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Evacuations lifted; wildfire threatened part of Old Bisbee

May. 14, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — Evacuation notices were lifted Friday for a Bisbee neighborhood that was threatened by a wildfire on the outskirts of the former mining town, county seat and modern-day tourist attraction in southeastern Arizona, officials said. Residents were...

Underwater quake shakes west Indonesia, no tsunami warning

May. 14, 2021 03:30 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong undersea earthquake shook western Indonesia on Friday, but no tsunami warning was issued and no damage was immediately reported. “People were running from their houses," said a local disaster mitigation agency official, Hiramo, who...

Wildfire forces evacuations in former mining town Old Bisbee

May. 13, 2021 22:34 PM EDT

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — Some residents of Old Bisbee were under evacuation orders Thursday night due to a wildfire that authorities said is threatening 30 structures in the former mining town. The fire began at Zacatecas Canyon and the cause is under investigation. ...

Bid to recall Sonoma County prosecutor qualifies for ballot

May. 13, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A recall campaign against Sonoma County's district attorney that is being bankrolled by a wealthy developer she prosecuted over his company’s actions during a deadly 2017 wildfire has enough verified signatures to qualify for the ballot, officials said. ...

Fire officials aim to douse blazes fast, avoid megafires

May. 13, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday they will try to stamp out wildfires as quickly as possible this year as severe drought tightens its grip across the West and sets the stage for another destructive summer of blazes. By aggressively responding to...

Firefighting fill-up site upgraded for bigger helicopters

May. 13, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A water fill-up station in the mountains above Malibu is increasing capacity to handle larger firefighting helicopters that are being contracted to bolster Southern California fleets. The upgrade of the site called 69 Bravo follows a November test...

Arizona imposes new fire restrictions in multiple counties

May. 13, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A major public land management agency is joining others in imposing fire restrictions that will cover wide swaths of drought-stricken Arizona. The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management announced Thursday it will implement additional...

6.0 magnitude quake recorded off south coast of Panama

May. 13, 2021 06:37 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — An earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 struck Thursday in waters off the south coast of Panama, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was recorded around 9:42 GMT Thursday at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) under the...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

May. 12, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: May 10 The Washington Post on a school bombing and Afghanistan's future: The horrific bombing of a school for girls in Kabul on Saturday was a grim presage of the...

Tornado rips off roofs, knocks out power in New Orleans

May. 12, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A tornado ripped off roofs, knocked down utility polls and cut off power to thousands in New Orleans early Wednesday, but no serious injuries were reported in what one city official called an unexpected “dry run” for the approaching hrricane season. ...