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Deep South tornado outbreak: 2 dead from twister in the dark

Nov. 30, 2022 18:14 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A twister roaring out of the darkness smashed through a small Alabama community early Wednesday during an outbreak of tornadoes across the Deep South, killing a 39-year-old woman and her 8-year-old son on a street where generations of one family lived. One...

Storms cause major tornadoes, flooding around the South

Nov. 30, 2022 04:22 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Residents in several towns across Louisiana and Mississippi took cover as tornado sirens blared late Tuesday, and forecasters warned of the threat of strong twisters capable of tracking long distances on the ground as a severe weather outbreak erupted in the Deep South. ...

Federal disaster declaration approved for 2 WVa counties

Nov. 30, 2022 04:06 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — President Joe Biden has approved a federal disaster declaration for two southern West Virginia counties hit by severe storms over the summer. The White House announced the president's approval Tuesday for federal assistance for communities hit by storms in...

Lull in Russian attacks against Ukraine energy, aid pledged

Nov. 28, 2022 17:46 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia held back Monday from launching a new round of strikes that have been expected against power stations and other key infrastructure in Ukraine, as officials warned a lingering energy and water crisis from earlier attacks could prompt more evacuations from the capital. ...

Fire plan would cut 2.4 million New Jersey Pinelands trees

Nov. 25, 2022 13:08 PM EST

BASS RIVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Up to 2.4 million trees would be cut down as part of a project to prevent major wildfires in a federally protected New Jersey forest heralded as a unique environmental treasure. New Jersey environmental officials say the plan to kill trees in a...

President Biden declares coastal SC disaster area after Ian

Nov. 24, 2022 12:47 PM EST

COLUMBIA,, S.C. (AP) — Three coastal counties in South Carolina have been declared disaster areas from damage from this fall's Hurricane Ian, allowing people to get federal money for repairs and assistance. President Joe Biden approved the disaster declaration this week for...

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits northwest Turkey, 68 injured

Nov. 23, 2022 09:35 AM EST

DUZCE, Turkey (AP) — A magnitude-5.9 earthquake hit a town in northwestern Turkey early Wednesday, causing damage to some buildings and widespread panic. At least 68 people were injured, mostly while trying to flee homes. The quake was centered in the town of Golkaya, in Duzce...

Monsoon rains force halt in Indonesia quake rescue efforts

Nov. 23, 2022 09:14 AM EST

CIANJUR, Indonesia (AP) — Searchers in Indonesia on Wednesday rescued a 6-year-old boy who was trapped for two days under the rubble of his house, which collapsed in an earthquake that killed at least 271 people, as heavy monsoon rains lashed survivors in makeshift shelters and forced a...

Insurgency, neglect hurt flood relief in Pakistani province

Nov. 22, 2022 01:13 AM EST

GANDAKHA, Pakistan (AP) — Maryam Jamali should have been preparing for an economics exam. Instead, the teenager from the flood-hit Pakistani province of Baluchistan was helping organize postpartum clinics and shelter for people neglected by relief efforts. Baluchistan is...

Biden sending federal aid as NY digs out from huge snowstorm

Nov. 21, 2022 17:44 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — President Joe Biden is sending federal aid to western New York to help state and local authorities clean up from the massive storm that dumped more than 6 feet (1.8 meters) of snow in western and northern New York and is blamed for three deaths, the White House announced...