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Surfer saved after friend punches shark in Australian attack

Aug. 14, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A woman has survived a great white shark attack on Australia’s east coast after her surfing companion repeatedly punched it until it let her go. Paramedics were called to Shelly Beach at Port Macquarie, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Sydney, on Saturday morning after the...

Tropical Storm Josephine closer to land, Kyle moving away

Aug. 14, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Kyle was moving away from the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States late Friday as Tropical Storm Josephine continued its crawl toward islands in the Caribbean. Threats to land appeared to be minimal from both storms, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center's 11 p.m....

FILE - In this Sunday, July 12, 2020, file photo, a man lies on the beach amid the coronavirus pandemic in Santa Monica, Calif. California faces a heat wave Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, that could bring dangerously high temperatures throughout the state, along with the threat of wildfires and spreading coronavirus infections as people flock to beaches and recreation areas. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California heat spurs first rolling power outages since 2011

Aug. 14, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Friday ordered rolling power outages for the first time since 2011 as a statewide heat wave strained its electrical system. The California Independent System Operator, which manages the power grid, declared an emergency shortly after 6:30 p.m. and directed utilities around...

Public officials disinfect a church as a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. South Korea reported over 100 new virus cases Friday, one of its biggest daily jumps in months, as officials express concerned that infections are getting out of control in cities as people increasingly venture out in public. (Han Jong-chan/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: S Korea fears infections getting out of control

Aug. 14, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — New coronavirus cases in South Korea have reached the highest level in five months, and authorities fear infections are getting out of control in the Seoul region, which is home to half the country’s 51 million people. Officials reported 166 newly confirmed cases Saturday. That...

Demonstrators demand arrest in fatal boat accident

Aug. 14, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Demonstrators on Friday rallied outside the Nassau County police headquarters to demand an arrest in connection with a boat crash that killed a 25-year-old man earlier this month. Assemblyman Phil Ramos, a Democrat from Brentwood, spoke at the rally and said the driver of one of the...

The Ranch Fire burns over a residential area, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Azusa, Calif. Heat wave conditions were making difficult work for fire crews battling brush fires and wildfires across Southern California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

California wildfires burn amid high risk of brutal blazes

Aug. 14, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bone-dry vegetation fueled three wildfires near Los Angeles amid warnings Friday that the risk of new blazes erupting was high as temperatures spike and humidity levels drop during a statewide heat wave. A huge forest fire that prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles flared up Friday...

Embers from the Grizzly Creek Fire illuminate the mountains above Glenwood Springs, Colo., on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Wildfires burning in western Colorado continue to grow in warm, windy weather, fueled by drought conditions. The Grizzly Creek Fire initially broke out along interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon just east of Glenwood Springs. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)

Colorado wildfire keeps I-70 closed for 5th straight day

Aug. 14, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

EAGLE, Colo. (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis said Friday a portion of Interstate 70 in western Colorado could be closed for another two to three days as firefighters battle a wildfire that has forced evacuations, scorched about 23 square miles (59 square kilometers) and threatened one of the state's most popular...

FILE - In this August 6, 2020 file photo, Lebanese army soldiers stand guard at the scene where an explosion hit on Tuesday the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon's judicial investigation of the Beirut port explosion started with political wrangling over the naming of a lead investigator, military threats to jail leakers and doubts over whether a panel appointed along sectarian lines could be fully impartial. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Families of Lebanese blast victims plead for outside inquiry

Aug. 14, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s judicial investigation of the Beirut port explosion started with political wrangling over the naming of a lead investigator, military threats to jail leakers and doubts over whether a panel appointed along sectarian lines could be fully impartial. So for many Lebanese, their...

Two men sit on the destroyed balcony of a building facing the site of last week's massive explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

UN launches $565 million appeal for Beirut victims

Aug. 14, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations launched a $565 million appeal Friday to help Lebanese people affected by the explosion at Beirut’s port with immediate humanitarian assistance and initial recovery efforts. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the money wll enable the U.N.'s humanitarian...

Boat explosion that sent 6 into the water being investigated

Aug. 14, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are investigating the cause of a boat explosion that forced six people to jump to safety into Norwalk Harbor. Multiple people called 911 to report the explosion at about 6 p.m. Thursday. All six people aboard were rescued, including two who were brought to a...