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Firefighters battle 2 new fires in Colorado

Sep. 16, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Firefighters are working to contain two new wildfires in Colorado that prompted mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders. A wildfire near the Red Feather Lake area in the mountains northwest of Fort Collins has burned nearly 400 acres (161.8 hectares) since it started late Sunday morning....

Containment of Southern California wildfire increases

Sep. 16, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

SAN JACINTO, Calif. (AP) — All evacuations have been lifted in the vicinity of a wildfire that threatened homes in the Southern California desert community of San Jacinto during the weekend. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the 490-acre (198-hectare) fire is 40% contained...

The Latest: 2 Colorado wildfires prompt evacuations

Sep. 15, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

BAILEY, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on Colorado wildfires (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Two wildfires in Colorado have prompted mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders. The Platte Canyon Fire Department said a fire was burning Sunday near the town of Bailey, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southwest of Denver....

Small wildfire west of Palm Springs prompts evacuations

Sep. 15, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

SAN JACINTO, Calif. (AP) — About 60 homes in the Southern California desert community of San Jacinto are under evacuation as firefighters work to contain a small wildfire. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire broke out shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday about 50 miles west of...

State gives $3M to help with housing after spring flooding

Sep. 15, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The state of Nebraska has approved $3 million in grants to help communities recover from flooding in the spring and rebuild housing. Six Nebraska communities will each receive $500,000 to help with projects related to housing. They are Nebraska City, Fremont, Peru, Lynch, Wood River...

The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout's deadly fentanyl empire

Sep. 15, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The photo that flashed onto the courtroom screen showed a young man dead on his bedroom floor, bare feet poking from the cuffs of his rolled-up jeans. Lurking on a trash can at the edge of the picture was what prosecutors said delivered this death: an ordinary, U.S. Postal Service...

Torrential rains pound southeastern Spain, death toll to 4

Sep. 13, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Rescue workers saved thousands of people from rising waters Friday as record rainfall pounded southeastern Spain, a deluge that authorities said killed at least four people and closed down airports, trains, roads and schools. The storm that slammed into the Mediterranean coastal...

Bahamian girl in custody released to mother in Florida

Sep. 13, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Bahamian girl who evacuated with her godmother from Hurricane Dorian's devastation was reunited with her family after she spent days in government custody for arriving in Florida without a parent, U.S. immigration officials said Friday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed a report...

South Dakota flooding prompts evacuations, school closures

Sep. 12, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Heavy rain soaking much of southeastern South Dakota pushed the Big Sioux River to record levels on Thursday, flooded roads, closed schools and blocked travelers. More than 7 inches of rain fell over two days near Madison, South Dakota. Up to 30 homes were evacuated Thursday...

The Latest: Heavy winds, rain expected for parts of Bahamas

Sep. 12, 2019 11:11 PM EDT

HIGH ROCK, Bahamas (AP) — The latest on hurricane aftermath in the Bahamas (all times local): 11:10 p.m. Forecasters say a tropical storm warning remains in effect for several northwestern islands in the Bahamas which are still reeling from Hurricane Dorian. In a Thursday night advisory, the National...