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Farmers in 21 parishes may qualify for hurricane Laura aid

Dec. 3, 2020 11:27 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Farmers in 21 north and central Louisiana parishes may qualify for low-interest loans to cover losses from Hurricane Laura in August. These are parishes which did not already qualify under President Donald Trump’s disaster declaration in August. The U.S. Department of...

Bruce McDougal prepares to defend his home as the Bond Fire burns though the Silverado community in Orange County, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Californians flee as strong winds push fire through canyons

Dec. 3, 2020 10:30 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Powerful winds pushed flames through Southern California canyons early Thursday as an out-of-control wildfire burned near homes and forced residents to flee. The blaze in Orange County's Silverado Canyon began late Wednesday as a house fire that quickly spread to tinder-dry brush as...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2020 file photo, residents watch as the Blue Ridge Fire burns above blacked-out homes in Chino Hills, Calif. Southern California utilities say they may cut power to more than 300,000 customers this week as dry, gusty weather raises the threat of wildfire danger. The National Weather Service is issuing red flag warnings of extreme fire danger over much of the region because of dry vegetation, low humidity and gusty Santa Ana winds.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Power goes out as fire danger looms in Southern California

Dec. 3, 2020 4:26 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California utilities cut the power to tens of thousands of customers to avoid the threat of wildfires as the region found itself whipped by Santa Ana winds that could turn sparks into catastrophes. Red flag warnings of extreme fire danger were in place Thursday throughout much...

Southeast Turkey shaken by 5.0 magnitude quake

Dec. 3, 2020 1:25 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s disaster authority and the U.S. Geological Survey say a 5.0 magnitude earthquake has struck Siirt in southeastern Turkey. The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, or AFAD, said Thursday there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake that hit...

This photo provided by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities shows damage from heavy rains and a mudslide 600 feet wide in Haines, Alaska, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Authorities say six people are unaccounted for, and four homes were destroyed in the slide, with the search resuming Thursday morning for survivors. (Matt Boron/Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities via AP)

6 missing, homes destroyed in southeast Alaska landslide

Dec. 3, 2020 1:24 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Six people were missing after a mudslide measuring an estimated two football fields across slammed into a neighborhood in the southeast Alaska community of Haines, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday. It was one of several reported mudslides after a period of intense rain that...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2020 file photo, residents watch as the Blue Ridge Fire burns above blacked-out homes in Chino Hills, Calif. Southern California utilities say they may cut power to more than 300,000 customers this week as dry, gusty weather raises the threat of wildfire danger. The National Weather Service is issuing red flag warnings of extreme fire danger over much of the region because of dry vegetation, low humidity and gusty Santa Ana winds.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

California winds bring fire threat, possible power outages

Dec. 3, 2020 12:24 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians hoping December would finally usher in wetter weather after a disastrous fire season were instead bracing Wednesday for another round of dry winds that raised the threat of wildfire danger and widespread power shutoffs. Utilities in the southern part of the state warned...

Survey: Some confusion about aspects of evacuation notices

Dec. 3, 2020 12:09 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A new survey found that many people in the Flagstaff area felt an emergency evacuation warning system widely used across Arizona is clear but that there's some confusion about specifics. The survey conducted by the Ecological Restoration Institute got nearly 800 responses and...

This photo provided by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities shows damage from heavy rains and a mudslide 600 feet wide in Haines, Alaska, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Authorities say six people are unaccounted for, and four homes were destroyed in the slide, with the search resuming Thursday morning for survivors. (Matt Boron/Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities via AP)

6 missing, homes destroyed in southeast Alaska landslide

Dec. 2, 2020 11:28 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Six people were missing after a mudslide measuring an estimated two football fields across slammed into a neighborhood in the southeast Alaska community of Haines, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday. It was one of several reported mudslides after a period of intense rain that...

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 file photo, A firefighter battles the Silverado Fire in Irvine, Calif. Two firefighters who were critically burned while trying to set backfires to slow the spread of a Southern California wildfire in October likely shouldn’t have been there in the first place given the extraordinarily dangerous conditions, according to a newly released investigation of the incident.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

California firefighters critically injured setting backfires

Dec. 2, 2020 9:08 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two firefighters critically burned while trying to set backfires to slow the spread of a Southern California wildfire in October likely shouldn’t have been there in the first place given the extraordinarily dangerous conditions, according to an investigation of the...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Dec. 2, 2020 3:47 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Dec. 2 The Advocate on National Football League COVID-19 rule violations by the New Orleans Saints: It took weeks as New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the New Orleans Saints organizations looked at the same coronavirus data and came to different conclusions...