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The Latest: Paddleboarder dies in storm-swollen channel

Feb. 14, 2019 10:41 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on storms hitting the West (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The storm pounding California may have claimed a second life. Authorities in Escondido, northeast of San Diego, recovered the body Thursday of a man who witnesses say had been paddle-boarding down the surging current in a...

Snow storm wallops Seattle, people rescued in Sierra Nevada

Feb. 9, 2019 5:03 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A winter storm pounded Washington state Friday, forcing the cancellation of 200 flights in Seattle as officials worked to get people off the streets and into shelters during the nation's latest bout with winter weather. Snow began falling north of Seattle with some areas recording 8 inches...

OIG asked to probe response to power outage at NYC jail

Feb. 6, 2019 8:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department has asked the Office of Inspector General to undertake a review to determine if the Bureau of Prisons responded appropriately to the weeklong power outage at a New York City federal lockup. In a statement released Wednesday, the Justice Department says it asked the...

Freezing rain causes power outages, ices Midwest roads

Feb. 6, 2019 7:19 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Freezing rain left roads slippery, cut power to thousands of homes and businesses, and prompted officials to close hundreds of schools in parts of the Midwest on Wednesday, while flooding caused by ice jams prompted evacuations in Michigan and Illinois. The National Weather Service issued a...

Lawsuit: Power failure at federal jail a humanitarian crisis

Feb. 4, 2019 10:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A weeklong power failure at a federal detention center in New York City spawned a humanitarian crisis that left inmates shivering in the dark and without access to visitors on some of the coldest days of the year, advocates said in a lawsuit filed Monday. The Federal Defenders of New York,...

The Latest: Judge orders normal lawyer visits at jail

Feb. 4, 2019 10:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a power failure at a federal detention center in New York City (all times local): 10:50 p.m. A federal judge has ordered a federal detention center in New York City where a weeklong power outage left inmates shivering to immediately return to its normal schedule for lawyer...

Kansas City power outage closes City Hall, courthouse

Jan. 31, 2019 9:46 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A power outage in downtown Kansas City has closed City Hall and the Jackson County Courthouse. Jackson County spokeswoman Marshanna Hester says in a news release that a water main break caused basement flooding that is causing electrical problems. The release says the county is...

The Latest: University of Iowa student found dead amid cold

Jan. 30, 2019 10:33 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a major snowstorm and frigid weather in the Midwest (all times local): 4 p.m. The body of a University of Iowa student has been found on the campus in Iowa City, and officials say they believe his death was weather-related. Television station KCRG reports that the body of...

Polar blast envelops Midwest, strains aging infrastructure

Jan. 30, 2019 8:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A blast of polar air enveloped much of the Midwest on Wednesday, cracking train rails, breaking water pipes and straining electrical systems with some of the lowest temperatures in a generation. The deep freeze closed schools and businesses and canceled flights in the nation's third-largest...

Australia bakes in heat that's sparking fires, taxing grid

Jan. 25, 2019 2:02 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Scorching heat knocked out power to homes and businesses, raised wildfire risks and sent tennis fans looking for water and shade Friday in Australia's second-largest city, which recorded its hottest day in five years. Melbourne reached 42 .8 C (109 F) by early afternoon before a...