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A schoolyard of a junior high school is seen flooded following heavy rains in Gero, Gifu prefecture, southern Japan Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Floodwaters flowed down streets in southern Japanese towns hit by heavy rains. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan battered by more heavy rain, floods, nearly 60 dead

Jul. 8, 2020 12:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan's main island, swelling more rivers, triggering mudslides and destroying houses and roads. At least 58 people have died in several days of flooding. By Wednesday...

Smoke rises from the Numbers Fire burning east of Gardnerville, Nev., on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. A northern Nevada highway remained closed Tuesday in both directions south of Gardnerville in Douglas County because of a wildfire that has burned a reported eight square miles (20 square kilometers). (Kurt Hildebrand/The Record-Courier via AP)

Wildfire near border more than triples; homes threatened

Jul. 7, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A northern Nevada wildfire burning out of control near the California line more than tripled in size on Tuesday, closing a U.S. highway, forcing evacuations and threatening hundreds of homes as hundreds of firefighters battled the flames from the air and on the ground. The fire that broke...

Helicopter helping fight Payson wildfire crashes, pilot dies

Jul. 7, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) — A helicopter helping to fight a wildfire near Payson crashed under unknown circumstances Tuesday, killing the pilot, authorities said. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the pilot was the only person aboard the Bell UH-1H helicopter that went down Tuesday afternoon about...

Drought affects parts of Oregon, Bend urges conservation

Jul. 7, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown last week declared a drought emergency in seven counties. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the governor’s July 1 emergency drought declaration covers regions where agriculture relies on scant water: Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson in central Oregon, Douglas...

Tropical Storm Cristina forms far off coast of Mexico

Jul. 7, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Cristina has formed in the eastern Pacific far off the coast of Mexico and forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center said it is likely to beome that region's first hurricane of the season. The storm centered about 480 miles (770 kilometers) south-southeast of...

Siberia wildfire smoke reaches Southcentral Alaska, islands

Jul. 7, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Smoke from wildfires in Siberia have carried to Southcentral Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, the National Weather Service said. Strong winds pushed the smoky air into the region beginning last week from fires burning across more than 5,300 square miles (13,727 square kilometers)...

Hand crews climb rugged terrain along Agua Dulce Canyon road Monday, July 6, 2020, in Agua Dulce, Calf. The Soledad fire which broke out Sunday afternoon has scorched 1300 acres and is now 30% contained as firefighters and hand crews work through high temperatures to make sure the flames are contained. (David Crane/The Orange County Register via AP)

California firefighters battle flames north and south

Jul. 7, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

GILROY, Calif. (AP) — California firefighters battled large wildfires in Santa Clara and Los Angeles counties on Monday. A fire that has burned more than 8.4 square miles (21.8 square kilometers) north of Gilroy was 20% contained after burning two buildings and prompting the evacuation of about 70 people,...

Deep undersea earthquake widely felt in Indonesia, no damage

Jul. 6, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A deep undersea earthquake hit off the coast of Indonesia’s main island of Java on Tuesday, but no injuries or serious damage were reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured 6.6 magnitude and was centered about 94 kilometers (58 miles) north of...

Edouard downgraded from tropical storm over North Atlantic

Jul. 6, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Edouard has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone as it moves Monday far off in the Atlantic away from the continental United States. Edouard had become a tropical storm on Sunday. But by late Monday afternoon, Edouard lost its tropical storm status about 445 miles (715 kilometers)...

Burned bear in Colorado recovering, expected to be released

Jul. 6, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A young bear rescued after suffering burns in a Colorado wildfire has shown strong signs of recovery and is expected to be released, wildlife officials said. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials posted a message on social media saying the bear that suffered severe burns on its paws...