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Alerts issued in France as intense heat wave envelops Europe

Jun. 24, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The sunset had an orange glow and so does the new heat alert level for Paris. More than half of France, including around Paris, was placed on an orange alert for intense heat Monday — the second-highest level on the scale — as very hot temperatures were predicted across...

Oregon Legislature repeals tsunami zone building law

Jun. 24, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature has repealed a nearly 25-year-old law prohibiting new schools, hospitals, jails, and police and fire stations from being built in the state's tsunami inundation zone. The Statesman Journal reports that coastal legislators, who pushed the bill, say the risks of a...

Hidden oil spill: New study contradicts owner's claims

Jun. 24, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana's coast 14½ years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner's assertions about the amount and source of oil. Oil and gas have been leaking into the Gulf of...

Strong quake recorded in Indonesia's Banda Sea, no tsunami

Jun. 24, 2019 12:34 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake struck Monday in Indonesia's Banda Sea, but authorities said there is no tsunami threat. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.3 quake was centered 208 kilometers (129 miles) below the earth's surface. It was felt in parts of Indonesia and in East...

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits California near Pacific Coast

Jun. 23, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SCOTIA, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.5 earthquake has hit near the Pacific coast of Northern California. The agency says the earthquake struck at 8:53 p.m. at a spot 17.3 miles (27.9 kilometers) southwest of Scotia, a town of 850 people. The earthquake had a depth of 5.6...

Devastated North Carolina town still reeling from Florence

Jun. 22, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.C. (AP) — Nine months after Hurricane Florence inundated much of eastern North Carolina, the tiny town of Trenton is still struggling to rebuild as a new hurricane season begins. The Jones County courthouse and jail have yet to reopen. Judges hear cases in county office buildings and inmates are...

California governor proposes safety steps for utilities

Jun. 21, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is willing to throw a financial lifeline to the state's major utilities dealing with the results of disastrous wildfires -- but only if they agree to concessions including tying executive compensation to safety performance. A proposal unveiled Friday...

The Latest: California lawmakers reviewing utility plan

Jun. 21, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a plan by the California governor to create a fund for utilities to tap if they face massive liability costs from wildfires. (all times local): 12:15 p.m. California legislative leaders aren't yet on board with Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to create a fund that utilities...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 21, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: A photo shows a street intersection in Orlando shut down because of...

New law: Farmers, ranchers have immunity in fire fights

Jun. 21, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A law passed by the Oregon Legislature gives farmers and ranchers immunity from liability while fighting dangerous wildfires, such as the one that chewed through acres of wheat fields and grasslands last year, a newspaper reported Friday. The law is similar to one that prevents...