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A workers wearing protective gears adjusts her glasses while she prepares to spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. South Korea on Friday declared a

South Korea ups emergency response as viral cases surge

Feb. 21, 2020 5:17 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government banned major rallies in its capital and declared a health emergency in its fourth largest city as 100 new virus cases were reported Friday, bringing the country's total to 204. The spike forced officials to focus on steps to contain the domestic spread of...

In this Feb. 14, 2020, photo, a woman wearing a face mask walks on a almost empty street at the Chinatown in Incheon, South Korea. Even as cases and deaths from the new virus mount, fear is advancing like a tsunami - and not just in the areas surrounding the Chinese city of Wuhan, the center of the outbreak that has been declared a global health emergency. A restaurant owner in the Chinatown says visitors have dropped by 90%. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Stress, rumors, even violence: Virus fear goes viral

Feb. 21, 2020 5:02 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — You might have heard that the fear of a new virus from China is spreading faster than the actual virus. From earnest officials trying to calm a building panic. From your spouse. From the know-it-all who rattles off the many much more likely ways you’re going to die: smoking, car...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, area officials monitor a potential dam/levee failure in the Springridge Place subdivision in Yazoo County, Miss. Heavy rains and recent flooding across the Southeastern U.S. have highlighted a potential public safety concern for some dams. An Associated Press review has identified hundreds of high hazard dams in the South that lack formal emergency action plans. (David Battaly/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency via AP, File)

Hundreds of dams lack emergency plans in rain-soaked South

Feb. 21, 2020 3:27 AM EST

When recent heavy rains swelled a private Mississippi lake and began eroding its earthen dam, Yazoo County Emergency Management Director Jack Willingham was scrambling for a plan. He had no contact information for any of the homeowners who might need to evacuate, so he drove to the scene and began knocking on...

FILE - In this April 2, 2019, file photo, water flows down the Oroville Dam spillway in Oroville, Calif. In a rare reversal, the Trump administration has agreed to reimburse California for hundreds of millions of dollars in repair costs stemming from the 2017 emergency at Oroville Dam. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California to receive $300M from US for Oroville Dam repairs

Feb. 20, 2020 10:58 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In an unusual reversal, federal regulators this week agreed to cover about $300 million in repair costs at the Oroville Dam, where a spillway collapse three years ago prompted the evacuation of nearly 190,000 people in Northern California. The Federal Emergency Management Agency...

Review ordered of Indiana's Lake Michigan shore damage

Feb. 20, 2020 1:02 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor has told state agencies to calculate the damage along the Lake Michigan shoreline that’s been caused by high water ahead of possibly seeking federal assistance. The order announced Thursday comes as several lakeshore communities have already declared...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, area officials monitor a potential dam/levee failure in the Springridge Place subdivision in Yazoo County, Miss. Heavy rains and recent flooding across the Southeastern U.S. have highlighted a potential public safety concern for some dams. An Associated Press review has identified hundreds of high hazard dams in the South that lack formal emergency action plans. (David Battaly/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency via AP, File)

Hundreds of dams lack emergency plans in rain-soaked South

Feb. 20, 2020 10:32 AM EST

When recent heavy rains swelled a private Mississippi lake and began eroding its earthen dam, Yazoo County Emergency Management Director Jack Willingham was scrambling for a plan. He had no contact information for any of the homeowners who might need to evacuate, so he drove to the scene and began knocking on...

Flood water surrounds the town of Upton-upon-Severn, England, with the normal course of the river Severn running horizontally under the road bridge, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis, in this photo taken with a drone Thursday Feb. 20, 2020. The regions of north and west England and Wales already battling with the aftermath of several days of rain have been told to expect further deluges, by the Environment Agency, with severe flood warnings in some areas including the river Severn. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

UK's Johnson under fire for flood response as more rain due

Feb. 20, 2020 9:04 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British authorities said Thursday that more rain will bring the risk of “significant flooding" in the coming days, as people in central England and Wales kept a close eye on swollen rivers that have already flooded hundreds of properties. Criticism grew of British Prime Minister Boris...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Feb. 19, 2020 4:08 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: The President Takes a Campaign Donation From the Pentagon Wall Street Journal Feb. 14 That “big, beautiful wall” President Trump never tires of carrying on about is becoming one of the most expensive campaign stunts...

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, speaks to grocery store managers about flood recovery during a tour of the supermarket as part of his reelection campaign launch, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Denham Springs, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

GOP U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy formally launches reelection bid

Feb. 19, 2020 3:41 PM EST

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy officially kicked off his Louisiana reelection campaign Wednesday by highlighting his storm recovery work in Washington with a visit to a repaired, locally-owned grocery store that was heavily damaged in the capital region's 2016 massive flood....

In this Oct. 1, 2018 file photo, a malnourished boy sits on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, Hajjah, Yemen. Houthi rebels in Yemen have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn country — a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in foreign assistance, according to aid officials and internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

Yemen's Houthi rebels impeding UN aid flow, demand a cut

Feb. 19, 2020 2:33 PM EST

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn country — a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in foreign assistance, according...