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Pennsylvania families demand investigation into rare cancers

Nov. 18, 2019 5:17 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The families of young people diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer confronted Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday over what they called his administration’s insufficient response to a health crisis they blame on pollution from the shale gas industry. Dozens of children and...

Maryland city provides update on flood recovery and plan

Nov. 18, 2019 3:42 PM EST

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — A Maryland county official says nine of 10 buildings damaged by flooding in historic Ellicott City have been acquired by the county, and at least a portion of them will be preserved. Howard County Executive Calvin Ball gave an update Monday on recovery and planning. He says only...

Noem: Trump OKs disaster declaration for SE South Dakota

Nov. 18, 2019 2:13 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem says President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for southeastern South Dakota for September storm damage. Noem on Monday called the declaration “good news for South Dakota communities,” and said she was grateful to Trump “for...

North Carolina DOT, disaster relief bills signed by Cooper

Nov. 18, 2019 2:06 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law bills designed to help his cash-strapped Department of Transportation and the continued recovery from hurricanes Florence, Matthew and Dorian. Cooper on Monday signed the measures, which were the last pieces of legislation on his desk from the...

Companies can get govt loans if revenue falls after disaster

Nov. 18, 2019 11:58 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Months after a storm, fire, drought or other disaster has struck, small businesses that have lost revenue due to the devastation may be able to get low-cost government loans. Financial help in the form of economic injury disaster loans are for companies even if they haven’t suffered...

Samoa shuts schools, declares emergency as measles kills 6

Nov. 18, 2019 3:02 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa has closed all its schools, banned children from public gatherings and mandated that everybody get vaccinated after declaring an emergency due to a measles outbreak that has so far killed six people. For the past three weeks, the Pacific island nation of 200,000 people...

3rd record tide enters Venice as Italy hit with snow, rain

Nov. 17, 2019 10:36 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venice was hit Sunday by a record third exceptional tide in the same week while other parts of Italy struggled with a series of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season avalanche. Stores and museums in Venice were mostly closed in the hardest-hit area...

Arizona county prepares for role as landing site for capsule

Nov. 16, 2019 5:28 PM EST

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — Cochise County officials don’t have to consider possible emergency responses or road closures when thousands of migratory birds drop in on the Willcox Playa every year. Not so with Boeing Corp.’s plan to use the flat desert grassland in southeastern Arizona as one of five...

Louisiana fishing industry hit with $258M in flooding losses

Nov. 15, 2019 8:26 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The governor says the Louisiana fishing industry has been hit with $258 million in losses due to historic flooding this year. In a news release Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards says the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries conducted an economic impact analysis to determine...

Gov. declares emergency for I-5 overpass damage in Chehalis

Nov. 15, 2019 7:05 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed a state of emergency related to an estimated $1 million in damage to an Interstate 5 overpass in Chehalis. Inslee made the declaration Friday, saying an over-sized load caused the damage on Oct. 5. He says it’s imperative that the...