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Hurricane Ida's damage forces Louisiana voting site changes

Oct. 19, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Ida’s destruction across southeastern Louisiana will force thousands of voters to cast their ballots at different polling locations for next month's election, with some voting sites relegated to large tents because few area buildings were free of damage....

Louisiana House leader: Ida housing help moving too slowly

Oct. 18, 2021 23:19 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana House leader offered blistering criticism Monday of Gov. John Bel Edwards' temporary housing program for people with severe home damage from Hurricane Ida, slamming the effort as moving too slowly to assist suffering residents. Though...

Insurer sues Georgia warehouse operator over $4.5M fire loss

Oct. 18, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — An insurer is suing the operator of a coastal Georgia warehouse where 50,000 tons of biofuel wood pellets went up in smoke this year, claiming “grossly negligent acts” caused $4.5 million in losses. The Brunswick News...

Smaller shows will go on at Ida-damaged Louisiana theater

Oct. 17, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

HAMMOND, La. (AP) — Shows will go on at a historic Louisiana theater despite damage from Hurricane Ida. The Columbia Theatre in Hammond is converting a conference center into a venue for entertainment while repairs and planned renovations are made. The Hammond Star...

Louisiana woman shares how ‘found rose’ was named after her

Oct. 17, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, the Peggy Martin Rose was a “found rose,” meaning it had no name and its origins unknown. Peggy Martin of Gonzales, for whom the rose is named, was the guest speaker at the Alexandria...

Moderate earthquake rocks Bali, killing at least 3

Oct. 16, 2021 02:23 AM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — A moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit Indonesia’s resort island of Bali early Saturday, killing at least three people and destroying dozens of homes. The quake hit just before dawn, causing people to run outdoors in a panic....

Firefighters make progress coralling big California wildfire

Oct. 15, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters reported significant progress in corralling a wildfire in Southern California coastal mountains on Friday. The Alisal Fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara grew only slightly since Thursday morning to 26.4...

Bus tips into sinkhole as deadly storms lash Greece

Oct. 15, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A bus transporting oil refinery workers fell into a sinkhole in the center of Greece’s second-largest city Friday as storms continued to batter the country, damaging roads, closing schools and causing the deaths of at least two people. ...

Strongest quake since volcano erupted shakes Spanish island

Oct. 14, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands in what was the strongest recorded temblor since volcanic eruptions began 26 days ago, authorities said Thursday. The quake was one of around 60 recorded overnight, Spain’s National...

Fire destroys school in small eastern Washington town

Oct. 13, 2021 22:14 PM EDT

ALMIRA, Wash. (AP) — A fire has destroyed a school in an eastern Washington town. Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers said the fire at Almira Elementary and Middle School started around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Classes and after school activities had...