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Anchorage finds more than 100 buildings unsafe after quake

Dec. 12, 2018 12:17 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — City data shows more than 100 homes and buildings in the Anchorage area have been found unsafe to enter because of damage caused by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake. The Anchorage Daily News reports at least another 182 buildings received some kind of damage from the Nov. 30 quake that...

Los Angeles-area development approved in fire-prone zone

Dec. 11, 2018 8:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The conflict between the need for more housing in California and the danger of building in fire-prone mountains was decided in favor of homes Tuesday as Los Angeles County supervisors approved a massive rural housing development. The supervisors voted 4-1 to approve a 19,000 home project...

California wildfires cleanup to cost at least $3 billion

Dec. 11, 2018 7:57 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State and federal authorities estimated Tuesday that it will cost at least $3 billion to clear debris from 19,000 homes and businesses destroyed by three California wildfires last month. The disaster relief officials said the cleanup costs will far surpass the record cleanup expense of...

The Latest: Northern California fire death toll climbs to 86

Dec. 11, 2018 7:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on destructive California wildfires (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Authorities in Northern California say the death toll from a destructive wildfire has decimated the town of Paradise has climbed from 85 to 86. The Butte County Sheriff's office said Tuesday that Larry Smith of...

Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas

Dec. 11, 2018 7:37 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state's top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott will...

The Latest: LA-area development approved in high fire zone

Dec. 11, 2018 5:07 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a massive housing development proposed in rugged mountains on the outskirts of Los Angeles (all times local): 2 p.m. Los Angeles County supervisors have approved a massive housing project in fire-prone mountains. Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve the 19,000 home...

The Latest: German minister stresses future for coal workers

Dec. 11, 2018 3:41 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on U.N. climate talks in Poland (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Germany's environment minister says it's crucial to offer mining industry workers other options for a transition from coal to energy sources that don't contribute to global warming to succeed. Svenja Schulze...

Report: Arkansas soybean farmers lose $77M after wet harvest

Dec. 11, 2018 3:39 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas soybean farmers have lost at least $77 million this year after heavy rainfall interrupted harvest season and damaged the quality of the crop, according to a recent report by agriculture experts. Wet conditions starting with Tropical Storm Gordon in September and continued...

Storm cleanup: Florida officials resign amid resources probe

Dec. 11, 2018 3:29 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A top official in Florida's highway agency and her deputy resigned after an investigation into whether state employees were sent to the official's south Georgia home to clean up fallen tree limbs and connect a generator after Hurricane Michael. Kelley Scott, director of...

Decade since ice storm left 400,000 outages in New Hampshire

Dec. 11, 2018 12:59 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It's been 10 years since a devastating ice storm hit New Hampshire, leaving more than 400,000 residents and businesses without power. Emergency management officials said over 200 communities had experienced power loss when the storm hit Dec. 11 and 12, 2008. Some were without...