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Fire plan would cut 2.4 million New Jersey Pinelands trees

Nov. 25, 2022 13:08 PM EST

BASS RIVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Up to 2.4 million trees would be cut down as part of a project to prevent major wildfires in a federally protected New Jersey forest heralded as a unique environmental treasure. New Jersey environmental officials say the plan to kill trees in a...

President Biden declares coastal SC disaster area after Ian

Nov. 24, 2022 12:47 PM EST

COLUMBIA,, S.C. (AP) — Three coastal counties in South Carolina have been declared disaster areas from damage from this fall's Hurricane Ian, allowing people to get federal money for repairs and assistance. President Joe Biden approved the disaster declaration this week for...

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits northwest Turkey, 68 injured

Nov. 23, 2022 09:35 AM EST

DUZCE, Turkey (AP) — A magnitude-5.9 earthquake hit a town in northwestern Turkey early Wednesday, causing damage to some buildings and widespread panic. At least 68 people were injured, mostly while trying to flee homes. The quake was centered in the town of Golkaya, in Duzce...

Monsoon rains force halt in Indonesia quake rescue efforts

Nov. 23, 2022 09:14 AM EST

CIANJUR, Indonesia (AP) — Searchers in Indonesia on Wednesday rescued a 6-year-old boy who was trapped for two days under the rubble of his house, which collapsed in an earthquake that killed at least 271 people, as heavy monsoon rains lashed survivors in makeshift shelters and forced a...

Insurgency, neglect hurt flood relief in Pakistani province

Nov. 22, 2022 01:13 AM EST

GANDAKHA, Pakistan (AP) — Maryam Jamali should have been preparing for an economics exam. Instead, the teenager from the flood-hit Pakistani province of Baluchistan was helping organize postpartum clinics and shelter for people neglected by relief efforts. Baluchistan is...

Biden sending federal aid as NY digs out from huge snowstorm

Nov. 21, 2022 17:44 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — President Joe Biden is sending federal aid to western New York to help state and local authorities clean up from the massive storm that dumped more than 6 feet (1.8 meters) of snow in western and northern New York and is blamed for three deaths, the White House announced...

Heavy rains in the Balkans cause flooding, killing 6 people

Nov. 21, 2022 12:01 PM EST

SHKODER, Albania (AP) — Torrential rains in the Balkans over the past two days led to floods that killed at least six people, prompted widespread evacuations and caused significant damage, authorities said Monday. One of the most impacted areas was in northwestern Albania, where...

Remaining Disaster Recovery Centers closing in Kentucky

Nov. 21, 2022 04:11 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The remaining Disaster Recovery Centers in eastern Kentucky as a result of flooding last summer are closing this week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the centers will close at the end of the day Tuesday. Help will remain available, the agency...

Official: Truck struck by plane on Lima runway was in drill

Nov. 19, 2022 21:34 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian officials said a fire truck that collided with a LATAM Airlines plane on a runway at Lima's international airport was taking part in a nearby fire drill and entered the runway without authorization. Flight LA2213, operated with an Airbus 320neo, was...

Public safety accounts urge caution on Twitter after changes

Nov. 19, 2022 10:20 AM EST

As Twitter became knotted with parody accounts and turmoil, Rachel Terlep, who runs an account for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources that intersperses cheeky banter with wildfire and weather warnings, watched with equal parts trepidation and fascination. “It kind...