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Officials shift to recovery following Oregon wildfires

Sep. 23, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's wildfires have “turned a corner” as firefighters continue to make significant progress containing the flames, but Oregonians still face a long road to recovery, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday. Officials are hopeful that rain, which is expected during the next...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2020, file photo, Bransen Faulhaber, 7, lassoes Kole Michael Jones at an evacuation center for the Riverside Fire at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby, Ore. When wildfires raged across the state earlier this month authorities initially said 500,000 people had fled their homes, but later said that figure was the number of people under some level of evacuation notice. The actual number of people who fled their homes was much smaller. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Oregon misstated evacuation figures in chaos of wildfires

Sep. 23, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As wildfires raged across Oregon, state officials sent out a statement saying 500,000 people had been evacuated to escape encroaching flames. The figure referenced in the Sept. 10 news release from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management was striking – representing more than 10%...

Mexico sending 101 firefighters to help in California

Sep. 23, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Wednesday it will send 101 firefighters to the United States to help battle wildfires in California. The country’s Environment Department said five teams of 20 trained, equipped firefighters from Mexico’s national forestry commission will work with the U.S....

This Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, satellite image released by NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) shows Tropical Storm Dolphin moving northbound toward Japan's Pacific coast. Japan's Meteorological Agency reports that the storm could reach Japan later his week. (NASA via AP)

Storm heads to Tokyo area, residents urged to prepare early

Sep. 23, 2020 3:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A tropical storm in the Pacific Ocean is slowly approaching the Tokyo region Wednesday, and officials are urging residents to take precautions early from expected heavy rain and gusts. Tropical Storm Dolphin headed north over waters south of the Hachijo island, packing sustained winds of up...

Disaster food stamp applications for Laura end Wednesday

Sep. 22, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Wednesday is the last day for people in the 21 parishes damaged by Hurricane Laura to apply for disaster food stamp aid. The program, called the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, provides food assistance to eligible households that don't regularly receive food...

As COVID-19 cases rise, health care industry sees upheaval

Sep. 22, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials on Tuesday reported 320 new cases of COVID-19 as the state experiences an uptick in cases in recent weeks and state lawmakers readied plans to address the crisis with federal relief money. Representatives from the state’s health care providers...

Bill Merrell, a professor in the Marine Sciences Department at Texas A&M University at Galveston and a former president of the school, sits along Galveston Bay as he talks about the Ike Dike project Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Galveston, Texas. The Ike Dike is a coastal barrier that, when completed, would protect the Houston-Galveston region including Galveston Bay from hurricane storm surge. The project was conceived by Merrell in response to the extensive surge damage caused by Hurricane Ike in September of 2008. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Close call with storm renews debate over Houston barrier

Sep. 22, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Houston, a Gulf Coast city that barely rises above sea level, has long worried about a worst-case weather scenario — a direct hit from a powerful storm that sends a wall of water barreling into the region's petrochemical facilities, possibly triggering an environmental...

Maine CDC opens investigation into school outbreak

Sep. 22, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State officials have opened an investigation into an outbreak of coronavirus that forced a school to move into full-time remote learning mode, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The outbreak at Sanford High School and Sanford Regional Technical Center...

Drought conditions in Maine qualify farmers for federal help

Sep. 22, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — State authorities in Maine are encouraging farmers in the northern part of the state to contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture for assistance in the wake of the declaration of a drought disaster. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated Aroostook County, home to most...

The Directors Guild of America headquarters is pictured on April 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. Hollywood's unions announced Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of empty sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Basic Crafts unions and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists jointly announced the deal reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after months of planning and negotiating. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

The Latest: Hollywood unions announce pandemic agreement

Sep. 21, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s unions have announced that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of stagnant sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the...