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Hurricane Rick heads for landfall on Mexico's southern coast

Oct. 25, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A slightly strengthened and compact Hurricane Rick closed in on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast, heading toward a predicted landfall late Monday morning amid warnings of potential flash floods in the coastal mountains. The U.S. National Hurricane...

Hurricane Rick strengthens a bit near Mexico's Pacific coast

Oct. 24, 2021 22:57 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Rick strengthened a bit Sunday night while heading for Mexico’s southern Pacific coast, where it was expected to make landfall Monday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Rick had winds as high as 90 miles per hour (150 kph) and was...

Tens of thousands without power in WA, OR; 2 killed by tree

Oct. 24, 2021 21:12 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A strong Pacific storm system that triggered mud flows in wildfire-scarred areas of California also slammed the Washington state and Oregon Sunday, threatening coastal flooding and causing power outages affecting tens of thousands of people in the Pacific Northwest. ...

Drought-stricken California doused by major storm

Oct. 24, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A powerful storm barreled toward Southern California after flooding highways, toppling trees and causing mud flows in areas burned bare by recent fires across the northern part of the state. Drenching showers and strong winds accompanied the...

Beleaguered Haiti capital brought to brink by fuel shortages

Oct. 24, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s capital has been brought to the brink of exhaustion by fuel shortages, after staggering along despite an earthquake, the assassination of the president, gang violence and mass kidnappings. More than two weeks of fuel deliveries...

Uzbek president heading toward landslide win in election

Oct. 24, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Uzbeks voted Sunday in a presidential election that the incumbent is expected to win in a landslide against weak competition. Although President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has relaxed many of the policies of his dictatorial predecessor, he has made...

Nov. 2 deadline for Ida disaster unemployment applications

Oct. 24, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana residents who lost wages because of Hurricane Ida have until Nov. 2 to apply for disaster unemployment assistance, according to the state labor department. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said the jobless aid is available to eligible...

Taiwan shaken by 6.5-magnitude quake, woman hurt by rockfall

Oct. 24, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — An earthquake shook Taiwan's capital, Taipei, on Sunday and caused falling rocks that injured a woman and damaged a car. No deaths were reported. The 6.5-magnitude quake struck at 1:11 p.m. and was centered near Yilan, a city about 35 kilometers...

Small earthquake rattles Southern California

Oct. 24, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small earthquake near downtown Los Angeles on Sunday morning was felt widely across Southern California. The magnitude 3.6 quake hit just after 7 a.m. and was centered about a mile (1.7 kilometers) south-southeast of the Boyle Heights neighborhood,...

Hurricane Rick gains force off Mexico's Pacific coast

Oct. 23, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Rick gathered force Saturday off Mexico’s southern Pacific coast and is forecast to reach land by Monday as a near-Category 3 storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Rick may become a near-major hurricane with winds as high as 115...