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Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid flooding

Mar. 21, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday following flooding that left several people stranded and continues to cause damage and strain levees in several Midwest states. Parson's action will allow state agencies to work directly with local officials responding...

The Latest: Nebraska puts flood damage at more than $640 mln

Mar. 21, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Figures compiled by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency put damage statewide from recent flooding at more than $640 million. NEMA says on its website that current county estimates are of damage to public...

The Latest: Cyclone Idai death toll rises to over 550

Mar. 21, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in southern Africa (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Reports from the United Nations and African governments say Cyclone Idai's death toll has risen to over 550 people. A U.N. official says Cyclone Idai has killed 242 people in Mozambique...

Death toll from cyclone surpasses 500 in southern Africa

Mar. 21, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — A week after Cyclone Idai lashed southern Africa, flooding still raged as torrential rains caused a dam to overflow in Zimbabwe, threatening riverside populations. The confirmed death toll in Zimbabwe, neighboring Mozambique and Malawi surpassed 500 on Thursday, with hundreds more...

Man rescued from burning home dies at hospital

Mar. 21, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire authorities say a man rescued from a burning home later died at a hospital. Fire Marshal Paul Parisi said crews in Merrimack found the fire after responding to calls reporting a smell of smoke in the area. They rescued the man Thursday morning from the home, but he...

Teen nearly floats away on river ice in Maine

Mar. 21, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

RUMFORD, Maine (AP) — Firefighters say they rescued a teenager who floated away on ice that broke free in the Androscoggin River in Rumford, Maine. Officials said the teen and a friend were fishing when some ice broke free, trapping one of them while the other made it to shore. The triangle-shaped ice floe...

False report prompts river search in Sioux Falls

Mar. 21, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls woman is accused of making false report that prompted a river rescue effort at a local park. The 30-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday night after she called 911 to report her wife had fallen into the river at Falls Park and she had jumped in after her. Fire crews...

'There is death all over': Cyclone Idai toll rises above 300

Mar. 20, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe (AP) — Mozambique began three days of national mourning on Wednesday for more than 200 victims of Cyclone Idai, while the death toll in neighboring Zimbabwe rose to more than 100 from one of the most destructive storms to strike southern Africa in decades. Torrential rains were...

Coast Guard helps rescue unconscious man from cruise ship

Mar. 20, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard has come to the rescue of a man who was found unconscious aboard a cruise ship off the southern New Jersey coast. The man was found early Tuesday on the pool deck of the MSC Divina. It was about 100 miles (161 kilometers) off the coast of Atlantic City at the...

The Latest: Pence views raging river, visits shelter

Mar. 19, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence took a look at the raging Elkhorn River at the small town of Waterloo, Nebraska, which found itself cut off from the outside world last week by floodwaters. Pence visited the flood disaster area...