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Victims IDed as Hurricane Michael recovery effort drags on

Oct. 19, 2018 10:50 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A family can begin to grieve after officials confirmed Friday the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who had been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach home in rubble. Joanne Garone Behnke said it's been an agonizing wait to find out what happen to her aunt, Aggie...

Florida Panhandle medical care on life support after Michael

Oct. 19, 2018 10:42 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Already sick with strep throat and asthma, Aleeah Racette got sicker when she cleaned out a soggy, moldy home after Hurricane Michael, so she sought help at the hospital where she began life. She was stunned by what she saw there. The exterior wall of Bay Medical Sacred Heart in...

Missing Florida woman's body recovered amid rubble

Oct. 19, 2018 5:54 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A family can begin to grieve after officials confirmed Friday the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who had been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach home in rubble. Joanne Garone Behnke said it's been an agonizing wait to find out what happen to her aunt, Aggie...

The Latest: Body identified as missing 79-year-old woman

Oct. 19, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Officials have confirmed the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who has been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach home in rubble. The Bay County medical examiner's office confirmed Friday that Aggie...

The Latest: Florida firefighter dies; Michael toll up to 35

Oct. 19, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 10:45 a.m. A falling tree has killed a firefighter while he was helping his family clear debris from Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle, increasing the overall storm-related death toll to 35. Fire coordinator Brad Price,...

Japan orders maker to fix questionable quake shock absorbers

Oct. 19, 2018 7:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese government on Friday ordered a company that falsified quality data for earthquake "shock absorbers" used in hundreds of buildings to speed up an investigation and fix any problems quickly. KYB Corp. said this week that it and a subsidiary had been faking data on the equipment...

Series of AP photos depicts wrath of Hurricane Michael

Oct. 19, 2018 12:30 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The tropical weather that turned into monster Hurricane Michael began as a relatively humble storm before rapidly blossoming into the most powerful cyclone ever to hit the Florida Panhandle, causing wrenching scenes of widespread destruction. The Category 4 hurricane struck near...

Post-Michael Florida: Fear, frustration and life on the edge

Oct. 18, 2018 8:00 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Missing relatives and worries that looters are just outside the door. Dirty clothes. Hours-long lines for gasoline, insurance adjusters, food and water. No power, no air conditioning, no schools, no information and little real improvement in sight. Daily life is a series of fears...

Evacuation lifted after California gas pipeline scare

Oct. 18, 2018 7:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Emergency crews extinguished a fire burning dangerously close to a Chevron underground natural gas pipeline Thursday and lifted an evacuation order that had forced some 4,000 residents from their homes the night before. Contra Costa County Deputy Fire Chief Lewis Broschard told...

The Latest: Evacuation lifted after pipeline fire scare

Oct. 18, 2018 6:32 PM EDT

BAY POINT, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a fire threatening a natural gas pipeline in the San Francisco Bay Area (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Officials have lifted an evacuation order for some 4,000 San Francisco Bay Area residents after emergency crews extinguished a fire burning in an underground storage...