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FILE- A Nov. 29, 2009 file photo of Ang Rita Sherpa during a press conference in Katmandu, Nepal. The veteran Nepalese Sherpa guide who was the first person to climb Mount Everest 10 times has died at the age of 72 after a long illness, family members said. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi, File)

Veteran Sherpa guide who set Everest record dies at age 72

Sep. 21, 2020 9:06 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A veteran Nepalese Sherpa guide who was the first person to climb Mount Everest 10 times has died at age 72 after a long illness, family members said. Ang Rita, among the first Sherpa guides to receive international fame for his accomplishments, had suffered from health problems for...

A woman watches as the Bobcat Fire burns in Juniper Hill, Calif., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Enormous California wildfire threatens desert homes near LA

Sep. 21, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes on Monday and was one of more than two dozen major fires burning across California. Five of the largest wildfires in state history are currently burning...

Jesse Vasquez, of the San Bernardino County Fire Department, hoses down hot spots from the Bobcat Fire on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Valyermo, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

California wildfire likely to grow from wind, low humidity

Sep. 20, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The destruction wrought by a wind-driven wildfire in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles approached 156 square miles (404 square kilometers) Sunday, burning structures, homes and a nature center in a famed Southern California wildlife sanctuary in foothill desert communities. The...

Authorities: Missing hiker is found dead in Sandia Mountains

Sep. 20, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The body of a missing hiker has been found in the Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque police said Sunday. They said the death of 40-year-old Gilbran Hernandez-Avila is being ruled as accidental. Police said the body was located Saturday. A missing person’s alert was issued for...

A San Bernardino County Fire Department member keeps an eye on a flareup from the Bobcat Fire on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Valyermo, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Desert communities told to evacuate as winds stoke flames

Sep. 20, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds stoked a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to issue new evacuation orders for desert communities that lost some homes a day earlier. Meanwhile, officials were investigating the death of a firefighter...

The wind whips embers from the Joshua trees burned by the Bobcat Fire in Juniper Hills, Calif., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Homes burned as winds push California fire into desert floor

Sep. 19, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong afternoon winds intensified a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to issue new evacuation orders Saturday for desert communities that lost some homes a day earlier. Meanwhile, officials were investigating...

The wind whips embers from the Joshua trees burned by the Bobcat Fire in Juniper Hills, Calif., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Homes burned as winds push California fire into desert floor

Sep. 19, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds pushed a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles onto the desert floor and spread it rapidly in several directions, causing it to explode in size and destroy homes, officials said Saturday. Meanwhile, officials were...

This combination of photos shows a firefighter at the North Complex Fire in Plumas National Forest, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, left, and a person using a flashlight on flooded streets in search of their vehicle, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Pensacola, Fla. In the past week, swaths of the country have been burning and flooding in devastating extreme weather disasters. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, Gerald Herbert)

Underwater and on fire: US climate change magnifies extremes

Sep. 19, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

America's worsening climate change problem is as polarized as its politics. Some parts of the country have been burning this month while others were underwater in extreme weather disasters. The already parched West is getting drier and suffering deadly wildfires because of it, while the much wetter East keeps...

Self-taught woodcarver whittles her way into books for kids

Sep. 19, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

ISONVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Out in the mountains just a stone’s throw from where she grew up, you can usually find Minnie Adkins, 86, sitting in a recliner holding a knife. With a towel on her lap and a soft piece of wood in one hand, the elderly but spunky woman whittles until the faces of foxes, bears,...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, a pickup truck pulls a camper through the wildfire smoke in Seeley Lake in Missoula County, Mont. The small town was blanketed with hazardous smoke due to wildfires for seven weeks in 2017. A study showed residents' lung capacity declined in the first two years after the fires. The study team hasn't been able to return to Seeley Lake to check on the residents this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Kari Greer, U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

Wildfire smoke leaves lung damage long after air clears

Sep. 18, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

SEELEY LAKE, Mont. (AP) — When researchers arrived in this town tucked in the Northern Rockies three years ago, they could still smell the smoke a day after it cleared from devastating wildfires. Their plan was to chart how long it took for people to recover from living for seven weeks surrounded by...