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California dries off after storms batter state for days

Jan. 18, 2019 5:22 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thoroughly saturated and muddied California was drying out and cleaning up Friday in the aftermath of Pacific storms that dumped heavy rain and snow throughout the state. For the first time in days sunlight poked through clouds trailing the latest weather system, which was impacting the...

Florida governor suspends county elections supervisor

Jan. 18, 2019 3:31 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended a Democratic county elections supervisor Friday who failed to meet deadlines during recounts after November's election, but her supporters said the move was unwarranted and political. DeSantis said Palm Beach elections supervisor...

The Latest: California dries off after storms batter state

Jan. 18, 2019 2:01 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local): 10:51 a.m. California is drying out and cleaning up in the aftermath of Pacific storms that dumped heavy rain and snow. The storms deepened the Sierra Nevada snowpack that is a key part of California's water supply, but officials...

Hospital CEO: Victim of New Mexico avalanche has died

Jan. 18, 2019 12:21 PM EST

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A 22-year-old man died after being pulled from snow that crashed down a mountainside during an avalanche at a New Mexico ski resort, a hospital official said. The man, whose name was not released, had been taken to Holy Cross Medical Center in Taos, but CEO Bill Patten said he couldn't...

Avalanche in Kashmir Himalayas kills 3, leaves 7 missing

Jan. 18, 2019 3:03 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — An avalanche at a Himalayan mountain pass in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Friday killed three people and left another seven missing, officials said. The avalanche hit the Khardung La pass in the remote Ladakh region and trapped 10 people under snow, said top civil administrator...

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...

New Mexico ski resort says 2 rescued from avalanche

Jan. 17, 2019 9:04 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An avalanche rushed down a mountainside at a New Mexico ski resort on Thursday, injuring two people who were pulled from the snow after a roughly 20-minute rescue effort, a resort spokesman said. The avalanche near the highest peak of Taos Ski Valley happened around 11:30 a.m.,...

The Latest: 2 taken to hospitals after New Mexico avalanche

Jan. 17, 2019 5:32 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on an avalanche at a New Mexico ski resort (all times local): 3:25 p.m. A New Mexico ski resort says two people are being taken to hospitals after they were pulled from an avalanche near its highest summit. Chris Stagg, a spokesman for Taos Ski Valley, says no other...

The Latest: California storm cancels Santa Anita horse races

Jan. 17, 2019 5:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local): 2:05 p.m. Southern California's Santa Anita Park canceled horse racing Thursday because of stormy weather. Track Superintendent Andy LaRocco says Santa Anita has taken on 3.5 inches (89 millimeters) of rain since Monday. The track in...

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...