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EU to hold donors' meeting for Albania quake reconstruction

Dec. 14, 2019 11:29 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Commission said Saturday that member states have agreed to hold a donors’ conference in January in Albania to help the Balkan country rebuild after an earthquake killed 51 people last month. The commission's president, Ursula von der Leyen, offered the...

As California thins forests to limit fire risk, some resist

Dec. 13, 2019 12:09 PM EST

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, Calif. (AP) — Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush in the densely forested Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco. Their goal: To protect communities such as Redwood Estates, where...

Flooded farmers face growing dilemma in warming world

Dec. 11, 2019 2:42 PM EST

CRESCENT, Iowa (AP) — Frogs, carp and bugs thrived all summer in murky floodwaters where Gene Walter should have planted corn and soybeans. Last year’s ruined crop spilled from metal storage bins that burst nine months ago when the Missouri River surged through two levees near his southwest Iowa...

Egypt urges decisive action against states backing 'terror'

Dec. 11, 2019 12:19 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president Wednesday called for “decisive” and “collective” action against countries supporting “terrorism" in an apparent reference to Turkey and Qatar, who back the Muslim Brotherhood group, which is outlawed in Egypt. The three countries also...

Polish school director fired over terror attack exercise

Dec. 9, 2019 11:30 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Local authorities in northeast Poland say that a primary school director has been fired and psychologists are working with traumatized schoolchildren following a terrorist attack exercise the director organized but that unprepared students took for real. The director of primary and...

Man buried in Alaska mountain avalanche saved by other hiker

Dec. 9, 2019 9:37 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska hiker is lucky to be alive after he was buried during an avalanche and another hiker saw his feet and freed him, officials said. The hiker was alone on Flattop Mountain around 1 p.m. Saturday when an avalanche buried him, the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information...

Torrential rains in Uganda, 26 killed, says Red Cross

Dec. 9, 2019 5:34 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — At least 26 people have been killed in floods unleashed by heavy rains in different parts of Uganda, the Red Cross said on Monday as authorities urged people in affected areas to relocate. Seventeen flooding deaths have been confirmed in the western district of Bundibugyo. Another...

Avalanche send Bruins to 1st home regulation loss, 4-1

Dec. 7, 2019 10:36 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — No matter how well the Boston Bruins are playing at home, it doesn’t seem to matter when the Colorado Avalanche come to town. Ian Cole scored his first goal of season in his 500th career NHL game, backup goalie Pavel Francouz stopped all 16 shots he faced in relief and the Avalanche...

Flooding leaves small Missouri city with dozens of sinkholes

Dec. 6, 2019 3:12 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dozens of sinkholes, some up to 12 feet deep, are dotting the landscape in the small southeastern Missouri city of Caruthersville, forcing road detours, swallowing sections of people's yards and leaving city leaders scrambling to make repairs. Months of flooding along the Mississippi River...

Albania PM optimistic of world support on quake recovery

Dec. 4, 2019 1:11 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prime minister said Wednesday he was pleased with the international support he secured at a NATO summit on dealing with the aftermath of a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that killed 51 people and injured more than 3,000 others. Edi Rama said before leaving the NATO summit...