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Tropical system to bring heavy rain, flooding to Gulf Coast

Jun. 18, 2021 05:05 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters predict a tropical system will bring heavy rain, storm surge and coastal flooding to the northern Gulf Coast as early as Friday and throughout the weekend. A tropical storm warning was in effect for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and...

AP Interview: UN aid chief says we must tackle crises causes

Jun. 18, 2021 01:41 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The outgoing U.N. humanitarian chief warned that “the explosion” in needs for humanitarian assistance in recent years will keep getting worse until major powers tackle the root causes of hunger and desperation -- conflicts, extremism, climate change, poor...

California residents urged to conserve power in heat wave

Jun. 18, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California residents were asked to voluntarily conserve power again Friday as a heat wave baking the U.S. West strained the state's energy grid and raised the possibility of rotating outages. As temperatures spiked on Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom...

Las Vegas weighs tying growth to conservation amid drought

Jun. 18, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Record-breaking heat and historic drought in the U.S. West are doing little to discourage cities from planning to welcome millions of new residents in the decades ahead. From Phoenix to Boise, officials are preparing for a future both with more...

New Mexico panel takes up stream access issue

Jun. 18, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The debate over whether the public has a right to fish or float streams and other waterways that flow through private property has percolated for decades in many western U.S. states, and it's reaching a boiling point in New Mexico. The state...

Today in History

Jun. 18, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, June 18, the 169th day of 2021. There are 196 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 18, 1812, the War of 1812 began as the United States Congress approved, and...

Montana fire aircraft temporarily sidelined after crash

Jun. 17, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana firefighting agency temporarily grounded its aircraft for a safety review after a helicopter crash landed and burned in heavy winds. The sidelining of the state Department of Natural Resources Conservation's remaining fleet of six...

Tropical storm warning, flood threat for northern Gulf Coast

Jun. 17, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm warning was issued Thursday for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as a potential tropical cyclone advanced toward the northern Gulf Coast. The warning extends from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border,...

California urges power conservation for second day amid heat

Jun. 17, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's power grid operator called for a second day of voluntary energy conservation and the governor declared an emergency as much of the state sweltered under a heat wave that has baked the U.S. West. The California Independent System Operator...

EXPLAINER: What's behind the heat wave in the American West?

Jun. 17, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits, toppling records even before the official start of summer. ...