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Heat, drought and wildfires: Torrid spell torments Portugal

Jul. 07, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is bracing for a heat wave, with temperatures in some areas forecast to climb as high as 43 C (109 F) this weekend just as a severe drought grips the country. The Civil Protection Agency, a Portuguese government body that coordinates official...

EU warns of dire climate season ahead with droughts, fires

Jul. 07, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive warned on Thursday that the continent is facing one of its toughest years when it comes to natural disasters like droughts and wildfires because of increasing climate change. With extremely dry weather hitting several Mediterranean...

Favorable weather helps fight against California forest fire

Jul. 06, 2022 20:55 PM EDT

JACKSON, Calif. (AP) — Favorable weather early Wednesday aided the fight against a wildfire in California's Gold Country that has forced evacuations in two counties. The Electra Fire had burned 6.4 square miles (16.6 square kilometers) of rural terrain but it was now 40% contained...

Russia pounds rebel-claimed region, Ukraine pushes back

Jul. 06, 2022 18:59 PM EDT

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia redoubled its push for Ukraine's eastern Donbas region Wednesday, with the Ukrainian military claiming to have repelled some advances and both sides reporting casualties. The Ukrainian armed forces General Staff said troops stopped enemy units...

Copenhagen: Passenger jet safely evacuated after engine fire

Jul. 06, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A passenger jet was evacuated at the Copenhagen airport Wednesday after a fire broke out in one of the engines, Danish police said. Everyone left the plane safely and no one was injured as firefighters put out the fire, police said on Twitter. ...

New evacuations for communities near California forest fire

Jul. 05, 2022 21:26 PM EDT

JACKSON, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation orders were expanded Tuesday for remote California communities near a wildfire that may have been sparked by fireworks or a barbecue on the Fourth of July in a mountainous region that's a top tourism destination. The Electra Fire in Sierra Nevada...

Father: Blown tire caused fatal blast at Michigan air show

Jul. 05, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The father of the jet engine-powered semitruck driver who died during a performance at a southwestern Michigan air show said Tuesday that the truck burst into flames after a blown tire ruptured the fuel tank. Chris Darnell, 40, died in the accident Saturday...

A celebrity volcanologist couple spotlighted in new doc

Jul. 05, 2022 16:05 PM EDT

There is a curious love triangle that sits at the center of the new documentary “ Fire of Love." It's between a man, a woman and a volcano. Well, all volcanoes really. The names might not be especially well-known today, but in the 1970s and '80s, French scientists Katia Krafft and...

Review: In 'Fire of Love,' the mysterious alchemy of romance

Jul. 05, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

Rarely have the conditions for love been less hospitable than in Sara Dosa’s documentary “Fire of Love." Yet here, amid shifting tectonics and quaking craters, French volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft forge a strangely rock-steady romance. “Fire of Love," excavates their...

Greece: Large forest blaze forces evacuations west of Athens

Jul. 05, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek firefighters battled a large forest blaze that forced the evacuation of a small village west of Athens, the latest in a series of wildfires that flared as strong winds swept several parts of Greece. By evening, the fire service said the blaze appeared to...