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Officials: Efforts failing to save US West sagebrush land

May. 24, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials say they're losing the battle against a devastating combination of invasive plant species and wildfires in the vast sagebrush habitats in the U.S. West that support cattle ranching and recreation and are home to an imperiled bird. The Western Association of Fish & Wildlife...

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

May. 24, 2018 11:42 AM EDT

SALALAH, Oman (AP) — Cyclone Mekunu pounded the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea on Thursday morning, lashing it with heavy rain and strong winds as the powerful storm remained on a path to strike Oman this weekend. At least 17 people were reported missing. With winds now gusting up to 160 kph...

The Latest: Images show residents sheltering from cyclone

May. 24, 2018 10:38 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Cyclone Mekuni (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Images circulated online from Yemen's Socotra island show soaking wet residents attempting to find shelter from Cyclone Mekunu, which pounded the area on its path toward Oman. The photos and video footage, which...

'Eerie' blue flames burn in cracks caused by Hawaii volcano

May. 24, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists in Hawaii have captured rare images of blue flames burning from cracks in the pavement as the Kilauea volcano gushes fountains of lava in the background, offering insight into a new dimension in the volcano's weeks-long eruption. Volcanos produce methane when hot lava buries and...

Maui's Kapalua Bay Beach tops Dr. Beach's best beach list

May. 24, 2018 9:10 AM EDT

A crescent-shaped beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui got the top slot Thursday on the list of best beaches issued annually by a Florida professor known as Dr. Beach. Kapalua Bay Beach topped the list released by Stephen Leatherman, a coastal science professor at Florida International University in Miami. And...

Chances for first tropical system of year up to 80 percent

May. 24, 2018 8:24 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say chances are increasing for the first tropical weather system of the year in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center said Thursday a mass of low pressure in the western Caribbean is becoming better defined and will likely become a subtropical or tropical depression by...

Hawaii volcano generates blue flames from burning methane

May. 23, 2018 11:56 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Blue flames from burning methane are the latest natural phenomena being seen at the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. Nighttime photos released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey show the flames spouting from cracks in the pavement in the Leilani Estates neighborhood where the...

Rain from Gulf floods Southeast; tropical storm possible

May. 23, 2018 8:07 PM EDT

Heavy rains from the Gulf of Mexico spawned flooding in the Southeastern states Wednesday ahead of what could become the year's first tropical storm, just as tourist season begins. The National Hurricane Center said a disturbance still over water in the western Caribbean had a 70 percent chance of becoming a...

Experts: 'Alarming' drought conditions hit US Southwest

May. 23, 2018 7:48 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rivers and watering holes are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought intensifies its grip on pockets of the American Southwest. Climatologists and other experts on Wednesday provided an update on the...

14 vehicles destroyed in central Washington brush fire

May. 23, 2018 7:40 PM EDT

SELAH, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say 14 vehicles were destroyed in a brush fire in central Washington. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the fire scorched about a half square mile near Selah on Tuesday. Selah Deputy Fire Chief Jim Lange says the fire threatened multiple homes and burned up to the U.S....