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3 Kurds reportedly shot dead celebrating new year in Syria

Mar. 20, 2023 18:29 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey-backed opposition fighters in Syria fatally shot at least three ethnic Kurds who were celebrating a holiday late Monday by lighting fires, Syrian opposition activists and pro-government media said. The shooting near the northwestern town of Jinderis, which...

Water related deaths reported in Arizona days after storms

Mar. 19, 2023 12:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Days after storms dropped heavy rain on many parts of Arizona, authorities still are dealing with water-related deaths with more weather on the way, Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials said an 81-year-man died after reportedly falling out of his kayak in the Salt River in Mesa on...

Millions of dead fish wash up amid heat wave in Australia

Mar. 19, 2023 05:19 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Millions of fish have washed up dead in southeastern Australia in a die-off that authorities and scientists say is caused by depleted oxygen levels in the river after recent floods and hot weather. Residents of the Outback town of Menindee in New South...

Peruvian authorities say at least 1 dead after earthquake shook northern coast and Ecuador; death toll rises to 13

Mar. 18, 2023 19:13 PM EDT
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian authorities say at least 1 dead after earthquake shook northern coast and Ecuador; death toll rises to 13.

Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso says strong earthquake killed 12

Mar. 18, 2023 17:28 PM EDT
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso says strong earthquake killed 12.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Mar. 17, 2023 10:42 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Extreme weather...

Spain: Long-term drought to bring more heatwaves, widlfires

Mar. 17, 2023 09:20 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain has officially entered a period of long-term drought, owing to high temperatures and low rainfall over the past three years, and likely faces another year of heatwaves and forest fires. The country’s Aemet weather agency said Friday that statistics showed...

Drought over? Spring outlook finds relief -- and flood risk

Mar. 16, 2023 14:27 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Record snowfall and rain have helped to loosen drought’s grip on parts of the western U.S. as national forecasters and climate experts warned Thursday that some areas should expect more flooding as the snow begins to melt. The winter precipitation wiped...

Dafoe's 'Inside' asks how art helps us escape isolation

Mar. 16, 2023 12:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Willem Dafoe has said that, for him, the process of making a movie always eclipses the finished product. But after more than 130 film credits, the 67-year-old actor has finally found a project whose final form is on par with the experience of creating it. ...

Flood deaths in Turkey's earthquake-stricken area rise to 16

Mar. 16, 2023 11:06 AM EDT

Rescue teams on Thursday retrieved two more bodies after floods struck two Turkish provinces that were already devastated by last month’s powerful earthquake, raising the death toll in the new disaster to 16. Flash floods caused by torrential rains turned streets in the provinces...