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Indonesian leader visits eruption survivors, vows to rebuild

Dec. 07, 2021 08:13 AM EST

LUMAJANG, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president on Tuesday visited areas devastated by a powerful volcanic eruption that killed at least 34 people and left thousands homeless, and vowed that communities would be quickly rebuilt. Clouds of hot ash shot high into the sky and an...

Dangerous storm threatens havoc across Hawaiian archipelago

Dec. 07, 2021 00:46 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — From the empty shores of Oahu’s Waikiki Beach to the snowy summit of the Big Island’s highest peak, an unusually strong winter storm is clobbering the Hawaiian Islands and raising the threat of dangerous flash floods, landslides and crashing tree limbs. The...

Storm sweeps Hawaii, brings threat of ‘catastrophic’ floods

Dec. 06, 2021 23:27 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A strong storm packing high winds and extremely heavy rain flooded roads and knocked out power across Hawaii, with officials warning Monday of potentially worse conditions ahead. The National Weather Service said the storm brings the threat of “catastrophic...

Residents in Haines gather to remember landslide victims

Dec. 06, 2021 20:11 PM EST

HAINES, Alaska (AP) — Residents gathered in Haines to remember the two people killed by a landslide last year. The ceremony, held Saturday, honored kindergarten teacher Jenae Larson and David Simmons, who worked for an economic development organization, Anchorage television...

Central Colorado wildfire evacuation orders lifted

Dec. 06, 2021 15:02 PM EST

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters made progress containing a 15-acre (6-hectare) wildfire in a central Colorado mountain community as authorities lifted evacuation orders Monday for residents who were forced to leave their homes a day earlier. Clear Creek County Sheriff Rick...

27 still missing after Indonesia volcanic eruption kills 22

Dec. 06, 2021 08:22 AM EST

SUMBERWULUH, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers dug out the body of a 13-year-old boy with their bare hands on Monday, as improved weather condition allowed them to resume their search for bodies after the highest volcano on Java island erupted with fury, killing at least 22 people and leaving 27...

Repairs discussed for trail system decimated by bomb cyclone

Dec. 06, 2021 01:20 AM EST

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A key component to the rebuilding of the Auld-Brokaw Maintenance and Recreational Trail System and stabilizing the banks of Marne Creek is about to commence. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been providing notice of its intent to relevant...

Homes evacuated as wind drives Colorado wildfire

Dec. 05, 2021 18:23 PM EST

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Evacuations were ordered Sunday in a central Colorado mountain community as fire crews battled a wind-driven blaze. The fire began as a structure fire, destroying a vacant cabin and another unoccupied structure west of Idaho Springs, Clear...

Small earthquake reported in western North Carolina

Dec. 05, 2021 16:28 PM EST

LAUREL PARK, N.C. (AP) — A small earthquake struck a county in western North Carolina on Sunday morning, geologists said. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the 2.3-magnitude earthquake was reported right before 8 a.m. in Laurel Park in Henderson County,...

2 Louisiana insurance companies fail after Hurricane Ida

Dec. 05, 2021 11:42 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Insurance companies operating in Louisiana will be charged at least $100 million to pay the claims of two failed property insurers who went belly up in Hurricane Ida’s aftermath. But the cost of dealing with the insolvent insurers ultimately will fall on the state...