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Quakes rock southern Italy, alarmed people sleeping outdoors

Aug. 16, 2018 7:53 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — At least nine earthquakes rocked southern Italy in two hours Thursday night, prompting frightened residents to sleep outdoors for safety and a child to hurt himself when he leaped in fear from a balcony. The jolts damaged balconies, cracked walls and collapsed some uninhabited houses in the...

US vows to work more closely with states to fight wildfires

Aug. 16, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged Thursday to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever starting. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the Forest Service and other agencies will step up efforts...

Record-breaking fire tornado killed California firefighter

Aug. 16, 2018 5:56 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields. An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the life of Redding...

TS Lane forecast to become major hurricane in Pacific

Aug. 16, 2018 5:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Lane pushed westward across the eastern Pacific on Thursday, while Subtropical Storm Ernesto headed across the northern Atlantic in the general direction of Ireland and the United Kingdom. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Lane's maximum sustained winds had increased...

Ongoing landslide keeps North Carolina highway closed

Aug. 16, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

BAT CAVE, N.C. (AP) — A landslide that will not stop moving is preventing transportation officials from reopening a North Carolina highway. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the N.C. Department of Transportation temporarily opened one lane of N.C. Highway 9 in the past few weeks, only to have to close it...

Rock slide sends massive boulders into Billings home

Aug. 16, 2018 11:12 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Billings residents say a rock slide sent massive boulders crashing down onto a home in their neighborhood. The Billings Gazette reports boulders about the size of an all-terrain vehicle and the cab of a semi-truck broke off from the Rimrocks, geological rimrock sandstone formations...

Turkish official: 30,000 could die in Istanbul earthquake

Aug. 16, 2018 7:02 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's emergency management agency is warning that up to 30,000 people could be killed in Istanbul if a magnitude-7.5 earthquake were to hit the area. Murat Nurlu, a director at Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, or AFAD, made the comments Wednesday ahead of the...

Body of firefighter killed in California returns to Utah

Aug. 16, 2018 12:24 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The body of a Utah firefighter who died battling the largest recorded blaze in California history returned to his home state Wednesday. Cal Fire officials escorted Matthew Burchett's casket Wednesday to an airport in the Northern California city of Ukiah. Burchett's wife, brother and...

Unhealthy smoky air blankets Northwest

Aug. 15, 2018 11:22 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Unhealthy air filled with smoke from wildfires blanketed the Northwest again on Wednesday. Washington state had the worst air quality in the country, according to the National Weather Service. In the central Washington cities of Chelan and Wenatchee the air quality Wednesday reached the...

Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming

Aug. 15, 2018 9:39 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and the U.S. Southwest for the next 13 months, but a looming shortage could trigger cutbacks as soon as the end of 2019, officials said Wednesday. A forecast from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation echoes previous...