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Hawaii state and county officials seeking $1B from Legislature for Maui recovery

Feb. 21, 2024 17:15 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii state and county officials have requested about $1 billion from the Legislature to help cover Maui wildfire recovery expenses in the near term. Gov. Josh Green's administration had budgeted $199 million for such expenses but are now expecting they may need...

Maui Invitational returning to Lahaina Civic Center following deadly fire in 2023

Feb. 15, 2024 15:36 PM EST

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — The Maui Invitational is returning to the Lahaina Civic Center for the first time since wildfires devastated the area and killed 101 people. The tournament will be played Nov. 25-27 after being shifted to Honolulu earlier this season. “As a...

Storms bring destructive winds and ignite wildfires across Australian state of Victoria

Feb. 14, 2024 05:12 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Powerful winds have killed a man and brought widespread destruction across Australia’s second-most populous state, leaving 530,000 homes and businesses without power and fanning fires that razed homes and injured five firefighters, officials said on Wednesday. ...

Police confirm identity of 101st victim of huge Maui wildfire

Feb. 13, 2024 23:04 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The death toll from the wildfire that destroyed the historic Hawaii town of Lahaina in August rose to 101 on Tuesday after Maui police confirmed the identity of one new victim, a 76-year-old man. Maui police found Paul Kasprzycki's remains off a side street in an...

Death toll from Lahaina wildfire climbs to 101 after Maui police confirm identity of new victim

Feb. 13, 2024 18:16 PM EST
HONOLULU (AP) — Death toll from Lahaina wildfire climbs to 101 after Maui police confirm identity of new victim.

Father in gender-reveal that sparked fatal 2020 California wildfire has pleaded guilty

Feb. 11, 2024 17:37 PM EST

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A man whose family's gender reveal photo shoot sparked a Southern California wildfire that killed a firefighter in 2020 has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, prosecutors said Friday. The El Dorado Fire erupted on Sept. 5, 2020, when Refugio...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Feb. 09, 2024 00:04 AM EST

Feb. 2 – 8, 2024 Deadly wildfires devastated the Chilean city of Viña del Mar, burning homes to the ground, flipping cars and leaving scores of dead and missing people. The South American nation also mourned its two-time former President Sebastián Piñera who died in a helicopter...

PHOTO GALLERY: A look at Lahaina in the six months since a wildfire destroyed the Maui town

Feb. 08, 2024 18:55 PM EST

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — It has been six months since a wildfire leveled most of Lahaina, a centuries-old town on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Authorities say 100 people were killed and three are still missing from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century. Nearly 5,000...

AP PHOTOS: Deadly blazes in central Chile leave scenes of devastation

Feb. 08, 2024 01:57 AM EST

Forest fires ravaged central Chile, leaving more than 100 people dead, scores more reported missing and thousands of homes destroyed. The fires began Friday on the mountainous eastern edge of Viña del Mar, a beach resort known for a festival that attracts the best in Latin music. ...

New Mexico legislators advance bill to reduce income taxes and rein in a tax break on investments

Feb. 07, 2024 21:28 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill that would reduce personal income taxes across the earnings spectrum and collect more taxes on investment income passed the Democratic-led New Mexico state House on Wednesday. The broad package of tax changes won House endorsement on a 48-21 vote and...