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1 hiker killed, 1 injured after avalanche in Swiss Alps

Mar. 24, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss police say one hiker has died and another has been injured following an avalanche high in the Alps in southwest Switzerland. Police in the canton, or region, known as Valais in French and Wallis in German said the two hikers and two others were swept up in the Sunday morning avalanche...

Mozambican families hunt for loved ones separated by cyclone

Mar. 24, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

BUZI, Mozambique (AP) — The young mother huddled on a wooden boat clutching her 2-year-old daughter, headed for the unknown: The flooded town of Buzi, which thousands have fled with little but the clothes on their backs. Fishermen's boats have been ferrying out Buzi's displaced, sometimes scores of people...

Avalanches might challenge reopening of Independence Pass

Mar. 24, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Officials say a mountain road near Aspen has been hit with avalanches, likely adding to the challenge of reopening it for the summer. Independence Pass Foundation Executive Director Karin Teague tells The Aspen Times that State Highway 82 was in "good shape" until reaching an area near...

Cyclone death toll above 750; fighting disease new challenge

Mar. 24, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Cyclone Idai's death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the storm, as workers restore electricity, water and try to prevent outbreak of cholera, authorities said Sunday. In Mozambique the number of dead has risen to 446 while there...

Disaster aid bill facing a tricky path as it heads to Senate

Mar. 24, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A battle over funding for Puerto Rico is complicating the path forward for a long-delayed disaster aid bill that's a top political priority for some of President Donald Trump's Republican allies as it heads to the Senate floor this week. At stake is $13.5 billion emergency relief...

Another cyclone bears down on northwest Australian coast

Mar. 24, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Residents of Australia's northwest coast were bracing for a torrid night of fierce winds and heavy rain on Sunday as the country's second major cyclone of the weekend slowly wound toward land. A day after Cyclone Trevor hit a remote part of the Northern Territory coast, slow-moving Cyclone...

On air 25 years: How did the wind blow him to Myrtle Beach?

Mar. 24, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — His job allows him to color everyday in a room with robotic cameras. He's surrounded by dozens of screens and stands in front of a green wall. Outside of work he makes more than 150 public appearances a year, a lot of those are to schools to teach little ones about hurricanes, the...

Magnitude 6.1 quake rattles nerves in southwestern Colombia

Mar. 23, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck in Colombia shook buildings and frightened residents, but does not appear to have caused any damage. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the mid-afternoon quake Saturday took place near El Dovio, about 200 miles (325 kilometers) south of...

1 killed, 1 injured in Austrian avalanche

Mar. 23, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed and a second seriously injured after getting caught in an avalanche in Austria. Police told the Austrian news agency APA on Saturday that the two people were part of a group who were in the Rax mountain range in Austria, near the town of Reichenau, when...

Tens of thousands in southern Africa need help after cyclone

Mar. 23, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — A second week has begun of efforts to find and help tens of thousands of people after Cyclone Idai devastated a large swath of Mozambique. Members of the Indian and South African militaries are joining aid groups in flying over stretches of central Mozambique as they look for signs...