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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey puts his face mask on after addressing the media on COVID-19 during a news conference in Phoenix. Ducey has funneled nearly $400 million of federal coronavirus relief funds to state agencies to help pay for operations, allowing them to return some of their original budget allocations to the state treasury. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)

The Latest: Researchers urge Arizona shutdown, mask mandate

Nov. 28, 2020 5:11 PM EST

PHOENIX — University of Arizona researchers say the current surge in the coronavirus outbreak will present the state with a hospital crisis that could become a disaster unless the state takes steps such as ordering a three-week stay-home shutdown and implementing a statewide mask mandate. Members of the...

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey puts his face mask on after addressing the media on COVID-19 during a news conference in Phoenix. Ducey has funneled nearly $400 million of federal coronavirus relief funds to state agencies to help pay for operations, allowing them to return some of their original budget allocations to the state treasury. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)

University researchers recommend 3-week shutdown, mask order

Nov. 28, 2020 4:22 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak's current surge will present Arizona with a hospital crisis that could become a disaster unless the state takes steps such as ordering a three-week stay-home shutdown and implementing a statewide mask mandate, university researchers said. Without such steps,...

Winds lessen but fire danger is high in Southern California

Nov. 28, 2020 3:51 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Power was nearly restored for thousands of Southern California residents as strong Santa Ana winds slowly weakened, but forecasters said high fire danger will persist throughout Saturday due to the dry air and parched vegetation that could easily burn. At one point Southern California...

Small 2.6, 2.7 magnitude earthquakes rattle Wichita

Nov. 28, 2020 12:17 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Small earthquakes have rattled Wichita for two straight days. The Wichita Eagle reports that a trembler on Thursday measured 2.7 on the Richter scale, while one on Friday had a magnitude of 2.6. The threshold for damage usually starts at 4.0. United States Geological Survey...

Nevada wildfire victims share varied stories

Nov. 28, 2020 11:47 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — With a wind-whipped wildfire roaring through a Reno neighborhood, David Howton sprang into action with a garden hose and was lucky to save his home. About a mile away, Scott and Mimi O’Brien weren’t so lucky. The home they recently rebuilt after it burned in an electrical...

Alex Baer skis down a run after hiking up Beaver Mountain, Sunday Nov. 22, 2020, near Logan, Utah. Northern Utah ski resorts are preparing for a ski season in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. Beaver Mountain is reducing the number of people allowed in lodges and encouraging people to change in their cars instead. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP)

Resorts, avalanche forecasters brace for pandemic ski season

Nov. 28, 2020 11:23 AM EST

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Whether you’re new to the world of winter sports or you’re a backcountry veteran praying for snow, it’s important to know the safety recommendations for the coming season, for the times they are a-changin’. Travis Seeholzer, the operations manager at Beaver...

Church destroyed by Hurricane Michael is on the rebound

Nov. 28, 2020 9:37 AM EST

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — More than two years after Hurricane Michael hit Florida's Panhandle, members of the First United Methodist Church are back in their sanctuary in time for the holiday season. When the building reopened, Senior Pastor Jeremy Pridgeon described it as Easter in November, the News...

St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway winners Mildred and Joseph Jack, center, check out their new house with their children, Joseph Jack Jr., left, and Rosalyn Jack, right, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 in Lake Charles, La. Mildred Jack, the 2020 St. Jude dream home winner didn’t hear her name announced on KPLC-TV Sept. 20. She was in bed recovering from the coronavirus. (Rita LeBleu/American Press via AP)

After surviving 2 hurricanes, COVID-19, a family is blessed

Nov. 28, 2020 12:02 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The 2020 St. Jude dream home winner didn’t hear her name announced on KPLC-TV Sept. 20. She was in bed recovering from the coronavirus. “I think you won the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway,” Mildred Jack’s daughter told her. At first, she was incredulous....

This photo provided by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office shows Morgan Douglas, 23, of Andalusia, Ala. He and men from Louisiana and Florida are accused in the death of a woman whose body was found after Louisiana firefighters put out a car fire. Douglas was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder. He, Dixon Fife, 25, of Lake Charles, Louisiana and Michael Dean Roberts, 43, of Jacksonville, Florida, face charges of arson, conspiracy and obstructing justice. (Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office via AP)

3 men from 3 states accused in woman's death, burned body

Nov. 27, 2020 6:13 PM EST

DEQUINCY, La. (AP) — Hurricane recovery workers from Alabama, Louisiana and Florida are accused in the death of a woman whose body was found after Louisiana firefighters put out a vehicle fire. Morgan Douglas, 23, of Andalusia, Alabama, was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder, and the other two...

Plan released to reduce massive wildfires in US West

Nov. 27, 2020 5:46 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials on Friday released an overarching plan for removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop devastating wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse. The plan released by the U.S. Bureau of Land...