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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 17, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Biden is not...

UN: Tens of thousands await help 1 month after Haiti quake

Sep. 16, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tens of thousands of Haitians are still awaiting help more than a month after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the country’s southern region, a U.N. official said Thursday. Bruno Lemarquis, resident and humanitarian coordinator in Haiti,...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Sep. 15, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. Sept. 9, 2021. Editorial: Response Chilly To Gunn’s Tax Swap Philip Gunn is convinced that if Mississippi would swap its personal income tax for higher sales taxes on most things people in this state purchase, new residents...

Vermont governor seeking disaster assistance after flooding

Sep. 15, 2021 09:59 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott asked the federal government Tuesday to help Bennington and Windham counties recover from summer flooding. Scott said communities in the two southern Vermont counties suffered an estimated $4 million in damage from...

Flash flood submerges southern French villages, fields

Sep. 15, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Emergency workers rescued or evacuated hundreds of people in southern France as flash flooding abruptly turned roads and fields into rivers and lakes. No casualties have been reported, but new heavy rainfall threatened the area Wednesday. Local authorities...

National Guard to help Billings hospital with COVID cases

Sep. 14, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Seventeen Montana National Guard soldiers have volunteered to continue helping the state with its COVID-19 response, Gov. Greg Gianforte said. Ten soldiers will help at Billings Clinic, starting Wednesday, as the hospital faces capacity and staffing...

Rainfall helps firefighters control southern Spain's inferno

Sep. 14, 2021 04:07 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in southern Spain say that rain has helped to bring under control a major wildfire that ravaged 7,800 hectares (19,200 acres) of land despite more than five days of intense firefighting work by land and air. Juan Manuel Moreno, the president of...

Nicholas strengthens to hurricane ahead of Texas landfall

Sep. 14, 2021 00:31 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Nicholas strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Monday as it headed toward landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast and it was expected to bring heavy rain and floods to coastal areas from Mexico to storm-battered Louisiana. Forecasters at the National...

Out West, Biden points to wildfires to push for big rebuild

Sep. 13, 2021 22:54 PM EDT

MATHER, Calif. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday used his first Western swing in office to hold out the wildfires burning across the region as an argument for his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plans, calling year-round fires and other extreme weather a climate change reality the nation can no...

Nevada's pandemic relief spending plan for schools approved

Sep. 13, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education on Monday approved a plan submitted by the state of Nevada to spend more than $1 billion in pandemic aid earmarked for K-12 schools. The approved $1.1 billion plan outlines Nevada's strategy to reopen all schools...