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Communities search for ways to live with growing fire threat

Sep. 21, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

SHINGLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — Unless it's Sunday, Kelly Loew is steering her rusty red Jeep down the same mail route in Shingletown, as she has six days a week for the last seven years. But she delivers less mail these days as California's persistent wildfires drive residents away. Last year, California...

Hurricane Lorena skirts east coast of Mexico's Baja

Sep. 20, 2019 11:56 PM EDT

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Lorena skirted along the east coast of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula late Friday, prompting new warnings and watches for coastal areas but apparently sparing a direct hit on the resort-studded twin cities of Los Cabos. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said...

Storm-scarred Texas coast picks up after lmelda's deluge

Sep. 20, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Kids were still in classrooms as roads around them became rivers. Drivers warned to stay off highways wound up abandoning their submerged cars. Thousands of people called 911, but rescue crews found many weren't in real danger. Waters from Tropical Storm Imelda began to recede Friday, but...

Puerto Rico faces slow recovery 2 years after Maria

Sep. 20, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Weekly power outages. Hundreds of uncleared landslides. More than 25,000 homes with blue tarps as roofs. Recovery from Hurricane Maria has been slow as Puerto Rico on Friday remembered those who died two years ago. The Category 4 storm killed an estimated 2,975 people in its...

About 75 people gather at Area 51 gate, 2 people detained

Sep. 20, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — About 75 people arrived early Friday at a gate at the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada — at the time appointed by an internet hoaxster to "storm" the facility to see space aliens — and at least two were detained by sheriff's deputies. The "Storm Area 51"...

The Latest: Conditions in Houston improve as Imelda departs

Sep. 19, 2019 10:54 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Houston officials say floodwaters are receding across most of the city and efforts will continue through the night to clear the city's freeways of hundreds of vehicles stalled by the flooding. The dangerous...

Mexico still has much rebuilding to do from 2017 quake

Sep. 19, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico marked the Sept. 19 anniversaries of 2017 earthquakes that killed more than 500 people and a devastating 1985 temblor that left at least 9,500 dead. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador presided over a ceremony Thursday in which the flag was raised to half-staff in...

CORRECTS: Official: More than 1,000 people have had to be rescued or evacuated in the flooded Houston area

Sep. 19, 2019 3:24 PM EDT
HOUSTON (AP) — CORRECTS: Official: More than 1,000 people have had to be rescued or evacuated in the flooded Houston area. (Corrects APNewsAlert to clarify that officials say the 1,000 figure also includes people who have had to be evacuated, not just rescued.)

Japan court: TEPCO execs not guilty in Fukushima disaster

Sep. 19, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court ruled Thursday that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant because ensuring absolute safety at nuclear plants was not a government requirement at that time....

Humberto brushes Bermuda as new hurricane threatens Mexico

Sep. 18, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Humberto lashed Bermuda with strong winds Wednesday as the powerful Category 3 storm passed just to the north of the British Atlantic territory, while a newly formed hurricane threatened tourist resorts along Mexico's Pacific coast. The hurricane came within about 75 miles (120...