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More volcanic eruptions on Caribbean island of St. Vincent

Apr. 11, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Conditions worsened on Sunday at a volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent as loud rumbling, lightning and heavy ashfall were observed and residents reported power cuts. The eruption Friday of La Soufrière forced many...

Las Vegas pushes to become first to ban ornamental grass

Apr. 11, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A desert city built on a reputation for excess and indulgence wants to become a model for restraint and conservation with a first-in-the-nation policy banning grass that nobody walks on. Las Vegas-area water officials have spent two decades trying to...

Storm damages homes on Florida's Gulf Coast

Apr. 11, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A storm damaged about 20 homes on Florida's Gulf Coast and injured one person, officials said. Manatee County Public Safety said the homes were damaged by straight-line winds Saturday afternoon and not a tornado, according to the Bradenton...

Surveyors seek tornado proof as storms hit South Carolina

Apr. 11, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

SENECA, S.C. (AP) — National Weather Service surveyors are looking for evidence of a tornado after winds caused damage Saturday in parts of upstate South Carolina. Officials said a car flipped and a CVS pharmacy was damaged in the Oconee County town of Seneca. Trees and...

8 dead, dozens hurt as Indonesia quake shakes East Java

Apr. 11, 2021 04:29 AM EDT

MALANG, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake on Indonesia's main island of Java killed eight people, including a woman whose motorcycle was hit by falling rocks, and damaged more than 1,300 buildings, officials said Sunday. It didn't trigger a tsunami. The U.S....

Family forced to begin again for the 2nd time after fire

Apr. 11, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — On Wednesday, Reedy and Amy Long were busy sifting through the damage an Easter weekend fire had brought to their Opelika home. They were trying to save whatever was still intact, and the driveway leading up to the home was littered with a mixture...

Severe storm damages buildings in Florida Panhandle

Apr. 10, 2021 21:39 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A cluster of severe storms swept across the South early Saturday, leaving one person dead in Louisiana, toppling trees and power lines in Mississippi, dropping large hail on an Alabama coastal city and leveling buildings in the Florida Panhandle. ...

Ash-covered St. Vincent braces for more volcanic eruptions

Apr. 10, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — People who ignored an initial warning to evacuate the area closest to a volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent raced to get clear Saturday, a day after it erupted with an explosion that shook the ground, spewed ash skyward and blanketed the...

Evacuation notice lifted in area where fire destroyed homes

Apr. 10, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

DUDLEYVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities on Saturday lifted an evacuation notice for a south-central Arizona community where a wildfire earlier burned at least 12 homes, allowing approximately 200 residents to return home. The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said the...

Theodore Roosevelt State Park fire 70% contained

Apr. 10, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Firefighters are gaining the upper hand on an eight-square-mile wildfire in Theodore Roosevelt State Park. Firefighters had the blaze 80% contained on Saturday afternoon, up from 70% on Friday, the Bismarck Tribune reported. ...