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A northeast Jackson, Miss. neighborhood and Harbor Pines in Ridgeland are still under a mandatory evacuation as flooding continues Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (Barbara Gauntt/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

Soggy neighborhoods under flash-flood warning in Mississippi

Feb. 18, 2020 12:04 PM EST

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) — Forecasters expected more heavy rains in parts of the flood-ravaged South on Tuesday, prolonging the misery in neighborhoods surrounded by water. Some of the hardest-hit areas were under a flash flood watch, as the National Weather Service said as much as 2 inches (5 centimeters) of...

Water from the Pearl River floods Florence-Byram Road near Byram, Miss, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Authorities believe the flooding will rank as third highest, behind the historic floods of 1979 and 1983. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Hundreds still flooded from homes in Mississippi capital

Feb. 17, 2020 4:06 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The swollen Pearl River appeared to have crested Monday in Mississippi’s capital, but authorities warned the hundreds of evacuees in the Jackson area not to rush back home until they got the all clear, and a forecast of more rain put counties further south at risk of flooding....

FILE - In this July 22, 2019, file photo, Oregon State University's Marine Studies Building, which is under construction in a tsunami inundation zone, is viewed from the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Ore. The building, center right, is surrounded by Yaquina Bay. The Oregon Legislature appears poised to continue to allow construction of critical facilities in tsunami inundation zones, a move slammed by critics. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon wrestles with building facilities in tsunami zones

Feb. 17, 2020 2:01 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Experts say the big one is coming to the Pacific Northwest: a massive earthquake that will cause buildings and bridges to collapse and unleash a tsunami that will devastate the coast. But, doubling down on its decision last year to allow the construction of critical facilities in tsunami...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, smoke rises from the Arkema Inc. owned chemical plant in Crosby, near Houston, Texas. In February 2020, the Pennsylvania-based company, which is a subsidiary of a French chemical manufacturer, and three of its executives are set to stand trial in Houston in a case that legal experts say will be a challenge for prosecutors to win. (KTRK via AP, File)

Trial to begin over Arkema chemical plant fire during Harvey

Feb. 17, 2020 1:25 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Hurricane Harvey’s historic flooding in 2017 overwhelmed power systems at Arkema Inc.’s chemical plant in suburban Houston, eventually causing organic peroxides made at the facility to catch fire and explode, sending noxious black smoke into the air. The blaze forced the...

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama arrives for an EU-Western Balkans meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

Over 1 billion euros pledged for Albania quake rebuilding

Feb. 17, 2020 12:58 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — International donors have committed over a billlion euros in relief for Albania in the wake of last year's earthquake. The European Union led the pledging of aid at a special conference gathering funds to rebuild anything from homes and businesses to hospitals which were destroyed in the...

Lesotho's drought makes 500,000 people hungry, UN says

Feb. 17, 2020 12:17 PM EST

MASERU, Lesotho (AP) — An estimated 500,000 people are threatened with hunger in Lesotho, a quarter of the mountain kingdom's population, according to the United Nations, which is appealing to the international community for help. A drought last year and patchy rains this year have contributed to poor...

Rescue operations continue as emergency services take families to safety, after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Storm Dennis roared across Britain on Sunday, lashing towns and cities with high winds and dumping so much rain that authorities urged residents to protect themselves from

Wales bears the brunt as Storm Dennis hammers Britain

Feb. 16, 2020 12:26 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Storm Dennis hammered Britain Sunday, bringing a month's worth of rain in just 48 hours to parts of South Wales, which bore the brunt of the country's second severe storm inside a week. Rivers across Britain burst their banks and a number of severe flood warnings remained in place as...

UN official says airstrikes kill over 30 civilians in Yemen

Feb. 16, 2020 12:10 AM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Strikes killed more than 30 civilians in a mountainous northern Yemeni province Saturday, the U.N. humanitarian chief for the country said, calling the attack “shocking.” The Yemeni rebels, known as Houthis, accused the Saudi-led coalition of launching retaliatory...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2015, file photo, a wildfire consumes sagebrush as firefighters let it march down to the Columbia River on the edge of Roosevelt, Wash. The Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund 11,000 miles (17,703 kilometers) of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control wildfires. The fuel breaks are intended to prop up fire mitigation efforts and help protect firefighters, communities and natural resources, The Oregonian reported Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

US agency to pay for 11,000 miles of fuel breaks in 6 states

Feb. 15, 2020 7:47 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund 11,000 miles (17,703 kilometers) of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control wildfires. The fuel breaks are intended to prop up fire mitigation efforts and...

Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau watches from the bench as his team plays against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

Minnesota Wild fire coach Bruce Boudreau

Feb. 15, 2020 1:39 AM EST

The Minnesota Wild fired coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday with the goal of correcting some inconsistencies and making a late-season push for a playoff spot. First-year general manager Bill Guerin said he felt the timing was right to move on from Boudreau and replace him with interim coach Dean Evason despite the...