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Police: Bear mauling official cause of Alaska man's death

Jun. 22, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police in Alaska's largest city say a bear mauling was the official cause of a missing hiker's death. The body of Michael Soltis was found Wednesday near the site where a member of his search party also was attacked by a brown bear near the Anchorage suburb of Eagle River....

Campers, bear escape Montana flood as severe weather hits US

Jun. 22, 2018 2:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Helicopters rescued people stranded by flooding in Texas and Montana, including 140 children and counselors stuck in a mountain bible camp for two days, as severe storms swept the Rockies and the Midwest. Campers attending the Montana Wilderness School of the Bible near the small town...

Italy's interior minister says Malta should take rescue boat

Jun. 22, 2018 9:52 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's populist, anti-migrant interior minister said Friday that Malta should allow a Dutch-flagged rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants rescued from rubber dinghies off the Libyan coast to make port there because the ship is now in Maltese waters. "We ask humanly and politically that...

UN dismayed by reports of 220 migrants drowning off Libya

Jun. 22, 2018 4:56 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says survivors have reported that some 220 migrants drowned off the coast of Libya in recent days and is expressing shock at the mass drownings. A statement by UNHCR released on Thursday said the migrants drowned in separate incidents earlier this week. The agency has...

Hundreds rescued from floodwaters in South Texas

Jun. 21, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Hundreds of people had to be rescued Thursday from floodwaters in South Texas, where rainfall has inundated communities all week. In the border city of Mission, Mayor Armando O'Caña said about 200 water rescues had been performed, while Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Johnny...

The Latest: Disaster declaration issued after Texas floods

Jun. 21, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in parts of the U.S. (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Texas' governor has issued a disaster declaration for six counties hit by severe weather and flooding this week. Gov. Greg Abbott's Thursday declaration includes three counties in far South Texas —...

Italy interior minister refuses port to migrant rescue ship

Jun. 21, 2018 3:00 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's hard-line interior minister on Thursday refused port to a Dutch-flagged rescue boat with 224 migrants on board, a week after turning away another foreign ship, the Aquarius, carrying 630 migrants. Matteo Salvini said the ship operated by the German aid group Mission Lifeline had loaded...

Libyan coast guard rescues over 520 Europe-bound migrants

Jun. 21, 2018 12:34 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard has rescued three groups of more than 520 African migrants, including at least 10 women and 49 children, and recovered four bodies in the Mediterranean Sea east of the capital, Tripoli, over two days, a spokesman said Thursday. One group of some 300 people embarked on the...

Military vows to recover bodies from sunken Indonesia ferry

Jun. 21, 2018 7:58 AM EDT

TIGARAS, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's military chief said Thursday that specialist navy equipment will be deployed to pinpoint a ferry that sank in the crater lake of an ancient supervolcano, offering a glimmer of hope to distraught relatives that the bodies of more than 180 people presumed drowned will be...

Police: Bear that mauled searcher likely killed Alaska hiker

Jun. 20, 2018 8:47 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities in Alaska's largest city said they believe the same brown bear killed a hiker who had gone missing and attacked a volunteer who was looking for him Wednesday. The hiker, Michael Soltis, had been missing for two days before being found dead close to where the...