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Winter storm lingers in southern US, but relief is forecast

Feb. 02, 2023 09:48 AM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A mess of ice, sleet and snow lingered across much of the southern U.S. as thousands in Texas endured freezing temperatures with no power, including many in the state capital of Austin, but a warming trend was forecast to bring relief from the deadly storm Thursday. ...

Pumping Mississippi River water west: solution or dream?

Feb. 02, 2023 09:35 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Waves of torrential rainfall drenched California into the new year. Snowpacks in the Sierra Nevada Mountains have swelled to more than 200% their normal size, and snowfall across the rest of the Colorado River Basin is trending above average, too. While...

US, Philippines agree to larger American military presence

Feb. 01, 2023 23:32 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United States and the Philippines on Thursday announced plans to expand America's military presence in the Southeast Asian nation, with access to four more bases as they seek to deter China’s increasingly aggressive actions toward Taiwan and in the disputed South...

Power outage blacks out terminals at Los Angeles airport

Feb. 01, 2023 19:26 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Power was briefly knocked out at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, leaving many passengers at one of the world's busiest airports in the dark and halting security checks, authorities said. The airport tweeted at around 2:30 p.m. PT that some...

Tornado-relief payments come under scrutiny in Kentucky

Feb. 01, 2023 18:17 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Some people unaffected by tornadoes that ravaged Kentucky in late 2021 were mistakenly sent payments from a relief fund funneling private donations into the region, the state treasurer's office said Wednesday. State Treasurer Allison Ball's office said it...

US winter storm causes 3rd day of dangerous, icy conditions

Feb. 01, 2023 18:09 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A deadly storm system lashed a large swath of the southern U.S. with bands of sleet and snow for a third day on Wednesday, grounding an additional 2,300 flights, leaving hundreds of thousands without power, forcing school closures and making already treacherous driving...

N. Carolina senators want tougher utility attack penalties

Feb. 01, 2023 17:43 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Punishments would get tougher in North Carolina for intentionally damaging utility equipment — like what authorities say happened two months ago when tens of thousands of Moore County residents lost electricity for days — in legislation filed Wednesday by Senate...

Thousands in Santa Cruz County without power after outage

Feb. 01, 2023 13:53 PM EST

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Crews were working to restore electricity Wednesday to thousands of customers in western Santa Cruz County. Officials with UniSource Energy said an estimated 20,000 customers lost power around 3 a.m. They said the outage was related to a...

Palestinians face removal as far-right Israel vows expansion

Feb. 01, 2023 09:40 AM EST

KHAN AL-AHMAR, West Bank (AP) — Protesters streaming up the windswept hills east of Jerusalem interrupted Maha Ali’s breakfast. Palestinian chants of support for her West Bank Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, at risk of demolition by the Israeli army since it lost its legal...

Convicted Khmer Rouge leader moved to Cambodian state prison

Feb. 01, 2023 07:51 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Khieu Samphan, who was convicted by a U.N.-backed tribunal of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role as a leader of the communist Khmer Rouge when they ruled Cambodia in 1975-1979, has been transferred from the tribunal’s jail to serve his life...