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Florida to bend voting rules in counties hit by hurricane

Oct. 18, 2018 10:32 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is going to bend some of the voting rules for voters living in counties hammered by Hurricane Michael. The administration of Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that eight counties in Florida's Panhandle can start and end early voting beyond existing deadlines. Normally,...

Baby born after Michael starts life in Walmart parking lot

Oct. 18, 2018 9:25 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Their home full of soggy furniture and mosquitoes, Wilmer Capps was desperate to find shelter for his wife and their son Luke, born just three days after Hurricane Michael ravaged the Florida Panhandle. So Capps, his wife Lorrainda Smith and little Luke settled in for the longest...

Reward offered for wolf that escaped when hurricane hit

Oct. 18, 2018 7:36 AM EDT

CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — An animal preserve is offering an $800 reward for the return of a wolf named Tahané that escaped as Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle. In a video posted on Facebook , Seacrest Wolf Preserve co-owner Cynthia Watkins pleaded for the public's help in finding the...

Their money worthless, Venezuela's desperate flee by foot

Oct. 18, 2018 6:38 AM EDT

PAMPLONA, Colombia (AP) — As night approached, Sandra Cadiz wrapped her shivering daughter in a blanket and prayed for a ride up the frigid Colombian mountaintop known as "the icebox." Ten-year-old Angelis already had on nearly all of the clothes she'd brought for the 2,700-mile trek through four countries...

In Mexico Beach after Michael, some coming home find no home

Oct. 18, 2018 4:27 AM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With stunned faces and tears, residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach returned home for the first time Wednesday about a week after Hurricane Michael hit to find pieces of their lives scattered across the sand and a community altered. Nancy Register sobbed uncontrollably after finding...

South Carolina gov hopefuls clash in 1st of 2 debates

Oct. 17, 2018 10:53 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With less than three weeks until Election Day, the men vying to be South Carolina's next governor got a chance Wednesday to begin drawing their final contrasts as voters prepare to decide between them. The debate in Florence is the first of two general election debates for Republican...

The Latest: Residents return to devastated Mexico Beach

Oct. 17, 2018 10:00 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 11:25 a.m. Residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach are returning home for the first time since Hurricane Michael to see homes devastated by wind and water and pieces of their lives scattered across the Florida sand. Nancy Register...

West Coast quake warning system now operational, with limits

Oct. 17, 2018 8:08 PM EDT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Automated alerts from the fledgling West Coast earthquake early warning system are ready to be used broadly by businesses, utilities, schools and other entities but not for mass public notification, officials said Wednesday. "We're making a large change from a production prototype...

13 years later, guilty plea in post-Katrina racial shooting

Oct. 17, 2018 7:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A white man who fired a shotgun at three African-Americans amid the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans more than 13 years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to two federal criminal counts. Roland Bourgeois, 55, was indicted in 2010 and originally pleaded not guilty. His case...

More rain expected amid Central Texas flooding

Oct. 17, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

LLANO, Texas (AP) — A continued threat of flooding is forecast in parts of Central Texas as more rain is expected in the area and dams along the swollen Colorado River release water downstream, officials said Wednesday. National Weather Service forecaster Jason Runyen said the already-saturated area was...