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Cyclone hits Madagascar, killing 2 and making 1,400 homeless

Dec. 10, 2019 8:41 AM EST

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Cyclone Belna has hit northwestern Madagascar, with 2 dead and three missing from the first tropical storm of the season, according to local officials. Belna blew into the coastal town of Soalala, where more than 1,400 residents were made homeless because their houses were...

Half-North Korean, half-Chinese kids struggle in South Korea

Dec. 8, 2019 12:18 AM EST

UIJEONGBU, South Korea (AP) — Song Hong Ryon looks like any other young woman in South Korea. But three years after her arrival from China, the half-North Korean, half-Chinese 19-year-old has made only two South Korean-born friends and says she’s often been hurt by little things, like when people...

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...

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

Dec. 5, 2019 12:46 PM EST

SWANSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis. With a total annual budget of $225 million,...

PG&E urges judge to approve key settlement, faces resistance

Dec. 4, 2019 7:43 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday urged a federal bankruptcy judge to approve a key insurance settlement as it struggles to regain its financial footing and cover at least $20 billion in losses stemming from catastrophic wildfires in California tied to its equipment. The nation's...

Maduro’s foes balk at UN-backed deal to address power crisis

Dec. 4, 2019 10:54 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A proposal to address Venezuela’s electricity crisis with the help of the United Nations is proving a political hot potato for Nicolás Maduro’s opponents. On Tuesday, the opposition-controlled National Assembly at the last minute scratched a schedule debate on a $350 million...

Schools, offices close as long-lived storm clobbers US East

Dec. 2, 2019 9:38 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A seemingly endless winter storm that hindered travel across most of the country over the long holiday weekend is delivering a last wallop as it swoops through the Northeast, dumping heavy snow, shuttering hundreds of schools and bedeviling commuters in the region Monday. The storm...

The Latest: Bus, tractor-trailer collide in upstate New York

Dec. 2, 2019 9:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a wintry storm in the U.S. East (all times local): 9:10 p.m. A bus carrying about 30 people collided with a tractor-trailer on an upstate New York highway during a snowstorm. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there were some injuries in Monday night’s crash but that they...

Monsoon floods kill at least 25 in southern India

Dec. 2, 2019 7:57 AM EST

CHENNAI, India (AP) — At least 25 people have died in recent monsoon rains that inundated low-lying areas in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and hundreds more have been evacuated to relief camps, the state government said Monday. Heavy rain toppled a wall in the city of Coimbatore, killing 17...

50 children killed by measles in Samoa as outbreak worsens

Dec. 1, 2019 11:58 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa’s government said Monday that another five children had died within the past day from a measles outbreak, bringing the death toll from the epidemic to more than 50 as authorities race to vaccinate the entire population. Samoa declared a national emergency last...