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Francouz steps in, Avs beat Wild in SO, 14th home win in row

Jan. 17, 2022 19:41 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A disputed goal, a questionable hit and a thrilling finish — the Wild-Avalanche rivalry is still going strong after 19 years. Colorado goaltender Pavel Francouz stopped 25 shots in relief of injured Darcy Kuemper and three more in the shootout, and the Avalanche...

Disaster recovery centers to open in northeast Arkansas

Jan. 16, 2022 10:27 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three joint state and federal disaster centers are set to open in northeast Arkansas to assist those affected by tornadoes that killed two people in the area in December. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business...

Report: SC utilities prepared for winter storms, blackouts

Jan. 15, 2022 10:23 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A new report by a state watchdog agency finds that South Carolina's utilities are prepared to withstand winter storms like the one that buckled Texas' power grid last year. The final report, released Dec. 31 by the Office of Regulatory Staff and prepared by...

Horse photographed during Colorado wildfire recovering

Jan. 15, 2022 10:18 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Pinned down by fast-approaching flames and overcome with smoke near homes on a small road with no outlet, Colorado State Patrol Master Trooper Travis Hood and his partner Trooper Shane Johnson began to wonder about their safety. They had arrived at the scene of the...

Northam declares state of emergency ahead of winter storm

Jan. 14, 2022 17:13 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Friday ahead of a storm expected to bring snow, sleet, ice, and freezing rain to much of the state this weekend. In a statement, Northam urged Virginia residents to take the storm seriously and prepare...

Areas of Alaska buried in snowstorm get disaster declaration

Jan. 13, 2022 19:07 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Parts of southeast Alaska are getting assistance from the state after getting up to six feet (1.8 meters) of snow. Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday issued a disaster declaration for the Yakutat, Juneau, Haines and Skagway areas, his office said in a statement. ...

Kentucky governor signs tornado-relief legislation

Jan. 13, 2022 17:21 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear signed tornado-relief legislation Thursday that will trigger an immediate infusion of aid for schools and residents left homeless by deadly storms that hit Kentucky last month. Beshear and lawmakers said more rounds of assistance will be...

Kentucky lawmakers pass tornado-relief legislation

Jan. 12, 2022 18:38 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Tornado-relief legislation sailed through the Kentucky legislature Wednesday, offering an immediate round of aid for schools and residents left homeless by the deadly storms last month. More rounds of assistance will be forthcoming, lawmakers said in...

Hurricane Ida, Europe floods made 2021 costly for disasters

Jan. 10, 2022 12:15 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Damage wrought by Hurricane Ida in the U.S. state of Louisiana and the flash floods that hit Europe last summer helped make 2021 one of the most expensive years for natural disasters, reinsurance company Munich Re said Monday. The company's annual report put the...

Dog lost in wildfire rescued in snowy California mountains

Jan. 09, 2022 18:30 PM EST

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A dog separated from his owner last summer as a wildfire forced evacuations in Northern California mountains was found after a backcountry skier spotted the animal in deep snow last month, prompting an intense rescue operation. Russ, a pit...