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Thousands stranded as floods submerge southern Indian state

Aug. 18, 2018 8:50 PM EDT

TRIVANDRUM, India (AP) — Thousands of stranded people were waiting to be rescued and officials pleaded for more help from relentless monsoon floods that have partially submerged the southern Indian state of Kerala, where more than 190 have died in a little over a week. Heavy rains hit parts of the state...

California drops wildfire utility liability protection plan

Aug. 18, 2018 6:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. For now. There's not enough time to settle the contentious and complex issues involved before the legislative session ends Aug. 31, Napa...

US vows to work more closely with states to fight wildfires

Aug. 16, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged Thursday to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever starting. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the Forest Service and other agencies will step up efforts...

Bridge collapse highlights Italy's aging infrastructure

Aug. 16, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Collapsed concrete, twisted metal, crushed cars. While the disaster in Genoa was the deadliest in recent years, Italy has seen other bridge and highway collapses that have raised alarm about the state of its aging transportation infrastructure. The 51-year-old Morandi Bridge was a key artery...

Nebraska executes inmate using powerful opioid fentanyl

Aug. 14, 2018 6:50 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than two decades on Tuesday with a drug combination never tried before, including the first use of the powerful opioid fentanyl in a lethal injection. Carey Dean Moore, 60, was pronounced dead at 10:47 a.m. Moore had been sentenced to...

Congo's health ministry says Ebola spreads to 2nd province

Aug. 14, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — Congo's latest deadly Ebola outbreak has spread into a neighboring province, the health ministry said Tuesday, as health workers began using an experimental treatment for the disease. Health officials are hoping the mAb114 therapy, isolated from a survivor of an Ebola outbreak in 1995,...

The Latest: Turkey says it will help firms hit by turmoil

Aug. 14, 2018 11:49 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Turkey's finance minister says his government is working on steps to help banks and support companies affected by the currency crisis. Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said: "We will make all kinds of...

Heavy rains prompt rescues, confusion in Pennsylvania

Aug. 13, 2018 11:36 PM EDT

DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Heavy rains triggered flash flooding in parts of central and eastern Pennsylvania on Monday, closing down a heavily traveled interstate and sending water into homes in the mountainous coal regions. State highway and emergency management officials reported numerous closed roads in a wide...

Fewer Louisiana homeowners than expected seek flood aid

Aug. 13, 2018 1:26 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana expects to spend $649 million on homeowner rebuilding aid after the 2016 floods, only about half the federal money the state set aside for the effort. The Advocate reports 44 percent fewer households than anticipated are expected to access money allocated for homeowners in...

Crews battle growing wildfire near homes in California

Aug. 10, 2018 11:35 PM EDT

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters fought to spare homes Friday from a growing Southern California forest fire, a day after flames came perilously close to neighborhoods and destroyed one house. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties as the fire carved its...