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Nevada governor pans counties' request for Area 51 event aid

Dec. 11, 2019 4:03 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s governor says the state might not reimburse two rural counties seeking disaster relief aid over “Storm Area 51” events that attracted less-than-anticipated crowds in September to remote towns near a formerly top-secret military base. Gov. Steve Sisolak...

Flooded farmers face growing dilemma in warming world

Dec. 11, 2019 2:42 PM EST

CRESCENT, Iowa (AP) — Frogs, carp and bugs thrived all summer in murky floodwaters where Gene Walter should have planted corn and soybeans. Last year’s ruined crop spilled from metal storage bins that burst nine months ago when the Missouri River surged through two levees near his southwest Iowa...

Egypt urges decisive action against states backing 'terror'

Dec. 11, 2019 12:19 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president Wednesday called for “decisive” and “collective” action against countries supporting “terrorism" in an apparent reference to Turkey and Qatar, who back the Muslim Brotherhood group, which is outlawed in Egypt. The three countries also...

Georgia county paying $1.66M in hurricane-related bills

Dec. 9, 2019 11:37 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Coastal Georgia's largest county is paying $1.66 million in bills from a hurricane after state government didn't respond to a request for help. The Savannah Morning News reports that Chatham County commissioners on Friday approved the payment for expenses related to evacuation from...

Polish school director fired over terror attack exercise

Dec. 9, 2019 11:30 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Local authorities in northeast Poland say that a primary school director has been fired and psychologists are working with traumatized schoolchildren following a terrorist attack exercise the director organized but that unprepared students took for real. The director of primary and...

Man buried in Alaska mountain avalanche saved by other hiker

Dec. 9, 2019 9:37 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska hiker is lucky to be alive after he was buried during an avalanche and another hiker saw his feet and freed him, officials said. The hiker was alone on Flattop Mountain around 1 p.m. Saturday when an avalanche buried him, the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information...

Torrential rains in Uganda, 26 killed, says Red Cross

Dec. 9, 2019 5:34 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — At least 26 people have been killed in floods unleashed by heavy rains in different parts of Uganda, the Red Cross said on Monday as authorities urged people in affected areas to relocate. Seventeen flooding deaths have been confirmed in the western district of Bundibugyo. Another...

Avalanche send Bruins to 1st home regulation loss, 4-1

Dec. 7, 2019 10:36 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — No matter how well the Boston Bruins are playing at home, it doesn’t seem to matter when the Colorado Avalanche come to town. Ian Cole scored his first goal of season in his 500th career NHL game, backup goalie Pavel Francouz stopped all 16 shots he faced in relief and the Avalanche...

Wyoming governor requests disaster help for beet farmers

Dec. 7, 2019 12:07 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon is asking for a federal disaster declaration to help farmers affected by cold weather in October. Two cold spells with warm weather in between harmed sugar beet crops in northern and southeastern Wyoming. The first cold spell halted sugar beet growth. Ensuing...

Disaster declaration for Mississippi areas in Oct. 26 storms

Dec. 6, 2019 3:43 PM EST

President Donald Trump on Friday approved a disaster declaration for parts of Mississippi affected by severe weather that hit in late October, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker's office said. Trump approved Gov. Phil Bryant's request for the declaration a day after the entire Mississippi congressional delegation requested...