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FILE - In this July 1, 2019 file photo, a homeless man moves his belongings from a street near Los Angeles City Hall, background, as crews prepared to clean the area. Los Angeles city and county officials on Tuesday, Feb.18, 2020 announced a new strategy to speed the process of getting homeless people into permanent housing that is modeled on the federal government's response to natural disasters. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

LA adopts new 'war room' strategy for tackling homelessness

Feb. 18, 2020 8:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles city and county officials on Tuesday announced a new strategy to speed the process of getting homeless people into permanent housing that is modeled on the federal government’s response to natural disasters. The creation of a “Housing Central Command”...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, center, is flanked by state and county emergency managers at a news conference at the state Capitol in St. Paul, on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, as he asks lawmakers to approve $30 million to replenish a state disaster aid fund that was drained by a string of disasters last year. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Walz seeks $30 million to replenish state disaster aid fund

Feb. 18, 2020 5:34 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With the threat of spring flooding looming, Gov. Tim Walz asked lawmakers Tuesday to approve $30 million to replenish a state disaster aid fund that was drained by a string of disasters last year. Walz said an updated flood forecast from the National Weather Service is expected in...

Water from the Pearl River floods Florence-Byram Road near Byram, Miss, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Authorities believe the flooding will rank as third highest, behind the historic floods of 1979 and 1983. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Hundreds still flooded from homes in Mississippi capital

Feb. 17, 2020 4:06 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The swollen Pearl River appeared to have crested Monday in Mississippi’s capital, but authorities warned the hundreds of evacuees in the Jackson area not to rush back home until they got the all clear, and a forecast of more rain put counties further south at risk of flooding....

Ranchers hit by Oregon flooding get donated hay for animals

Feb. 17, 2020 1:08 PM EST

TOLLGATE, Ore. (AP) — A club of off-roading enthusiasts in northeastern Oregon has revved into action to help livestock owners hit by extreme flooding this month. The Tollgate Off-Road and Recovery Club had just formed when devastating flooding hit their community on Feb. 6, destroying homes, washing out...

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama arrives for an EU-Western Balkans meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

Over 1 billion euros pledged for Albania quake rebuilding

Feb. 17, 2020 12:58 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — International donors have committed over a billlion euros in relief for Albania in the wake of last year's earthquake. The European Union led the pledging of aid at a special conference gathering funds to rebuild anything from homes and businesses to hospitals which were destroyed in the...

Jackson, Miss., homeowners use shovels to work their way through Pearl River floodwater in this Jackson, Miss., neighborhood Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Residents of Jackson braced Sunday for the possibility of catastrophic flooding in and around the Mississippi capital as the Pearl River rose precipitously after days of torrential rain. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Floods put Mississippi capital in 'precarious situation'

Feb. 17, 2020 4:48 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — With the waters in the Pearl River continuing to rise in and around Mississippi's capital city and more rain on the way this week, the governor warned residents that it would be days before flood waters start to recede. Gov. Tate Reeves said Sunday morning that the Pearl would...

2 people rescued after ice jam flooding near Fremont

Feb. 16, 2020 6:05 PM EST

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — Two people were rescued from a cabin near Fremont after flood waters from the Platte River surrounded the building. Dodge County officials say the two people were rescued around 8 p.m. Saturday after the cabin was surrounded by water that was more than 4 feet deep. Both people rescued...

Rescue operations continue as emergency services take families to safety, after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Storm Dennis roared across Britain on Sunday, lashing towns and cities with high winds and dumping so much rain that authorities urged residents to protect themselves from

Wales bears the brunt as Storm Dennis hammers Britain

Feb. 16, 2020 12:26 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Storm Dennis hammered Britain Sunday, bringing a month's worth of rain in just 48 hours to parts of South Wales, which bore the brunt of the country's second severe storm inside a week. Rivers across Britain burst their banks and a number of severe flood warnings remained in place as...

UN official says airstrikes kill over 30 civilians in Yemen

Feb. 16, 2020 12:10 AM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Strikes killed more than 30 civilians in a mountainous northern Yemeni province Saturday, the U.N. humanitarian chief for the country said, calling the attack “shocking.” The Yemeni rebels, known as Houthis, accused the Saudi-led coalition of launching retaliatory...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2015, file photo, a wildfire consumes sagebrush as firefighters let it march down to the Columbia River on the edge of Roosevelt, Wash. The Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund 11,000 miles (17,703 kilometers) of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control wildfires. The fuel breaks are intended to prop up fire mitigation efforts and help protect firefighters, communities and natural resources, The Oregonian reported Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

US agency to pay for 11,000 miles of fuel breaks in 6 states

Feb. 15, 2020 7:47 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund 11,000 miles (17,703 kilometers) of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control wildfires. The fuel breaks are intended to prop up fire mitigation efforts and...