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Official: Tree falls on garage in storm, 19 to hospitals

Jul. 6, 2020 6:12 AM EDT

PASADENA, Md. (AP) — A large tree toppled onto a detached garage in a Maryland neighborhood where people attending a child's birthday party sought shelter from a storm, sending 19 people to hospitals Sunday afternoon, authorities said. Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Russ Davies said one...

A car stands vertically on a muddy road after being washed away by flood, in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Sunday, July 5, 2020. Heavy rain in the Kumamoto region triggered flooding and mudslides Saturday and left dozens still being stranded at their homes and other facilities. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan floods leave up to 34 dead, many at nursing homes

Jul. 5, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left at least 34 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations Sunday in southern Japan, including at elderly home facilities where more than a dozen died and scores were still stranded. Helicopters and boats...

1st COVID-19 case in asylum seeker camp at US-Mexico border

Jun. 30, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — An international disaster relief organization reported Tuesday the first confirmed case of COVID-19 among migrants living in a tent encampment of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. Global Response Management said that one person in the Matamoros, Tamaulipas camp across...

This Sunday, June 28, 2020 photo provided by El Centro Fire Department shows a wildfire burning through an section of Niland, Calif. A wind-driven wildfire has destroyed about 20 homes and forced evacuations as it tore through the rural town of Niland in the Southern California desert near the Salton Sea. (Battalion Chief Joseph Bernal/El Centro Fire Department via AP)

Wildfire burns homes in Southern California desert town

Jun. 30, 2020 1:42 AM EDT

NILAND, Calif. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire destroyed homes and forced evacuations as it tore through a rural Southern California desert town near the Salton Sea, authorities said Monday. The fire erupted Sunday evening in Niland, a small and poor agricultural community about 100 miles (160 kilometers)...

This satellite image provided by Manar Technologies taken June 17, 2020, shows the FSO Safer tanker moored off Ras Issa port, in Yemen. Houthi rebels are blocking the United Nations from inspecting the abandoned oil tanker loaded with more than one million barrels of crude oil. UN officials and experts fear the tanker could explode or leak, causing massive environmental damage to Red Sea marine life. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Seawater seeping into decaying oil tanker off Yemen coast

Jun. 26, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations said an abandoned oil tanker moored off the coast of Yemen loaded with more than 1 million barrels of crude oil is at risk of rupture or exploding, causing massive environmental damage to Red Sea marine life, desalination factories and international shipping routes....

Ukraine's Emergency Situation workers evacuate residents of the flooded village of Lanchyn in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, western Ukraine, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Some 200 villages in the Carpathian mountains were flooded after heavy rains. (Emergency Situation Ministry via AP)

Ukraine asks EU, NATO to help deal with damage from floods

Jun. 25, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Thursday asked the European Union and NATO for help coping with the aftermath of massive floods in the country's west. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it hopes both the EU and NATO will step up to help protect critical infrastructure and to ease...

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before a House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Fauci: Next few weeks critical to tamping down virus spikes

Jun. 23, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next few weeks are critical to tamping down a disturbing coronavirus surge, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Congress on Tuesday — issuing a plea for people to avoid crowds and wear masks just hours before mask-shunning President Donald Trump was set to address a crowd of his young...

3 dead, thousands evacuated in south China flooding

Jun. 23, 2020 3:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Flooding and mudslides in southern China have killed at least three people and forced evacuations for thousands of people, official media reported Tuesday. China’s national observatory issued a high alert for rainstorms across vast stretches of the country for the next 24 hours....

Two women eat lunch indoors at Portside Restaurant, Monday, June 22, 2020, in Salisbury, Mass. COVID-19 state guidelines allow indoor dining starting today. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Restaurants offer indoor dining; MBTA cranks up service

Jun. 22, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Restaurants were allowed to start offering indoor dining again, and so-called close-contact businesses including nail salons, tattoo parlors and personal trainers could reopen Monday under the latest phase of Massachusetts's coronavirus pandemic economic recovery plan. In addition, the MBTA...

Maine has widest virus racial disparity gap in the country

Jun. 21, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The widest racial disparity in the U.S. stemming from the coronavirus pandemic is in Maine, where Black residents are contracting the virus at 20 times the rate of their white neighbors, according to a report in the Portland Press Herald. Maine has the highest percentage of white...