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Extra effort saves Indian artifacts threatened by storm

Oct. 21, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

PEMBROKE, N.C. (AP) — The selfless efforts of a local educator helped save rare American Indian historical artifacts that were threatened when heavy rains from Hurricane Florence poured into the Indian Education Program Museum. "I got a text that the roof was off the building. I jumped in my vehicle during...

Tropical Storm Willa could become hurricane off Mexico coast

Oct. 21, 2018 12:02 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two tropical storms are swirling in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico, and one is forecast to become a hurricane and approach the country's west coast in several days. Tropical Storm Willa is the 21st named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season. It was about 255 miles (415 kilometers)...

10 days after hurricane, football offers a welcome escape

Oct. 20, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Castor Gay knew his life had changed the moment he watched his back fence disappear into the howling wind and water started pouring from his ceiling. Mike Maddox sensed the same thing when he packed into a tiny pantry closet with his mom, brother and five dogs while his house...

Tropical Storms Willa and Vicente swirling off Mexico

Oct. 20, 2018 5:57 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two tropical storms are swirling in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico, and one is forecast to become a hurricane and approach the country's west coast late next week. Tropical Storm Willa is the 21st named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season. It was about 280 miles (450 kilometers)...

Forage reserve created in eastern Idaho for livestock

Oct. 20, 2018 1:12 PM EDT

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities say a reserve forage area in eastern Idaho for livestock displaced by wildfires, drought or other problems will be available next summer. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says the 345-square-mile (890-square-kilometer) reserve northwest of American Falls...

19th Century shipwrecks unearthed by Hurricane Michael

Oct. 20, 2018 12:54 PM EDT

DOG ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael's deadly storm surge unearthed shipwrecks caused by another hurricane — in 1899. The Tallahassee Democrat reports unclear which of the 15 ships, or how many, that grounded on the Franklin County barrier island during the storm 119 years ago were exposed by...

Puna photographer hopes her eruption pictures help others

Oct. 20, 2018 12:31 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island photographer who lost her home in Kilauea volcano's latest eruption hopes her photographs can help others affected by the disaster. Melissa Schelling had planned an October photography exhibit in Hilo called "Year of the Dog," a personal project where she would photograph...

Magnitude 4.0 earthquake shakes Texas, Oklahoma panhandles

Oct. 20, 2018 12:28 PM EDT

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — An earthquake has shaken parts of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 8:04 a.m. Saturday about 9 miles (15 kilometers) north-northeast of Amarillo. The temblor was recorded at a depth of 3 miles (5...

Florida's open for business, tourism agency says

Oct. 20, 2018 12:07 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Visit Florida is launching a $9 million marketing plan to show that much of the state is open for business following Hurricane Michael. The Orlando Sentinel reports the taxpayer-funded tourism agency's executive committee voted Friday to support a plan that includes highlighting...

Georgia festival changes dates after brushes with big storms

Oct. 20, 2018 10:28 AM EDT

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Brushes with two big storms have prompted a popular food festival on the Georgia coast to push back its schedule to avoid the peak of hurricane season starting in 2020. The Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival drew about 45,000 people to the island state park in 2016. But the...