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British, Australian ships deliver 'contactless' aid to Tonga

Jan. 26, 2022 17:00 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — British and Australian navy ships arrived in Tonga on Wednesday and attempted to deliver aid without making contact with anybody ashore to avoid spreading the coronavirus in a nation which has never had an outbreak. The danger of spreading the disease was...

Evacuations lifted for blaze on California's Big Sur coast

Jan. 26, 2022 15:27 PM EST

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday as firefighters strengthened control lines and mopped up hot spots at a wildfire along California's Big Sur coast, authorities said. Fire activity was minimal overnight, with higher humidity and light winds, Cal Fire...

Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar count deaths, damage by storm

Jan. 26, 2022 12:22 PM EST

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique, Madagascar and Malawi are counting the deaths and damage by tropical storm Ana and more than a week of heavy rains across southern Africa. In central and northern Mozambique at least 11 people have died, including children and elderly, and...

Wildfire on California coast near Big Sur is 45% contained

Jan. 25, 2022 22:15 PM EST

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Shifting winds and increased humidity have helped firefighters make progress against a blaze burning in rugged mountains near California’s Big Sur coast, authorities said. The Colorado Fire was 50% contained on Tuesday, according to the California...

California appears to pass peak of omicron variant wave

Jan. 25, 2022 21:45 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California showed signs it turned the corner on the omicron wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with infection rates falling and hospitalizations well short of the overwhelming deluge officials feared a few weeks ago. Over 15,000 people are hospitalized with...

Police search for man missing after landslide weeks ago

Jan. 25, 2022 19:08 PM EST

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The King County Sheriff’s Office was searching Tuesday for a man reported missing after a landslide in Renton earlier this month. Family members made the report after the slide Jan. 6 near his property, according to sheriff’s office Search and Rescue...

Ski resorts aim for more efficient snowmaking amid drought

Jan. 25, 2022 14:39 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The sight can be jarring during extreme drought: snowmaking guns lined up on a mountainside, blasting precious crystal flakes on a ski run while the rest of the land goes thirsty. Snowpack in the U.S. West has decreased by about 20% in the last century, making...

Malawi hit by flooding caused by tropical storm Ana; 1 dead

Jan. 25, 2022 12:22 PM EST

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Tropical storm Ana has caused widespread flooding, power outages and killed at least one person in Malawi, officials said Tuesday. Cutting path of wet destruction across southern Africa, the storm has blown from the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, across...

Tornado unemployment aid available in 12 Tennessee counties

Jan. 25, 2022 04:09 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say people in 12 counties whose jobs were impacted by tornadoes last month can now apply for disaster unemployment assistance. The state Department of Labor & Workforce Development says the Federal Emergency Management Agency made...

23 Australians on ship delivering aid to Tonga have virus

Jan. 24, 2022 23:51 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Nearly two dozen sailors on an Australian military ship going to deliver aid to Tonga have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday, raising fears they could bring COVID-19 to a Pacific nation that has so far managed to avoid any outbreaks. ...