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13 dead in Chile amid struggle to contain raging wildfires

Feb. 03, 2023 20:51 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — At least 13 people were reported dead as of Friday night as a result of the more than 150 wildfires burning across Chile that have destroyed homes and thousands of acres of forest while the South American country is in the midst of a scorching heat wave. ...

Winter storm warning for Sierra, Tahoe starts Saturday night

Feb. 03, 2023 17:58 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Lake Tahoe and much of the Sierra Saturday night through Sunday night as another storm packing up to 2 feet (61 centimeters) of snow and winds gusting in excess of 100 mph (160 kph) makes its way into the area. ...

New England knows winter, but why so dangerously cold?

Feb. 03, 2023 16:34 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New Englanders are used to cold temperatures, but a combination of extreme cold accompanied by powerful winds is downright dangerous, and enough to send even bundled-up skiers scampering indoors. It’s that potentially deadly combination that sparked worries...

PG&E to face manslaughter trial over deadly California fire

Feb. 01, 2023 23:41 PM EST

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric will face trial for manslaughter over its role in a 2020 wildfire in Northern California that killed four people, a judge ruled Wednesday. The judge in Shasta County ruled after a preliminary hearing that there was enough evidence...

Louisiana House advances bills to address insurance crisis

Feb. 01, 2023 19:14 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana House legislators begrudgingly, but with bipartisan support, advanced a $45 million funding bill for an incentive program designed to entice more insurers to the state. Many described the program as a band-aid solution to Louisiana’s ongoing...

Tornado-relief payments come under scrutiny in Kentucky

Feb. 01, 2023 18:17 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Some people unaffected by tornadoes that ravaged Kentucky in late 2021 were mistakenly sent payments from a relief fund funneling private donations into the region, the state treasurer's office said Wednesday. State Treasurer Allison Ball's office said it...

California has huge snowpack, but dry trend raises worries

Feb. 01, 2023 17:39 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mountain snowpack that supplies a significant amount of California's water got an incredible boost from recent powerful storms and is outpacing the state's wettest season on record, state water officials said Wednesday. But its too soon to know if the winter...

Nashville mayor won't seek reelection

Feb. 01, 2023 04:14 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor John Cooper has announced that he will not run for reelection when his term expires later this year. Cooper, 66, made the announcement Tuesday. Cooper was first elected to the position in 2019, when he defeated former Mayor...

Emergency lifted after New Zealand storm less than feared

Jan. 31, 2023 23:51 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Northland region lifted a state of emergency declaration Wednesday after an overnight storm didn't turn out as bad as feared. A heavy rain warning for Auckland was also lifted, although a state of emergency remained in place for the...

New Zealand's largest city braces for more rain and flooding

Jan. 30, 2023 20:03 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Residents in New Zealand's largest city were bracing Tuesday for another deluge and more flooding, four days after Auckland endured its wettest day on record in a storm that killed four people. A state of emergency was in place for Auckland, and...