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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, area officials monitor a potential dam/levee failure in the Springridge Place subdivision in Yazoo County, Miss. Heavy rains and recent flooding across the Southeastern U.S. have highlighted a potential public safety concern for some dams. An Associated Press review has identified hundreds of high hazard dams in the South that lack formal emergency action plans. (David Battaly/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency via AP, File)

Hundreds of dams lack emergency plans in rain-soaked South

Feb. 20, 2020 10:32 AM EST

When recent heavy rains swelled a private Mississippi lake and began eroding its earthen dam, Yazoo County Emergency Management Director Jack Willingham was scrambling for a plan. He had no contact information for any of the homeowners who might need to evacuate, so he drove to the scene and began knocking on...

FILE - In this July 22, 2019, file photo, Oregon State University's Marine Studies Building, which is under construction in a tsunami inundation zone, is viewed from the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Ore. The building, center right, is surrounded by Yaquina Bay. The Oregon Legislature appears poised to continue to allow construction of critical facilities in tsunami inundation zones, a move slammed by critics. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon wrestles with building facilities in tsunami zones

Feb. 17, 2020 2:01 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Experts say the big one is coming to the Pacific Northwest: a massive earthquake that will cause buildings and bridges to collapse and unleash a tsunami that will devastate the coast. But, doubling down on its decision last year to allow the construction of critical facilities in tsunami...

Crews work to replace drainage pipes at the Oktibbeha County Lake dam in Starkville, Miss., as heavy rains cause water levels to rise, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. In eastern Mississippi, officials in Starkville said the water at Oktibbeha County Lake had once again reached a critical level just weeks after heavy rains caused a mudslide that put the earthen dam in danger of failing. (Ryan Phillips/The Starkville Daily News via AP)

Hill collapses, roads flooded, dam eroded by Southern rains

Feb. 11, 2020 7:39 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Tennessee hillside collapsed, roads were flooded and rivers were rising across the Southeast on Tuesday after a day of heavy rains that once again threatened a Mississippi lake where a dam previously was in danger of failing. The National Weather Service said minor to moderate...

FILE - In this  Wednesday, April 5, 2017 file photo, State Sen. Frank Ginn, R-Danielsville, speaks to audience members during a post legislative conversation at the Athens Country Club in Athens, Ga. Georgia could soon loosen safety standards for dams that sit above newly built homes, under a proposal unanimously passed by a state Senate committee. Senate Bill 319 would allow for homes and other inhabitable structures to be built in a dam’s inundation zone _ the area that would be flooded if the dam fails _ without causing the dam to be recategorized and required to meet higher safety standards. (John Roark/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

Georgia Senate panel approves new dam regulations

Feb. 7, 2020 7:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia could soon loosen safety standards for dams that sit above newly built homes, under a proposal unanimously passed by a state Senate committee. Senate Bill 319 would allow for homes and other inhabitable structures to be built in a dam’s inundation zone — the area that...

FILE - Luciano Benetton, left, and photographer Oliviero Toscani are shown in this Sept. 29, 1998 file photo. Oliviero Toscani made a career out of provocative photographs for Benetton, the Italian makers of colorful knitwear. But that decades-long relationship was severed  this week after Toscani made a remark that outraged the family members of victims in the deadly 2018 Genoa bridge collapse. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno/FILES)

Benetton fires famed photographer over insensitive remarks

Feb. 7, 2020 2:46 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Photographer Oliviero Toscani made a career out of provocative advertising campaigns for Benetton, the Italian clothing brand famed for its colorful knitwear. But that decades-long relationship has been severed after Toscani outraged relatives of victims in the deadly 2018 Genoa bridge...

Winds topple US border wall being built; it falls in Mexico

Jan. 30, 2020 4:45 PM EST

CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — A portion of border wall being built in California toppled in strong winds, falling on a busy street on the Mexican side, authorities said Thursday. No one was injured. Concrete had not yet dried on several panels of steel poles topped with metal plates, which fell Wednesday about...

Moderate quake shakes western Turkey, no injuries reported

Jan. 28, 2020 7:31 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A moderate earthquake shook buildings in western Turkey on Tuesday, sending people running into the streets for safety, Turkish media reports said. Authorities said there were no immediate reports of any injury or major damage. The quake came just four days after a strong earthquake...

In this image taken from video made available by Ankara Municipality Fire Department shows a rescuer pulling out a girl from the rubble of a collapsed building, in Elazig, Turkey, Saturday Jan. 25, 2020. A two-year-old girl and her mother were pulled from the rubble of an apartment building on Saturday more than 24 hours after an earthquake struck eastern Turkey. Various earthquake monitoring centres gave magnitudes of the quake ranging from 6.5 to 6.8. (Ankara Municipality Fire Department via AP)

Turkish rescuers find last quake victims; death toll hits 41

Jan. 27, 2020 8:11 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish emergency teams on Monday recovered the bodies of the last two missing quake victims from the rubble of a collapsed building, raising the death toll from the powerful tremor that hit eastern Turkey to 41. The magnitude 6.8 earthquake that struck Friday night also injured more...

In this image taken from video made available by Ankara Municipality Fire Department shows a rescuer pulling out a girl from the rubble of a collapsed building, in Elazig, Turkey, Saturday Jan. 25, 2020. A two-year-old girl and her mother were pulled from the rubble of an apartment building on Saturday more than 24 hours after an earthquake struck eastern Turkey. Various earthquake monitoring centres gave magnitudes of the quake ranging from 6.5 to 6.8. (Ankara Municipality Fire Department via AP)

Turkish teams hunt for quake survivors as death toll hits 38

Jan. 26, 2020 2:39 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Working against the clock in freezing temperatures, Turkish rescue teams pulled more survivors from collapsed buildings Sunday, days after a powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit the country's east. Rescued survivors wept with gratitude for their efforts. Turkish authorities said the...

Rescue workers carry a wounded man that was found alive in the rubble of a building destroyed on Friday's earthquake in Elazig, eastern Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.  Rescue workers were continuing to search for people buried under the rubble of apartment blocks in Elazig and neighboring Malatya. Mosques, schools, sports halls and student dormitories were opened for hundreds who left their homes after the quake.(Depo Photos via AP)

Turkish leader slams 'propaganda' as quake deaths rise to 29

Jan. 25, 2020 7:35 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The death toll from a strong earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey climbed to 29 on Saturday night as rescue crews searched for people who remained trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings, officials said. Speaking at a televised news conference, Interior Minister Suleyman...