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The Latest: Governor says wildfire near Flagstaff has grown

Jul. 21, 2019 10:42 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on a growing wildfire north of Flagstaff (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Gov. Doug Ducey says a wildfire north of Flagstaff has grown to nearly two-thirds of a square mile (400 acres or 1.6 square kilometers.) U.S. Forest Service officials say the fire was reported about 11...

Puerto Rico gov will not seek reelection, but won't resign

Jul. 21, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Sunday evening that he will not resign in the face of public furor over an obscenity-laced leaked online chat, but he will not seek reelection or continue as head of his pro-statehood political party. Protesters said they were not...

Wildfire north of Flagstaff leads to rec areas' evacuations

Jul. 21, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An evacuation notice has been issued for some recreational areas as firefighters battle a growing wildfire north of Flagstaff. U.S. Forest Service officials say the fire was reported about 11 a.m. Sunday by lookouts and multiple calls from citizens. It was at 5 acres by noon with...

Consumers urged to review policies ahead of storm season

Jul. 21, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Andrew N. Mais is urging homeowners to review their insurance policies before the upcoming tropical storm season. Peak hurricane season in Connecticut begins in mid-August and runs through late October. Mais says policyholders should discuss with an...

Arson suspected in fast-moving Los Angeles brush fire

Jul. 21, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fast-moving brush fire burned near Los Angeles homes and closed a freeway off-ramp. City fire officials say the blaze Saturday in San Pedro was initially reported as a garbage fire. The flames moved swiftly through...

New Mexico farmers thankful for extra moisture

Jul. 21, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

RAMAH, N.M. (AP) — Parts of western New Mexico are benefiting from the extra moisture received over the winter and spring as a result of a favorable weather pattern. The Gallup Independent reports Ramah Lake was almost filled to capacity, allowing local farmers to irrigate with water from the lake. This...

1,800 firefighters battle wildfires in central Portugal

Jul. 21, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — About 1,800 firefighters were struggling to contain wildfires in central Portugal that have already injured 20 people, including eight firefighters, authorities said Sunday. The fires broke out Saturday across three fronts in the district of Castelo Branco, 200 kilometers (about 125...

Moose numbers are dwindling, but why?

Jul. 21, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Moose are one of the West's most majestic animals and a once-in-a-lifetime hunting opportunity. But Idaho moose are under threat. In February, Idaho Fish and Game drastically cut the number of moose tags because of population declines across the state. In 2019-2020 there will be only...

The Latest: Crews battling fire moving away from structures

Jul. 20, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on Arizona wildfires (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Crews aided by air tankers are battling a wildfire that is moving away from structures on the far northern outskirts of metro Phoenix. Arizona State Forestry said the fire started Saturday on the Tonto National Forest, was...

Severe weather damages trees, buildings in Wisconsin

Jul. 20, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Heavy rain and fierce winds downed trees, damaged buildings and left tens of thousands of people without power in Wisconsin on Saturday as a heat warning remained in effect for parts of the state. Two injuries were reported in Trempealeau County. And We Energies said it could be days...