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Colombians flood streets to protest terror after car bomb

Jan. 20, 2019 11:54 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of Colombians dressed in white poured into the streets Sunday to repudiate terrorism after a car bombing at a Bogota police academy killed 21 people and left dozens more wounded. Amid heavy security and loud chants of "Down with the terrorists!" and "No more violence," the...

California dries off after storms batter state for days

Jan. 18, 2019 5:22 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thoroughly saturated and muddied California was drying out and cleaning up Friday in the aftermath of Pacific storms that dumped heavy rain and snow throughout the state. For the first time in days sunlight poked through clouds trailing the latest weather system, which was impacting the...

California storm moving out after battering state for 3 days

Jan. 17, 2019 10:51 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The storm that pummeled much of California for three days began moving east Thursday after causing at least six deaths, forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes and plunging nearly 300,000 utility customers into darkness. The winter storm is forecast to unleash...

Falling tree kills man as storm lashes California

Jan. 16, 2019 11:44 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A falling tree killed a man in Oakland on Wednesday as a powerful storm lashed Northern California with high winds and rain, authorities said. The man was struck on an embankment near Interstate 580 and died at the scene. The man, who was homeless, may have been "just trying to stay...

Avalanches, flooding cause disruptions in Austria, Germany

Jan. 15, 2019 12:38 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Bad weather continued to afflict parts of Europe on Tuesday with avalanches in Austria striking buildings and roads but resulting in no injuries. An overnight avalanche in Ramsau, central Austria, slammed a hotel. All 60 visitors and staff, most of whom were from a Danish ski club, got out of...

AP Was There: Boston's 'Great Molasses Flood' of 1919

Jan. 15, 2019 5:34 AM EST

Boston's Great Molasses Flood was one of the city's deadliest and most bizarre disasters. A tank containing 2.3 million gallons of molasses buckled, sending a tidal wave of the sticky stuff rampaging through a bustling North End neighborhood exactly 100 years ago Tuesday. Entire buildings were flattened, killing...

100 years ago in Boston: The day molasses was deadly fast

Jan. 14, 2019 8:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Slow as molasses? This treacle didn't trickle. It was a sticky, deadly tsunami that flattened an entire Boston neighborhood within seconds. On Tuesday, the city marks the 100th anniversary of its most peculiar disaster — the Great Molasses Flood. It struck without warning at midday on...

Heavy storm devastates Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon

Jan. 10, 2019 2:03 PM EST

BAR ELIAS, Lebanon (AP) — Tent encampments housing thousands of Syrian refugees looked more like islands half sunk in water. Women waded knee-deep in muddy water to move around. Others pumped water out of flimsy tents that left mattresses soaked and destroyed foodstuffs and furniture. A five-day storm that...

Storm kills Syrian girl in Lebanon, causes widespread damage

Jan. 9, 2019 10:43 AM EST

DAHR EL-BAYDAR, Lebanon (AP) — A storm packing snow and rain that has battered Lebanon for five days left an 8-year-old Syrian girl dead, flooded neighborhoods and paralyzed major mountain roads. Residents in some Beirut neighborhoods awoke Wednesday to find their cars immersed in water as rivers...

Afghan officials: Flash flood kills at least 30 villagers

Jan. 6, 2019 8:23 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 30 Afghan villagers searching for gold in a riverbed perished on Sunday in a flash flood in northeastern Badakhshan province, provincial officials said. Along with those killed, dozens were also injured as a landslide and flash flood engulfed the river in the morning in...