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Fresh from a deadly cholera outbreak, Zambia declares drought a national emergency

Feb. 29, 2024 13:18 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema Thursday declared the country’s debilitating drought a national disaster and emergency, saying it has devastated food production and electricity generation as the nation battles to recover from a recent deadly cholera outbreak. ...

Turkey bears responsibility for possible war crimes in Syria, Human Rights Watch says

Feb. 29, 2024 05:17 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Human Rights Watch said on Thursday that Turkey bears responsibility for some of the abuses and possible war crimes committed in Syria, mostly against Kurdish residents in northern Syria. The New York-based watchdog said the abuses were committed by Turkish forces and...

Letter containing white powder sent to Donald Trump Jr.'s home

Feb. 26, 2024 22:20 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Emergency crews responded Monday after a letter containing an unidentified white powder was sent to the Florida home of Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of former President and GOP front-runner Donald Trump. A person familiar with the matter said that results on the...

2 children died after falling into a river at a campground near Northern California's Shasta Dam

Feb. 22, 2024 22:06 PM EST

SHASTA LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Two children died after falling into a rushing river near a Northern California campground Thursday morning, authorities said. Deputies responded around 9 a.m. following reports that the children were swept away near Shasta Dam, the Shasta County...

A sand hole collapse in Florida killed a child. Such deaths occur several times a year in the US

Feb. 21, 2024 20:18 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The collapse of a sand hole that killed a 7-year-old Indiana girl who was digging with her brother on a Florida beach is an underrecognized danger that kills and injures several children a year around the country. Sloan Mattingly died Tuesday afternoon...

Young girl killed when a hole she dug in the sand collapsed on a Florida beach, authorities say

Feb. 21, 2024 17:31 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A young girl was buried in sand and died Tuesday when a deep hole she was digging with a little boy collapsed on them both at a south Florida beach, authorities said. Emergency crews responding around 3 p.m. to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea found the boy, who...

Hiker describes 11-hour ordeal after falling on Mount Washington, admits he was 'underprepared'

Feb. 21, 2024 17:29 PM EST

MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — As temperatures plunged on Mount Washington and ferocious winds made it near impossible to see, hiker Cole Matthes began to drift away from the trail. Then he hit a patch of snow-covered ice and slid hundreds of feet down a ravine. His fall Saturday sparked a...

Hiker rescued from mountain with 90-mph winds, bitter cold atop Mount Washington

Feb. 20, 2024 11:56 AM EST

SARGENT'S PURCHASE, N.H. (AP) — A team of rescuers used the Cog Railway to shave off time but it still took more than 10 hours to save a hiker in conditions that included sustained winds topping 90 mph (145 kph) on New Hampshire's Mount Washington, officials said. The hiker from...

Wet winter storm hits California, closing regional airport and trapping people in swollen rivers

Feb. 19, 2024 19:30 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Another wet winter storm swamped California with heavy rainfall on Monday, flooding the runways at a regional airport and leading to several rescues on swollen rivers and creeks. The Santa Barbara airport, on the state’s central coast, closed Monday after as...

Turkey dispatches rescue boats after cargo ship with 6 crew sinks in Marmara Sea

Feb. 15, 2024 05:14 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey launched a search and rescue mission after a cargo ship with six crew members on board sank on Thursday in the Turkish inland Sea of Marmara, off Istanbul, amid high waves, officials said. The 69-meter-long (226 feet) Turkish cargo ship, Batuhan A, was...