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Columbus ship replica damaged by Hurricane Harvey for sale

Jun. 20, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A coastal Texas city is selling a replica of one of the three ships that Christopher Columbus used to reach the New World. Buyer beware, though, as it suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Harvey. The Corpus Christi City Council has authorized the Columbus Sailing...

Heavy rains bring floods to areas of Texas hit by Harvey

Jun. 20, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Heavy rains along the Texas coast have caused flooding in areas that were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey less than a year ago. National Weather Service meteorologist Tyler Castillo said Wednesday that since Tuesday, rain of 5 to 10 inches (13 to 25 centimeters) was widespread...

The Latest: Red Cross opens shelter in Texas after flooding

Jun. 20, 2018 6:16 PM EDT

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The Latest on flooding in Texas (all times local): 5:15 p.m. The American Red Cross has been opening shelters in areas along the Texas coast that have been inundated by flooding from heavy rains over the last few days. Jackie Drake, spokeswoman for the group's Texas Gulf Coast...

Puerto Rico gov signs bill to privatize power company assets

Jun. 20, 2018 4:26 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor signed a historic bill Wednesday to privatize the U.S. territory's troubled power company in a move many hope will help minimize power outages that have followed Hurricane Maria and stabilize the production and distribution of energy amid an 11-year-old...

US forest in Colorado to re-open after fire danger ends

Jun. 20, 2018 12:21 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A sprawling forest closed because of extreme fire danger in southwestern Colorado will re-open Thursday after getting steady rain. An announcement from the San Juan National Forest Wednesday said that up to 1.5 inches of rain fell in some parts of the 2,800 square mile (7,252 square...

Many in Puerto Rico still under tarps as storm threat looms

Jun. 20, 2018 12:02 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Maria ripped away part of the steel roof from Carmen Lidia Torres Mercado's home in the Puerto Rican capital. Nine months later, she is still relying on a blue plastic tarp to protect her home, even with a new storm season already two weeks old. Torres points out...

NOT REAL NEWS: Erupting Hawaii volcano not raining gemstones

Jun. 19, 2018 9:53 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is not causing crystals to rain from the sky despite reports of residents finding little green gems in the area. "Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Is Literally Raining Gemstones Now, And We Want Some," said a headline on sciencealert.com, with...

Allergies, glaciers, and pikas: climate change in action

Jun. 19, 2018 9:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — You don't just feel the heat of global warming, you can see it in action all around. Some examples of where climate change's effects have been measured: —Glaciers across the globe are melting and retreating, with 279 billion tons of ice lost since 2002, according to NASA's GRACE...

Japan to check concrete walls after Osaka quake deaths

Jun. 19, 2018 8:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government has ordered an emergency inspection of cinder-block walls at schools nationwide, a day after an earthquake in Osaka killed five people, two of whom were crushed by falling walls. The magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck Osaka during Monday's morning rush hour injured more...

Former Tropical Storm Carlotta dissipates off Mexico coast

Jun. 18, 2018 10:55 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Former Tropical Storm Carlotta weakened into a remnant low off Mexico's southwestern Pacific coast Monday night, though forecasters said its rains still posed a threat of flash flooding and mudslides on shore. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the system's maximum sustained winds...