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A schoolyard of a junior high school is seen flooded following heavy rains in Gero, Gifu prefecture, southern Japan Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Floodwaters flowed down streets in southern Japanese towns hit by heavy rains. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan battered by more heavy rain, floods, nearly 60 dead

Jul. 8, 2020 12:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan's main island, swelling more rivers, triggering mudslides and destroying houses and roads. At least 58 people have died in several days of flooding. By Wednesday...

Tropical Storm Cristina forms far off coast of Mexico

Jul. 7, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Cristina has formed in the eastern Pacific far off the coast of Mexico and forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center said it is likely to beome that region's first hurricane of the season. The storm centered about 480 miles (770 kilometers) south-southeast of...

Deep undersea earthquake widely felt in Indonesia, no damage

Jul. 6, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A deep undersea earthquake hit off the coast of Indonesia’s main island of Java on Tuesday, but no injuries or serious damage were reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured 6.6 magnitude and was centered about 94 kilometers (58 miles) north of...

Edouard downgraded from tropical storm over North Atlantic

Jul. 6, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Edouard has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone as it moves Monday far off in the Atlantic away from the continental United States. Edouard had become a tropical storm on Sunday. But by late Monday afternoon, Edouard lost its tropical storm status about 445 miles (715 kilometers)...

Tropical Storm Edouard forms over far North Atlantic Ocean

Jul. 5, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Edouard formed on Sunday evening over the far North Atlantic, but posed no immediate threat to land. The storm had top sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and was centered at 11 p.m. EDT about 685 miles (1,100 kilometers) south-southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, off Canada,...

A car stands vertically on a muddy road after being washed away by flood, in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Sunday, July 5, 2020. Heavy rain in the Kumamoto region triggered flooding and mudslides Saturday and left dozens still being stranded at their homes and other facilities. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan floods leave up to 34 dead, many at nursing homes

Jul. 5, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left at least 34 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations Sunday in southern Japan, including at elderly home facilities where more than a dozen died and scores were still stranded. Helicopters and boats...

Areas are inundated in muddy waters that gushed out from the Kuma River in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 4, 2020. Heavy rain triggered flooding and mudslides on Saturday, leaving more than a dozen missing and others stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued. More than 75,000 residents in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima were asked to evacuate following pounding rains overnight. (Kyodo News via AP)

Heavy rain floods southern Japan; over a dozen presumed dead

Jul. 4, 2020 5:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Heavy rain in southern Japan triggered flooding and mudslides on Saturday, leaving more than a dozen people presumed dead, about 10 missing and dozens stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued, officials said. More than 75,000 residents in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima were urged...

People purchase fireworks on Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Dublin, Calif. For many Americans, the Fourth of July won't be about big festivities but setting off fireworks themselves. Hundreds of cities and towns have canceled shows Saturday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and sales of consumer fireworks are booming; though officials are concerned about fires and injuries with more pyrotechnics going off in backyards and at block parties. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

More fireworks in Americans' hands for July 4 raises risks

Jul. 3, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — For many Americans, the Fourth of July will be more intimate this year. It also could be riskier. Saturday will be unlike any Independence Day in recent memory. From Atlanta to San Diego, hundreds of fireworks shows have been canceled as officials restrict large gatherings during the...

2 tremors shake Puerto Rico, latest in series of quakes

Jul. 3, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Two strong earthquakes shook Puerto Rico on Friday, but there were no reports of injuries in the latest of a series of tremors that have hit the U.S. territory since late December. A tremor with magnitude-5.3 hit just southwest of the island in the afternoon, the U.S....

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Experts find early ocher mine in Mexican underwater caves

Jul. 3, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts and cave divers in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula have found ocher mines that are some of the oldest on the continent, which could explain why ancient skeletons were found in the narrow, twisting labyrinths of now-submerged sinkhole caves. Since skeletal remains like...