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As search goes on, Floridians await OK to survey Ian's wrath

Oct. 07, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (AP) — William Wellema has been living under a bridge for four days, waiting to get to Fort Myers Beach on Florida's Estero Island to see if his vacation home survived Hurricane Ian. On Friday, he was beyond frustrated as he continued to await permission to drive across. ...

Hurricane Ian drowning victim was "the best big brother"

Oct. 07, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Craig Steven Markgraff Jr., a construction worker and the “best big brother ever,” was last seen clinging to a tree as rising waters from Hurricane Ian lashed areas dozens of miles inland from Florida's Gulf Coast. One of the storm's first publicly...

Greece: Gales stall efforts to find missing migrants

Oct. 07, 2022 10:15 AM EDT

KYTHIRA, Greece (AP) — Strong winds hampered efforts around two Greek islands Friday to find at least 10 migrants believed to be missing at sea after shipwrecks left at least 23 people dead, officials said. A dinghy and a sailboat sank in two separate incidents late Wednesday and...

Indian workers rescued from job scams in Southeast Asia

Oct. 07, 2022 09:24 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government on Friday said it has rescued about 130 Indian workers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia after they were lured by agents for fake job opportunities in the information technology sector in Thailand. Arindam Bagchi, the External Affairs Ministry...

Ian evacuees return to mud, rubble as death toll hits 101

Oct. 06, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Rotting fish and garbage lie scattered in Sanibel Island's streets. On the mainland, debris from washed-away homes is heaped in a canal like matchsticks. Huge shrimp boats sit perched amid the remains of a mobile home park. “Think of a snow globe....

Russia strikes Ukraine housing; detains refugees at border

Oct. 06, 2022 17:39 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missiles hit apartment buildings in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia on Thursday, killing at least seven people, with at least five others missing, in a region that Moscow has illegally annexed, a local official said. Two strikes damaged...

Harrowing rescues save migrants off Greece; at least 22 die

Oct. 06, 2022 15:44 PM EDT

KYTHIRA, Greece (AP) — Bodies floated amid splintered wreckage in the wind-tossed waters off a Greek island Thursday as the death toll from the separate sinkings of two migrant smuggling boats rose to 22, with about a dozen still missing. The vessels went down hundreds of miles...

Judge temporarily blocks search of slain reporter’s devices

Oct. 06, 2022 13:27 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge has granted a temporary restraining order that bars authorities from immediately searching the personal devices of slain investigative reporter Jeff German. The Las Vegas Review-Journal filed a request for the emergency order earlier this week, after...

21 more Malaysian scam victims return from Cambodia, Laos

Oct. 06, 2022 09:42 AM EDT

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — An additional 21 Malaysians rescued from human traffickers in Cambodia and Laos returned home on Thursday, as the government intensified efforts to locate scam victims reported missing abroad. Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, who met some of the...

At 15 least dead as 2 migrant boats sink in Greek waters

Oct. 06, 2022 02:03 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — At least 15 people have died as two boats carrying migrants sank in Greek waters late Wednesday, and rescuers were looking for dozens still missing, authorities said early Thursday. The coast guard said 15 bodies had been recovered near the eastern island of Lesbos after a...