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People wade through a flooded street in Chennai, India, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is bracing for Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. The state authorities have issued an alert and asked people living in low-lying and flood-prone areas to move to safer places. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Tens of thousands evacuated as India braces for cyclone

Nov. 25, 2020 10:54 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of people fled their homes in low-lying areas of southern India and moved to evacuation shelters on Wednesday to escape a cyclone that was barreling toward the region’s coast. Cyclone Nivar is expected to bring heavy downpours after slamming ashore near...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2020 file photo, a resident walking through a flooded street looks back at storm damage caused by Hurricane Eta in Planeta, Honduras. Flooded out Honduran and Guatemalan families stranded on rooftops in the most marginalized neighborhoods after the passage of hurricanes Eta and Iota portend a new wave of migration, observers across the region say. (AP Photo/Delmer Martinez, File)

Punishing hurricanes to spur more Central American migration

Nov. 24, 2020 3:53 PM EST

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — At a shelter in this northern Honduran city, Lilian Gabriela Santos Sarmiento says back-to-back hurricanes that hit with devastating fury this month have overturned her life. Her home in what was once a pretty neighborhood in nearby La Lima was destroyed by flooding. The...

Hurricane victims take refuge under a bridge in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Shelters for people whose homes were flooded or damaged by hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras are now so crowded that thousands of victims have taken refuge under highway overpasses or bridges. The Red Cross estimates that about 4.2 million people were affected by the back-to-back hurricanes in November in Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. (AP Photo/Delmer Martinez)

Hundreds of thousands at Honduras' shelters after hurricanes

Nov. 21, 2020 5:20 PM EST

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Shelters for people whose homes were flooded or damaged by hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras are now so crowded that thousands of victims have taken refuge under highway overpasses or bridges. The International Red Cross estimates that about 4.2 million people were...

Firefighters battle the Pinehaven Fire in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno, Nev., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

Over 1,000 evacuated in Nevada wildfire start returning home

Nov. 18, 2020 8:19 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A day after a wind-whipped wildfire in northern Nevada roared through a neighborhood in Reno and destroyed at least five houses, more than 1,000 people who were forced to evacuate — including the mayor — started returning home Wednesday. Another fire about 100 miles (160...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds gives a primetime televised address announcing new efforts to combat COVID-19 in the state, on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at Iowa PBS, in Johnston, Iowa. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Some GOP governors shift on mask mandates as hospitals fill

Nov. 18, 2020 6:03 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — After Republicans expanded their control of Iowa’s Legislature this month, Gov. Kim Reynolds said the outcome was a validation of her small-government approach to managing the coronavirus pandemic. But as Iowa hospitals rapidly filled up in the days after the election, the GOP...

A fire is seen burning in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno, Nev., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Firefighters are battling a wildfire in southwest Reno that is threatening some homes in dangerously high winds. Dozens of residences were being evacuated on the edge of the Sierra foothills. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

Wildfire destroys multiple Reno homes; hundreds threatened

Nov. 18, 2020 8:53 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire driven by strong winds destroyed several homes in a Reno neighborhood Tuesday and forced the evacuation of hundreds more on the edge of the Sierra Nevada foothills, one of several blazes burning near the Nevada-California border. As many as 500 homes could be...

A fallen tree lies on the road after the passage of Hurricane Iota in Siuna, Nicaragua, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Hurricane Iota tore across Nicaragua on Tuesday, hours after roaring ashore as a Category 4 storm along almost exactly the same stretch of the Caribbean coast that was recently devastated by an equally powerful hurricane. (AP Photo/Carlos Herrera)

Hurricane Iota roars onto Nicaragua as 2nd blow in 2 weeks

Nov. 17, 2020 9:45 PM EST

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Hurricane Iota battered Nicaragua with screeching winds and pounding surf Tuesday, chasing tens of thousands of people from their homes along the same stretch of the Caribbean coast that was devastated by an equally powerful hurricane just two weeks ago. The extent of the...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo, Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein speaks at a media availability during the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. Theo Epstein, who transformed the long-suffering Chicago Cubs and helped bring home a drought-busting championship in 2016, is stepping down after nine seasons as the club's president of baseball operations.
The team announced Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, Epstein is leaving the organization, and general manager Jed Hoyer is being promoted to take his place. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Theo Epstein steps down after 9 seasons leading Cubs

Nov. 17, 2020 5:18 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Listening in on fans' conversations during his walks home from Wrigley Field, Theo Epstein could sense their excitement as the Chicago Cubs set themselves up to capture that long-awaited World Series championship. It was as if they were all in it together. “It felt like the lines...

FILE - In this July 12, 2020, file photo, Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza pushes the ball on the pitch during the second half of an MLS soccer match against Minnesota United in Kissimmee, Fla. Espinoza understands that the United States has been consumed by the presidential election but he's disheartened by the lack of response stateside to the Hurricanes ravaging his homeland in Honduras. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Sporting's Espinoza hopes to bring relief to Honduras

Nov. 16, 2020 6:15 PM EST

Sporting Kansas City's Roger Espinoza understands the United States has been consumed by the presidential election but he's disheartened by the lack of response stateside to the hurricane that ravaged his homeland of Honduras. Espinoza, who represented Honduras in two World Cups, is bringing together players...

A coast guard officer speaks on a megaphone at a fishing boat shelter in Quang Binh province, Vietnam on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Vietnam's authority has ordered some 460,000 people to be ready for evacuation ahead of Typhoon Vamco reaching the country's central coast. (Nguyen Duc Tho/VNA via AP)

Central Vietnam prepares for evacuations ahead of typhoon

Nov. 14, 2020 6:50 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities on Saturday ordered some 460,000 people in the country's central region to be ready for evacuation ahead of Typhoon Vamco, after the storm killed at least 42 people and left 20 others missing in the Philippines, state television reported. The typhoon, which is...