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N Carolina officials vote to reopen island damaged by Dorian

Nov. 12, 2019 4:27 AM EST

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — County commissioners on the North Carolina coast have moved to reopen an island ravaged by Hurricane Dorian. Acting on a recommendation from the Ocracoke Control Group, the Hyde County Commissioners on Monday adopted the proposal to open the island to visitors on Nov. 22, or when N.C....

Rebirth, angst and the 'new normal' of California wildfires

Nov. 11, 2019 4:42 PM EST

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Tina Chandler walks outside her home and sniffs the air. "Do you smell smoke?" she asks. Even when the scent is no longer there, it haunts her. So does the fear of the monstrous winds of autumn, the kind that stoked the wildfires that destroyed her northern California neighborhood...

Magnitude-5.4 quake hits south France, 1 reported injured

Nov. 11, 2019 9:26 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A moderate earthquake measuring 5.4 in magnitude struck a remote part of southern France Monday seriously injuring one person, authorities said, adding that they are investigating reports of light damage to about a dozen buildings. France's earthquake detection agency said the quake struck at...

Seward seeks upgrades for antiquated flood-control system

Nov. 10, 2019 11:36 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Every fall, heavy storms test Seward's antiquated flood-control system, leading to fears of a major disaster should it finally fail after nearly eight decades of diverting a fast-moving creek away from its historical route through town. Officials say a tunnel that carries flood...

Japan emperor greets at celebration hosted by conservatives

Nov. 9, 2019 8:54 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito thanked tens of thousands of well-wishers who gathered outside the palace Saturday to congratulate his enthronement at a ceremony organized by conservative political and business groups. Naruhito and Empress Masako greeted well-wishers from the Nijubashi bridge...

3 dead, dozens injured as Australia wildfires raze homes

Nov. 9, 2019 6:07 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Wildfires razing Australia's drought-stricken east coast have left three people dead, several missing and dozens injured, with over 150 homes destroyed, officials said Saturday. Around 1,500 firefighters were battling more than 70 fires across Australia's most populous state, New...

Paradise community gathers on anniversary of Camp Fire

Nov. 8, 2019 8:16 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — One year after Paradise burned, hundreds of people gathered in the parking lot of a former bank building in the Northern California town to pause for 85 seconds — one for each person who died. The Rev. Richard Yale moved quietly through the crowd, wearing a blue vest with the...

The Latest: Camp Fire anniversary proclaimed Resilience Day

Nov. 8, 2019 6:58 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the anniversary of the wildfire that tore through the town of Paradise (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Gov. Gavin Newsom has proclaimed the anniversary of the Camp Fire to be "California Resilience Day." The wildfire a year ago Friday was the most deadly and destructive...

$800 million in disaster aid to farmers hit by hurricanes

Nov. 8, 2019 5:31 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal government announced $800 million in aid Friday to farmers in three southern states that were devastated by last year's hurricanes. Nearly half that money will go to Florida, where timber farmers suffered catastrophic losses when Hurricane Michael came ashore in October...

West Virginia high school field house destroyed in fire

Nov. 7, 2019 3:40 PM EST

PETERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A fast-moving fire has gutted a West Virginia high school football team's field house, destroying equipment and forcing a varsity game to be moved. Petersburg High School Athletic Director Travis Liller says the blaze broke out Wednesday as the team was getting changed for practice...