efforts to bounce back from bankruptcy if California Gov. Gavin Newsom and a federal judge approve a $13.5 billion settlement with victims of catastrophic fires blamed on the utility's...

Backcountry skier killed in northern Colorado avalanche

Dec. 9, 2019 6:52 PM EST

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A 29-year-old woman has died in an avalanche while skiing in northern Colorado, where communities along the Rocky Mountains have seen record or near-record snowfall since September. The unidentified woman from Fort Collins was buried in the powerful slide Sunday, authorities...

Up to 13 feared dead in volcanic eruption off New Zealand

Dec. 9, 2019 5:33 PM EST

TAURANGA, New Zealand (AP) — A volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted Monday with a towering blast of ash and scalding steam as dozens of tourists were exploring its moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving eight others missing and feared dead, authorities said. Helicopter crews landed on...

PG&E's stock surges 16% on tentative wildfire settlement

Dec. 9, 2019 5:20 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — PG&E's stock surged Monday after the utility reached a tentative $13.5 billion settlement resolving all major claims related to the Northern California wildfires of 2017 and 2018. The fires were blamed on Pacific Gas and Electric's outdated equipment and negligence. The utility...

Voicemail said couple burned by volcano; then silence

Dec. 9, 2019 4:21 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Relatives of a newlywed American couple are desperately seeking information after learning that the husband and wife were severely burned from a volcano eruption in New Zealand. Barbara Barham told The Washington Post on Monday that daughter Lauren Urey, 32, and husband Matthew Urey,...

Utah snowmobiler survives avalanche that briefly buried him

Dec. 9, 2019 1:35 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah snowmobiler said he briefly panicked after an avalanche sent him cartwheeling off his snowmobile and buried him in snow in the mountains near the Idaho border. Matthew Jensen said his friends dug him out Saturday after about a minute under the snow because they spotted his...

Georgia county paying $1.66M in hurricane-related bills

Dec. 9, 2019 11:37 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Coastal Georgia's largest county is paying $1.66 million in bills from a hurricane after state government didn't respond to a request for help. The Savannah Morning News reports that Chatham County commissioners on Friday approved the payment for expenses related to evacuation from...

Cost of fighting Alaska summer wildfires more than $300M

Dec. 9, 2019 9:47 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The cost for state and federal officials to fight Alaska's summer wildfires this year is estimated to have surpassed $300 million. The final tally of damage may not be known for years because the estimate does not include costs incurred by private land and home owners, The...