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For tornado-ravaged churches, rebuilding means rethinking

Jan. 28, 2022 11:13 AM EST

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Mayfield First United Methodist Church, a century-old temple with stately columns and stained-glass windows, has long been an anchor in the life of Kathy O’Nan, the city’s 68-year-old mayor. She directed the children’s choir for 42 years and attended...

Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar count deaths, damage by storm

Jan. 26, 2022 12:22 PM EST

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique, Madagascar and Malawi are counting the deaths and damage by tropical storm Ana and more than a week of heavy rains across southern Africa. In central and northern Mozambique at least 11 people have died, including children and elderly, and...

California redwood forest returned to Native American tribes

Jan. 25, 2022 20:42 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The descendants of Native American tribes on the Northern California coast are reclaiming a bit of their heritage that includes ancient redwoods that have stood since their ancestors walked the land. Save the Redwoods League planned to announce Tuesday that it is...

23 Australians on ship delivering aid to Tonga have virus

Jan. 24, 2022 23:51 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Nearly two dozen sailors on an Australian military ship going to deliver aid to Tonga have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday, raising fears they could bring COVID-19 to a Pacific nation that has so far managed to avoid any outbreaks. ...

2 killed, dozens injured as 2 quakes shake southwest Haiti

Jan. 24, 2022 18:51 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Two moderate earthquakes shook southwest Haiti on Monday, killing two people, injuring dozens of students and damaging hundreds of homes as it created panic in a region that was rocked by a powerful tremor that killed more than 2,000 last summer. A...

4 Japanese planes fly more aid to Tonga after volcanic blast

Jan. 24, 2022 05:32 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Four Japanese aircraft left Australia on Monday to deliver more vital aid to Tonga as the Pacific nation deals with the aftermath of a volcanic eruption and tsunami. The two Japanese Lockheed C-130 Hercules and two Kawasaki C-2 left the Royal Australian...

Central Texas wildfire still in check; no structures damaged

Jan. 20, 2022 19:00 PM EST

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Firefighters were mopping up a Central Texas wildfire Thursday after holding it in check for a day with no structures reported damaged or persons injured, officials said. The Texas A&M Forest Service reported the fire that started in the Bastrop...

First aid flights arrive in Tonga after big volcano eruption

Jan. 20, 2022 12:02 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The first flights carrying fresh water and other aid to Tonga finally arrived Thursday after the Pacific nation’s main airport runway was cleared of ash left by a huge volcanic eruption. New Zealand and Australia each sent military transport planes...

Three of Tonga's smaller islands badly damaged by tsunami

Jan. 19, 2022 15:53 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Three of Tonga's smaller islands suffered serious damage from tsunami waves, officials and the Red Cross said Wednesday, as a wider picture begins to emerge of the destruction caused by the eruption of an undersea volcano near the Pacific archipelago nation. U.N....

Texas wildfire no longer growing, some evacuations lifted

Jan. 19, 2022 13:10 PM EST

A wildfire in a central Texas state park is no longer growing and no injuries were reported after the blaze, suspected to have been caused by a prescribed burn, charred 1.2 square miles (3.2 square kilometers) in the city of Bastrop, officials said Wednesday. Texas A&M Forest...