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Days of cleanup after shipwreck oil leak fouls Georgia beach

Aug. 02, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — More oil gushed into the water Monday from the remains of an overturned cargo ship being dismantled along the coast of Georgia, where dozens of workers were still busy cleaning up thick bands of blackened sand from a weekend oil leak that fouled a beach popular with...

Indiana officer gets man to leave tracks just ahead of train

Aug. 02, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — A northwest Indiana man narrowly avoided being hit by an Amtrak train after a police officer yelled at him to get off some railroad tracks as the train hurtled toward him. Brandon Seay, 25, of Porter, Indiana, was arrested Sunday on public...

Portland, Maine, has rainiest July in more than 100 years

Aug. 02, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's largest city recorded its rainiest July in more than 100 years last month, and came close to setting a new record. The rain arrived in time to help counter a long drought. The city recorded a little more than 9.5 inches of rain last month,...

In heat emergency, southern Europe scrambles for resources

Aug. 02, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A heat wave baking southeast Europe has fueled deadly wildfires in Turkey and threatened the national power grid in Greece as governments scrambled Monday to secure the resources needed to cope with the emergency. Temperatures reached 45 C (113 F)...

Turkey battles wildfires for 6th day; 10,000 are evacuated

Aug. 02, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

BOZALAN, Turkey (AP) — Selcuk Sanli set his two cows loose, put his family’s most treasured belongings in a car and fled his home as a wildfire approached his village near Turkey's beach resort of Bodrum, one of thousands fleeing flames that have coated the skies with a thick yellow haze....

Woman killed after car struck by Amtrak train in New Orleans

Aug. 02, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A woman was killed when her car was struck by a train, authorities said. The crash happened Monday morning in the Mid-City neighborhood when her car went onto the tracks, WWL-TV reported. It happened near Interstate 10 west and South Carrollton...

No injuries reported in large fire at Oklahoma plant

Aug. 02, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — A large fire broke out early Monday at a tire recycling plant in Oklahoma but there were no reports of injuries. The fire was reported at about 3 a.m. Monday at a recycling plant in Bristow, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of Tulsa. The...

Minor quake hits rural central Wyoming

Aug. 02, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

GLENROCK, Wyo. (AP) — A small earthquake rattled rural central Wyoming late Sunday. People in the Casper area reported feeling the magnitude 3.7 quake north of Glenrock, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) away, the Casper Star-Tribune reports. A quake...

Heavy rains bring flash flooding, damage across Utah

Aug. 02, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Several parts of Utah are cleaning up after heavy rains brought flooding, mudslides and hail on Sunday. Streets turned into torrents of rainwater and flooded parts of Salt Lake City and Tooele, surrounding cars and sparking warnings for people to...

Their town wiped out by a mudslide, people of La Reina mourn

Aug. 02, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

EL ENCANTO, Honduras (AP) — Dr. Claudia Lazo is asked: How many of your patients are depressed? “All of them,” she answers. “All of them. All of them. All of them. All of them. All of them.” The patients at her modest...