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Where villages once stood, Africa now has an inland ocean

Mar. 21, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe (AP) — A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region's recent history. Floodwaters are rushing across the...

Candy Crush vs. Mortal Kombat for Video Game Hall of Fame

Mar. 21, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The World Video Game Hall of Fame fielded thousands of nominations for the Class of 2019 from more than 100 countries, hall officials said Thursday after narrowing the field to 12. "Will 'Centipede' devour the competition? Can 'Mortal Kombat' fight its way to victory? Will 'Microsoft...

Report: Great Lakes feeling effects of rapid climate warming

Mar. 21, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A scientific report says the Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., which likely will bring more flooding and other extreme weather such as heat waves and drought. The warming climate also could mean less overall snowfall even as lake-effect snowstorms...

National Guard called in after petrochemicals facility fire

Mar. 21, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — National Guard troops have been called in and residents were told to stay inside after elevated levels of benzene were detected early Thursday near a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility that caught fire this week. Harris County officials said the Guard and hazardous materials teams...

Burn bans issued in Western Washington, Oregon

Mar. 21, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several counties in Western Oregon and Southwest Washington issued burn bans Wednesday after firefighters battled dozens of brush fires. One of the fires reported near Stayton, Oregon Tuesday night, grew to 60 acres (24 hectares) and prompted evacuations. People were allowed to return...

Australia moving 2,000 people from powerful cyclone's path

Mar. 21, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — About 2,000 Australians were being moved inland Thursday from part of the northern coast ahead of a powerful cyclone expected to hit this weekend. Evacuees were being moved by air and road from remote, mostly indigenous communities on the east coast of the Northern Territory, with most going...

AP PHOTOS: Remembering the Exxon Valdez oil spill

Mar. 21, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It was just after midnight on March 24, 1989, when an Exxon Shipping Co. tanker ran aground outside the town of Valdez, Alaska, spewing millions of gallons of thick, toxic crude oil into the pristine Prince William Sound. The world watched the aftermath unfold: scores of herring,...

Missouri regulators approve Midwest wind energy power line

Mar. 20, 2019 11:25 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri regulators reversed course Wednesday and gave the go-ahead to one of the nation's largest renewable energy projects — a high-voltage power line delivering wind energy from the Midwest to a power grid for eastern states. The proposed Grain Belt Express transmission...

Cleanup underway after fire at Texas petrochemicals facility

Mar. 20, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Crews on Wednesday extinguished a fire that had burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility and led to concerns about air quality among some residents and environmental groups despite reassurances from officials that testing shows nothing amiss. Intercontinental...

Last customers being reconnected to Puerto Rico power grid

Mar. 20, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews shut down generators Wednesday that have powered an island off Puerto Rico's coast — the last customers to be reconnected to the U.S. territory's main power system 18 months after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid. The Electric Power Authority said it connected an...