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Crews battle wildfires amid brutal heat wave in California

Aug. 15, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters struggled to contain three wildfires near Los Angeles on Saturday as forecasters warned that the risk of new fires was high with temperatures expected to spike and humidity levels to drop across California. A huge forest fire that prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles...

2 workers die from injuries in Mississippi plant explosion

Aug. 15, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

BYRAM, Miss. (AP) — Two workers severely injured in an explosion at a Mississippi processing plant have died, authorities confirmed. The explosion happened Monday at the DAR PRO Solutions plant at the Greater Jackson Industrial Park near Byram. William Jackson, 51, of Vicksburg, and Terrence Fortenberry,...

Portland police and protesters clash during a demonstration, early Thursday Aug. 13, 2020, in downtown, Portland. Officers used tear gas to break up the crowd of several hundred people who gathered near the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, the neighboring Multnomah County Justice Center and a nearby police precinct station. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP)

Police in Portland, Oregon, arrest 4 as protests continue

Aug. 15, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Four people were arrested overnight in Portland, Oregon, as police dispersed a protest that was headed toward the offices of the police union, authorities said Saturday. The Portland Police Bureau declared the demonstration of a couple hundred people an unlawful assembly Friday night,...

Rows of destroyed trucks are seen at the site of the Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

US says no bailout for Lebanon, calls for change

Aug. 15, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — There can be no financial bailout for Lebanon, a senior U.S. official said Saturday, calling on the country's political leaders to heed popular calls for change, real reform and an end to endemic corruption. David Hale, U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, said the U.S. and...

The Ranch Fire burns over a residential area, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Azusa, Calif. Heat wave conditions were making difficult work for fire crews battling brush fires and wildfires across Southern California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

California wildfires burn amid high risk of brutal blazes

Aug. 15, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters struggling to contain three wildfires near Los Angeles faced another challenging day Saturday as forecasters warned that the risk of new fires was high with temperatures expected to spike and humidity levels to drop across California. A huge forest fire that prompted...

FILE - In this April 11, 2019, file photo, Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac answers questions concerning the decision to fire coach Dave Joerger in Sacramento, Calif. Divac has stepped down as general manager of the Kings and will be replaced on an interim basis by Joe Dumars. The Kings announced the move Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, a day after they ended their 14th straight season without a playoff berth. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Kings once again seek answers after missing playoffs

Aug. 15, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

All the momentum the Sacramento Kings had when the NBA season shut down in March disappeared when they arrived in the bubble. The disappointing performance in Florida has left the Kings on the outside of the playoffs for the 14th straight season. That's the longest active drought in the NBA and led to change in...

Volunteers take part in the clean up operation in Mahebourg, Mauritius Wednesday Aug. 12, 2020 surrounding the oil spill from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius. Anxious residents of this Indian Ocean island nation have stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves in an effort to stop the oil spill from reaching their shores. (AP Photo/Beekash Roopun-L'express Maurice)

Ship leaking tons of oil off Mauritius has split apart

Aug. 15, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The grounded Japanese ship that leaked tons of oil near protected areas off the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius has split apart, officials said Saturday, with remaining fuel spreading into the turquoise waters. Photos posted on social media by the official cleanup effort with...

FILE - In this Sunday, July 12, 2020, file photo, a man lies on the beach amid the coronavirus pandemic in Santa Monica, Calif. California faces a heat wave Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, that could bring dangerously high temperatures throughout the state, along with the threat of wildfires and spreading coronavirus infections as people flock to beaches and recreation areas. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California heat spurs 1st rolling power outages since 2001

Aug. 15, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Friday ordered rolling power outages for the first time since 2001 as a statewide heat wave strained its electrical system. The California Independent System Operator (California ISO), which manages the power grid, declared an emergency shortly after 6:30 p.m. and directed...

Tropical Storm Josephine closer to land, Kyle moving away

Aug. 15, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Kyle was moving away from the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States early Saturday as Tropical Storm Josephine continued its crawl toward islands in the Caribbean. Threats to land appeared to be minimal from both storms, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center's 11...

Eric Fish takes a break from hauling downed branches in front of his home, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The storm that struck Monday morning left  tens of thousands of Iowans without power as of Friday morning. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Forecasters look to learn from deadly Midwest wind storm

Aug. 15, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The unusual wind storm that damaged farms, homes and cities across the Midwest this past week could offer lessons for forecasters and the public on how to better prepare for something that packed the power of a category 3 hurricane but lacked the days of warning a typical hurricane...