Latest Disaster planning and response News

Could coastal mansions become eligible for disaster aid?

Jul. 21, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — On an exclusive Connecticut peninsula, where signs warn outsiders to stay off private roads, eight multimillion-dollar homes with sprawling yards along the Long Island Sound are poised to become eligible for taxpayer-funded disaster aid. That's despite the fact that the Fenwick...

Wondolowski, Earthquakes hand Whitecaps 5th straight loss

Jul. 21, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Chris Wondolowski had a goal and an assist and the San Jose Earthquakes beat the slumping Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 on Saturday night. Valeri Qazaishvili and Magnus Eriksson also scored for the Earthquakes (10-7-4). Doneil Henry opened the scoring for Vancouver (4-11-8) in...

California town leveled by wildfire reopens its public pool

Jul. 20, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The public swimming pool in Paradise, California, is reopening for the first time since a catastrophic wildfire destroyed much of the town. CBS13 in Sacramento reports state firefighters used their hoses last week to refill the pool with clean water after the fire left the pool...

Plan to slow Western wildfires would clear strips of land

Jul. 19, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing an ambitious plan to slow Western wildfires by bulldozing, mowing or revegetating large swaths of land along 11,000 miles (17,700 kilometers) of terrain in the West. The plan that was announced this summer and presented at public open houses,...

Data show many companies contributed to US opioid crisis

Jul. 17, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of OxyContin has been cast as the chief villain in the nation's opioid crisis. But newly released government figures suggest Purdue Pharma had plenty of help in flooding the U.S. with billions of pills even as overdose deaths were accelerating. Records kept by the federal Drug...

Pakistan says 22 missing in flash floods in Kashmir

Jul. 15, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Heavy rains triggered flash floods in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, leaving at least 22 people missing and feared dead, Pakistan's minister for disaster management in the disputed territory said Monday. Ahmed Raza Qadri said the flooding late Sunday also caused a great deal of...

Oprah Winfrey visits Maui Humane Society following wildfire

Jul. 14, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Oprah Winfrey surprised the Maui Humane Society with a visit to thank the organization for evacuating animals during a wildfire, a report said. Winfrey is a part-time Maui resident who visited the society briefly Saturday, thanking a volunteer and taking a photo outside with the...

The Latest: National Guard trying to rescue family of 5

Jul. 14, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Barry (all times local): ___ 11:40 p.m. Authorities are trying to rescue a family of five who are trapped by high water in a south Louisiana home. KTBS-TV reports that the family was trapped Saturday night in the town of Franklin. The Shreveport television station reports...

Weakened Barry rolls into Louisiana, drenches Gulf Coast

Jul. 13, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Barry rolled into the Louisiana coast Saturday, flooding highways, forcing people to scramble to rooftops and dumping heavy rain that officials had feared could test the levees and pumps that were bolstered after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. After briefly becoming a...

Italy firefighters battle wildfires; 1 dead, others evacuate

Jul. 13, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Firefighters are battling wildfires on multiple fronts in southern Italy, including one blaze in Puglia that left at least one person dead. Firefighters said Saturday they had sent up three Canadair aircraft to dump water on a wildfire raging in Tortoli, Sardinia, that forced the evacuation of...