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Sleepless night after Pakistan, Afghanistan quake kills 13

Mar. 22, 2023 01:56 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A magnitude 6.5 earthquake that struck much of Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan has killed at least 13 people and injured scores in both countries, officials said Wednesday as authorities struggled to collect data on casualties and damages from remote areas. ...

AP PHOTOS: World's water in focus as clean supplies squeezed

Mar. 21, 2023 23:23 PM EDT

It's one of the world's most vital resources. In Paraguay, a man displaced by a rising river hauls heavy buckets of it to his temporary home. In the Philippines, a girl uses a manual pump to get just enough to wash. In Venezuela's neighborhoods, it's collected in wells to flow into hundreds of...

Nevada to add gas plant as drought threatens power grids

Mar. 21, 2023 17:10 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Utility regulators in Nevada gave the state’s largest power provider clearance to start work on a $333 million project to build a natural gas plant in the state for the first time in nearly 15 years, signaling yet another consequence of the extreme drought conditions in the...

Paul Newman's camp for sick kids rises from the ashes

Mar. 21, 2023 12:11 PM EDT

ASHFORD, Conn. (AP) — Amarey Brookshire was devastated when she heard about the fire at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for seriously ill children — her camp. The February 2021 blaze destroyed much of the retreat in the woods of eastern Connecticut, which was founded by the late...

Floor collapses onto 2 Chicago firefighters battling fire

Mar. 21, 2023 09:44 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A floor collapsed onto two Chicago firefighters early Tuesday as they were helping battle a residential fire, trapping one of them until he was rescued, officials said. Crews arrived at the townhouse about 4 a.m. on the city's far South Side to find flames shooting...

African nations consider swapping debt for climate funding

Mar. 21, 2023 05:51 AM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — African countries saddled with debt and ravaged by losses and damages from weather events like cyclones, drought and extreme temperatures have agreed to consider swapping debt to invest in climate action in a meeting of finance ministers in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa....

3 Kurds reportedly shot dead celebrating new year in Syria

Mar. 20, 2023 18:29 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey-backed opposition fighters in Syria fatally shot at least three ethnic Kurds who were celebrating a holiday late Monday by lighting fires, Syrian opposition activists and pro-government media said. The shooting near the northwestern town of Jinderis, which...

Water related deaths reported in Arizona days after storms

Mar. 19, 2023 12:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Days after storms dropped heavy rain on many parts of Arizona, authorities still are dealing with water-related deaths with more weather on the way, Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials said an 81-year-man died after reportedly falling out of his kayak in the Salt River in Mesa on...

Millions of dead fish wash up amid heat wave in Australia

Mar. 19, 2023 05:19 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Millions of fish have washed up dead in southeastern Australia in a die-off that authorities and scientists say is caused by depleted oxygen levels in the river after recent floods and hot weather. Residents of the Outback town of Menindee in New South...

Peruvian authorities say at least 1 dead after earthquake shook northern coast and Ecuador; death toll rises to 13

Mar. 18, 2023 19:13 PM EDT
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian authorities say at least 1 dead after earthquake shook northern coast and Ecuador; death toll rises to 13.