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Polish school director fired over terror attack exercise

Dec. 9, 2019 11:30 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Local authorities in northeast Poland say that a primary school director has been fired and psychologists are working with traumatized schoolchildren following a terrorist attack exercise the director organized but that unprepared students took for real. The director of primary and...

Man buried in Alaska mountain avalanche saved by other hiker

Dec. 9, 2019 9:37 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska hiker is lucky to be alive after he was buried during an avalanche and another hiker saw his feet and freed him, officials said. The hiker was alone on Flattop Mountain around 1 p.m. Saturday when an avalanche buried him, the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information...

Torrential rains in Uganda, 26 killed, says Red Cross

Dec. 9, 2019 5:34 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — At least 26 people have been killed in floods unleashed by heavy rains in different parts of Uganda, the Red Cross said on Monday as authorities urged people in affected areas to relocate. Seventeen flooding deaths have been confirmed in the western district of Bundibugyo. Another...

Avalanche send Bruins to 1st home regulation loss, 4-1

Dec. 7, 2019 10:36 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — No matter how well the Boston Bruins are playing at home, it doesn’t seem to matter when the Colorado Avalanche come to town. Ian Cole scored his first goal of season in his 500th career NHL game, backup goalie Pavel Francouz stopped all 16 shots he faced in relief and the Avalanche...

Flooding leaves small Missouri city with dozens of sinkholes

Dec. 6, 2019 3:12 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dozens of sinkholes, some up to 12 feet deep, are dotting the landscape in the small southeastern Missouri city of Caruthersville, forcing road detours, swallowing sections of people's yards and leaving city leaders scrambling to make repairs. Months of flooding along the Mississippi River...

FEMA takes $12,400 check back from Missouri flood victim

Dec. 6, 2019 1:06 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The washer and dryer are still in Larry Whetsel's living room, where they landed after floating out of his kitchen. The water line left by the Missouri River, across the warped, cracked walls, is level with his shoulders. Pieces of furniture, some made by his father, lay in a...

Amount of water released into Missouri River being reduced

Dec. 5, 2019 4:58 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River is being reduced ahead of winter, so flooded areas along the river will get some relief. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from the Gavins Point dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border...

Albania PM optimistic of world support on quake recovery

Dec. 4, 2019 1:11 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prime minister said Wednesday he was pleased with the international support he secured at a NATO summit on dealing with the aftermath of a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that killed 51 people and injured more than 3,000 others. Edi Rama said before leaving the NATO summit...

The Latest: Elon Musk testifies British diver insulted him

Dec. 3, 2019 9:05 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a defamation lawsuit against Elon Musk (all times local): ___ 3:30 p.m. Elon Musk denied that he meant to call a British cave diver a pedophile when he dubbed him “pedo guy” on social media. Vernon Unsworth helped to rescue a dozen boys and their soccer coach...

Simulator replicates experience of being in an earthquake

Dec. 2, 2019 3:27 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri emergency management officials are buying a $200,000 machine that will simulate an earthquake to prepare residents for a big temblor in a region where one of the most powerful earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains occurred in the 1800s. The simulator is built inside a...