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Wildfire burns in dry, windy Southern California mountains

Jan. 15, 2021 9:37 AM EST

MOUNTAIN CENTER, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battled a wildfire in the inland mountains of Southern California on Friday as Santa Ana winds gusted through the region, where little rain has fallen this winter and vegetation is very dry. The Bonita fire erupted shortly after 1 a.m. and grew to 600 acres (243...

People react as the body of a relative is retrieved from the ruin of a building at an area affected by an earthquake in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. A strong, shallow earthquake shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island just after midnight Friday, toppling homes and buildings, triggering landslides and killing a number of people. (AP Photo/Yusuf Wahil)

At least 42 dead as Indonesia quake topples homes, buildings

Jan. 15, 2021 9:20 AM EST

MAMUJU, Indonesia (AP) — A strong, shallow earthquake shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island just after midnight Friday, toppling homes and buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least 42 people. More than 600 people were injured by the magnitude 6.2 quake, which sent people fleeing their homes in the...

A woman waits at a bus stop in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The traffic situation is difficult after persistent snowfalls in eastern Switzerland. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)

Avalanche warnings aired after heavy snowfall in Switzerland

Jan. 15, 2021 9:03 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Switzerland have warned of high avalanche risk in mountainous regions of the Alpine nation after heavy snowfall in recent days. Zurich's public transport company halted all tram and bus services in Switzerland's biggest city Friday, saying snow had brought down trees and...

Hurricane-force winds cause extensive damage in North Dakota

Jan. 15, 2021 8:47 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A weather system packing hurricane-force wind gusts has caused extensive damage and power outages in western and central North Dakota. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 77 mph at Garrison, 81 mph in Hettinger County and 93 mph in Williston on Thursday. The weather...

Search and rescue crews continue to look for a missing woman whose car was swept away by a mudslide Wednesday in the Dodson area of the Columbia River Gorge, in Oregon, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Searchers used inflatable yellow rafts and drove metal poles into deep mud as they searched for a woman who was missing in Oregon during a powerful winter storm. Authorities have found part of the SUV that 50-year-old Jennifer Camus Moore was driving when she was swept away. (Brooke Herbert/The Oregonian via AP)

Search now recovery mission for Oregon woman in landslide

Jan. 14, 2021 9:18 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Searchers used inflatable yellow rafts and drove metal poles into deep mud Thursday as they searched for a woman who was swept away by a landslide in Oregon during a powerful winter storm. Authorities said in social media posts that they have found part of the SUV that 50-year-old...

Migrants trying to reach the U.S. border rest at the edge of a highway as they await rides on passing vehicles, near Choloma, Honduras, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. About 200 Honduran migrants resumed walking toward the border with Guatemala early Thursday, a day before a migrant caravan was scheduled to depart the city of San Pedro Sula. (AP Photo/Delmer Martinez)

Honduran migrants trek north toward Guatemalan border

Jan. 14, 2021 8:57 PM EST

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Hundreds of migrants hoping to reach the U.S. border gathered outside a bus station in this Honduran city Thursday despite continued signs from Mexico and other Central American governments that they would not be allowed through. Santos Demetrio Pineda was one of hundreds...

FILE - In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a Northern Spotted Owl flies after an elusive mouse jumping off the end of a stick in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore. The Trump administration has slashed more than 3 million acres of protected habitat for the northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington and northern California, much of it in prime timber locations in Oregon's coastal ranges. Environmentalists are accusing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under President Donald Trump of taking a

Trump administration slashes imperiled spotted owls' habitat

Jan. 14, 2021 1:27 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday that it would slash millions of acres of protected habitat designated for the imperiled northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington state and Northern California, much of it in prime timber locations in Oregon’s coastal ranges....

FILE - This April 1991 file photo shows AP correspondent Guy Coates in Baton Rouge, La. Coates, a retired Associated Press correspondent in Louisiana, died late Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at the age of 80. Coates' early career included stints at The Times of Shreveport as well as KNOE TV in Monroe and KSLA TV in Shreveport. (Mark Keedy/The Advocate via AP, File)

Guy Coates, longtime AP reporter in Louisiana, dies at 80

Jan. 13, 2021 10:10 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Guy Coates, a former Associated Press correspondent who covered Gulf Coast hurricanes and civil rights, dodged gunfire during a New Orleans sniper's shooting spree and chronicled the tumult of politics in his native Louisiana for four decades, died late Tuesday. He was 80. His wife...

Environmentalists move toward lawsuit over fuel break plan

Jan. 13, 2021 9:19 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S government to block plans to build up to 11,000 miles (17,700 kilometers) of fuel breaks they contend would violate the Endangered Species Act in a misguided effort to slow the advance of wildfires in six Western states....

Crews remove a large ponderosa pine that fell on a vehicle, killing a woman during a  windstorm Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 in Spokane, Wash. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

Northwest storm kills 1, causes landslide and power outages

Jan. 13, 2021 6:10 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A powerful wind storm rolled through the Pacific Northwest, killing one person and leaving a trail of damage -- including a highway shut down after a landslide and a tractor-trailer that was nearly blown off a bridge. More than 500,000 people lost power. The death happened in Spokane,...