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Indian military scales down flood rescue operations

Aug. 21, 2018 6:08 AM EDT

KOCHI, India (AP) — The Indian military is scaling down rescue operations in the southern state of Kerala, a tropical tourist haven where intense floods killed more than 200 people and drove hundreds of thousands from their homes. Decreasing rains and floodwaters means the navy can cut back on its rescue...

Indonesia: Lombok quakes don't meet national disaster status

Aug. 21, 2018 12:56 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's disaster agency says earthquakes that killed more than 500 people on the island of Lombok in the past month and caused half a billion dollars in damage don't rise to the level of a national emergency. The agency's response to criticism, released Monday evening, strikes...

APNewsBreak: Utah firefighter died after plane made drop

Aug. 20, 2018 8:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A firefighter from Utah was killed last week from falling tree debris after a modified airliner dropped thousands of gallons of flame-suppressing liquid on the area where he was helping battle California's largest-ever wildfire, according to a preliminary report from investigators...

Hard to see, hard to breathe: US West struggles with smoke

Aug. 20, 2018 7:50 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Smoke from wildfires clogged the sky across the U.S. West, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, delaying flights and forcing authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors. As large cities dealt with unhealthy air for a second summer...

Fires prompt sage grouse hunting ban in large part of Nevada

Aug. 20, 2018 6:09 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Destruction of sage grouse habitat by a series of large wildfires has prompted a ban on hunting for the game bird this fall across a stretch of Nevada that is nearly twice as big as the state of Delaware. The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners approved the emergency closure Friday of...

The Latest: Utah firefighter remembered as sharp leader

Aug. 20, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a Utah firefighter killed battling California blaze (all times local): 3:45 p.m. A suburban Salt Lake City firefighter who battled wildfires throughout his life has been laid to rest after his death fighting California's largest recorded blaze. Friends and family...

Report: Firefighter on California's largest-ever wildfire died from falling tree debris after crews dropped retardant

Aug. 20, 2018 2:47 PM EDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Report: Firefighter on California's largest-ever wildfire died from falling tree debris after crews dropped retardant.

Correction: Drought-Colorado River story

Aug. 20, 2018 1:38 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — In a story Aug. 15 about the Colorado River, The Associated Press, relying on information from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, reported erroneously when potential cutbacks could begin if a shortage is declared. A shortage could be declared in the latter part of 2019, and cutbacks could begin...

Firefighters battle forest blaze near southern Greek village

Aug. 20, 2018 10:35 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek firefighters are battling a forest fire that briefly threatened a village in southern Greece but so far has caused no injuries or damages to buildings. The fire service says more than 80 firefighters, three water-dropping planes and three helicopters are trying to extinguish the...

Indians begin massive cleanup as rains diminish in Kerala

Aug. 20, 2018 6:50 AM EDT

ALAPPUZHA, India (AP) — Thousands of people in flood-ravaged south India waded Monday through muck and mud to begin the immense task of cleaning their homes and businesses. Rains have been diminishing in parts of Kerala state, where floods and landslides have killed more than 200 people in less than two...