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Portugal: Major wildfire declared under control

Jul. 23, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Firefighters in Portugal have brought a huge wildfire under control after the blaze raged for four days and injured 39 people. Civil Protection Agency commander Luis Belo Costa said around 1,000 firefighters were keeping watch over smoldering hotspots amid gusting winds and...

Mudslide in Nepal mountain village kills 8, with 2 missing

Jul. 23, 2019 5:15 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A mudslide buried houses in two remote mountain villages in Nepal on Tuesday, killing eight people and leaving two others missing, officials said. Government Administrator Yadhunath Poudyal said the mudslide at dawn Tuesday buried at least five houses while residents were sleeping....

Puerto Ricans worry about future if embattled governor stays

Jul. 23, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The political crisis in Puerto Rico has escalated to a point where many wonder how Gov. Ricardo Rosselló will be able to govern the U.S. territory in the coming days and possibly weeks amid the massive protests to oust him. Rosselló dug his heels in late Monday after...

The Latest: Trump says he's 'best thing' for Puerto Rico

Jul. 22, 2019 11:56 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Latest on protests against Puerto Rico's governor (all times local): 3:25 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's "the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico" and he's renewing his attacks on the U.S. territory's officials on a day when tens of thousands are marching on...

Firefighters battle wildfire in Portugal, 32 people hurt

Jul. 22, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

COLOS, Portugal (AP) — More than 1,000 firefighters and 14 water-dropping aircraft battled a major wildfire Monday amid scorching temperatures in Portugal, where forest blazes wreak destruction every summer. As temperatures reached almost 40 C (104 F) in the afternoon, and a wind blew up, the blaze that...

Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans demand governor resign

Jul. 22, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Waving flags, chanting and banging pots and pans, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans jammed a highway Monday to demand the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in a crisis triggered by a leak of offensive, obscenity-laden chat messages between him and his advisers. The...

Tropical depression forms offshore from South Florida

Jul. 22, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression has formed in warm waters offshore of South Florida. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the tropical depression emerged Monday afternoon about 120 miles (195 kilometers) southeast of West Palm Beach and has top sustained winds of 30 mph (45 kph). It's moving to...

A quick look at business insurance for natural disasters

Jul. 22, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With earthquakes in California and Hurricane Barry striking states along the Gulf of Mexico and in the Midwest, small business owners should look at their insurance policies and determine how well covered they'd be in the event of a natural disaster. Damage from tornadoes and the wind and...

AP Explains: Deadly mega-fires bring new challenge to Europe

Jul. 22, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union describes wildfires as "a serious and increasing threat" across the continent. Most alarmingly, forest blazes are growing in intensity, especially in southern countries such as Greece, Spain, France, Italy and Portugal but also in Scandinavia. Experts warn the...

Puerto Rico gov will not seek reelection, but won't resign

Jul. 21, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Sunday evening that he will not resign in the face of public furor over an obscenity-laced leaked online chat, but he will not seek reelection or continue as head of his pro-statehood political party. Protesters said they were not...