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Wildfire acreage way down in California this year _ so far

Aug. 19, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is not burning. At least not as much as it has in recent years. Acreage burned through Sunday is down 90% compared to the average over the past five years and down 95% from last year, according to statistics from the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The stats are...

Alaska wildfire season continues with new fires, hot weather

Aug. 19, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's wildfire season usually ends well before mid-August but persistent hot, dry weather has contributed to the start of new fires and the spread of old ones. High winds Saturday damaged power lines or knocked trees into lines, sparking multiple fires, including one that...

Kayakers get up close with collapsing Alaska glacier

Aug. 19, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

Andrew Hooper's wife had warned him about getting too close to an Alaska glacier. She wasn't pleased, he said, when he returned from a kayaking trip earlier this month soaked to the bone but with incredible footage of part of the giant glacier's sudden and dramatic collapse. "It was absolutely gorgeous watching...

Ex-Gov. Kathleen Blanco dies, led Louisiana through Katrina

Aug. 19, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Even after Hurricane Katrina ended her political career and as cancer ate away her strength, former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco still described her life as "charmed." With strength in her faith and her family, the state's first elected female governor time and again refused to...

Thousands flee from 'monster' wildfire on Canary Islands

Aug. 19, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A major, out-of-control wildfire in Spain's Canary Islands was throwing flames 50 meters (160 feet) into the air on Monday, forcing emergency workers to evacuate more than 9,000 people, authorities said. The blaze — described by the local fire department as "a monster"...

Florida governor asked for no storms in Western Wall prayer

Aug. 19, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor says when he visited the Western Wall in Israel in May he followed tradition by sticking a slip of paper with a written prayer in between crevices of the ancient structure. Gov. Ron DeSantis revealed Monday that his prayer said, "Good Lord, spare us hurricanes...

Rescuers use explosives to seek 2 cavers trapped in Poland

Aug. 19, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Dozens of rescuers have been working around the clock in southern Poland to find two missing spelunkers trapped by rising water in a cave, using explosives to widen underground passages to help in the search. The two became trapped Saturday while exploring uncharted parts of the...

Storms cause travel chaos, large-scale damage in Germany

Aug. 19, 2019 5:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A series of summer storms that uprooted trees and blew over power lines has disrupted rail and road travel across parts of southern and central Germany. Rail operator Deutsche Bahn on Monday listed delays for more than a dozen intercity connections, including to neighboring Switzerland and...

10 Things to Know for Today

Aug. 19, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. AFGHANISTAN'S VOW AFTER HORRIFIC WEDDING ATTACK President Ashraf Ghani pledges to "eliminate" all safe havens of the Islamic State group after it claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in the...

Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana's governor during Katrina, dies

Aug. 18, 2019 11:54 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state's first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has died. After struggling for years with cancer, Blanco died Sunday in hospice care in Lafayette....