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Stacey Young gives her daughter, Kylee Potts, a piggyback ride across the flooding Stewart Beach parking lot in Galveston, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Tropical Storm Beta continues to move through the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to bring tidal surge and heavy rain to the area.  (Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

Tropical Storm Beta meandering toward Texas, Louisiana

Sep. 20, 2020 5:12 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Beta on Sunday was making a slow crawl to the shores of Texas and Louisiana, casting worries about heavy rain, flooding and storm surge across the Gulf Coast. Beta was one of three named storms whirling in the Atlantic basin during an exceptionally busy hurricane season....

A San Bernardino County Fire Department member keeps an eye on a flareup from the Bobcat Fire on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Valyermo, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Desert communities told to evacuate as winds stoke flames

Sep. 20, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds stoked a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to issue new evacuation orders for desert communities that lost some homes a day earlier. Meanwhile, officials were investigating the death of a firefighter...

This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, and provided by NOAA, shows Tropical Storm Beta, center,  in the Gulf of Mexico.  A hurricane watch is in effect Saturday for coastal Texas as Tropical Storm Beta gains strength.  A storm surge watch and a tropical storm watch are also in effect for the area during an exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season.  (NOAA via AP)

Tropical Storm Beta spurs hurricane worries for Texas

Sep. 19, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season was churning along Saturday as the Texas coast prepared for a tropical storm that could strengthen into a hurricane before breaching its shores in the week ahead. Both the city of Galveston and Galveston County on Saturday issued...

Mel Reid takes 2-shot lead in Cambia Portland Classic

Sep. 19, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mel Reid shot a 7-under 65 on her 33rd birthday Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over defending champion Hannah Green into the final round of the Cambia Portland Classic. Reid closed her bogey-free afternoon round with a birdie on the par-4 18th at Columbia Edgewater. Winless on the...

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., the Republican nominee for an open U.S. Senate seat, answers questions during a debate, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. Marshall favors having the Senate move quickly to vote on President Donald Trump's nominee to replace the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Greg Akagi/Alpha Media Topeka via AP)

Kansas Senate debate sees clashes on Supreme Court, climate

Sep. 19, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican nominee for Kansas' open Senate seat called Saturday for quick action to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and dismissed his Democratic opponent's disavowal of Green New Deal environmental proposals so often in a debate that she admonished him,...

The wind whips embers from the Joshua trees burned by the Bobcat Fire in Juniper Hills, Calif., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Homes burned as winds push California fire into desert floor

Sep. 19, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong afternoon winds intensified a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to issue new evacuation orders Saturday for desert communities that lost some homes a day earlier. Meanwhile, officials were investigating...

Maine gets help to cut diesel emissions from vehicles, boats

Sep. 19, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is awarding Maine nearly a half-million dollars to reduce diesel emissions by targeting vehicles and boats to be retrofitted for cleaner energy sources. The effort will help repower vessels and vehicles in the state and reduce emissions, said Democratic U.S....

Tidal flooding closes streets in Charleston.

Sep. 19, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

CHARLESTON. S.C. (AP) — Several Charleston streets were closed Saturday because of high tide flooding that is expected to continue through Monday morning. The Charleston Police Department announced that the roads were closed. The streets were later reopened, but the police department cautioned that...

Stretch of Blackstone River Bikeway to close for bridge work

Sep. 19, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) — A section of Rhode Island's second-longest bikeway will be closed for parts of next week as workers install new steel beams for a bridge that passes over the path. The section of the Blackstone River Bikeway that's underneath the Manville Bridge in Lincoln will be closed from 6:30...

A woman uses an umbrella as she passes next to fallen trees during a storm at the port of Argostoli, on the Ionian island of Kefalonia, western Greece, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. A powerful tropical-like storm named Ianos battered the western islands of Zakynthos, Kefalonia, and Ithaki overnight, causing flash flooding, property damage, power outages, and road closures mostly from downed trees, police and local authorities said. (AP Photo/Nikiforos Stamenis)

Greek flooding leaves 2 dead, 1 missing; 600 others rescued

Sep. 19, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A storm pounded parts of central Greece, creating flooding Saturday that killed two people, left 1 missing and forced emergency workers to rescue more than 600 people. Authorities identified the two victims as an elderly woman found dead in her flooded home in the region of Thessaly...