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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2012, file photo, a snowboarder drops into a canyon at Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Authorities say one person has died and one person is seriously injured, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, after an avalanche at the Northern California ski resort. (Randy Pench/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

Sheriff: 1 dead, 1 seriously injured in Lake Tahoe avalanche

Jan. 17, 2020 4:10 PM EST

TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) — At least one person has died and another was seriously injured Friday in an avalanche at a Northern California ski resort, authorities said. A search was ended, with officials saying they do not believe there were any more victims. The avalanche occurred after a storm passed...

California sheriff says rescuers responding to avalanche at Lake Tahoe ski resort, several people unaccounted for

Jan. 17, 2020 2:46 PM EST
ALPINE MEADOWS, Calif. (AP) — California sheriff says rescuers responding to avalanche at Lake Tahoe ski resort, several people unaccounted for.
FILE - In this June 28, 2006 file photo, Australian children's entertainers The Wiggles, Murray Cook (Red Wiggle), Greg Page (Yellow Wiggle), Jeff Fatt (Purple Wiggle), and Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle) make a special appearance at the Australian High Commission in London at the start of their UK tour. Page, one of the original members of the popular Australian children's band has been hospitalized after collapsing during a wildfire relief concert.  Page fell as he left a stage in New South Wales and went into cardiac arrest. He had been performing with the other original bandmates to raise money for the Red Cross and the wildlife rescue group WIRE.  (AP Photo/Christopher Pledger, File)

Original member of The Wiggles recovering in hospital

Jan. 17, 2020 1:54 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — One of the original members of the popular Australian children's band The Wiggles has been hospitalized after collapsing during a wildfire relief concert. Greg Page, the 48-year-old original Yellow Wiggle, fell as he left a stage in New South Wales and went into cardiac arrest. He had been...

Members of the US army reserve set up tents for portable showers at a tent city set up to house hundreds of people displaced by earthquakes in Guanica, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. More than 1,280 earthquakes have hit Puerto Rico’s southern region since Dec. 28, more than two dozen of them magnitude 4.5 or greater, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Displaced families await post-quake housing in Puerto Rico

Jan. 16, 2020 3:41 PM EST

PONCE, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Antonetti family sat in the shade of a tree eating orange slices while contemplating the long day ahead of them in a dusty parking lot in southern Puerto Rico. Behind them stood their temporary home: a four-door compact car whose back seat is reserved for 89-year-old Luis...

In this Friday, Jan. 10 photo, children play on a hay farm where residents from the Indios neighborhood of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, have set up shelter after earthquakes and amid aftershocks in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. A 6.4 magnitude quake that toppled or damaged hundreds of homes in southwestern Puerto Rico is raising concerns about where displaced families will live, while the island still struggles to rebuild from Hurricane Maria two years ago. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Top Democrat pushing $3.4B emergency measure for Puerto Rico

Jan. 16, 2020 1:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Democrat is introducing a $3.4 billion emergency spending bill to help Puerto Rico deal with a recent spate of earthquakes rocking the U.S. territory, which is still struggling to rebuild and recover from devastating hurricanes in 2017. A spokesman for Appropriations...

NJ expands terrorism law in response to kosher market attack

Jan. 15, 2020 8:43 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Wednesday expanding the definition of terrorism under state law in response to last month's fatal attack on a kosher market in Jersey City. Murphy said the new law will make it clear that New Jersey is committed to the...

FILE - This Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, shows the charred remains of the Soda Rock Winery framed by the building's stone facade in the aftermath of the Kincade Fire near Healdsburg, Calif.  The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, to hire two law firms to pursue legal action against Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation's largest utility. The action comes as PG&E is trying to dig out of a financial hole created by a series of catastrophic fires that have been blamed on the utility's outdated electrical system and managerial negligence. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Sonoma County prepares to sue PG&E for damages from fire

Jan. 15, 2020 2:27 PM EST

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — A county in Northern California wine country is exploring plans to sue a utility over a massive wildfire last fall that caused losses of $725 million when combined with rolling power shutoffs. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to hire two law firms to pursue legal...

Report: Idaho avalanche that killed 3 started by skiers

Jan. 15, 2020 12:14 PM EST

KELLOGG, Idaho (AP) — An avalanche at an Idaho ski resort that killed three people last week was triggered by skiers, despite the efforts of the ski patrol to mitigate the danger, according to a preliminary investigation. The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center said the ski patrol had taken steps on Jan. 7 to...

Rafael Nadal of Spain, left, and Deb Boirg, an Australian firefighter celebrate as they play a game of tennis together during the Rally For Relief at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Tennis stars have come together for the Rally for Relief to raise money in aid of the bushfire relief efforts across Australia. (Scott Barbour/AAP Image via AP)

Tennis stars raise millions for Australian wildfire victims

Jan. 15, 2020 6:50 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A capacity crowd of more than 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena watched Roger Federer defeat Nick Kyrgios in a one-set finale to the Australian Open's Rally for Relief to aid wildfire charities on Wednesday. Tennis Australia said the night helped raise nearly 5 million Australian...

Clouds of volcanic ash rise up from damaged trees in Laurel, Batangas province, southern Philippines on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Taal volcano is spewing lava half a mile high and trembling with earthquakes constantly as thousands of people flee villages darkened and blanketed by heavy ash. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine volcano trembles more, spews lava half-mile high

Jan. 14, 2020 3:38 PM EST

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — A volcano near the Philippine capital spewed lava into the sky and trembled constantly Tuesday, possibly portending a bigger and more dangerous eruption, as tens of thousands of people fled villages darkened and blanketed by heavy ash. Government work was suspended and schools...