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In this photo provided by Robert Brown, a wildfire burns west of Evergreen, Colo., Monday, July 13, 2020. No structures have burned, and no injuries have been reported. It's not yet clear what caused the fire. Jenny Fulton, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, says three evacuation orders were issued for

Cooler weather could help crews fight fire west of Denver

Jul. 14, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Firefighters are hoping to take advantage of cooler weather on Tuesday to stop the spread of a wildfire that has forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in the foothills west of Denver. The Elephant Butte Fire started Monday afternoon and is burning in rugged and steep terrain west of...

An Indian flood affected man and a woman ride on a country boat in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam, India, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by floodwaters and landslides following incessant rainfall in the region. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

77 dead in floods and landslides in India's Assam state

Jul. 14, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Six more people have died in floods and mudslides in northeastern India's Assam state, officials said Tuesday, taking the death toll to 77 from more than two weeks of heavy rains that caused one of Asia's largest rivers to overflow. The Brahmaputra River continued to wreak havoc,...

Flash flood kills 15 in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province

Jul. 14, 2020 8:52 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A flash flood in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province left at least 15 people dead and an unknown number missing, an official said Tuesday. “Fifteen are reported dead and we are still looking for more casualties since access to many locations is still blocked by the...

Study points to smaller effects of wildfire smoke on warming

Jul. 14, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Sunlight-absorbing particles in wildfire smoke may contribute less to warming temperatures than previously thought, according to the findings of a Los Alamos National Laboratory-led research team. The researchers in a paper released in a scientific journal last week reported that as...

Wildfire forces hundreds of evacuations west of Denver

Jul. 13, 2020 11:51 PM EDT

EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire burning in the foothills west of Denver has prompted authorities to tell hundreds of residents to leave their homes. The fire started Monday afternoon and is burning in rugged and steep terrain west of Evergreen. No structures have burned, and no injuries have been...

Western, central Nebraska under risk of severe storms

Jul. 13, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Residents in parts of western and central Nebraska who saw tornadoes and strong storms last week could be in for another round. The National Weather Service said the risk of severe weather was enhanced for the area Monday night as a cold front was expected to slam into hot air...

Bob Chestnut stands outside of his Ride the Wind Surf Shop on North Carolina's Ocracoke Island on June 25, 2020. The secluded travel destination was ravaged by Hurricane Dorian in September and then hit with coronavirus-related travel restrictions in the spring. Residents and business owners are hoping to recoup some of their losses as tourists return, albeit in smaller than usual numbers. But they're wary of a possibly busy hurricane season ahead. (AP Photo/Ben Finley)

Outer Banks island ravaged by storms and virus restrictions

Jul. 13, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — When Hurricane Dorian pounded the wisp of earth that is Ocracoke Island, a wall of Atlantic seawater flooded Bob Chestnut’s home, surf shop and four vehicles. Seven months later, his shop was ready for business. But the coronavirus pandemic kept the doors locked. Now, as the...

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a man paddles with an inflatable boat past submerged cars during a flood in Rongshui County in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Saturday, July 11, 2020. Vice Minister of Emergency Management Zheng Guoguang told reporters Monday, July 13, 2020 that the Yangtze River and parts of its watershed have seen the second highest rainfall since 1961 over the past six months. (Long Linzhi/Xinhua via AP)

China reports 141 dead or missing in flooding since June

Jul. 13, 2020 12:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Yangtze River region has seen its second highest rainfall in more than a half-century so far this year as deadly flooding strikes much of China. Around 28,000 homes have been damaged and 141 people have died or are missing in the floods since last month. Virtually all of mainland China...

FILE - Carrie Mingo Douglas, a member of the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood association and chair of the association's historic district committee, walks around the historic sign of the housing development that she helps maintain in New Orleans, in a Friday, June 8, 2018 file photo. Pontchartrain Park, the first subdivision built for middle- and upper-class Black residents of New Orleans is now on the National Register of Historic Places. (Max Becherer /The Advocate via AP, File)

New Orleans' 1st Black subdivision officially historic

Jul. 12, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The first subdivision built for middle- and upper-class Black residents of New Orleans — and one of the first in the nation — is now on the National Register of Historic Places. It's great to have national recognition of the neighborhood's historical significance after...

Fiery car crash in North Carolina leaves 3 men dead

Jul. 12, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

GASTON, N.C. (AP) — Three men were found dead Sunday in North Carolina near the border with Virginia after firefighters extinguished a blaze in a wooded area following a car crash, the fire department in Gaston said. Firefighters at 8:02 a.m. responded to a call about a vehicle on fire along North Carolina...