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Sierra Nevada wildfire threatens small rural communities

Jun. 29, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — A Sierra Nevada wildfire destroyed four structures and was a threat to more than 500 homes and other buildings, California authorities said Wednesday. The Rices Fire grew to 769 acres (311 hectares) near the Yuba River in Nevada County and there was no...

Taliban and US officials to meet amid quake relief efforts

Jun. 29, 2022 12:28 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghan finance and central bank officials from the Taliban-led government departed for Qatar on Wednesday to meet with U.S. officials, the Taliban said. The meeting follows last week’s deadly earthquake, which brought into focus how relief and emergency aid efforts have...

New NHTSA chief: Agency to scrutinize auto-driver technology

Jun. 29, 2022 12:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new head of the government's road safety agency says it will intensify efforts to understand the risks posed by automated vehicle technology, so it can decide what regulations may be necessary to protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians. In an interview...

Charity says 30 Europe-bound migrants feared dead off Libya

Jun. 29, 2022 11:45 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A flimsy rubber boat collapsed and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya's coast, leaving at least 30 people including women and children missing and feared dead, an international charity said Wednesday. It marked the latest tragedy at sea involving migrants seeking a better life...

Rice fields dry up as Italy's drought lingers on

Jun. 29, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

MORTARA, Italy (AP) — The worst drought Italy has faced in 70 years is thirsting paddy fields in the river Po valley and jeopardizing the harvest of the premium rice used for risotto. Italy's largest river is turning into a long stretch of sand due to the lack of rain, leaving the...

Train kills 2 migrants asleep by the tracks in N. Macedonia

Jun. 29, 2022 11:29 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say two migrants were killed in the south of the country early Wednesday when a freight train hit them as they slept next to the tracks in the dark. The nighttime incident occurred outside Miravci, a village near the border...

Caribbean tropical disturbance shutters schools, businesses

Jun. 29, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The government of Venezuela shuttered schools, opened shelters and restricted air and water transportation on Wednesday as a tropical disturbance sped through the southern Caribbean on a path to Central America. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said...

1 dead as mudslides hit southern Austria after heavy rains

Jun. 29, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Austria declared a civil emergency Wednesday after some villages in the southern state of Carinthia were cut off by mudslides and flooding following heavy rainfall. One person was killed and another was reported missing. Residents of the villages of...

Crews battle Maryland summer camp fire, no injuries reported

Jun. 29, 2022 10:33 AM EDT

THURMONT, Md. (AP) — Crews battled a fire at an overnight summer camp in western Maryland on Wednesday morning, but no injuries were reported, officials said. Firefighters were initially dispatched around 7:30 a.m. for a report of a fire in a building at Camp Airy for Boys in...

South Dakota interim AG dismisses 2 of Ravnsborg's top aides

Jun. 29, 2022 10:33 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's interim attorney general on his first day in office Tuesday dismissed two of former Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg's top appointees who were involved in the aftermath of Ravnsborg's 2020 fatal car crash. Ravnsborg was removed from office...