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Heavy rain across Kauai prompts rescues from floodwater, but no immediate reports of injuries

Apr. 12, 2024 22:41 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Several people on the Hawaiian island of Kauai needed to be rescued from floodwaters during heavy rain, authorities said Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. Heavy rain beginning Thursday afternoon prompted the closure of public schools Friday...

Flash flooding sweeps into the Pittsburgh area and spurs numerous water rescues

Apr. 12, 2024 19:04 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Flash flooding caused by relentless heavy rains that soaked western Pennsylvania spurred numerous rescues and evacuations in the region, but no injuries were reported. The National Weather Service said nearly 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) of rain fell in a short time...

Italian coast guard rescues 22 shipwrecked people, recovers 9 bodies. Some 15 reported missing

Apr. 11, 2024 21:06 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Italian coast guard rescued 22 people and recovered nine bodies after a smugglers’ boat capsized in a storm about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the island of Lampedusa, authorities said Thursday. Survivors indicated that the steel-bottom boat had departed...

Severe weather takes aim at parts of the Ohio Valley after battering the South

Apr. 11, 2024 20:45 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Powerful storms rumbled over parts of the U.S. Southeast on Thursday, prompting a few tornado warnings, causing flash flooding, and delaying the start of one of the world's biggest sporting events, in Georgia. The storm system, which has already been blamed for at...

Floodwaters swept a bus from a bridge in Kenya. All passengers survived

Apr. 09, 2024 10:11 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Fifty-one passengers were rescued after their bus was swept away by floodwaters on a bridge in northern Kenya, authorities said Tuesday. The bus is stuck in the river about 30 meters from the bridge, although the waters are subsiding, Tana River county...

Brazil Supreme Court strikes down military intervention thesis in symbolic vote for democracy

Apr. 08, 2024 09:35 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s Supreme Court unanimously voted Monday that the armed forces have no constitutional power to intervene in disputes between government branches, a largely symbolic decision aimed at bolstering democracy after years of increasing threat of military intervention. ...

As a Mississippi town reels from a devastating tornado, a displaced family finds its way home

Apr. 08, 2024 09:03 AM EDT

ROLLING FORK, Miss. (AP) — As a deadly tornado barreled toward their home in the Mississippi Delta, Ida Cartlidge only had time to scoop up her 1-year-old son, Nolan, and hold him close. Cartlidge huddled with her husband and three sons on the living room floor of their Rolling...

US will push China to change policy that threatens American jobs, Treasury Secretary Yellen says

Apr. 08, 2024 06:57 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Biden administration will push China to change an industrial policy that poses a threat to U.S. jobs, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Monday after wrapping up four days of talks with Chinese officials. She also said in Beijing they had “difficult...

Russia declares flood-hit Orenburg region a federal emergency with other regions under threat

Apr. 07, 2024 08:01 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s government declared the situation in flood-hit areas in the Orenburg region a federal emergency on Sunday, with preparations for possible flooding underway in three other regions, state media reported. The floods, caused by rising water levels in the Ural...

Rescuers in Taiwan search for those missing or stranded after major earthquake kills 10

Apr. 04, 2024 09:35 AM EDT

HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers searched Thursday for missing people and worked to reach hundreds stranded when Taiwan's strongest earthquake in 25 years sent boulders and mud tumbling down mountainsides, blocking roads. Ten people died and more than 1,000 were injured. The...