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US: Drought-stricken states to get less from Colorado River

Aug. 16, 2022 14:29 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For the second year in a row, Arizona and Nevada will face cuts in the amount of water they can draw from the Colorado River as the West endures an extreme drought, federal officials announced Tuesday. The cuts planned for next year will force states to make...

Crystal Palace player gets death threats after Núñez ejected

Aug. 16, 2022 11:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen says he received death threats and an avalanche of abuse online after Liverpool's Darwin Núñez was ejected for headbutting him in a Premier League game on Monday night. Andersen took to Instagram to share what he said was a...

High temps, drought in China affect drinking water, crops

Aug. 16, 2022 09:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Unusually high temperatures and a prolonged drought are affecting large swaths of China, reducing crop yields and drinking water supplies. The lack of rain has been especially marked in the southwestern megacity of Chongqing, which encompasses a large area of...

Europe drought: German industry at risk as Rhine level falls

Aug. 16, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's main industry lobby group warned Tuesday that factories may have to throttle production or halt it completely because plunging water levels on the Rhine River are making it harder to transport cargo. The Rhine's level at Emmerich, near the Dutch border,...

Car tilts into sinkhole caused by water main break in Boston

Aug. 15, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A break in a 20-inch (51-centimeter) water main in Boston early Monday sent water rushing down a city street, formed a sinkhole that swallowed a vehicle, and flooded area basements, city officials said. The burst pipe in the city's South End was reported at about 3:30...

Deadline looms for western states to cut Colorado River use

Aug. 15, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Banks along parts of the Colorado River where water once streamed are now just caked mud and rock as climate change makes the Western U.S. hotter and drier. More than two decades of drought have done little to deter the region from diverting more water than...

Florida utility's new drone can speed hurricane recovery

Aug. 15, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s primary energy provider is ready to launch a powerful new technology, just ahead of the busiest weeks of the Atlantic hurricane season: a new fixed-wing drone designed fly into tropical storm force winds and speed the restoration of electricity after...

Northeastern farmers face new challenges with severe drought

Aug. 15, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Vermont farmer Brian Kemp is used to seeing the pastures at Mountain Meadows Farm grow slower in the hot, late summer, but this year the grass is at a standstill. That's “very nerve-wracking” when you're grazing 600 to 700 cattle, said Kemp, who manages...

FBI: Company bilked government after Hurricane Michael

Aug. 14, 2022 16:00 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida company with a former House speaker as a top executive allegedly charged local government millions of dollars for Hurricane Michael cleanup that it never performed, according to an FBI affidavit that was released last week as part of an ongoing investigation. ...

French wildfire stops expanding; workers seek to tame it

Aug. 14, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A major wildfire that ravaged pine forests in a tourist-beloved area of southwestern France has stopped expanding after rain fell and firefighters worked Sunday to tame it. Ronan Léaustic, an official in the Gironde region, said 8,000 evacuated residents have been...