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Hundreds of mourners honor former Louisiana Gov. Blanco

Aug. 22, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bagpiper played a somber "Amazing Grace" as Louisiana's first and only female governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, returned to the state Capitol for her last time Thursday, carried in her casket by an honor guard for public viewing. Her former staff lined the building steps, and...

Officials expect dealing with Arizona wildfire to cost $12M

Aug. 22, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The cost of fighting a wildfire that burned a northern Arizona mountain pass and dealing with its aftermath is expected to be more than $12 million. The U.S. Forest Service estimates it has spent about $9 million on efforts to stop the blaze in the Coconino National Forest in...

Return of the king: Salmon rebounds after California drought

Aug. 22, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Trolling off the California coast, Sarah Bates leans over the side of her boat and pulls out a long, silvery fish prized by anglers and seafood lovers: wild king salmon. Reeling in a fish "feels good every time," but this year has been surprisingly good, said Bates, a commercial...

California wildfire victims could get solar exemption

Aug. 22, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California homeowners forced to rebuild because of a wildfire or other natural disaster would not have to install solar panels under a bill that has cleared the state Legislature. California is the first state in the country to require new homes to install solar panels. The new...

The Latest: Crowds at Louisiana Capitol for former governor

Aug. 22, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the memorial services for former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (all times local): 1:55 p.m. Large crowds have assembled at the Louisiana Capitol to pay their respects to former Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who led the state amid the devastation of...

New Galveston fire station latest recovery from Ike in 2008

Aug. 22, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Galveston, Texas, has a new main fire station as recovery continues since Hurricane Ike swamped parts of the city in 2008. The Galveston County Daily News reports the $9.6 million Fire Station No. 1 was one of the last large projects funded by Ike disaster relief money. Construction...

The Latest: Wildfire near Payson grows to 10 square miles

Aug. 22, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

PAYSON, Utah (AP) — The Latest on a Utah wildfire (all times local): 11:35 a.m. A wildfire burning near Payson in Utah County in north-central Utah has grown to 10 square miles (26 square. kilometers). Fire officials said Thursday that the fire started late Wednesday and that crews overnight used heavy...

Alaska's Kenai Peninsula experiencing drought conditions

Aug. 22, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's Kenai Peninsula has gone without rain for more than three weeks, although experts believe some precipitation could arrive this weekend, a report said. Kenai and the central peninsula have not received a measurable amount of rain since July, The Peninsula Clarion reported...

Crews use heavy equipment to keep Utah wildfire from homes

Aug. 22, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

PAYSON, Utah (AP) — Fire crews used heavy equipment to build a break between about 15 homes and a wildfire that has burned an estimated 4.7 sq. miles (12.2 sq. kilometers) in north-central Utah. Fire officials said Thursday there was no containment of the fire burning in thick grass in steep terrain on...

TS Ivo grows in Pacific off Mexico; Chantal ebbs in Atlantic

Aug. 22, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Ivo gained strength off the southwestern coast of Mexico Thursday, but wasn't expected to threaten land, while Tropical Storm Chantal faded into a tropical depression while moving away from North America in the Atlantic. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Ivo was...