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This photo combination shows digital colorization, left, by Anju Niwata and Hidenori Watanave, and original black and white file photo that smoke rises around 20,000 feet above Hiroshima, Japan, after the first atomic bomb was dropped on Aug. 6, 1945. Niwata and Watanave are adding color to pre-war and wartime photographs using a combination of methods. These include AI technologies, but also traditional methods to fill the gaps in automated coloring. These include going door to door interviewing survivors who track back childhood memories, and communicating on social media to gather information from a wider audience. The team has brought to life more than a thousand black-and-white photographs that illustrate the pre-war lives of ordinary people and chronicles the onset and destruction caused by World War II. (Anju Niwata & Hidenori Watanave via AP)

Melting 'frozen memories,' AI helps Japanese recall war days

Aug. 13, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — When Tokuso Hamai saw the colorized version of an old black-and-white photo of a picnic held under cherry tree blossoms sometime before World War II, forgotten memories of family members, most of whom died in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, came pouring out. “In colorized...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, file photo released by the U.S. Forest Service smoke from the Nethker Fire billows into the air at Payette National Forest near McCall, Idaho. A giant Idaho forest project favored by some environmental groups but decried by others is on hold again following a federal court ruling. The decision Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, halts for the second time a 125-square-mile project on the Payette National Forest that includes commercial timber sales, work to improve fish passage, prescribed burning, the closing of some roads and restoration of Ponderosa pine ecosystems. (U.S. Forest Service via AP,File)

Giant Idaho forest project on hold again after court ruling

Aug. 12, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A giant Idaho forest project favored by some environmental groups but decried by others is on hold again following a federal court ruling. The decision Tuesday halts for the second time a 125-square-mile (325-square-kilometer) project on the Payette National Forest that includes...

Downed trees and other debris cover front yards in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after a powerful storm moved through Iowa on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (Liz Martin/The Gazette via AP)

Powerful storm leaves 2 dead, heavy crop damage in Midwest

Aug. 11, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of thousands across the Midwest remained without electricity on Tuesday after a powerful storm packing 100 mph winds battered the region a day earlier, causing widespread damage to millions of acres of crops and killing at least two people. The storm known as a derecho tore...

Collins Aerospace in Cedar Rapids to lay off 72 employees

Aug. 11, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — One of eastern Iowa’s largest employers has revealed it plans to lay off 72 workers at its Cedar Rapids plant. The company, which manufactures aviation and military equipment, had announced on July 30 that it would lay off workers, but declined to say how many. It revealed...

Part of a tree that had split at the trunk lies on a road in Oak Park, Ill., while also appearing not to have landed on a car parked on the road, after a severe storm moved through the Chicago area Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Zelio)

Powerful derecho leaves path of devastation across Midwest

Aug. 11, 2020 6:28 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A rare storm packing 100 mph winds and with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power as it moved through Chicago and into Indiana and...

Tim Hatlestad works on one of his pieces in his garage shop, May 29, 2020, in North Mankato, Minn. The third grade teacher turned his woodworking hobby into a lucrative side business. When Hatlestad began woodworking, he was the same age as the third-grade students he teaches at Bridges Community School in North Mankato. A lesson that he often tells his students is this: If you want to get better at something, start small and work your way up. (Pat Christman/The Free Press via AP)

Hatlestad’s outdoor furniture popular at Farmers’ Market

Aug. 10, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — When Tim Hatlestad began woodworking, he was the same age as the third-grade students he teaches at Bridges Community School in North Mankato. His first project was assembling a birdhouse kit. Now he makes entire furniture sets. A lesson that he often tells his students is this: If...

Maine asking for help finding pesky forest bugs

Aug. 9, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is asking residents to keep an eye on trees near their homes and neighborhoods for strange bugs. August is a peak time of the year to be able to observe invasive insects, which can do damage to trees in the state. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry...

Endangered Indiana bats losing habitat near Indiana airport

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana bat, a state and federally endangered species, spends the winter hibernating in caves. But, over time, one of its favorite springtime hangouts has increasingly become well, less bat friendly. That home? The area around the Indianapolis International Airport. As Indianapolis...

Andrew Dodson, left, and Scott Crane, of Dominion Energy work to repair a fallen electrical line near Newsome Drive in York County, Va. Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 5, 2020 after multiple trees were toppled by Tropical Storm Isaias. Power would be restored to more than 700 customers once the work was completed. (Jonathon Gruenke/The Daily Press via AP)

Restoring lights can be a complicated job for line workers

Aug. 8, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

YORKTOWN, Va. (AP) — The line crew from Northern Virginia had been working since 7 a.m., knocking out six repair jobs to restore power to hundreds of Peninsula homes, but the backlog at Dominion Energy’s regional operations center meant they got a bit of an early afternoon breathing spell at job No....

Boats are piled on each other at the Southport Marina following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Tropic storm Isaias whips up eastern US, killing at least 6

Aug. 4, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) — At least six people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the U.S. East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people. Two people died when Isaias spun off a...