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Alaska city honors Guardsmen killed in crash after '64 quake

Jun. 23, 2018 8:39 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A month after the second most powerful earthquake ever was recorded, the Alaska port community of Valdez remained in ruins. A hulking Alaska National Guard cargo plane's mission April 25, 1964, was to deliver Gov. William Egan to oversee efforts to rebuild the town on a new site...

The Latest: Alaska city unveils memorial to fallen Guardsmen

Jun. 23, 2018 7:29 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on an Alaska city honoring Guardsmen killed in crash after 1964 earthquake (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Four men who died on a humanitarian mission to help rebuild an Alaska town following the second most powerful earthquake ever recorded have been honored in the town...

Arkansas to evaluate river sinkhole where kayaker died

Jun. 23, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has hired a consultant to evaluate a stretch of river where a kayaker was dragged to his death when a rare sinkhole created a whirlpool. Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston says experts will begin evaluating the Spring River on Monday. The sinkhole area is closed to...

Firefighters wrap up work on small wildfire near Las Vegas

Jun. 23, 2018 2:24 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Firefighters are expected to fully contain a small wildfire in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says the 91-acre (37 hectare) fire is smoldering in grass, shrubs and pinon pine. About 50 firefighters are working Saturday to mop up hot...

Landslide topples Pittsburgh telephone poles, utility lines

Jun. 23, 2018 2:22 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Officials in western Pennsylvania say another in a series of landslides over the past few months has brought down several telephone poles and utility lines in a Pittsburgh neighborhood. Allegheny County officials said in a Twitter post Saturday that the landslide in the city's Overbrook...

Small earthquake registered in Middle Georgia near Macon

Jun. 23, 2018 1:41 PM EDT

GRAY, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a small earthquake has been recorded near Macon, Georgia. The 2.4 magnitude quake was reported Saturday in Jones County near Gray, about 90 miles southeast of Atlanta and less than 15 miles from Macon. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports it was reported...

Wildfire near Maupin more than doubles in size

Jun. 23, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

MAUPIN, Ore. (AP) — A wildfire burning brush and grass near Maupin in north-central Oregon has more than doubled in size to 36 square miles (93 square kilometers). Fire officials say Saturday's efforts will include the use of helicopters to protect Maupin. The wind-driven wildfire is mostly burning in sage...

Central Idaho city eyes avalanche-zone rental homes

Jun. 23, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — Officials in the central Idaho town of Ketchum have approved doing an inventory of homes within avalanche zones not engineered to withstand avalanches and discussing the appropriate restrictions as rentals. The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the Ketchum City Council on Monday...

Evacuation orders lifted in wildfire near Vantage

Jun. 23, 2018 4:46 AM EDT

VANTAGE, Wash. (AP) — Evacuation notices have been lifted for residents in about 30 homes as a wildfire burning in central Washington reaches 50 percent containment. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports fire crews were hoping to fully contain the fire near Vantage and the Columbia River by Saturday night....

Possible tornado uproots mobile home, injures 4 in Alabama

Jun. 22, 2018 10:09 PM EDT

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — A possible tornado tore through a northern Alabama county, uprooting and destroying a mobile home and leaving two adults and two children with minor injuries. Cullman County Assistant Emergency Management Director Scott McDonald says it happened in the unincorporated community of...