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Ian evacuees return to mud, rubble as death toll hits 101

Oct. 06, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Rotting fish and garbage lie scattered in Sanibel Island's streets. On the mainland, debris from washed-away homes is heaped in a canal like matchsticks. Huge shrimp boats sit perched amid the remains of a mobile home park. “Think of a snow globe....

Russia strikes Ukraine housing; detains refugees at border

Oct. 06, 2022 17:39 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missiles hit apartment buildings in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia on Thursday, killing at least seven people, with at least five others missing, in a region that Moscow has illegally annexed, a local official said. Two strikes damaged...

Harrowing rescues save migrants off Greece; at least 22 die

Oct. 06, 2022 15:44 PM EDT

KYTHIRA, Greece (AP) — Bodies floated amid splintered wreckage in the wind-tossed waters off a Greek island Thursday as the death toll from the separate sinkings of two migrant smuggling boats rose to 22, with about a dozen still missing. The vessels went down hundreds of miles...

Judge temporarily blocks search of slain reporter’s devices

Oct. 06, 2022 13:27 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge has granted a temporary restraining order that bars authorities from immediately searching the personal devices of slain investigative reporter Jeff German. The Las Vegas Review-Journal filed a request for the emergency order earlier this week, after...

21 more Malaysian scam victims return from Cambodia, Laos

Oct. 06, 2022 09:42 AM EDT

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — An additional 21 Malaysians rescued from human traffickers in Cambodia and Laos returned home on Thursday, as the government intensified efforts to locate scam victims reported missing abroad. Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, who met some of the...

At 15 least dead as 2 migrant boats sink in Greek waters

Oct. 06, 2022 02:03 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — At least 15 people have died as two boats carrying migrants sank in Greek waters late Wednesday, and rescuers were looking for dozens still missing, authorities said early Thursday. The coast guard said 15 bodies had been recovered near the eastern island of Lesbos after a...

Police searching for missing toddler in Georgia neighborhood

Oct. 05, 2022 15:37 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police fanned out across a neighborhood just outside Savannah to search for a toddler whose mother called 911 saying her son was missing when she woke up Wednesday morning. The mother of 20-month-old Quinton Simon told officers the boy had been in his playpen...

Cat found 16 years after vanishing embarks on final journey

Oct. 05, 2022 13:10 PM EDT

ODESSA, Del. (AP) — Ritz the cat’s final journey came last week. The gray tabby who captured our attention in April when he was reunited with his original owners — 16 years after vanishing from his Bear apartment only to be found moments before he was to be put down — passed...

Pilot killed when small plane crashes on California peak

Oct. 05, 2022 12:19 PM EDT

JAMUL, Calif. (AP) — A pilot was killed when a small plane crashed into a rocky mountain slope in Southern California, authorities said. Rescue crews responded around midday Tuesday after a resident reported seeing a plane in distress near Jamul in eastern San Diego County, said...

Son's images show him rescuing Mom from Ian's floodwaters

Oct. 05, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

In one photo, Johnny Lauder’s 86-year-old mother is in her Florida home, submerged nearly to her shoulders in black murky water, staring straight at the camera, mouth open. In another, she lies just above the waterline on a table, wrapped in sheets to keep warm. In yet another,...