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Philippine volcano simmers, officials brace for long crisis

Jan. 18, 2020 5:36 AM EST

AGONCILLO, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials said Saturday they're bracing for a long crisis whether the Taal volcano erupts more disastrously or simmers precariously for weeks or months, as massive numbers of displaced villagers languish in emergency shelters. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III...

In this photo taken early January 2020, and provided Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Wollemi pines tower above the forest floor in the Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney. (NSW National Parks and Wildfire Service via AP)

Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees

Jan. 18, 2020 4:27 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday. Firefighters winched from helicopters to reach the cluster of fewer than 200 Wollemi Pines in a remote...

In this photo taken early January 2020, and provided Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Wollemi pines tower above the forest floor in the Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney. (NSW National Parks and Wildfire Service via AP)

Correction: Australia-Dinosaur Trees story

Jan. 18, 2020 4:21 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — In a story on Jan. 17, 2020, about specialist firefighters who have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from Australia's wildfires, The Associated Press erroneously reported the size of Wollemi National Park. It is 5,000 square kilometers...

Two men walk near burning tires set on fire by anti-government protesters during ongoing protests after weeks of calm in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Protesters blocked several roads around the capital and in other areas on Tuesday in renewed rallies, after a brief hiatus, against the ruling elite who have failed to address the economy's downward spiral. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Jan. 18, 2020 4:00 AM EST

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes a woman waiting for evacuation from an area near the erupting Taal Volcano in...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, trekkers watch the sun rise over the Annapurna Range, right, in central Nepal, as viewed from Poon Hill, above the village of Ghorepani. An avalanche swept the popular Annapurna circuit trekking route, which encircles Mount Annapurna, leaving at least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides missing, authorities said Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Malcolm Foster, File)

4 SKoreans, 3 Nepal guides missing in avalanche; 30 rescued

Jan. 18, 2020 3:40 AM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept a popular trekking route in Nepal's mountains, leaving at least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides missing, authorities said Saturday. Nepal's Department of Tourism official Meera Acharya said at least one Chinese national injured in the avalanche was...

2 charged with disaster assistance fraud for Hurricane Irma

Jan. 18, 2020 3:00 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Two Florida women have been accused of lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma in separate cases, federal prosecutors announced this week. Indictments were returned charging Bernita Willette Carswell, 36, of Jacksonville, and Deannajo White, 39, Suwannee County, with disaster assistance...

Construction worker dies after concrete wall collapse

Jan. 18, 2020 3:00 AM EST

HAINES CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida construction worker died shortly after a concrete wall collapsed and fell on him Friday morning, authorities said. Martin Loera, 49, was critically injured at the site for a new retail center in Haines City, police said on Twitter. Responding officers began life-saving...

ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON SATURDAY, JAN. 18, AND THEREAFTER - In this Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, photo, Mhiretab Tsegaye, 16, smiles at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, S.D. He is thankful for the support he has received during his recovery from a tragic car accident. The fatal accident in November 2019 killed his friend Barry Grieve and left Tsegaye with life-threatening injuries. (Abigail Dollins/The Argus Leader via AP)

'Trying to get through': Teen returns to school after crash

Jan. 18, 2020 1:01 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Mhiretab "Tab" Tsegaye doesn't remember the night of Nov. 5. He doesn't remember hopping into Barry Grieve's Jeep after watching a volleyball game at Lincoln High School. Nor does he remember the drizzle that turned to ice on roads and bridges around Sioux Falls after the sun set....

In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, photo, a man walks through a cloud of volcanic ash as he evacuates to safer grounds as Taal volcano in Lemery, Batangas province, southern Philippines. Red-hot lava is gushing from the volcano after a sudden eruption of ash and steam that forced residents to flee and shut down Manila’s airport, offices and schools. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

AP Photos: Taal volcano emits ash, threatening more eruption

Jan. 18, 2020 12:39 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Taal volcano near the Philippine capital emitted more ash clouds on Saturday, posing the threat of another eruption. The ash and steam explosions have gotten weaker after seven days of eruption. But despite the seeming lull, factors such as continuing volcanic quakes, the...

Attorney Gloria Allred, lower left, listens as one of four Park Avenue Elementary School teachers talks about her experiences when a Delta Airlines jet dumped fuel over their school Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at a Los Angeles news conference Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The four plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Delta - Lisette Barajas, Laura Guzman, Mariana De La Torre and Anabel Samperio - appeared at the news conference but declined to be identified individually when they spoke. The teachers plan to file a lawsuit after a commercial airliner with engine trouble dumped jet fuel over a densely populated area. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)

California teachers sue after jetliner dumps fuel on schools

Jan. 17, 2020 11:05 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four teachers from a Los Angeles-area school sued Delta Air Lines on Friday, saying they were exposed to jet fuel when a plane with engine trouble dumped its fuel over a densely populated area, including several schools, while making an emergency return to the airport. At a news...