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Smoke shrouds Sydney’s skyline as wildfires burn nearby

Nov. 18, 2019 11:09 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Thick smoke from wildfires has shrouded Sydney and its surrounding areas with health experts warning residents with medical conditions to remain indoors. The Sydney skyline was barely visible with air quality in some parts of the city reaching over hazardous levels early Tuesday. Shane...

PG&E boss says it wasn’t fully ready for California outages

Nov. 18, 2019 10:39 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The head of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. told angry California lawmakers Monday that the nation’s largest electric utility wasn’t fully prepared for the effects of its unprecedented outages last month even as it plans to shut off power to more than half a million...

The Latest: CEO says PG&E got complacent about power outages

Nov. 18, 2019 6:24 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on state legislative hearing into power outages by Pacific Gas & Electric (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The head of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. has told a California legislative committee that the utility became complacent about power shutdowns after...

GAO: 60% of Superfund sites at higher risk in climate change

Nov. 18, 2019 3:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The worsening wildfires, floods and hurricanes of climate change threaten at least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites, and efforts to strengthen the hazardous waste sites are stalling in some vulnerable regions as the Trump administration plays down the threat, a congressional watchdog agency...

Avalanche hits Indian army post in Himalayas, 6 killed

Nov. 18, 2019 12:54 PM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — An avalanche hit an Indian army post Monday on a Himalayan glacier in the disputed Kashmir region, killing four soldiers and their two civilian porters, the army said. The avalanche happened at height of more than 5,485 meters (17,995 feet) in the northern part of the Siachen...

Snow, flooding, mudslides in Austria kill 1, injure 2

Nov. 18, 2019 9:06 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A man died and two people were injured as parts of Austria dealt with masses of snow, the threat of avalanches and flooding by swelling rivers and lakes on Monday. An 80-year-old man died when his home was hit by a mudslide in Bad Kleinkirchheim in southern Austria, the news agency APA...

3rd record tide enters Venice as Italy hit with snow, rain

Nov. 17, 2019 10:36 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venice was hit Sunday by a record third exceptional tide in the same week while other parts of Italy struggled with a series of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season avalanche. Stores and museums in Venice were mostly closed in the hardest-hit area...

TS Raymond fizzles, heavy rain forecast for Mexico’s Baja

Nov. 17, 2019 12:14 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Raymond has fizzled into a remnant low-pressure system over the Pacific off western Mexico and is forecast to likely avoid a direct hit on the resorts of Los Cabos. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm could still dump 3 to 5 inches of rain on southern parts...

TS Raymond flags as it heads toward Mexico’s Baja peninsula

Nov. 16, 2019 5:29 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Raymond began weakening Saturday over the Pacific as it moved northward in the general direction of Mexico’s resort-studded Los Cabos. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Raymond had maximum sustained winds around 45 mph (75 kph) as of the afternoon, was...

Drought recedes as rain waters parched areas of Southeast

Nov. 16, 2019 2:00 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Drought continues to recede in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. Almost one third of South Carolina and more than one third of Georgia recorded no drought as of Tuesday. Last week, only 9% of Georgia and 24% of South Carolina could make that claim. In Alabama, 70% of the state is now...