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FILE - This July 9, 2020, file photo shows a correctional officer closing the main gate at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. California is giving more than 100,000 state inmates earlier release dates in its latest response to the pandemic, building on earlier steps that together could free nearly 10% of prisoners as Gov. Gavin Newsom responds to intensifying pressure from advocates, lawmakers and federal judges. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California may release 10% of inmates in pandemic response

Jul. 10, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials will soon release another 2,100 inmates from state prisons in response to the coronavirus pandemic and in all now plans to release a total of more than 10,000 inmates, or nearly 10 percent of prisoners, as Gov. Gavin Newsom responds to intensifying pressure...

FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, Bob Geldof appears at the 60th Ivor Novello Awards in London. Geldof's Live Aid concerts have raised millions. Those shows included performances by Queen, U2, Led Zeppelin and Madonna. He has hosted Live 8 concerts and convinced industrialized nations to pledge an increase in aid to Africa by $25 billion. (Photo by Mark Allan /Invision/AP, File)

35 years after Live Aid, Bob Geldof assesses personal toll

Jul. 10, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The legendary Live Aid concerts 35 years ago did a lot of good — helping reduce African famine and putting a spotlight on the world’s poorest nations. But it wasn't always good for one of its key organizers. Irish rock star Bob Geldof may have earned awards and cheers for...

Trump OKs Mississippi's disaster declaration request

Jul. 10, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves' request for help following severe weather in April was approved Friday by President Donald J. Trump. Trump declared a major disaster exists in Mississippi and ordered federal aid to help recovery efforts in 11 counties hit by severe storms, tornadoes,...

The procession of firefighting pilot Bryan Boatman, who lost his life on the Polles Fire, makes it way through Mesa, Ariz., Friday, July 10, 2020. Boatman, 37, was killed in a helicopter crash July 7th in the Tonto National Forest while flying in supplies to firefighters in extreme remote area of the Tonto National Forest. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Procession carries pilot killed in Arizona wildfire crash

Jul. 10, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A procession that included fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles on Friday escorted a white hearse carrying the flag-draped coffin of an Arizona helicopter pilot killed in a crash while helping fight a wildfire. The procession led by Arizona Highway Patrol vehicles took Bryan Boatman of...

Burgum: disaster declaration issued for North Dakota floods

Jul. 10, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for widespread spring flooding in North Dakota. according to Gov. Doug Burgum. Burgum’s office said flooding has caused an estimated $40 million-plus in damage in roads and other public infrastructure in North Dakota. A...

Greece: Summer camp evacuated in wildfire precaution

Jul. 10, 2020 5:40 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A children’s summer camp and a retirement home have been evacuated near Athens after a wildfire approached homes in a coastal area. Authorities said the evacuations involving several hundred people were ordered as a precaution after the fire broke out early Friday near the...

People walk on a road damaged by water following a heavy rain in Takayama, Gifu prefecture, central Japan Friday, July 10, 2020. Parts of Nagano and Gifu, including areas known for scenic mountain trails and hot springs, have been flooded by massive downpours that have lasted for nearly a week. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan braces for more heavy rain as death toll rises to 66

Jul. 10, 2020 3:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Parts of Japan still searching for missing people and evacuating those stranded by deadly floods and mudslides were bracing for more pounding rains through the weekend. The death toll has risen to 66 as of Friday morning, with 16 others still missing, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

Jul. 9, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled the sweeping...

Trump declares disaster, releases money for flooded areas

Jul. 9, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump said he approved a major disaster declaration for mid-Michigan counties swept by May floods and will provide more than $43 million to help in the recovery. Trump mentioned U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, a Republican who represents the Midland area, in his tweet...

FILE - In this Thursday on Oct 24, 2019, file photo, an inmate hand crew works the fire line to fight a wildfire in Sonoma County near Geyserville, Calif. California is scrambling to find sufficient wildland firefighters amid a coronavirus outbreak that has depleted the ranks of inmates who usually handle some of the toughest duties. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP, File)

California scrambles for more firefighters amid pandemic

Jul. 9, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California enters wildfire season, the state is scrambling to find sufficient firefighters amid the coronavirus outbreak that has depleted the ranks of inmates who usually handle some of the toughest duties and caused a budget deficit that derailed plans to hire 600 new state...