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Bills expand sales tax holidays for school, storm supplies

Nov. 12, 2019 11:20 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Sales tax holidays for school and hurricane supplies would be expanded under bills approved by a Florida Senate committee. The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee unanimously approved the bills Tuesday. One would create an 18-day sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies from May...

Western NY gets lots of snow; bus flips, no serious injuries

Nov. 12, 2019 10:04 AM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A bus carrying seven passengers turned over on its side on a snow-slicked highway south of Syracuse as much of New York was hit with its first major snowstorm of the season. Cortland County sheriff's deputies say no one was seriously hurt in the 1:30 a.m. crash Tuesday of the New York...

Winds fan ferocious fires in Australia's most populous state

Nov. 12, 2019 5:51 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Ferocious wildfires were burning at emergency-level intensity across Australia's most populous state and into Sydney's suburbs on Tuesday as authorities warned most people in their paths that there was no longer time to flee. New South Wales state is under a weeklong state of...

N Carolina officials vote to reopen island damaged by Dorian

Nov. 12, 2019 4:27 AM EST

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — County commissioners on the North Carolina coast have moved to reopen an island ravaged by Hurricane Dorian. Acting on a recommendation from the Ocracoke Control Group, the Hyde County Commissioners on Monday adopted the proposal to open the island to visitors on Nov. 22, or when N.C....

Handful of small quakes rattle California desert

Nov. 11, 2019 11:01 PM EST

EL CENTRO, Calif. (AP) — A handful of small earthquakes have rattled a section of the California desert not far from the Mexican border. The temblors, ranging in size from 2.5 to 4.0, resulted in no immediate reports of damage. The United States Geological Survey reports the first one struck just after 6...

Rally Australia cancelled because of concern over wildfires

Nov. 11, 2019 9:40 PM EST

COFFS HARBOUR, Australia (AP) — The final round of the World Rally Championship has been cancelled because of concerns over destructive wildfires near the venue in the northeast of Australia's most populous state. Rally Australia organizers initially proposed a revised, shortened route but took the...

Rebirth, angst and the 'new normal' of California wildfires

Nov. 11, 2019 4:42 PM EST

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Tina Chandler walks outside her home and sniffs the air. "Do you smell smoke?" she asks. Even when the scent is no longer there, it haunts her. So does the fear of the monstrous winds of autumn, the kind that stoked the wildfires that destroyed her northern California neighborhood...

Alabama man becomes second to die from oxygen tank explosion

Nov. 11, 2019 4:26 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man critically injured in an explosion last week has died. Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service tells Al.com that 53-year-old Larry Bush died Friday. Bush succumbed to injuries from a blast Tuesday in Birmingham's East Lake neighborhood, which also claimed the life of...

$10M to build houses at Louisiana National Guard post

Nov. 11, 2019 3:55 PM EST

CAMP BEAUREGARD, La. (AP) — Louisiana's governor says $10 million in hurricane recovery money will build about 50 houses for Louisiana National Guard members at a post in central Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a news release Monday that the houses will replace mobile homes originally brought in...

The most destructive hurricanes are hitting US more often

Nov. 11, 2019 3:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Big, destructive hurricanes are hitting the U.S. three times more frequently than they did a century ago, according to a new study. Experts generally measure a hurricane's destruction by adding up how much damage it did to people and cities. That can overlook storms that are powerful, but...