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Louisiana seeks federal aid for Mississippi River flooding

Aug. 16, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking the Trump administration to issue a federal disaster declaration for Louisiana because of Mississippi River flooding. The Democratic governor's office said Friday it sent a letter to FEMA seeking the designation that would give state and local...

White House declares disaster stemming from flooding

Aug. 16, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

HEBRON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire communities hit by severe storms and flooding this summer will be getting federal help. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said Friday that President Donald Trump has declared Grafton County a major disaster area for the July 11-12 flooding that washed out roads and left debris...

Critics blast Oregon repeal of tsunami-zone building ban

Aug. 16, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. Experts say it's only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes a...

Clarification: Anderson Ranch Dam story

Aug. 15, 2019 6:21 PM EDT
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In a story Aug. 14, The Associated Press reported that the cost to raise Anderson Ranch Dam 6 feet was $31 million. That was the cost in 2016, and officials say new estimates yet to be determined could be higher.

Italy's PM: Salvini 'obsessed' with blocking migrants at sea

Aug. 15, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A humanitarian boat carrying 147 migrants rescued at sea was eventually allowed to let nine persons disembark Thursday night on a tiny Italian island, but the others were stuck aboard for a 15th night, as the drama was swept up in Italy's rapidly worsening government crisis. With a political...

New Orleans Superdome to be renovated before 2024 Super Bowl

Aug. 15, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Orleans' iconic Superdome, home to the Saints football team and a symbol of the city's revival after Hurricane Katrina, will undergo a $450 million facelift, under a financing plan approved Thursday that is aimed at keeping the NFL team in Louisiana for decades. The 44-year-old...

Edwards seeks more disaster relief for Louisiana after Barry

Aug. 15, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards says he's asked President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster for Louisiana after Hurricane Barry. Barry made landfall last month. In a letter Thursday, Edwards says the new declaration would provide assistance for activities involved in "protection of...

Government delays border barrier construction in Arizona

Aug. 14, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government is delaying construction on parts of the border fence in Arizona because it's still working on design plans. Attorneys said in a court filing late Tuesday that plans to replace waist-high barriers this month with taller fencing in a wildlife refuge, national monument...

The Latest: City to defend those sued in teen's death

Aug. 12, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit filed over the death of a teen who died trapped in his car (all times local): 7:35 p.m. The family of a teenager who died trapped in a vehicle despite making two 911 calls has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati, which says it will defend...

Turmoil calms as Puerto Rico governor turns to policy

Aug. 12, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's political turmoil seemed to be at least temporarily easing on Monday with attention shifting from protests to policy following the replacement governor's move to suspend a hurricane recovery contract. In one of her first moves as governor, Wanda Vázquez...