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Italy declares state of emergency in Venice after high tides

Nov. 14, 2019 1:47 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's government declared a state of emergency Thursday in flood-ravaged Venice, seeking to release funds to repair the historic lagoon city after it was damaged by the highest tide in 50 years. A cabinet meeting approved a special decree that included 20 million euros ($21.7 million) in...

The Latest: UN sends envoy to help with Bolivia crisis

Nov. 14, 2019 1:15 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The Latest on Bolivia’s political confrontation (all times local): 2:10 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is sending a personal envoy to Bolivia to support efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Andean nation’s political crisis. U.N. spokesman Stephane...

The Latest: State of emergency declared in flood-hit Venice

Nov. 14, 2019 1:09 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the record flooding in Venice. (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Italy's government has declared a state of emergency in flood-ravaged Venice, to help swiftly secure the historic city funds to repair damage from the highest tide in 50 years. A cabinet meeting on Thursday...

Defendants in opioid case say politico's input not needed

Nov. 12, 2019 6:45 PM EST

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson says there's no need for a judge who ordered the drugmaker to pay $572 million to help clean up Oklahoma's opioid crisis to let several of the state's Republican leaders intervene in the case. In a brief filed Tuesday, attorneys said the attempt by...

Top Shiite leader backs UN plan to resolve Iraqi crisis

Nov. 11, 2019 6:16 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most powerful Shiite religious leader said Monday he backs a U.N. roadmap aimed at meeting the demands of anti-government protesters who have been rallying in recent weeks despite a bloody crackdown by security forces, but he expressed concern that political parties would not carry...

AP: At least 1,680 dams across the US pose potential risk

Nov. 11, 2019 1:02 PM EST

The security camera at Lake Dunlap Dam near San Antonio was rolling one day last May as it usually does, helping dam operators monitor for signs of trouble. The day, bright and clear, was unremarkable, the water flowing steadily over the top of the dam as it was supposed to. Suddenly and without warning, a...

Dozens of New England dams a safety risk, in need of repair

Nov. 10, 2019 9:24 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Merrymeeting Lake is like so many others in the New Hampshire woods, a bucolic summer getaway of cabins and second homes where vacationers sail, swim and fish. Like dozens of other lakes in the state, it also has a problem that is hidden from most of the people who come to enjoy it....

New federal grant program allots $10M for dams in 26 states

Nov. 10, 2019 7:48 AM EST

Built for irrigation in 1884, Smith Reservoir in Colorado no longer can hold as much water as it once did. To keep the dam from leaking, the water level at the suburban Denver reservoir is kept at least 2 feet below the level of the spillway — a critical safety precaution for the shopping center,...

$800 million in disaster aid to farmers hit by hurricanes

Nov. 8, 2019 5:31 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal government announced $800 million in aid Friday to farmers in three southern states that were devastated by last year's hurricanes. Nearly half that money will go to Florida, where timber farmers suffered catastrophic losses when Hurricane Michael came ashore in October...

Farmers blamed for Delhi's pollution say they are helpless

Nov. 7, 2019 4:52 AM EST

AMRITSAR, India (AP) — Indian farmers said they're being unfairly criticized for causing the worst air pollution in the capital because of the burning of stubbles in fields. The air quality index stood at 273 on Thursday after authorities declared a health emergency last weekend when the index crossed 500...