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About 40 people remain trapped in Liberian gold mine

Feb. 17, 2019 10:50 AM EST

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Fellow miners have been using their bare hands to remove debris in an effort to free some 40 gold miners who have been trapped for a week, a spokesman for Liberia's disaster management agency said Sunday. Authorities are now trying to arrange for an excavator to help in the rescue...

Storm-lashed South Carolina reassesses global warming's role

Feb. 16, 2019 7:03 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest disasters would be wind and surge rolling over his county's beaches, South Carolina's top tourist destination. Instead, his worries have shifted inland, where rivers overflowing their...

8 miners rescued in Zimbabwe; dozens more feared dead

Feb. 16, 2019 1:57 PM EST

KADOMA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Eight subsistence miners who were trapped underground for several days after heavy flooding in Zimbabwe have been rescued, though dozens of their co-workers are still missing and feared dead. Rescuers on Saturday pulled the exhausted, muddied survivors from the ground and took them...

Snow too thick to plow keeps skiers from California resorts

Feb. 15, 2019 11:15 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Winter weather enveloping California's mountains for a fourth straight day Friday kept skiers from hitting the slopes at the start of the Presidents Day holiday weekend, with snow so deep that plows could not tackle it and cities scrambled to find places to pile it. Several routes to...

The Latest: Flood warning for California river cancelled

Feb. 15, 2019 10:05 PM EST

GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on storms hitting the West (all times local): 7 p.m. Authorities have cancelled a flood warning for a Northern California community where a river fed by a fierce storm rose above flood stage. The National Weather Service issued the warning for an area near Guerneville...

The Latest: Flooding closes recreation sites near Sedona

Feb. 15, 2019 7:20 PM EST

The Latest on Arizona weather (all times local): 5:20 p.m. A handful of popular recreation areas around Sedona are closed to the public because of heavy flooding. Coconino National Forest spokesman Brady Smith says water moved rapidly through campgrounds and day-use sites Thursday, knocking over barbecue grills...

The Latest: Judiciary chair seeks hearing on emergency claim

Feb. 15, 2019 5:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local): 4:50 p.m. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler is calling for a hearing "in the coming days" on President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency. In a letter to Trump Friday, Nadler and...

Trump sets limited disaster aid for 10 Mississippi counties

Feb. 15, 2019 10:46 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump is issuing a federal disaster declaration authorizing aid to 10 Mississippi counties following flooding in late December. Governments and certain nonprofit groups are eligible to be repaid for infrastructure damage, debris removal and overtime pay to emergency...

Storm creates chaos in California with flooding, mudslides

Feb. 14, 2019 10:44 PM EST

SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. At least two people died as the powerful system...

Experts: Southwestern US sees some drought relief

Feb. 14, 2019 7:26 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Drought conditions in much of the southwestern United States have improved because of surges of moisture over the last few months. But national forecasters and climate experts warned Thursday that it hasn't been enough to alleviate concerns about long-term water supplies around the...