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Waves hit a partially damage bridge during a storm in Badalona's beach, outskirts of Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Massive waves and gale-force winds smashed into seafront towns, damaging many shops and restaurants and flooding some streets. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)

Spain: Storm death toll up to 7, major river floods feared

Jan. 22, 2020 12:00 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Three more people have died as a result of a fierce storm that has battered Spain for the past three days, authorities said Wednesday, raising the death toll to seven. Fears increased that heavy rains expected later Wednesday could lead to several swollen rivers breaking their banks, among...

A woman photographs the Mediterranean sea as the waves hit the breakwater during a storm in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. A winter storm lashed much of Spain for a third day Tuesday, leaving 200,000 people without electricity, schools closed and roads blocked by snow as it killed four people. Massive waves and gale-force winds smashed into seafront towns, damaging many shops and restaurants. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Winter storm lashes Spanish coast, leaves 4 dead, power cuts

Jan. 21, 2020 11:43 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A winter storm lashed much of Spain for a third day Tuesday, leaving 200,000 people without electricity, schools closed and roads blocked by snow as it killed four people. Massive waves and gale-force winds smashed into seafront towns, damaging many shops and restaurants and flooding some...

People from the Fridays For Future movement protest outside the Australian Embassy in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan.10, 2020. The protest is to demand more climate action and to show solidarity with the critical situation in Australia after more than a month of forest fires. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Spain declares climate emergency, gets climate plan ready

Jan. 21, 2020 8:00 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s new government declared a national climate emergency on Tuesday, taking a formal first step toward enacting ambitious measures to fight climate change. The declaration approved by the Cabinet says the left-of-center Socialist government will send to parliament within 100 days...

A gull overflies the Mediterranean sea during strong winds in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Two people have died as storms carrying heavy snowfalls and gale-force winds lashed many parts of Spain on Monday. The storm has forced the closure of Alicante airport and some 30 roads in eastern region. Six provinces are on top alert. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Spain walloped by heavy snow, rain, gales that leave 3 dead

Jan. 20, 2020 10:45 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Heavy snow, rain and gale-force winds lashed many parts of Spain on Monday, killing at least three people and prompting five provinces to go on top emergency alert. The storm forced the closure of Alicante Airport and some 30 roads in the eastern region. Some 10,000 people in and around the...

Former Catalan police chief Josep Lluis Trapero, centre, arrives at the National Court on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. A trial starts Monday against former Catalan regional police chief and other officials for their role in the 2017 independence attempt. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Catalan ex-police chief on trial for role in secession bid

Jan. 20, 2020 7:21 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The former head of Catalonia's regional police and three others are standing trial on charges of rebellion and sedition for their alleged roles in the illegal bid by the Catalan regional government to break away from Spain in 2017. The trial starting Monday in the National Court could inflame...

Volkswagen creating first innovation hub in North America

Jan. 17, 2020 1:02 PM EST

Volkswagen is partnering with the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to create the company's first innovation hub for developing new technology in North America, officials said Friday in a statement. Initial work at the hub in Knoxville will include research opportunities for UT...

FILE - In this June 10, 2015 file photo, tourists stand on the street in Magaluf, Calvia on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, Spain. Authorities in Spain´s tourist-magnet Balearic Islands are clamping down on binge-drinking tourism in three hot-spots. The regional government has passed a law prohibiting the organization and promotion of pub crawls and publicity promoting the consumption of alcohol by means of ‘open bars’ and ‘happy hours'. (AP Photo/Joan Llado, File)

Spain's Balearic Isles crack down on pub crawls, happy hours

Jan. 17, 2020 10:25 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain's tourist-magnet Balearic Islands are clamping down on binge-drinking tourism in three hot spots, introducing what they claim is the first law of its kind in Europe. The islands' regional government based in Palma de Mallorca on Friday passed a law prohibiting the...

Banker found guilty of smuggling Picasso painting from Spain

Jan. 16, 2020 8:35 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court sentenced a former bank president to 18 months in prison on Thursday after finding him guilty of trying to smuggle a painting by Pablo Picasso that was deemed a national artistic treasure out of the country. The court also fined ex-Bankinter head Jaime Botín 52.4 million...

List of seeded players for the Australian Open

Jan. 16, 2020 2:34 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Men= 1. Rafael Nadal, Spain 2 Novak Djokovic, Serbia 3. Roger Federer, Switzerland 4 Daniil Medvedev, Russia 5. Dominic Thiem, Austria 6. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece 7. Alexander Zverev, Germany 8. Matteo Berrettini, Italy 9. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain 10. Gael Monfils, France...

Smoke rise following a big explosion at an industrial hub near the port city of Tarragona, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. A chemical emergency alert has been activated in northeastern Spain following a big explosion in an industrial zone near the port city of Tarragona, regional emergency services said Tuesday. (AP Photo/David Oliete)

Spain: Death toll from chemical plant explosion reaches 3

Jan. 15, 2020 3:03 PM EST

TARRAGONA, Spain (AP) — The death toll climbed to three Wednesday from a massive explosion and fire at a petrochemical plant in Spain as one person died in hospital and another body was found in the wreckage, authorities said. Another seven people were injured in the blast near a northeastern city late...