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Lamont says 'tsunami' of retirements not as bad as predicted

Jun. 29, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The impact of the predicted tsunami of Connecticut state employees retiring from government service appears smaller than first feared, given an uptick in hiring and current state workers withdrawing their retirement paperwork in advance of Friday's deadline, according to...

Sierra Nevada wildfire threatens small rural communities

Jun. 29, 2022 17:23 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — A Sierra Nevada wildfire destroyed four structures and was a threat to more than 500 homes and other buildings, California authorities said Wednesday. The Rices Fire grew to 900 acres (364 hectares) along the Yuba River in Nevada County, California...

Caribbean tropical disturbance shutters schools, businesses

Jun. 29, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Forecasters issued a hurricane watch Wednesday for the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border as a tropical disturbance sped over the southern Caribbean on a path toward Central America. The disturbance was expected to become a tropical storm soon and was likely...

Biden grants South Dakota disaster declaration for May storm

Jun. 29, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday granted South Dakota's request for a presidential disaster declaration to aid the recovery from May storms that included over a dozen tornadoes. Gov. Kristi Noem requested the declaration, which allows the Federal Emergency...

Soap Lake wildfire evacuations lifted, 2 firefighters hurt

Jun. 29, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

SOAP LAKE, Wash. (AP) — The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has lifted all evacuations east of Soap Lake, Washington, that had been in effect Tuesday because of a wildfire. Sheriff’s officials said the 50 homes threatened by the fire which started around 11 a.m. were no longer...

Taliban and US officials to meet amid quake relief efforts

Jun. 29, 2022 12:28 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghan finance and central bank officials from the Taliban-led government departed for Qatar on Wednesday to meet with U.S. officials, the Taliban said. The meeting follows last week’s deadly earthquake, which brought into focus how relief and emergency aid efforts have...

Rice fields dry up as Italy's drought lingers on

Jun. 29, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

MORTARA, Italy (AP) — The worst drought Italy has faced in 70 years is thirsting paddy fields in the river Po valley and jeopardizing the harvest of the premium rice used for risotto. Italy's largest river is turning into a long stretch of sand due to the lack of rain, leaving the...

1 dead as mudslides hit southern Austria after heavy rains

Jun. 29, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Austria declared a civil emergency Wednesday after some villages in the southern state of Carinthia were cut off by mudslides and flooding following heavy rainfall. One person was killed and another was reported missing. Residents of the villages of...

Northern California wildfire threatens 500 buildings

Jun. 29, 2022 01:20 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that erupted in Northern California forced evacuations as it threatened about 500 homes and other buildings Tuesday, authorities said. The Rices Fire erupted at around 2 p.m. near the Yuba River in Nevada County and had spread to more than 500...

Interstate 84 closed in eastern Oregon due to wildfire smoke

Jun. 28, 2022 23:21 PM EDT

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — Transportation officials said Tuesday evening that Interstate 84 is closed near the border of Oregon and Idaho because of wildfire smoke. The Oregon Department of Transportation said the interstate was closed westbound in Ontario and eastbound in Baker City...