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What’s causing the devastating flooding in the Midwest?

Jun. 24, 2024 16:21 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of Iowa residents have needed rescue from record-setting flooding that has swamped parts of the state, covering buildings up to their rooftops, shutting down major roads, and disrupting basic services like electricity and drinking water. Iowa Gov. Kim...

Book Review: An unarmed game warden tracks a killer through the Maine wilderness in 'Pitch Dark'

Jun. 24, 2024 11:25 AM EDT

Heavy storms have made much of northern Maine impassible. Streams and rivers are overflowing their banks, and logging roads and forest trails are crisscrossed with toppled trees. It’s no time to go exploring or hunting, so why has a heavily armed stranger rented an ATV and disappeared into the...

Flooding forces people from homes in some parts of Iowa while much of US broils again in heat

Jun. 23, 2024 01:10 AM EDT

Floodwaters forced people out of their homes in parts of Iowa, the result of weeks of rain, while much of the United States longed for relief Saturday from yet another round of extraordinary heat. Sirens blared at 2 a.m. in Rock Valley, Iowa, population 4,200, where people in...

New Mexico heavy rain and flash flooding prompt mandatory evacuations

Jun. 22, 2024 08:20 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Heavy rain and flash flood warnings in New Mexico prompted officials to order some mandatory evacuations, with shelters set up for displaced residents. The National Weather Service office announced a flash flood emergency on Friday night through early...

Climate change makes India's monsoons erratic. Can farmers still find a way to prosper?

Jun. 21, 2024 22:22 PM EDT

BENGALURU, India (AP) — Each year from June to September, a heavy band of rain makes its way from India's southwest coast to its northeastern borders, quenching farmers' thirsty fields. India's monsoon season is arguably the single most important weather phenomenon for the...

FEMA is ready for an extreme hurricane and wildfire season, but money is a concern, Mayorkas says

Jun. 21, 2024 18:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Homeland Security Department said Friday that the agency tasked with responding to disasters across the country is prepared as it goes into what is expected to be an intense hurricane and wildfire season but he's concerned about looming budget shortfalls. ...

Floodwaters inundate Minnesota towns while another storm transformed New Mexico village into a lake

Jun. 20, 2024 19:58 PM EDT

COOK, Minn. (AP) — Several small-town tourist meccas in northern Minnesota have been inundated by floodwaters after a deluge of rain earlier this week, while another powerful storm turned a New Mexico village into a lake. In St. Louis County, Minnesota — the home of Duluth —...

580,000 glass coffee mugs recalled because they can break when filled with hot liquid

Jun. 20, 2024 11:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some 580,000 glass coffee mugs are being recalled across the U.S. after dozens of burn and laceration injuries were reported by consumers. According to a Thursday notice from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the now-recalled JoyJolt-branded “Declan...

At least 1 person has died in a New Mexico wildfire that has forced thousands to evacuate, governor's office says

Jun. 18, 2024 21:21 PM EDT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — At least 1 person has died in a New Mexico wildfire that has forced thousands to evacuate, governor's office says.

New Mexico governor declares a state of emergency after wildfires damage at least 500 structures in mountainous Ruidoso

Jun. 18, 2024 16:51 PM EDT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico governor declares a state of emergency after wildfires damage at least 500 structures in mountainous Ruidoso.