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Drone search resumes on Italian glacier after avalanche

Jul. 05, 2022 04:55 AM EDT

CANAZEI, Italy (AP) — Rescuers using drones resumed the search Tuesday for an estimated 13 hikers unaccounted-for following an avalanche in northern Italy that killed at least seven people and is being blamed in large part on rising temperatures that are melting glaciers. After...

Tips for growing a healthy garden during drought

Jul. 05, 2022 08:39 AM EDT

Many people try to save water just to do the right thing (and save money too). But when serious drought hits, and state and local governments enforce restrictions, water conservation becomes non-negotiable. So far this summer, nearly 65% of the United States and Puerto Rico is...

Ukraine's shadow: Deadly crises like Somalia starved of aid

Jul. 05, 2022 08:10 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — More than two dozen children have died of hunger in the past two months in a single hospital in Somalia. Dr. Yahye Abdi Garun has watched their emaciated parents stumble in from rural areas gripped by the driest drought in decades. And yet no humanitarian aid arrives. ...

Monsoon rains lash Pakistan; 9 killed in country's southwest

Jul. 05, 2022 06:50 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — At least nine people, including women and children, were killed as heavy rains lashed southwestern Pakistan and triggered flash floods in several places, a provincial disaster management agency said Tuesday. Seven people died when the roofs of their homes...

New California wildfire strands Fourth of July revelers

Jul. 05, 2022 01:38 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Northern California were battling a fresh wildfire that broke out Monday east of Sacramento at a recreation area packed with Fourth of July revelers and forced a number of evacuations. As the fire quickly spread, 85 to 100 people...

Hurricane Bonnie steams westward off Mexico's Pacific coast

Jul. 04, 2022 23:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Bonnie strengthened while moving roughly parallel to Mexico’s Pacific coast Monday, after crossing over Central America from the Caribbean and dropping heavy rain and contributing to two deaths. Forecasters said they expected the hurricane, now a...

Drought emergency declared for northern Italy, frees up aid

Jul. 04, 2022 15:18 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian government on Monday declared a state of emergency for much of the rain-parched north amid a drought, freeing up 36.5 million euros (about $38 million) in funds for the heavily agricultural regions. The aid was approved at a late evening Cabinet meeting. ...

Alpine avalanche leaves 7 known dead, 13 missing in Italy

Jul. 04, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

CANAZEI, Italy (AP) — Thunderstorms hampered Monday the search for more than a dozen hikers who remained unaccounted for a day after a huge chunk of an Alpine glacier in Italy broke off, sending an avalanche of ice, snow and rocks down the slope. Officials put the known death toll at seven. ...

Searchers rescue 4th person from China ship, 12 bodies found

Jul. 04, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Rescue teams searching for missing crew members from a Chinese engineering ship that sank over the weekend saved a fourth person on Monday and recovered 12 bodies, Chinese maritime authorities said. Officials said the crew member rescued by a Chinese navy ship on...

Alpine glacier chunk detaches, killing at least 6 hikers

Jul. 03, 2022 17:17 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A large chunk of an Alpine glacier broke loose Sunday and roared down a mountain in Italy, sending ice, snow and rock slamming into hikers on a popular trail on the peak and killing at least six and injuring nine, authorities said, warning that the toll might climb. A...