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The next frontier for drones: letting them fly out of sight

Jul. 06, 2022 06:58 AM EDT

REMINGTON, Va. (AP) — For years, there's been a cardinal rule for flying civilian drones: Keep them within your line of sight. Not just because it's a good idea — it's also the law. But some drones have recently gotten permission to soar out of their pilots' sight. They can now...

EXPLAINER: Factors behind Sydney's recent flood emergencies

Jul. 06, 2022 05:41 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Parts of Australia’s largest city have been inundated by four major floods since March last year, leaving weary residents questioning how many times they can rebuild. The latest disaster follows Sydney’s wettest-ever start to a year with dams...

Girl dies while tubing during holiday weekend in Tennessee

Jul. 06, 2022 05:02 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A 10-year-old girl died while tubing on a Tennessee waterway during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, authorities said. The girl was on a tube being pulled by a pontoon boat on the Tennessee River in Decatur County on Saturday evening when the boat's...

WVa gov to appeal denial of federal flood assistance

Jul. 06, 2022 04:12 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said he plans to appeal a ruling that denied federal assistance for flooding in three counties. Justice said Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency ruled that May 6 storm damage was not severe enough to qualify...

Homes of 85,000 people at risk, but rain eases around Sydney

Jul. 06, 2022 04:09 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Floodwaters inundated or were threatening the homes of 85,000 people around Sydney on Wednesday as rivers started to recede and the heavy rains tracked north of Australia’s largest city. While rain was easing across Sydney, several waterways including the...

New evacuations for communities near California forest fire

Jul. 05, 2022 21:26 PM EDT

JACKSON, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation orders were expanded Tuesday for remote California communities near a wildfire that may have been sparked by fireworks or a barbecue on the Fourth of July in a mountainous region that's a top tourism destination. The Electra Fire in Sierra Nevada...

Hurricane Bonnie off Mexico briefly season's 1st major storm

Jul. 05, 2022 23:43 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Bonnie weakened a bit Tuesday night after several hours as the first major storm of the eastern Pacific season while off southern Mexico, though it wasn't a threat to land. Bonnie was beginning to move farther away from Mexico’s Pacific coast, three...

Washington town of Conconully hit by flash flooding

Jul. 05, 2022 23:13 PM EDT

CONCONULLY, Wash. (AP) — A flash flood flowed through the streets of the town of Conconully in Washington’s remote Okanogan County on Monday, sending a foot of water and mud into 30 to 40 homes and businesses. County emergency managers saud 1.7 inches of rain fell in the 36...

Sheriff: Man killed in Washington Cascades climbing fall

Jul. 05, 2022 22:46 PM EDT

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) — A man from Vancouver, Washington, died in a climbing accident Monday in the Cascade Mountains south of Leavenworth, the Chelan County sheriff said. The 44-year-old’s climbing partner said the two were climbing on Icicle Buttress when heavy rain moved...

9-year-old injured in Northern California train crash dies

Jul. 05, 2022 22:11 PM EDT

BRENTWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy who was badly injured in a Northern California commuter train crash that killed three other people has died, according to a GoFundMe page set up for his family. Julien Nieves of Dixon died Wednesday of injuries suffered when an Amtrak...