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European firefighters join battle to stop French wildfires

Aug. 12, 2022 10:30 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Firefighters from across Europe started arriving in France on Friday to help battle several wildfires, including a giant blaze ravaging pine forests in the southwest. A series of heat waves have compounded a critical drought in much of Europe to create prime wildfire...

Ruling clouds future of southeast Alaska king salmon fishery

Aug. 11, 2022 15:24 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal court ruling this week has thrown into doubt the future of a valuable commercial king salmon fishery in Southeast Alaska, after a conservation group challenged the government's approval of the harvest as a threat to protected fish and the endangered killer whales that eat...

Heavy rains collapse 10 historic buildings in Yemeni capital

Aug. 10, 2022 17:19 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Heavy rains lashing Yemen's capital of Sanaa, which dates back to ancient times, have in recent days collapsed 10 buildings in the Old City, the country's Houthi rebels said Wednesday. At least 80 other buildings have been heavily damaged in the rains and are...

Hong Kong's last sawmill faces closure amid development plan

Aug. 06, 2022 00:29 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Chi Kee Sawmill & Timber, Hong Kong’s last operating sawmill, has been processing timber in the city for 75 years. Soon the family-run factory near the territory's border with mainland China might be forced to shut down as part of a development project: it...

Indiana doctors raise worries about proposed abortion ban

Aug. 02, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Doctors fear they could face criminal charges when they provide emergency treatment for pregnant women if a proposal aimed at banning nearly all abortions in Indiana becomes law, several physicians told state lawmakers Tuesday. That testimony came after an...

Japan's push for UNESCO to list divisive gold mine delayed

Jul. 28, 2022 06:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's push to obtain UNESCO World Heritage recognition for a former gold mine key to the nation's industrialization will be delayed because its application was insufficient, officials said Thursday. The efforts to obtain a UNESCO listing for the Sado Island mine were...

Diana Kennedy, food writer devoted to Mexico, dies at 99

Jul. 24, 2022 14:46 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Diana Kennedy, a tart-tongued British food writer devoted to Mexican cuisine, died Sunday. She was 99. Kennedy spent much of her life learning and preserving the traditional cooking and ingredients of her adopted home, a mission that even in her 80s had her...

Historic Vermont schoolhouse gutted by fire

Jul. 19, 2022 09:59 AM EDT

NEWBURY, Vt. (AP) — Fire has gutted an historic schoolhouse in the small Vermont village of Wells River. Firefighters from Vermont and New Hampshire said the flames were already in the roof when they responded within minutes of the call on Monday, WCAX-TV reported. Three hours...

Idaho GOP rejects abortion exception to save mother's life

Jul. 18, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Republican Party has rejected adding language to their platform to allow an abortion to save the life of the mother. KMVT-TV reported that a majority of the roughly 700 delegates from around the state rejected the change to the party's existing...

19th century subsistence farms preserved in New River Gorge

Jul. 17, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — Across the New River from Hinton, narrow, unpaved Freezeland Mountain Road zigzags its way up narrow hollows, across spiny ridges and through dense stands of hardwood forest, climbing 1,200 feet above the river in 2.5 miles. There, the terrain begins to level,...