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Jane McDow walks with her dog 'Duke' along the Lake Pontchartrain seawall in New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall this afternoon as a category 2 storm. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Hurricane Zeta crashes onshore in storm-weary Louisiana

Oct. 28, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Zeta slammed into storm-weary Louisiana on Wednesday with New Orleans squarely in its path, threatening to push up to 9 feet of sea water inland and batter homes and businesses with fierce winds in a Gulf Coast region already pounded by multiple storms this year. Some roads...

This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at 1 p.m. EDT, and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Zeta in the Gulf of Mexico nearing Louisiana.  (NOAA via AP)

The Latest: Powerful Hurricane Zeta makes Louisiana landfall

Oct. 28, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Zeta (all times CDT): 4 p.m. MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Zeta has crashed ashore in storm-weary Louisiana as a powerful Category 2 storm, striking the latest blow of an extraordinarily busy Atlantic tropical storm season. The...

Category 2 Hurricane Zeta crashes ashore in storm-weary Louisiana, dealing new blow in busy Atlantic hurricane season.

Oct. 28, 2020 5:06 PM EDT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Category 2 Hurricane Zeta crashes ashore in storm-weary Louisiana, dealing new blow in busy Atlantic hurricane season.
This photo provided by the Tennessee Highway Patrol shows the scene of deadly crash involving a utility vehicle and a school bus carrying children on Tuesday evening, Oct. 27, 2020, in Decatur, Tenn. (Tennessee Highway Patrol via AP)

School bus driver, 7-year-old girl killed in Tennessee crash

Oct. 28, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

DECATUR, Tenn. (AP) — A school bus driver was killed along with a 7-year-old girl after a utility vehicle swerved into their lane. The bus, carrying 22 children, slammed head-on into the vehicle's side, the Tennessee Highway Patrol says. Five children were airlifted to a regional hospital and two were...

A helicopter drops water as firefighters walk with drip torches to set a backfire against the Blue Ridge Fire on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Chino Hills, Calif. Facing extreme wildfire conditions this week that included hurricane-level winds, the main utility in Northern California cut power to nearly 1 million people while its counterpart in Southern California pulled the plug on just 30 customers to prevent power lines and other electrical equipment from sparking a blaze. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

AP Explains: Power shutoffs to prevent California wildfires

Oct. 28, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's largest utilities have staged power shutoffs this year to prevent their equipment from sparking wildfires during the worst fire season on record. Here's a look at the temporary blackouts: WHAT ARE THE SHUTOFFS? A public safety power shutoff, or PSPS, involves a utility...

This Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, satellite image from Planet Labs Inc. that has been annotated by experts at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies shows construction at Iran's Natanz uranium-enrichment facility that experts believe may be a new, underground centrifuge assembly plant. Satellite photos show Iran has begun construction at its Natanz nuclear facility. That's after the head of the U.N.’s nuclear agency acknowledged Tehran is building an underground advanced centrifuge assembly plant after its last one exploded in a reported sabotage attack last summer. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

Satellite photos show construction at Iran nuclear site

Oct. 28, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has begun construction at its Natanz nuclear facility, satellite images released Wednesday show, just as the U.N. nuclear agency acknowledged Tehran is building an underground advanced centrifuge assembly plant after its last one exploded in a reported sabotage...

Hurricane Zeta has grown to a Category 2 storm as it closes in on the Gulf Coast

Oct. 28, 2020 2:41 PM EDT
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Zeta has grown to a Category 2 storm as it closes in on the Gulf Coast.
A helicopter drops water as firefighters walk with drip torches to set a backfire against the Blue Ridge Fire on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Chino Hills, Calif. Facing extreme wildfire conditions this week that included hurricane-level winds, the main utility in Northern California cut power to nearly 1 million people while its counterpart in Southern California pulled the plug on just 30 customers to prevent power lines and other electrical equipment from sparking a blaze. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Calmer California winds help firefighters beat back 2 blazes

Oct. 28, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Calmer weather on Wednesday helped firefighters beat back two wildfires that drove nearly 100,000 Southern Californians from their homes amid fierce winds and extremely dry conditions. Authorities lifted some evacuation orders Tuesday as winds began subsiding and containment was...

A French rescue helicopter lands close to a rescue vessel in Dunkirk, northern France, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 during a  search operation after four migrants, including a 5-year-old and 8-year-old child died Tuesday when their boat capsized while they and other migrants tried to cross the English Channel to Britain, French authorities said. Fifteen migrants have been saved so far and rescue and search operations are still under way, according to the regional administration for the Nord region. (AP Photo)

France ends search after Channel capsize kills family of 4

Oct. 28, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French rescuers on Wednesday abandoned the hunt for survivors from a boat carrying migrants that capsized while trying to cross the English Channel to Britain, leaving at least four people dead. British media identified the victims as a Kurdish-Iranian couple and two of their children. A...

Α damaged navy minesweeper is being towed near the port of Piraeus on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.  Greece's coast guard says a Greek navy minesweeper and a Portuguese-flagged cargo ship have collided outside the country's main port of Piraeus, leaving two navy crew slightly injured and prompting the evacuation of the military vessel. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Ship captain arrested after collision with Greek warship

Oct. 28, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on Wednesday arrested the captain of a Portuguese-flagged cargo ship that collided with a Greek navy minehunter outside the country’s main port of Piraeus. The coast guard said the captain of the Maersk Launceston container vessel was arrested for alleged...