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In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury a body at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

May. 29, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN urgently appeals for $2.4 billion to help Yemen cope...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 photo, Agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried speaks at a pre-legislative news conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Fried, the only Democrat holding statewide office in Florida, upbraided Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday, May 28, 2020, for keeping the state Cabinet “in the dark” by failing to convene the panel to discuss the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Absence of pandemic on Florida Cabinet agenda is hot topic

May. 28, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the only Democrat holding statewide office in Florida, upbraided Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday for keeping the state Cabinet “in the dark” by failing to convene the panel to discuss the state's response to the...

Yavapai County wildfire chars 100 acres, forces evacuations

May. 27, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

CONGRESS, Ariz. (AP) — A human-caused wildfire burning Wednesday in north-central Arizona near the small town of Congress has forced some evacuations, authorities said. Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said the wildfire had charred about 100 acres (0.15 square miles) by late Wednesday...

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers a brief update on the dam breach and flooding throughout mid-Michigan counties at Meridian Elementary School in Sanford on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Kaytie Boomer/The Bay City Times via AP)

Governor orders probe of failed dams that caused flooding

May. 27, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

West Bloomfield, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday demanded an investigation to determine what caused two dams in central Michigan to fail, leading to devastating floods in several communities and forcing about 11,000 people to evacuate their homes. Whitmer ordered the Michigan Department of...

FILE-  This Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, shows homes leveled by the Camp Fire line the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park retirement community in Paradise, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric limped into bankruptcy vilified for its long-running neglect of a crumbling electrical grid that ignited horrific Northern California wildfires that left entire cities in ruins. After nearly a year-and-a-half of wrangling during one of the most complex bankruptcy cases in U.S. history, it’s unclear if PG&E is now any better equipped to protect the 16 million people who rely on it for power. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

PG&E nears end of bankruptcy amid persisting safety worries

May. 26, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric limped into bankruptcy vilified for its long-running neglect of a crumbling electrical grid that ignited a succession of horrific Northern California wildfires. After nearly a year-and-a-half of wrangling during one of the most complex bankruptcy cases in...

Rain, cooler weather helps slow Colorado plains wildfire

May. 26, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

KIM, Colo. (AP) — Cooler temperatures and precipitation have helped stop the spread of a lightning-sparked wildfire on Colorado's southeastern plains, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control said late Monday. Rain and hail fell on the Cherry Canyon Fire between Sunday and Monday and cooler...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask amid the new coronavirus pandemic, stands amid supporters taking pictures with cell phones as he leaves his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, May 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

In Bolsonaro's Brazil, everyone else is to blame for virus

May. 25, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With Brazil emerging as one of the world's most infected countries, President Jair Bolsonaro is deflecting all responsibility for the coronavirus crisis, casting blame on mayors, governors, an outgoing health minister and the media. By contrast, he portrays himself as a clear-eyed...

Light rain helps slow wildfire in southeastern Colorado

May. 25, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

KIM, Colo. (AP) — Light rain helped slow the growth of a lightning-sparked wildfire burning on Colorado's southeastern plains on Sunday, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control said. The fire in canyon land 10 miles northwest of Kim has burned 18.6 square miles (48 square kilometers) and was...

5 juveniles accused of starting a wildfire in Yavapai County

May. 24, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

BAGDAD, Ariz. (AP) — Five juveniles are accused of starting a wildfire in Yavapai County that forced the evacuation of 150 homes, authorities said The fire burned 65 acres in the small town of Bagdad before being brought under control Friday. The juveniles were smoking despite a fire ban on the area when...

A villager clears tree branches fallen in front of his house after Cyclone Amphan hit the region, at Baguranjalpai village in East Midnapore district in West Bengal state, India, Friday, May 22, 2020. People forgot about social distancing and crammed themselves into government shelters, minutes before Cyclone Amphan crashed in West Bengal. The cyclone killed dozens of people and the coronavirus nine in this region, one of India’s poorer states. Even before the cyclone, its pandemic response was lagging; the state has one of the highest fatality rates from COVID-19 in India. With an economy crippled by India’s eight-week lockdown, and health care systems sapped by the virus, authorities must tackle both COVID-19 and the cyclone’s aftermath.(Debasis Shyamal via AP)

Recovery begins after storm ravages Indian, Bangladesh coast

May. 23, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities began clearing roads and assessing damage on Friday after Cyclone Amphan barreled through coastal communities in eastern India and neighboring Bangladesh, killing more than 100 people and leaving millions displaced. In India's West Bengal state, which bore the brunt of the...