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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...

Increased avalanche danger in Cascades

Feb. 16, 2019 3:51 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say there's an increased avalanche danger in some areas of the Cascade Mountains due to recent snowfall. The Northwest Avalanche Center tells KING-TV in a story on Friday that recent snowfall fell during warmer temperatures than the older snow beneath it. Officials say that...

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: Tribe says water bill based on misinformation

Feb. 15, 2019 8:49 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a drought plan for the Colorado River (all times local): 6:45 p.m. An attorney for the Gila River Indian Community says a powerful state lawmaker's push to change Arizona water law is based on misinformation and the concerns of a "small number of farmers" who took water they...

Arizona lawmaker accused of endangering drought plan

Feb. 15, 2019 8:47 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Top Arizona Democrats on Friday accused the Republican House speaker of risking the collapse of a drought plan for the Colorado River by pushing legislation that has angered the Gila River Indian Community, a key player in the negotiations to protect the water supply for 40 million people....

Paradise area was heaven for victims of deadly wildfire

Feb. 15, 2019 5:04 PM EST

On that frantic morning, TK Huff was calm. The 71-year-old amputee sat in his wheelchair, pointing a garden hose at what quickly became the deadliest wildfire in California history. Nobody knew at the time, early on Nov. 8, how bad it would be. When his family called at 7:15 a.m., Huff said he would leave. But he...

Avalanches cause problems in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming

Feb. 15, 2019 3:51 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Road crews in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming worked Friday to clear avalanches that had closed mountain highways and undertook mitigation efforts in avalanche-prone areas. In central Colorado, Interstate 70 at Vail Pass and U.S. 50 over Monarch Pass were closed Friday morning for...

'Chimney forest' symbolic of all that was lost in Paradise

Feb. 15, 2019 1:18 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — In the 100 days since a wildfire nearly burned the town of Paradise off the map, Joanie Ellison has made a tearful drive dozens of times to the ruins of her home, resisting the urge to look away from the devastation so she can fully absorb the staggering loss. Even as she made...

2 small earthquakes felt in Salt Lake City area

Feb. 15, 2019 8:44 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two earthquakes gauged small in strength shook the Salt Lake City area Friday morning. University of Utah Seismograph Stations put the quakes that occurred shortly after 5 a.m. at magnitude 3.2 and 3.7 and said they were centered on the suburb of Bluffdale and occurred about 5.5 miles...

10 Things to Know for Today

Feb. 15, 2019 6:04 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHO VENEZUELA'S GOVERNMENT HAS BACK-CHANNELED WITH President Nicolas Maduro revealed in an AP interview that his government held secret talks with the Trump administration and predicted he would survive an...