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In this Friday, Jan. 10 photo, residents from the Indios neighborhood of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, Milagros Figueroa and Ruben Fantausi, sit under a tarp between vehicles parked on a private hay farm where locals affected by earthquakes have set up shelter amid aftershocks in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. A 6.4 magnitude quake that toppled or damaged hundreds of homes in southwestern Puerto Rico is raising concerns about where displaced families will live, while the island still struggles to rebuild from Hurricane Maria two years ago. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Puerto Rico seeks more help from US after damaging quake

Jan. 21, 2020 6:36 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez asked the U.S. government Tuesday to issue a major disaster declaration for 10 additional municipalities following the recent damaging earthquake. The petition came two weeks after the 6.4 magnitude tremor hit near the U.S. territory's...

Trump OKs North Dakota disaster declaration due to storms

Jan. 21, 2020 3:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for North Dakota after an October storm dumped heavy rain and snow on a large part of the state. Gov. Doug Burgum made the request last month and announced Trump had approved it on Tuesday. Burgum's office said the rainfall...

Ex-Louisiana state senator pleads guilty to federal charge

Jan. 21, 2020 1:01 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana state senator pleaded guilty Tuesday to making false statements to a federal agency about a Hurricane Katrina recovery loan. Wesley Bishop's guilty plea to the single count was expected, according to The Times-Picayune/ The New Orleans Advocate. Bishop, a New Orleans...

Ohio Air National Guard to aid relief efforts in Puerto Rico

Jan. 20, 2020 4:03 PM EST

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — The 200th Red Horse squadron of the Ohio Air National Guard will deploy to Puerto Rico to aid in relief efforts after the island experienced multiple earthquakes earlier this month. Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued a proclamation authorizing squadron members to assist with...

18-year-old snowmobiler who died in Utah avalanche ID'd

Jan. 20, 2020 12:59 PM EST

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Authorities have identified a teenager killed by an avalanche while snowmobiling north of Salt Lake City. Chase Adams, 18, was killed Saturday afternoon while snowmobiling with his father in Farmington Canyon north of Salt Lake City, The Davis County Sheriff's Office said Monday. It took...

Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 20, 2020 9:00 AM EST

Omaha World Herald. January 16, 2020 These relief efforts deserve funding as Nebraska pursues flood recovery The numbers from Nebraska’s 2019 catastrophic flooding are immense and show the continuing need for strong, coordinated recovery work. Total damages exceed $3.4 billion. Floodwaters damaged more...

Ohio homeowners may be eligible for tornado safe room rebate

Jan. 20, 2020 4:10 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio homeowners who want to construct a tornado shelter on their property may be eligible for a rebate of up to 75%, according to state emergency officials. The Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program began taking applications Jan. 6, and the application process will continue through April 6....

All but the main arteries remain impassable in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. The state of emergency ordered by the City of St. John's is still in place, leaving businesses closed and vehicles off the roads in the aftermath of the major winter storm that hit the Newfoundland and Labrador capital. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out

Jan. 19, 2020 11:28 AM EST

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (AP) — Canada's federal government was mobilizing the Armed Forces Sunday to help Newfoundland and Labrador dig out from the monster blizzard that paralyzed eastern regions of the province with record-breaking amounts of snow and as forecasts call for more. Newfoundland Premier...

In this Friday, Jan. 10 photo, residents from the Indios neighborhood of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, Milagros Figueroa and Ruben Fantausi, sit under a tarp between vehicles parked on a private hay farm where locals affected by earthquakes have set up shelter amid aftershocks in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. A 6.4 magnitude quake that toppled or damaged hundreds of homes in southwestern Puerto Rico is raising concerns about where displaced families will live, while the island still struggles to rebuild from Hurricane Maria two years ago. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Discovery of unused disaster supplies angers Puerto Rico

Jan. 18, 2020 7:58 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — People in a southern Puerto Rico city discovered a warehouse filled with water, cots and other unused emergency supplies, then set off a social media uproar Saturday when they broke in to retrieve goods as the area struggles to recover from a strong earthquake. With anger...

A residents makes their way through the snow in St. John's, Newfoundland on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. The state of emergency ordered by the City of St. John's is still in place, leaving businesses closed and vehicles off the roads in the aftermath of the major winter storm that hit the Newfoundland and Labrador capital.  (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Newfoundland asks for military help after record blizzard

Jan. 18, 2020 5:50 PM EST

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (AP) — Newfoundland's premier asked for the Canadian military's help Saturday as residents of the province's capital struggled to tunnel out from homes buried by the heaviest snowfall ever recorded in St. John's. Premier Dwight Ball said he had asked for the federal government's...