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Canal pipe breaks, threatening a northern Montana irrigation project and drinking water

Jun. 18, 2024 22:53 PM EDT

Two century-old steel pipes that help convey water from a river on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation to a river that helps irrigate northern Montana cropland have failed, causing local flooding and raising concerns about the availability of drinking water for at least 14,000 residents this summer,...

Rescuers find more victims after a landslide in Ecuador, rising the death toll to 8

Jun. 17, 2024 21:41 PM EDT

RIO VERDE, Ecuador (AP) — Rescue teams and some inhabitants searched the mud Monday looking for more victims of a landslide in central Ecuador that killed at least eight people. Heavy rains over the weekend drenched several provinces of Ecuador, but the community of Baños was one...

Heavy rains set off landslides in Ecuador, killing at least 6 and leaving dozens missing

Jun. 17, 2024 15:26 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A landslide surged over a highway in central Ecuador on Sunday, killing at least six people and leaving 30 others missing, authorities said as heavy rains pummeled the country and caused rivers to overflow. The flood of mud and debris plowed down the hillside...

US military targets Houthi radar sites in Yemen after a merchant sailor goes missing

Jun. 16, 2024 00:31 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military unleashed a wave of attacks targeting radar sites operated by Yemen’s Houthi rebels after one merchant sailor went missing and the vessel he was on caught fire in the latest Houthi strike on shipping in the crucial Red Sea corridor,...

Crews rescue 28 people trapped upside down high on Oregon amusement park ride

Jun. 14, 2024 22:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Emergency crews in Oregon rescued 28 people Friday after they were stuck for about half an hour dangling upside down high on a ride at a century-old amusement park. Portland Fire and Rescue said on the social platform X that firefighters worked with engineers...

Puerto Rico restores power after a massive blackout as lawmakers call for a state of emergency

Jun. 13, 2024 15:31 PM EDT

BAYAMÓN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A power company in Puerto Rico announced Thursday that it has restored electricity to most areas affected by a massive outage that hit the U.S. territory the previous day. The outage left over 340,000 customers in the capital, San Juan, and neighboring...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 12, 2024 07:18 AM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. June 6, 2024. Editorial: Look To Future, Not The Past A congressman from Florida who is Black and Republican made news on May 4 when he said Black families were stronger before the arrival of welfare and other Great Society government programs...

Boil-water advisory lifted in Atlanta after water system problems

Jun. 06, 2024 11:28 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Residents in Atlanta no longer must boil water before drinking it, officials said Thursday, six days after a water main break west of downtown affected service and spurred the advisory. Normal water flow and pressure was restored citywide on Wednesday, but more time...

Tornadoes touch down across US, killing toddler in Michigan and injuring 5 in Maryland

Jun. 05, 2024 23:06 PM EDT

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A tornado killed a 2-year-old boy and injured his mother Wednesday when a tree fell on their house in suburban Detroit, while emergency workers in Maryland were responding to reports of collapsed structures with people trapped inside after a tornado there. ...

Atlanta mayor pledges to aid businesses harmed by water outages as he looks to upgrade system

Jun. 05, 2024 18:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta’s mayor on Wednesday pledged support of a plan to spend $5 million to reimbursing businesses for losses during water outages in the city since Friday, as he promised an assessment of the city’s infrastructure and to deploy monitors to detect leaking pipes. ...