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Wildfire forces 2,000 to evacuate in Spain's Canary Islands

Aug. 18, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities on Spain's Canary Islands say around 2,000 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire that has ravaged more than 500 hectares (1,235 acres) since it broke out less than 24 hours ago. At least 250 firefighters, nine helicopters and two planes were working Sunday to tackle the...

Critics blast Oregon repeal of tsunami-zone building ban

Aug. 16, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. Experts say it's only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes a...

Maine finds homes for several hundred African asylum seekers

Aug. 15, 2019 10:11 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Most African asylum seekers who made the perilous journey through Central America to the southern U.S. border and flooded shelters in Maine's largest city have new homes. Thursday marked the closing of an emergency shelter set up in a basketball arena in Portland after several...

Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

Aug. 14, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. For months now, a massive volume of water has been pushing against the levees keeping a city mostly below sea...

Firefighters battle blaze in Greek island nature reserve

Aug. 14, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

MAKRYMALLI, Greece (AP) — Greek firefighters backed by water-dropping planes and helicopters battled a wildfire on the island of Evia for a second day Wednesday, with flare-ups in hard-to-reach areas hampering efforts to bring the blaze fully under control. The fire was burning through a protected nature...

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...

Fire rages out of control in Greek island nature reserve

Aug. 13, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — More than a thousand firefighters battled wildfires Tuesday in Greece, with the largest burning out of control through a nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens causing four villages and a monastery to be evacuated. The country's civil protection authority declared a...

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...

Tourists evacuated from Greek island camp as wildfire rages

Aug. 11, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A tourist camp and nearby houses on the southern Greek island of Elafonisos were evacuated Sunday for the second day in a row as a wildfire at a nearby landfill intensified because of strong winds. Authorities had pronounced the fire "under control" Saturday night but said the flames...

AP: States boost flood prevention as damage costs soar

Aug. 11, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

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