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FILE - In this Sunday, July 12, 2020, file photo, a man lies on the beach amid the coronavirus pandemic in Santa Monica, Calif. California faces a heat wave Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, that could bring dangerously high temperatures throughout the state, along with the threat of wildfires and spreading coronavirus infections as people flock to beaches and recreation areas. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California heat spurs 1st rolling power outages since 2011

Aug. 15, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Friday ordered rolling power outages for the first time since 2011 as a statewide heat wave strained its electrical system. The California Independent System Operator (California ISO), which manages the power grid, declared an emergency shortly after 6:30 p.m. and directed...

The Ranch Fire burns over a residential area, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Azusa, Calif. Heat wave conditions were making difficult work for fire crews battling brush fires and wildfires across Southern California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

California wildfires burn amid high risk of brutal blazes

Aug. 15, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bone-dry vegetation fueled three wildfires near Los Angeles amid warnings Friday that the risk of new blazes erupting was high as temperatures spike and humidity levels drop during a statewide heat wave. A huge forest fire that prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles flared up Friday...

California, hit by heat wave, orders rolling power outages for first time since 2011

Aug. 14, 2020 10:55 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California, hit by heat wave, orders rolling power outages for first time since 2011.
Public officials disinfect a church as a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. South Korea reported over 100 new virus cases Friday, one of its biggest daily jumps in months, as officials express concerned that infections are getting out of control in cities as people increasingly venture out in public. (Han Jong-chan/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: S Korea fears infections getting out of control

Aug. 14, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — New coronavirus cases in South Korea have reached the highest level in five months, and authorities fear infections are getting out of control in the Seoul region, which is home to half the country’s 51 million people. Officials reported 166 newly confirmed cases Saturday. That...

Crews make gains on Columbia Gorge fire ahead of heat wave

Aug. 14, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

MOSIER, Ore. (AP) — A wildfire burning in the scenic Columbia River Gorge grew to more than 970 acres (392 hectares) as of Friday morning. Crews had it 10% contained and said they'd established a 75% line of defense. “As of right now, it’s going well,” Rich Tyler, a spokesman for the...

Officials say Massachusetts dealing with a serious drought

Aug. 14, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Environmental officials in Massachusetts say the state is experiencing significant drought conditions following months of below normal rainfall and above average temperatures. Kathleen Theoharides, the state's Secretary Energy and Environmental Affairs, on Thursday declared that all seven...

A Los Angeles County firefighter extinguishes hot spots at a scorched residence while battling the Lake Fire in the Angeles National Forest, Calif., north of Santa Clarita on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Light winds and scattered thundershowers early Thursday helped calm the flames of a huge wildfire that prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles, and firefighters hoped to rein in the blaze before temperatures spike later in the day. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Crews try to tame California wildfire as heat wave arrives

Aug. 14, 2020 12:24 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews scrambled to protect homes from a huge wildfire that prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles, and officials warned the blaze could flare up again Thursday as a blistering heat wave descended on California. The fire exploded in size within hours after it broke out in dense forest...

Excessive heat to bake US Southwest through coming weekend

Aug. 13, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Excessive heat is expected across the U.S. Southwest into early next week, with forecasters warning of temperatures over 110 degrees (43.3 Celcius) in desert cities such as Phoenix and Las Vegas. High temperatures are expected to be be the norm through Monday across much of Arizona, and the...

Another excessive heat warning for the Phoenix metro area

Aug. 11, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued another excessive heat warning for the Phoenix area beginning Wednesday when 111-degree conditions are forecast. Meteorologists said highs of at least 113 degrees are expected from Thursday through the weekend in metro Phoenix. An excessive heat...

Excessive heat warning issued for Phoenix metro area Monday

Aug. 9, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — National Weather Service meteorologists have issued an excessive heat warning for metro Phoenix. They said the Phoenix area and lower elevations of southern Gila County were expected to see temperatures reach upward of 114 degrees Monday. The heat warning will be in effect until 8 p.m....