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Wildfire burns into central Montana town, destroys houses

Dec. 02, 2021 14:39 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A late-season wildfire pushed by strong winds ripped through a tiny central Montana farming town overnight, burning several homes and grain elevators that had stood for more than a century as the state continues to see warm temperatures into December, authorities said....

$2.5B Hurricane Ida aid to Louisiana residents, businesses

Dec. 02, 2021 14:16 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana residents and businesses have received $2.5 billion in federal aid related to Hurricane Ida, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said. It said another $27.8 million has been approved in public assistance grants for local...

Christmas tree buyers face reduced supplies, higher prices

Dec. 02, 2021 13:12 PM EST

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Even Christmas trees aren’t immune to the pandemic-induced shortages and inflation plaguing the economy. Extreme weather and supply chain disruptions have reduced supplies of both real and artificial trees this season. American shoppers should...

Land value dispute delays levee project near New Orleans

Dec. 02, 2021 12:27 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Construction on a long-planned levee in southeastern Louisiana has been delayed at least a month because of a dispute over land to complete the project. The West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane Levee is designed to protect St. John the Baptist, St....

Aid official: Afghanistan's crises get 'progressively worse'

Dec. 02, 2021 12:10 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is being hit by multiple crises that are “progressively getting worse,” with drought, economic collapse and displacement all pushing the population into catastrophic hunger, a senior international aid official said Thursday. The...

Escaped campfire blamed for Pilot Mountain blaze

Dec. 02, 2021 11:53 AM EST

PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — A wildfire at North Carolina’s Pilot Mountain State Park was caused by an escaped campfire in an undesignated area, officials said. The fire that has burned 1,050 acres (425 hectares) was about 50% contained Wednesday evening, according to...

Island turns into open-air lab for tech-savvy volcanologists

Dec. 02, 2021 03:23 AM EST

LAS MANCHAS, Canary Islands (AP) — They come with eagle-eyed drones and high-precision instruments. Aided by satellites, they analyze gas emissions and the flows of molten rock. On the ground, they collect everything from the tiniest particles to “lava bombs” the size of watermelons...

Wind-pushed fires force evacuations, burn homes in Montana

Dec. 01, 2021 19:18 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Hundreds of people in the town of Denton were forced to flee flames pushed by strong winds in central Montana on Wednesday, while a fire south of the city of Great Falls burned 11 homes as well as sheds and other small buildings, officials said. ...

California water districts to get 0% of requested supplies

Dec. 01, 2021 18:49 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Water agencies in drought-stricken California that serve 27 million residents and 750,000 acres of farmland won’t get any of the water they've requested from the state heading into 2022 other than what's needed for critical health and safety, state officials...

Study: Climate change not causing Madagascar drought, famine

Dec. 01, 2021 18:21 PM EST

Don’t blame climate change for the devastating Madagascar drought and famine, scientists said in a new analysis Wednesday. World Weather Attribution, which does real time studies of extreme weather throughout the world, examined the drought, which...