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Sanders touts $16 trillion climate plan in fire-ravaged town

Aug. 22, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a $16.3 trillion climate plan on Thursday before touring a Northern California town ravaged by wildfire, declaring the setting a "wake-up call for our entire nation" to the dangers of a warming planet. "Climate change is a...

Walmart sues Tesla for solar panels that went up in flames

Aug. 20, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart sued Tesla for "gross negligence" on Tuesday, saying that the electric car company's energy division installed solar panels that went up in flames on its store rooftops. The retailer said fires broke out at seven store rooftops between 2012 and 2018, causing millions of dollars in...

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...

Elderly couple, 8 firefighters injured in house fire

Aug. 19, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

BARTO, Pa. (AP) — A fast-moving fire has destroyed a Pennsylvania home, leaving two elderly residents and eight firefighters injured. State police say the fire in Barto was reported shortly before 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Emergency responders found the home's attached garage completely consumed by flames and...

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...

Quake damage estimate tops $5B at California Navy base

Aug. 14, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Earthquakes that struck California last month caused more than $5 billion in damage to Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, a sprawling desert facility where some of the military's most advanced weapons are tested, according to an estimate made public Wednesday. A survey of nearly 3,600...

Stones fell from Notre Dame's ceiling after July heat wave

Aug. 14, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Several stones fell from the vaulted ceiling of fire-ravaged Notre Dame after last month's European heat wave, a French official said Wednesday, urging renewed stabilization efforts to prevent further damage to the iconic Paris cathedral. The Culture Ministry official said the stones crumbled...

Heavy rainfall floods parts of Sudan, 6 killed

Aug. 13, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Flooding triggered by heavy rains inundated hundreds of houses in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and elsewhere in the country, killing at least six people Tuesday, the state-run news agency said. SUNA news agency said at least five people, including two children, were killed when rains...

AP: States brace for long-term flood fight as damages mount

Aug. 12, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After devastating flooding this year, Iowa funneled $15 million into a special fund to help local governments recover and guard against future floods. Missouri budgeted more money to fight rising waters, including $2 million to help buy a moveable floodwall for a historic...

Fire east of Athens under control; some homes damaged

Aug. 12, 2019 12:26 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A big fire that spread quickly overnight in an eastern suburb of Athens appeared to be under control soon after dawn Monday. The fire had raced up the slopes of 1,026-meter (3,366 feet) Mount Hymettus, which separates suburban Peania from the main city. Flames shooting up the mountain...