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Southern California's Santa Ana winds topple trees, big rigs

Jan. 26, 2023 21:44 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Powerful Santa Ana winds tore across Southern California on Thursday — topping 100 mph, (160 kph) in parts — blowing over multiple big rigs on several highways and toppling massive 80-to-100 foot-tall trees, including in San Diego’s iconic Balboa Park where a woman was...

8 confirmed dead in ship sinking off Japan and South Korea

Jan. 26, 2023 04:16 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese official said Thursday that eight people have died in the sinking of a cargo ship in waters between Japan and South Korea. Lyu Guijun, the consul general in the western Japanese city of Fukuoka, told state broadcaster CGTN that six of the eight victims were...

Japan launches intel satellite to watch N. Korea, disasters

Jan. 26, 2023 04:14 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan successfully launched a rocket Thursday carrying a government intelligence-gathering satellite on a mission to watch movements at military sites in North Korea and improve natural disaster response. The H2A rocket, launched by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.,...

Kyle Kuzma has 33 points, Wizards beat Rockets 108-103

Jan. 25, 2023 22:58 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Kyle Kuzma scored 20 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help the Washington Wizards rally for a 108-103 victory over the Houston Rockets Wednesday night. The Wizards trailed by as many 19 points and were down by 10 to open the fourth quarter before Kuzma took...

Federal money driving Jackson water bill, DOJ appointee says

Jan. 25, 2023 18:45 PM EST

Jackson, Miss. (AP) — A bill before the Mississippi Legislature that would transfer the capital city's troubled water system to a new regional entity could be motivated by a desire by state officials to access a large pot of federal dollars earmarked for the city, Jackson's federally appointed...

Storm system dumps heavy, wet snow on Indiana and Michigan

Jan. 25, 2023 17:29 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy, wet snow — part of a storm system that spawned tornadoes in the Houston area — has covered roads, vehicles, houses and buildings Wednesday from central and northern Indiana into much of southeastern Michigan. About six inches of snow was expected to...

Tornado causes damage east of Houston; no injuries reported

Jan. 24, 2023 22:44 PM EST

PASADENA, Texas (AP) — A powerful storm system took aim at the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, spawning a tornado that downed utility poles and power lines, overturned vehicles and ripped roofs off homes and businesses in communities east of Houston. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries. ...

Georgia election probe report to remain secret for now

Jan. 24, 2023 20:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge said Tuesday that a final report produced by a special grand jury tasked with investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies broke the law as they tried to overturn his 2020 election defeat in Georgia will remain under wraps for now. Fulton...

Water system in Mississippi's Capital could get new owners

Jan. 24, 2023 20:11 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson's troubled water system could get a new set of owners under legislation advanced Tuesday by Republican lawmakers in Mississippi. The bill would transfer ownership to a new public entity overseen by a nine-member board, the majority of which would be...

Kentucky has 2nd high-ground site to relocate flood victims

Jan. 24, 2023 17:06 PM EST

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — State officials have secured another eastern Kentucky site with higher ground to build new homes for flooding victims. The 50-acre site is just a few miles from downtown Hazard, and the first-phase plan includes 150 new homes, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday. The...