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New landslide kills 10, buries houses in Philippines

Sep. 20, 2018 4:40 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A massive landslide buried dozens of homes near a central Philippine mountain Thursday, killing at least 10 people and sending rescuers scrambling to find survivors after some sent cellphone text messages pleading for help. The avalanche surged down on about 30 houses in two...

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

Sep. 20, 2018 4:05 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death. Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days...

1 death during Florence: A hunter keeping watch on his dogs

Sep. 20, 2018 1:27 AM EDT

KINSTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence was blowing across eastern North Carolina hours before making landfall, and Bennie Lee Sutton's hunting beagles were howling in their backyard kennel. So he was up in the middle of the night doing what he knew would quiet the pack of more than a dozen hounds: parking...

Floods prevent inspectors from studying environmental harm

Sep. 20, 2018 1:22 AM EDT

Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina, with tell-tale trails of rainbow-colored sheen indicating potential contamination visible on top of the black floodwaters. However, conditions remain so bad more than five days after Hurricane Florence made...

Maria's death toll climbed long after rain stopped

Sep. 20, 2018 12:22 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Disabled and elderly people were discharged from overwhelmed hospitals with bedsores that led to fatal infections. Medical oxygen ran out. People caught lung infections in sweltering private nursing homes and state facilities. Kidney patients got abbreviated treatments from...

AP PHOTOS: For Puerto Rico's poor, hurricane was heavy blow

Sep. 20, 2018 12:02 AM EDT

NARANJITO, Puerto Rico (AP) — After Hurricane Maria hit on Sept. 20, 2017, thousands of Puerto Ricans living below the poverty line were pushed to the brink of despair — struggling for food and housing, diapers and medicine. Gilberto Cosme Rodriguez, 73, gets a $320 monthly pension and spends nearly...

Frustration builds as Carolina residents wait to go home

Sep. 19, 2018 10:31 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Exhaustion and frustration are building in the Carolinas as thousands of people wait to go home days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods blamed for at least 37 deaths, including those of two women who drowned when a sheriff's van taking them to a mental health facility...

Regulators: NC flooding too bad to tally environmental harm

Sep. 19, 2018 9:16 PM EDT

Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina, with tell-tale trails of rainbow-colored sheen indicating potential contamination visible on top of the black floodwaters. However, conditions remain so bad more than five days after Hurricane Florence made...

The Latest: Ferry services resuming in North Carolina

Sep. 19, 2018 7:25 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Florence (all times local): 7:20 p.m. North Carolina transportation officials say ferry service for the public has resumed for several more coastal routes. In addition, the N.C. Department of Transportation said Wednesday two state ferries arrived in Southport late...

Trump comforts storm-ravaged Carolinas with hot dogs, hugs

Sep. 19, 2018 6:54 PM EDT

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — Eager to show heart in a moment of crisis, President Donald Trump handed out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words in the Carolinas on Wednesday as he surveyed the wreckage left by Hurricane Florence. With residents still recovering from torrential rains that left widespread destruction...