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Cellphone internet access bringing changes fast to Cuba

Feb. 22, 2019 12:04 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — After a tornado slammed Havana in late January, Mijail Ramirez complained on Twitter that authorities were threatening to evict him from his damaged home. A week later he said the government had changed its mind and would help him rebuild the house. Jorge Luis Leon used the official Twitter...

Massachusetts gas explosions cost utility more than $1B

Feb. 21, 2019 3:11 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts last September have cost Columbia Gas more than $1 billion. NiSource, Columbia's parent company, said in a financial report filed this week that $757 million of that was for third-party claims against the utility, including property...

Fire guts oldest part of Bangladeshi capital, killing dozens

Feb. 21, 2019 11:26 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — In the day since a devastating fire erupted in the oldest part of Bangladesh's capital, Awal Hossain has been searching for his younger brother. Hossain stood outside the Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Thursday evening along with others holding pictures of family members missing...

Snow too thick to plow keeps skiers from California resorts

Feb. 15, 2019 11:15 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Winter weather enveloping California's mountains for a fourth straight day Friday kept skiers from hitting the slopes at the start of the Presidents Day holiday weekend, with snow so deep that plows could not tackle it and cities scrambled to find places to pile it. Several routes to...

The Latest: Flood warning for California river cancelled

Feb. 15, 2019 10:05 PM EST

GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on storms hitting the West (all times local): 7 p.m. Authorities have cancelled a flood warning for a Northern California community where a river fed by a fierce storm rose above flood stage. The National Weather Service issued the warning for an area near Guerneville...

Storm creates chaos in California with flooding, mudslides

Feb. 14, 2019 10:44 PM EST

SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. At least two people died as the powerful system...

The Latest: Paddleboarder dies in storm-swollen channel

Feb. 14, 2019 10:41 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on storms hitting the West (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The storm pounding California may have claimed a second life. Authorities in Escondido, northeast of San Diego, recovered the body Thursday of a man who witnesses say had been paddle-boarding down the surging current in a...

Slow-going restoration at fire-gutted Brazilian museum

Feb. 12, 2019 5:10 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Five months after fire gutted Brazil's 200-year-old National Museum, the site that once held some of the nation's greatest treasures remains a ruin of scorched walls, twisted metal and piles of ash. Museum director Alexander Kellner said Tuesday that plans to rebuild the structure...

Strong storm brings damage - and snow - to Hawaii

Feb. 11, 2019 5:13 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A strong storm hitting Hawaii has knocked out power, brought down tree branches, flooded coastal roads — and even brought snow. Snow is not unheard of in mountainous parts of the tropical island chain, but officials say the coating at 6,200 feet (1,900 meters) at a state park on Maui...

US officials to investigate San Francisco gas explosion

Feb. 8, 2019 1:28 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate a natural gas explosion in San Francisco that sent flames into the sky for hours and damaged five buildings, an official said Thursday. An eight-person team arrived in San Francisco on Thursday night to begin the lengthy process...