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California storm moving out after battering state for 3 days

Jan. 17, 2019 10:51 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The storm that pummeled much of California for three days began moving east Thursday after causing at least six deaths, forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes and plunging nearly 300,000 utility customers into darkness. The winter storm is forecast to unleash...

Red Sox manager Cora hedges on White House visit

Jan. 17, 2019 6:39 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, a Puerto Rico native who has been outspoken about its need for hurricane relief, indicated on Thursday that he may skip the World Series celebration at the White House over President Donald Trump's policies toward the island. Cora previously said he would...

US shutdown stalls training, other prep for wildfire season

Jan. 17, 2019 4:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year's fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. The winter months are critical for wildfire managers who use the...

Northridge quake thrashed Los Angeles 25 years ago this week

Jan. 16, 2019 9:09 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty-five years ago this week, a violent, pre-dawn earthquake shook Los Angeles from its sleep, and sunrise revealed widespread devastation, with dozens killed and $25 billion in damage. A look back at the damage, deaths and developments in seismic safety since the disaster: ___ THE...

California storms bring mudslide fears, blizzard warning

Jan. 15, 2019 10:55 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Pacific storm that brought fears of dangerous mudslides and a rare blizzard warning in the Sierra Nevada was less fierce than expected but hundreds of homes in fire-scarred California areas remained under evacuation orders as more rain was expected. "Please heed disaster messages and...

Jimmy Fallon: Puerto Rican episode a 'love letter' to island

Jan. 14, 2019 7:47 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Fallon said a "Tonight Show" episode taped in Puerto Rico with "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is a love letter to the island still in hurricane-recovery mode. "It's a real celebration of Puerto Rico," Fallon told The Associated Press of Tuesday's episode of the NBC...

Julian Castro visits Puerto Rico in bid for presidency

Jan. 14, 2019 2:30 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. presidential candidate Julian Castro joined dozens of high-profile Latinos in Puerto Rico on Monday to talk about mobilizing voters ahead of the 2020 elections and increasing Latino political representation to take on President Donald Trump. The group condemned Trump's...

Trump tweets into the void as shutdown sets record

Jan. 12, 2019 10:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the partial government shutdown slipped into the record books Saturday, members of Congress had left town, no negotiations were scheduled and President Donald Trump tweeted into the void. He did not tip his hand on whether he will move ahead with an emergency declaration that could...

California town launches 'Goat Fund Me' to prevent wildfires

Jan. 12, 2019 4:14 PM EST

NEVADA CITY, Calif. (AP) — The threat of catastrophic wildfires has driven a California town to launch a "Goat Fund Me" campaign to bring herds of goats to city-owned land to help clear brush. Nevada City in the Sierra Nevada began the online crowdsourcing campaign last month with the goal of raising...

The Latest: Government shutdown set to hit record length

Jan. 11, 2019 8:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown (all times local): 3:05 p.m. President Donald Trump says it would be easy for him just to declare a national emergency and find federal money to build a barrier along the southern border, but he's not going to be so...