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This December 2019 photo provided by Guy Ballard shows a male brush-tailed rock wallaby eating supplementary food researchers provided in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park in New South Wales, Australia. Before this fire season, scientists estimated there were as few as 15,000 left in the wild. Now recent fires in a region already stricken by drought have burned through some of their last habitat, and the species is in jeopardy of disappearing, Ballard said. (Guy Ballard/NSW DPI - UNE via AP)

Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames

Jan. 18, 2020 7:35 AM EST

Australia’s unprecedented wildfires season has so far charred 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometers) of brushland, rainforests, and national parks — killing by one estimate more than a billion wild animals. Scientists fear some of the island continent’s unique and colorful species...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, trekkers watch the sun rise over the Annapurna Range, right, in central Nepal, as viewed from Poon Hill, above the village of Ghorepani. An avalanche swept the popular Annapurna circuit trekking route, which encircles Mount Annapurna, leaving at least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides missing, authorities said Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Malcolm Foster, File)

4 SKoreans, 3 Nepal guides missing in avalanche; 30 rescued

Jan. 18, 2020 3:40 AM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept a popular trekking route in Nepal's mountains, leaving at least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides missing, authorities said Saturday. Nepal's Department of Tourism official Meera Acharya said at least one Chinese national injured in the avalanche was...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2012, file photo, a snowboarder drops into a canyon at Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Authorities say one person has died and one person is seriously injured, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, after an avalanche at the Northern California ski resort. (Randy Pench/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

Avalanche at Lake Tahoe resort kills 1 skier, injures 1

Jan. 17, 2020 9:30 PM EST

TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) — A man killed in an avalanche at a Lake Tahoe ski resort on Friday was remembered as an avid skier familiar with the picturesque mountains along the northern California and Nevada border. Cole Comstock, 34, of Blairsden, California, was caught in the avalanche that seriously...

Man charged with hindering search for runaway girl

Jan. 17, 2020 4:10 PM EST

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Police have charged a Rhode Island man with lying to police who were searching for a 10-year-old runaway. Aaron Reed, 31, of Central Falls, was held without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer in the execution of duty. He was referred...

California sheriff says rescuers responding to avalanche at Lake Tahoe ski resort, several people unaccounted for

Jan. 17, 2020 2:46 PM EST
ALPINE MEADOWS, Calif. (AP) — California sheriff says rescuers responding to avalanche at Lake Tahoe ski resort, several people unaccounted for.

Florida woman saved from burning car just before it explodes

Jan. 17, 2020 8:19 AM EST

STUART, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man stopped at the scene of a burning wreck and teamed up with a sheriff's officer to save the woman inside just before the car exploded. Tony Weisman told WPTV on Thursday he saw the front part of a car on fire when he pulled up to the crash in Stuart, Florida, and was told...

Search suspended days after deadly collision off Texas coast

Jan. 17, 2020 4:57 AM EST

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Days after a fishing boat's collision with a chemical tanker just off the Texas coast left one person dead, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for two fishermen. The Coast Guard and its partners “completed over 10 sorties, searched over nine hours” and covered...

In this photo provided by the Butte County Sheriff's Department, members of the Butte County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team transport 68-year-old Paula Beth, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Butte Meadows, Calif. Beth, who has dementia and went missing six days earlier, was discovered alive in her snowbound sports utility vehicle, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco. (Courtesy of Butte County Sheriff's Department via AP)

Family: Woman used floor mats to stay warm in snowbound SUV

Jan. 16, 2020 1:33 PM EST

BUTTE MEADOWS, Calif. (AP) — The family of a woman with dementia who survived for six days in her snowbound SUV in Northern California said they feared the worst. “We thought she was probably dead," Laura Powell, stepdaughter of 68-year-old Paula Beth James, told Sacramento TV station KTXL. A...

1 killed, 2 missing after fishing boat hits tanker in bay

Jan. 15, 2020 9:33 PM EST

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A member of a fishing boat crew was killed and two others are missing after their 81-foot craft collided with a 600-foot chemical tanker near the entrance to Galveston Bay just off the Texas coast, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. The fishing boat Pappy's Pride capsized after...

This photo from video provided by Rob Gensorek of Basin Tackle Charleston shows firefighters rescuing the crew from a capsized crab boat in the harbor at Coos Bay, Ore., late Tuesday evening, Jan. 14, 2020. Three men were in good condition early Wednesday after being cut from inside the hull of the capsized boat. The 38-foot (11-meter) Pacific Miner was flipped upside-down by large waves late Tuesday and then got caught on rocks in a jetty in Coos Bay as the tide went out. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter on a routine training mission spotted the vessel and launched a rescue, the agency said in a news release. (Rob Gensorek of Basin Tackle Charleston via AP)

Crab fishermen survive harrowing capsize off Oregon coast

Jan. 15, 2020 3:52 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three men were in good condition early Wednesday after being cut from inside the hull of a capsized crab boat off the Oregon coast. Their harrowing rescue was caught on video the night before. The 38-foot (11-meter) Pacific Miner was flipped upside-down by large waves in the middle...