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NYC to hire forecaster, beef up warnings after Ida flooding

Sep. 27, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is planning to hire a private weather forecaster, install more drainage features and issue earlier and more aggressive warnings to residents under a new plan to respond to heavy rainfall like the deadly deluge Hurricane Ida dropped on the city earlier this...

Judge suspends probe into Lebanon port blast amid challenges

Sep. 27, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The lead judge investigating last year’s massive blast in Beirut’s port suspended his work in the case Monday after a former Cabinet minister demanded his dismissal. Judge Tarek Bitar, the second judge to lead the complicated and thorny investigation,...

3 dismembered bodies found in burning Texas dumpster

Sep. 27, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Police were investigating after three dismembered bodies were discovered in a dumpster that had been set afire in Texas. Fort Worth police said the three bodies that were discovered Wednesday appeared to be those of a man, a teen girl or adult...

Aggressive river otters attack people, dogs in Anchorage

Sep. 27, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents of Alaska’s largest city often contend with bears and moose, but state officials are warning of another wild animal that has been causing problems: river otters. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says river otters have attacked...

Authorities identify teen who died in crash near Omaha

Sep. 27, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have identified the teenager who was killed in a two-car crash last Friday that also injured four others. The Douglas County Sheriff's Department said Monday that Jamin Creek, 18, died. The crash happened shortly before 4 a.m. Friday when...

NTSB investigates Montana plane crash that kills 2, hurts 1

Sep. 27, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal authorities were investigating a small plane crash that killed two people and critically injured a third in southern Montana on Sunday, authorities said. Two people died at the crash south of Billings and a third was taken to the hospital,...

Hurricane Sam, small but mighty, swirls offshore in Atlantic

Sep. 27, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Sam was a powerful Category 4 storm in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday but was centered well offshore and posed no threats to land, though it could generate dangerous rip currents. Sam is located about 800 miles (1,290 kilometers) southeast of the...

Contractor pleads to violating regulation after worker death

Sep. 27, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a western Pennsylvania contractor has acknowledged violating a federal regulation following the electrocution death of a worker at the site of a sewer line installation in Johnstown more than three years ago. The U.S. attorney's...

Small earthquake shakes southwest Virginia

Sep. 27, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, Va. (AP) — A small earthquake shook southwestern Virginia on Monday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.6 happened around 9:37 a.m. It was centered about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) north of Lafayette,...

Two women killed in crash in Eau Claire, both victims local

Sep. 27, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Two people have died in a crash in Eau Claire. according to police. Two vehicles sustained severe damage in a collision Sunday about 1:30 p.m. The occupant of one vehicle, 81-year-old Elaine Lambrecht was pronounced dead at the scene of the...