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Life-threatening flash flooding rises in Claudette's path

Jun. 20, 2021 05:05 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Forecasters warned of life-threatening flash flooding in parts of the Deep South, particularly across central Alabama, as Tropical Depression Claudette traveled over coastal states early Sunday. Heavy rain led to high water late Saturday into early...

Coyote population booms in Florida

Jun. 20, 2021 03:01 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — South Floridians are always on the lookout for creatures big and small, from alligators to pythons to disease-carrying mosquitoes. We can now add coyotes to that list. They’ve inundated South Florida to such a level that Broward County...

UN office says Sri Lanka ship fire causes significant damage

Jun. 20, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.N. representative in Sri Lanka said the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off the capital Colombo has caused “a significant damage to the planet” by releasing hazardous substances into the ecosystem. ...

Director of naval museum hopeful for move despite delay

Jun. 20, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricanes Laura and Delta have kept the USS Orleck Naval Museum stuck at its location on North Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles. Efforts to move the former Navy ship to the Jacksonville Naval Museum in Florida have been on hold for...

Students excavate site in Daniel Boone National Forest

Jun. 20, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Deep in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Mary White, the district archeologist for the forest service, used a small brush to sweep away newly discovered petroglyphs, which are pre-historic carvings. The discovery of a tiny carving of a turkey print...

New Tennessee school to offer outdoor learning programs

Jun. 20, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Situated against the Prentice Cooper State Forest and surrounded by 26,000 acres of semi-protected land, the setting of River Gorge Forest School spans a lot further than typical school campuses. The school, opening this fall, offers preschool...

Southwest US states bake, wildfire threatens Arizona towns

Jun. 20, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Southwest U.S. continued to bake Saturday, and weather forecasters kept warnings in effect for excessive heat in Arizona, Nevada and desert areas, at least through the weekend. High temperature marks didn’t fall Saturday, but Phoenix reached a...

Major damage to Alabama mobile home park amid tropical storm

Jun. 19, 2021 23:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say a suspected tornado spurred by Tropical Storm Claudette demolished or badly damaged at least 50 homes in a small town just north of the Florida border. Sheriff Heath Jackson in Escambia County said a suspected tornado...

Las Vegas pushes land swap to balance growth, conservation

Jun. 19, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Record-breaking heat and historic drought in the U.S. West are doing little to discourage cities from planning to welcome millions of new residents in the decades ahead. From Phoenix to Boise, officials are preparing for a future both with more...

Colorado woman wins 60th Mount Washington Road Race

Jun. 19, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

A Colorado woman raced to the top of the tallest mountain in the Northeast on Saturday to win the 60th Mount Washington Road Race. Kim Dobson, 37, of Eagle, Colorado, earned her victory at the mountain's fogged-in summit, which was being buffeted by gusts up to 60 mph (90...