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WorkSafe Chief Executive Phil Parkes talks to media in Wellington, New Zealand Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. New Zealand authorities have filed safety violation charges against 10 organizations and three individuals after a volcanic eruption at White Island last year killed 22 people. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

New Zealand files 13 safety charges after volcano killed 22

Nov. 30, 2020 3:04 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities filed safety violation charges on Monday against 10 organizations and three individuals after a volcanic eruption at White Island last year killed 22 people. The island had been a popular tourist destination before the Dec. 9 eruption. But many people...

Volcano in eastern Indonesia erupts, thousands evacuated

Nov. 29, 2020 7:56 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Sunday, sending a column of ash as high as 4,000 meters (13,120 feet) into the sky and prompting the evacuation of thousands of people. Nearly 2,800 people from at least 28 villages were evacuated from the slopes of Mount Ili Lewotolok, which...

Cars among other debris litter the street in Bitti, Sardinia, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020.  The town of Bitti in Sardinia was hit by a storm and flooded by a massive mudslide on Saturday. (Vigili del Fuoco via AP)

Rescuers pull third body from Sardinian town buried by mud

Nov. 29, 2020 9:43 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Rescuers on Sunday retrieved the body of an elderly woman, the third fatality in the Sardinian town of Bitti, which was partially buried a day earlier by mudslides after torrential rainfall. The Italian news agency LaPresse said that the corpse of the 89-year-old victim had washed downhill...

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey puts his face mask on after addressing the media on COVID-19 during a news conference in Phoenix. Ducey has funneled nearly $400 million of federal coronavirus relief funds to state agencies to help pay for operations, allowing them to return some of their original budget allocations to the state treasury. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)

The Latest: Researchers urge Arizona shutdown, mask mandate

Nov. 28, 2020 5:11 PM EST

PHOENIX — University of Arizona researchers say the current surge in the coronavirus outbreak will present the state with a hospital crisis that could become a disaster unless the state takes steps such as ordering a three-week stay-home shutdown and implementing a statewide mask mandate. Members of the...

Plan released to reduce massive wildfires in US West

Nov. 27, 2020 5:46 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials on Friday released an overarching plan for removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop devastating wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse. The plan released by the U.S. Bureau of Land...

Magnitude 4.7 quake hits eastern Turkey, no damage reported

Nov. 27, 2020 4:44 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An earthquake with a 4.7 magnitude shook Malatya province in eastern Turkey on Friday, sending people pouring out into the streets in fear. There was however, no immediate report of any damage or casualties. The quake, which was centered in the town of Puturge, struck at 11:27 a.m....

In this photo provided by Farm Rescue, volunteers plant crops on Paul Ivesdal's farm June 3, 2020 in Edmore, N.D. The wet spring offered only a tiny window for planting, so when Ivesdal fell ill to a coronavirus infection he knew the timing couldn't be worse. Thanks to Farm Rescue, Ivesdal got his crop in even as he was rushed to a hospital and spend eight days on a ventilator. The nonprofit organization's help meant that although Ivesdal spent a summer in rehabilitation to recover his walking ability and even now tires more easily, he'll be able to keep farming. (Dan Erdmann/Farm Rescue via AP)

Farm Rescue shifts to help farmers sickened by coronavirus

Nov. 26, 2020 11:30 AM EST

The wet spring offered only a tiny window for planting, so when North Dakota farmer Paul Ivesdal fell ill with the coronavirus he knew the timing couldn't be worse. The 63-year-old man knew if he didn't recover quickly and plant his crop of wheat, barley, canola and flax, it could mean an end to his decades of...

A tree that fell collapsing a compound wall in Chennai, India, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is bracing for Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. The state authorities have issued an alert and asked people living in low-lying and flood-prone areas to move to safer places. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Cyclone uproots trees, floods streets in southern India

Nov. 26, 2020 5:22 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Parts of India’s southern coast were flooded Thursday after a cyclone slammed into its shores, triggering heavy rains, uprooting trees and cutting power lines. Cyclone Nivar made landfall in Puducherry, a federal territory near the southern state of Tamil Nadu, with winds of up to...

The street sign on Cooper St. at Secretary Dr. was blown over in Arlington when a tornado-warned storm blew through, Tuesday night, Nov. 25, 2020. No one was seriously injured across the street at the Burger Box restaurant. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Tornado causes damage, injuries in Dallas-area city

Nov. 25, 2020 2:31 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A tornado swept through parts of the Dallas-area city of Arlington, damaging several apartment complexes and other buildings, displacing 75 families and causing minor injuries to three people, officials said Wednesday. The Arlington Fire Department said the storm, which passed...

People wade through a flooded street in Chennai, India, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is bracing for Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. The state authorities have issued an alert and asked people living in low-lying and flood-prone areas to move to safer places. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Tens of thousands evacuated as India braces for cyclone

Nov. 25, 2020 10:54 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of people fled their homes in low-lying areas of southern India and moved to evacuation shelters on Wednesday to escape a cyclone that was barreling toward the region’s coast. Cyclone Nivar is expected to bring heavy downpours after slamming ashore near...