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Federal aid OK'd for more winter storm-struck counties

Jan. 14, 2021 10:44 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal emergency assistance has been approved for 16 more Oklahoma counties paralyzed for days by the October winter storm, Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday. In a statement, Stitt said aid had been approved for Alfalfa, Blaine, Comanche, Custer, Ellis, Garfield, Grant, Jackson, Kay,...

A man and woman wearing masks to help protect themselves from the coronavirus share a smartphone on the street in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. A global team of researchers for the World Health Organization arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: China says COVID-19 hospitalizations above 1,000

Jan. 14, 2021 9:40 PM EST

BEIJING — China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s north. The National Health Commission said Friday that 1,001 patients are under care for the disease, 26 of them in serious condition. It says 144 total new cases were...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2018, file photo, a severely malnourished boy rests on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center in Hajjah, Yemen. A leading aid organization on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 warned that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's move to designate Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels as a “foreign terrorist organization” would deal another “devastating blow

US rejects UN plea to reverse Yemen rebel terror designation

Jan. 14, 2021 7:47 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief and top officials urged the United States on Thursday to reverse its decision to declare Yemen’s Iran-backed rebels a terrorist group to prevent massive famine and death in the conflict-torn Arab nation — but the Trump administration in its final days...

California heat, poor planning led to August power outages

Jan. 13, 2021 9:22 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Energy regulators on Wednesday blamed blackouts last summer that affected hundreds of thousands of Californians on poor planning, electrical market problems and an extreme heat wave that blanketed the West. The 131-page report covered events of Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 when the state's...

A home missing a roof due to Hurricane Zeta damage is viewed Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Grand Isle, La., as part of Gov. John Bel Edwards flyover of stricken areas in the southeastern part of the state. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana receives major disaster declaration for Zeta

Jan. 13, 2021 3:07 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The White House has approved a major disaster declaration for Louisiana's destruction from Hurricane Zeta in October, the governor's office announced. Gov. John Bel Edwards' office said Tuesday that the declaration signed by President Donald Trump will help provide direct aid to...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020 file photo, a construction crew works on new homes in San Francisco. Your insurance policy is your safety net in case of a disaster, so you’ll want to ask a few important questions before forking over your premium. Learn what the dwelling coverage per square foot is to discover coverage gaps. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Buying homeowners insurance? Ask these 4 questions first

Jan. 13, 2021 8:42 AM EST

Purchasing insurance may not be as fun as choosing new furniture and paint colors, but it’s a critical part of the homebuying process. Your homeowners insurance policy is a financial safety net in case of a disaster, so you’ll want to ask a few important questions to make sure you have the coverage...

11 prescribed burns planned this week at Lake Tahoe

Jan. 12, 2021 2:19 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service and its partners plan nearly a dozen prescribed fire operations around Lake Tahoe this week to help clear out underbrush that can fuel wildfires. The service says smoke may be visible from the intentional burns, which are contingent on weather and other conditions....

Stranded residents try to reach their cars in the flooded street, following heavy rain and snowfall in Fushe Kosove, Kosovo on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Many roads have been blocked and bridges damaged, according to the authorities. There have been no casualties or lost livestock so far. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Snow, heavy rain in Balkans cause floods, disrupt traffic

Jan. 11, 2021 10:19 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Days of heavy rain and snow across the Balkans left homes and fields flooded Monday, disrupted traffic on highways and at ports and caused power outages. In Serbia, authorities on Monday started clearing up tons of garbage that was clogging a southwestern lake after it was swept...

Albania helps families in flooded areas with food, water

Jan. 10, 2021 1:18 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities said Sunday that military troops have supplied food and water to families in the northwest isolated from the recent flooding following heavy rainfall in the last week. A Defense Ministry statement reported at least 36 families evacuated in Lezha and Durres...

$9M to Louisiana State Univ. to help Army ready for flooding

Jan. 10, 2021 11:00 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The U.S. military has awarded Louisiana State University $9.3 million to help the military prepare to deal with climate-related problems such as flooding and rising seas, the university said in a news release. The money will be given out over the next four years and is part of a...