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Portugal officials: major wildfire is mostly under control

Jul. 23, 2019 3:47 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Emergency services in Portugal say they have brought under control 90 percent of a huge wildfire which has raged for four days and injured 39 people. But officials are warning Tuesday that forecasts for afternoon temperatures close to 40 degrees Celsius and gusting winds could drive...

Mudslide in remote Nepal mountain village kills 8, 2 missing

Jul. 23, 2019 3:28 AM EDT

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

Sydney police find drug haul in van that hit police cars

Jul. 23, 2019 2:28 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A driver has been charged after methamphetamine valued at more than $140 million was found in a van that crashed into police cars parked outside a Sydney police station, police said on Tuesday. A Toyota HiAce van hit the cars outside the Eastwood Police Station on Monday morning, causing...

Puerto Ricans worry about future if embattled governor stays

Jul. 23, 2019 2:15 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...

US sanctions squeeze Iran middle class, upend housing sector

Jul. 23, 2019 2:10 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Stay-at-home mom Maryam Alidadi used to lead a comfortable middle-class life. The 35-year-old and her husband, a mechanic, could afford a spacious rental apartment in a central neighborhood of Tehran, along with a car, occasional restaurant meals and holidays abroad. Now they are barely...

Officials review 2018 Amtrak crash that killed 2 crew in SC

Jul. 23, 2019 2:09 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal officials are meeting to discuss what caused an Amtrak train to divert onto a side track in South Carolina last year and slam into a parked train, killing two crew members and injuring more than 100 passengers. The National Transportation Safety Board is meeting Tuesday in...

Protests spread as activists fight telescope in Hawaii

Jul. 22, 2019 11:56 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Demonstrations against a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest peak have spread to New York, Las Vegas and Honolulu's tourist mecca of Waikiki as Native Hawaiians push to protect what they say is a sacred place. In Nevada, a few hundred Native Hawaiians and former Hawaii residents...

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...

B.C. police searching for 2 missing, investigating murders

Jul. 22, 2019 8:52 PM EDT

SURREY, British Columbia (AP) — The separate discoveries of three bodies and a burning car with missing occupants are shaking rural northern British Columbia. Canadian police said Monday they were searching for two men whose burning car was discovered on Friday about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Dease...

Man wanted in woman's death killed in shootout with police

Jul. 22, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

WESSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man wanted in a woman's death was killed Monday in a shootout with officers trying to arrest him. Shawan Allen died after he opened fire on officers entering a mobile home to arrest him near Wesson, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Jackson, Copiah County Sheriff...