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Rumors, conflict challenge Ebola response in eastern Congo

Sep. 19, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The latest Ebola outbreak in Congo presents complex challenges as the virus spreads for the first time in an area where long-running conflict is hampering aid efforts, the regional Africa chief for the International Federation of the Red Cross said Wednesday. Red Cross teams have resorted to...

Michael Jordan donates $2M for hurricane relief in NC

Sep. 18, 2018 4:14 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan grew up playing high school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina. So when the former NBA star watched the destruction caused by Hurricane Florence to his hometown and surrounding area, he acted quickly to help. The six-time NBA champion and Charlotte Hornets owner...

Nigerian president condemns Boko Haram killing of aid worker

Sep. 18, 2018 1:35 PM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is strongly condemning Boko Haram's killing of a Red Cross aid worker and vows his government will do everything possible to ensure the safe return of all held by the extremist group. Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa was kidnapped in March along...

Red Cross says Boko Haram has killed aid worker in Nigeria

Sep. 17, 2018 5:55 PM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram extremists have killed a Red Cross worker who was abducted earlier this year during an attack in the Kala Balge government area in northern Nigeria's Borno State, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday. "The International Committee of the Red Cross...

The Latest: Forecast: Florence threat continues overnight

Sep. 14, 2018 11:03 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Florence (all times local): 11 p.m. Tropical Storm Florence is crawling slowly across South Carolina as life-threatening storm surges and strong winds are expected to continue overnight, amid a rising inland flood threat. The National Hurricane Center in Miami...

The Latest: Florence now a Category 2 storm, still dangerous

Sep. 12, 2018 11:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local): 11:00 p.m. Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm. As of 11 p.m., the storm was centered 280 miles (455 kilometers) east southeast of...

The Latest: 2 sue trucking company after deadly bus crash

Aug. 31, 2018 6:57 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly crash of commercial bus and semi-truck crash in New Mexico (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Two people have sued a California-based trucking company whose semitrailer crashed into a commercial bus on a New Mexico interstate, killing eight and injuring numerous...

Official: Fireworks, cigarettes may have caused deadly blaze

Aug. 27, 2018 11:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Investigators seeking the cause of Chicago's deadliest fire in well over a decade were searching the porch area where the blaze started for evidence of fireworks, cigarettes or other smoking materials, a fire official said Monday. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said children had...

The Latest: Italian church will take most migrants from ship

Aug. 25, 2018 4:47 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says the Italian Catholic church will take most of the migrants who have been stuck aboard an Italian coast guard ship for days. Conte's office quoted him as saying Saturday night that...

Taliban overrun Afghan army base, kill 17 troops

Aug. 14, 2018 3:10 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban overran a remote base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers, as Afghan forces battled the insurgents for the fifth straight day in the eastern city of Ghazni on Tuesday, trying to flush them out of the city's outskirts, officials said. The Taliban claimed that...