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Woman found in burning house had been shot in the head

Feb. 18, 2020 11:11 AM EST

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say that a woman who was found dead in a burning house had been shot in the head. The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that Elizabeth City police are investigating the death of Javona Jones as a homicide. The state medical examiner’s office...

Adult punches mountain lion to save girl in California park

Feb. 18, 2020 11:06 AM EST

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — A state park in Northern California remained closed Tuesday after a mountain lion attacked a 6-year-old girl while she walked on a trail, officials said. The girl was at the Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve in Cupertino when a mountain lion attacked her...

Fire burns 3 businesses in downtown Hot Springs

Feb. 18, 2020 10:55 AM EST

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — Three downtown businesses in a small southwestern South Dakota community have been lost in a fire, according to the city's mayor. The Vault restaurant, China Buffet and Heartsong Quilts were burned in the massive fire in Hot Springs, Mayor George Kotti said Tuesday. Officials...

Invasive plants burned at Mono Lake gull nesting grounds

Feb. 18, 2020 10:43 AM EST

LEE VINING, Calif. (AP) — Federal firefighters have set fire to invasive non-native weeds on an island in the Sierra Nevada's Mono Lake in an effort to clear space for California gulls to build their nests on the ground. The burn Friday cleared nearly half of 11-acre (4.45-hectare) Twain Island, the Los...

Authorities report more pronghorn killed in train accident

Feb. 18, 2020 10:33 AM EST

HAMER, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is reporting an additional 32 pronghorn have been killed in a second train accident in eastern Idaho. A train collided with 64 pronghorn Feb. 3 killing 45 on impact and severely injuring another 19 in the same area near Hamer, Idaho. KBOI reports...

A man travels by boat through floodwater in Monmouth, Wales, Tuesday Feb. 18, 2020. Britain's Environment Agency issued severe flood warnings Monday, advising of life-threatening danger after Storm Dennis dumped weeks' worth of rain in some places. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

Storm-swollen rivers surge in UK, severe flood alerts issued

Feb. 18, 2020 10:28 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Residents in central England and Wales piled up sandbags, readied water pumps and hoped for the best Tuesday as rivers peaked after a weekend storm brought up to 6 inches (150 mm) of rain to an already waterlogged region. Environment agencies in England and Wales on Tuesday declared 8 severe...

Man dead after crashing car into Mesa house

Feb. 18, 2020 10:27 AM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a man is dead after crashing into a home in Mesa. AZFamily.com reports the crash happened early Monday morning near Lindsay and Broadway roads. According to Mesa firefighters, the man suffered a medical crisis which led to the crash. They pronounced him dead at the scene....

A northeast Jackson, Miss. neighborhood and Harbor Pines in Ridgeland are still under a mandatory evacuation as flooding continues Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (Barbara Gauntt/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

More drenching rains take aim at flood-ravaged South

Feb. 18, 2020 10:22 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Forecasters are expecting heavy rains again in parts of the flood-ravaged South, prolonging the misery in neighborhoods surrounded by water. Some of the hardest-hit areas in Mississippi were under a flash flood watch on Tuesday. The National Weather Service said rainfall amounts of up...

In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, photo, a nurse prepares medicines for patients at Jinyintan Hospital designated for new coronavirus infected patients, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. China reported thousands new virus cases and more deaths in its update Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. (Chinatopix via AP)

Germany sends more medical aid to China to fight virus

Feb. 18, 2020 10:16 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is sending a second shipment of medical aid supplies to China to help the Asian giant fight the coronavirus epidemic that has infected over 73,000 people. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Tuesday the government is sending 8.7 tons of aid supplies worth 150,000 euros ($162,000),...

Driver dies when car goes out of control, rolls, hits tree

Feb. 18, 2020 10:06 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An 18-year-old died Tuesday after the car she was driving went out of control and rolled in northeast Omaha, police said. The crash occurred around 1:25 a.m. when the car ran off the roadway, rolled and then struck a tree, police said. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Police...