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Man rescued, cited after rappelling into Yellowstone canyon

Jan. 18, 2020 4:14 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 55-year-old Indiana man had to be rescued in Yellowstone National Park after he rappelled down a deep canyon, then was unable to climb back out after he left his rope to retrieve a backpack he dropped, park officials said. Dave Christensen of Winamac was uninjured in the Jan. 6...

This December 2019 photo provided by Guy Ballard shows a male brush-tailed rock wallaby eating supplementary food researchers provided in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park in New South Wales, Australia. Before this fire season, scientists estimated there were as few as 15,000 left in the wild. Now recent fires in a region already stricken by drought have burned through some of their last habitat, and the species is in jeopardy of disappearing, Ballard said. (Guy Ballard/NSW DPI - UNE via AP)

Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames

Jan. 18, 2020 7:35 AM EST

Australia’s unprecedented wildfires season has so far charred 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometers) of brushland, rainforests, and national parks — killing by one estimate more than a billion wild animals. Scientists fear some of the island continent’s unique and colorful species...

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...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2012, file photo, a snowboarder drops into a canyon at Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Authorities say one person has died and one person is seriously injured, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, after an avalanche at the Northern California ski resort. (Randy Pench/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

Avalanche at Lake Tahoe resort kills 1 skier, injures 1

Jan. 17, 2020 9:30 PM EST

TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) — A man killed in an avalanche at a Lake Tahoe ski resort on Friday was remembered as an avid skier familiar with the picturesque mountains along the northern California and Nevada border. Cole Comstock, 34, of Blairsden, California, was caught in the avalanche that seriously...

This undated photo provided by the Santa Cruz Police Department shows Brian Sellen, whom Northern California authorities are seeking after allegedly kidnapping a 1-year-old girl near the popular Santa Cruz, Calif., beach boardwalk. Santa Cruz police chief Andy Mills said Friday morning, Jan. 17, 2020, they are looking for Sellen, who should be with the child. It is not clear what Sellen's relationship is to the child. (Santa Cruz Police Department via AP)

Girl safe after Santa Cruz manhunt, search for kidnapper

Jan. 17, 2020 8:14 PM EST

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A 1-year-old girl was brought out of a Northern California home, apparently unharmed, following an hours-long standoff after police said her father kidnapped her near the popular Santa Cruz beach boardwalk. Santa Cruz police chief Andy Mills said Friday morning that officials...

Man charged with hindering search for runaway girl

Jan. 17, 2020 4:10 PM EST

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Police have charged a Rhode Island man with lying to police who were searching for a 10-year-old runaway. Aaron Reed, 31, of Central Falls, was held without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer in the execution of duty. He was referred...

California sheriff says rescuers responding to avalanche at Lake Tahoe ski resort, several people unaccounted for

Jan. 17, 2020 2:46 PM EST
ALPINE MEADOWS, Calif. (AP) — California sheriff says rescuers responding to avalanche at Lake Tahoe ski resort, several people unaccounted for.

Florida woman saved from burning car just before it explodes

Jan. 17, 2020 8:19 AM EST

STUART, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man stopped at the scene of a burning wreck and teamed up with a sheriff's officer to save the woman inside just before the car exploded. Tony Weisman told WPTV on Thursday he saw the front part of a car on fire when he pulled up to the crash in Stuart, Florida, and was told...

Search suspended days after deadly collision off Texas coast

Jan. 17, 2020 4:57 AM EST

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Days after a fishing boat's collision with a chemical tanker just off the Texas coast left one person dead, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for two fishermen. The Coast Guard and its partners “completed over 10 sorties, searched over nine hours” and covered...

2 rescued from snowstorm at Cultus Lake

Jan. 16, 2020 8:58 PM EST

GLIDE, Ore. (AP) — Two people were rescued after becoming stranded by a snowstorm near Cultus Lake in the Umpqua National Forest. The couple was visiting the lake outside the town of Glide on Monday and decided to stay overnight when they had car trouble, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office....