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1 killed, 2 hurt in Malibu house fire that spread to brush

Jan. 17, 2021 1:34 PM EST

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — One person was killed and two others were seriously injured after fire ripped through a home in Malibu Sunday morning and then spread to nearby brush, authorities said. Crews responded around 3:30 a.m. and took about two hours to douse the blaze, which grew to 4 acres, according to...

Homes are missing roofs after Hurricane Zeta, Thursday Oct. 29, 2020, in Grand Isle, La., in this aerial photo during Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' tour of stricken areas in the southeastern part of the state. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Disaster unemployment aid available for Hurricane Zeta

Jan. 17, 2021 1:12 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — People in six parishes whose jobs or businesses were lost or interrupted when Hurricane Zeta struck Louisiana in October can apply for disaster unemployment aid through Feb. 12, according to the state labor department. The unemployment aid became available last week when President...

A police officer leads a sniffer dog during a search of victims at the ruin of a building flattened by an earthquake in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. Rescuers retrieved more bodies from the rubble of homes and buildings toppled by the magnitude 6.2 earthquake while military engineers managed to reopen ruptured roads to clear access for relief goods. (AP Photo/Joshua Marunduh)

Indonesian teams find more bodies from quake that killed 78

Jan. 17, 2021 10:21 AM EST

MAMUJU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian rescuers on Sunday retrieved more bodies from the rubble of homes and buildings toppled by a strong earthquake, raising the death toll to 78, while military engineers managed to reopen ruptured roads to clear access for relief goods. More heavy equipment reached the...

People talk outside their homes at a neighborhood affected by flood in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan on Borneo Island, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.  many thousands of people have been evacuated and a number have been killed in recent days in flooding on Indonesia's Borneo island, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/Iman Satria)

Tens of thousands evacuated amid Indonesia floods

Jan. 17, 2021 8:17 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated and more than a dozen have been killed in recent days in flooding on Indonesia's Borneo island, officials said Sunday. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Raditya Jati said floods brought by intense rains caused...

Today in History

Jan. 17, 2021 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2021. There are 348 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 17, 1996, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and nine followers were handed long prison sentences for plotting to blow up New York-area landmarks. On this date: In 1806,...

San Francisco Bay Area residents feel moderate earthquake

Jan. 16, 2021 11:58 PM EST

AROMAS, Calif. (AP) — People throughout the San Francisco Bay area on Saturday night reported feeling a magnitude 4.2 earthquake that hit the region. The earthquake hit 8:01 p.m and had an epicenter about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) southeast of Aromas, a town of about 2,650 people that straddles Monterey...

Motorists make their way through a road affected by an earthquake-triggered landslide near Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. Damaged roads and bridges, power blackouts and lack of heavy equipment on Saturday hampered Indonesia's rescuers after a strong and shallow earthquake left a number of people dead and injured on Sulawesi island. (AP Photo/Yusuf Wahil)

Damaged roads, lack of gear hinder Indonesia quake rescue

Jan. 16, 2021 10:12 AM EST

MAMUJU, Indonesia (AP) — Damaged roads and bridges, power blackouts and lack of heavy equipment on Saturday hampered rescuers after a strong earthquake left at least 49 people dead and hundreds injured on Indonesia's Sulawesi island. Operations were focused on about eight locations in the hardest-hit city...

In this photo released by Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Mount Semeru spews volcanic material during an eruption in Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. The highest volcano on Indonesia's most densely populated island of Java, spewed hot clouds as far away as 4.5 kilometers (nearly 3 miles) on Saturday. (National Disaster Mitigation Agency via AP)

Semeru volcano on Indonesia's Java island spews hot clouds

Jan. 16, 2021 9:17 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Mount Semeru, the highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island of Java, spewed hot clouds as far away as 4.5 kilometers (nearly 3 miles) on Saturday. There were no immediate evacuations, but the National Disaster Mitigation Agency warned people who live in...

Wildfire burns in hot, dry, windy Southern California

Jan. 16, 2021 12:54 AM EST

MOUNTAIN CENTER, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battled a wildfire in the inland mountains of Southern California on Friday as Santa Ana winds brought dry and unseasonably hot weather that heightened fire danger in a region where little rain has fallen this winter. The Bonita fire erupted shortly after 1 a.m....

Life after Laura: Recovery stalls for Sulphur woman

Jan. 16, 2021 12:01 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Robin Baudoin’s home in Sulphur looks today just like it did the day after Hurricane Laura hit Southwest Louisiana with its catastrophic damage over four months ago. Its roof is completely gone and nearly all of her belonging are in shambles. “The house is just wide...