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Typhoon, landslides leave 35 dead, dozens missing in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A typhoon that officials said was the most powerful to hit Vietnam in 20 years blew away from the country...

Evacuation orders lifted for many Californians who fled fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of Californians were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday as calmer winds helped firefighters beat back two wind-driven...

The Latest: President declares emergency in Mississippi

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT): ...

AP Explains: Power shutoffs to prevent California wildfires

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's largest utilities have staged power shutoffs this year to prevent their equipment from sparking wildfires during the worst fire...

Biden faces challenges in quickly combating the pandemic

WILIMINGTON, Del. (AP) — If Joe Biden wins next week's election, he says he'll immediately call Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert....

Utility says its equipment may have sparked California blaze

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California Edison said its equipment may have sparked a fast-moving wildfire that forced evacuation orders for some 100,000 people...

Vietnam evacuating low-lying areas as strong typhoon nears

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam scrambled Tuesday to evacuate more than a million people in its central lowlands as a strong typhoon approached while...

Philippines: Typhoon displaces 120,000 people, 8 missing

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A strong typhoon blew out of the Philippines on Monday after displacing more than 120,000 people, leaving several fishermen missing...

Californians see power shutoffs as winds, fire danger rise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Californians lost power as utilities sought to prevent the chance of their equipment sparking wildfires and...

Philippines: Typhoon leaves 13 missing, displaces thousands

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A fast-moving typhoon blew away from the Philippines on Monday after leaving at least 13 people missing, forcing thousands of...

New storm Zeta a hurricane threat to Mexico, US Gulf Coast

MIAMI (AP) — Newly formed Tropical Storm Zeta gradually strengthened Sunday in the western Caribbean and forecasters said it would likely become a hurricane...

PG&E may cut power to over 1 million people in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric may cut power to over 1 million people on Sunday to prevent the chance of sparking...

More fire-prevention power shutoffs possible in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Electricity may be shut off to about 54,000 Northern California utility customers this week to try to prevent power lines...

AP Exclusive: Utility lacked basic training before blackouts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Pacific Gas & Electric cut power to large swaths of wildfire-prone Northern California last fall, few of the emergency...

Trump changes course, approves California relief for 6 fires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration abruptly reversed course and approved California's application for disaster relief funds to clean up damage from...

Man shelters 300 dogs from Hurricane Delta in Mexico home

LEONA VICARIO, Mexico (AP) — As the dangerous Hurricane Delta closed in on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Ricardo Pimentel opened his home — to about...

Fierce winds fan Rockies wildfires, new evacuations ordered

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Strong winds fanned two Rocky Mountain wildfires Wednesday, prompting new evacuation orders as one spread toward communities outside Rocky Mountain...

Delta adds insult to injury in hurricane-ravaged Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The day after Hurricane Delta blew through besieged southern Louisiana, residents started the routine again: dodging overturned cars on...

Warming trend means California’s lethal fire season not over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cool weather and light drizzle in some places provided relief for firefighters working to increase containment of numerous wildfires across...

Mexican bill to extinguish funds advances on party-line vote

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena party beat back attempts Thursday to save 109 semi-independent government trust funds that finance...

Paris hospitals on emergency footing as virus cases rise

PARIS (AP) — French health authorities on Thursday ordered Paris hospitals to activate emergency measures to cope with fast-rising numbers of COVID-19 patients and...

Busy 2020 hurricane season has Louisiana bracing a 6th time

MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) — For the sixth time in the Atlantic hurricane season, people in Louisiana are once more fleeing the state's barrier...

Hurricane Delta lashes Mexico’s Yucatan, then heads for US

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Delta emerged into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday and headed toward Louisiana after making landfall just south of...

Spain unveils economic recovery plan amid pandemic

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Spain’s prime minister unveiled a major plan Wednesday to boost his country out of recession by spending 140 billion euros...

Greece recalls its ambassador to Azerbaijan

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s Foreign Ministry says it is recalling its ambassador to Azerbaijan following what it says are “completely unfounded and insulting...

2020 Watch: How long will Trump be quarantined?

NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: ...

France, Italy search for missing victims after deadly floods

PARIS (AP) — French authorities deployed about 1,000 firefighters, four military helicopters and troops to search for at least eight people who were missing...

Orphaned, burned mountain lion rescued from California fire

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An orphaned mountain lion cub who was badly burned in a Northern California wildfire is being treated at the Oakland...

Two killed, 24 missing in severe floods in Italy and France

PARIS (AP) — Flooding from record rains in the mountainous region that spans France and Italy killed two people in Italy and left at...

Report: FEMA fumbled in Puerto Rico after storms Irma, Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. government report published Thursday found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency mismanaged the distribution of goods...

Earthquake swarm rattles rural southeastern California

WESTMORLAND, Calif. (AP) — An earthquake swarm continued Thursday in a rural area of southeastern California with a history of such seismic activity. ...

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of...

Japan court orders gov’t, TEPCO to pay in Fukushima disaster

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court on Wednesday found the government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant negligent for failing to...

The Latest: COVID-19 outbreak on ship off Australia’s coast

PERTH, Australia — Authorities are concerned by a COVID-19 outbreak aboard a cargo ship off Australia's northwest coast that has infected most of the...

Power shut off set for 65,000 California electric customers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Power will be shut off for 65,000 Northern California electric customers in 16 counties to prevent the spread of wildfires...

Power company plans series of shutoffs to prevent wildfires

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of California's largest power companies announced Saturday it plans to temporarily shut off power to residents of 16 counties...

Close call with storm renews debate over Houston barrier

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Houston, a Gulf Coast city that barely rises above sea level, has long worried about a worst-case weather scenario —...

Tropical Storm Beta spurs hurricane worries for Texas

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season was churning along Saturday as the Texas coast prepared for a tropical storm that...

Bangladesh economy shows early signs of pandemic recovery

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — A rebound in garment orders after demand crashed during spring shutdowns is helping to revive the Bangladesh economy. ...

Man shelters from wildfire flames in Oregon river

LYONS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man says he used a green plastic chair as a shield from a huge, deadly wildfire as he...

‘Nothing left in the bucket’: Wildfire resources run thin

Justin Silvera came off the fire lines in Northern California after a grueling 36 straight days battling wildfires and evacuating residents ahead of the...

At least 1 dead, hundreds rescued after Hurricane Sally

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph (165 kph) winds and rain measured in feet,...

The Latest: Sally weakens to depression; still dumping rain

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather: ...

Wildfire kept away from historic California observatory

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters have prevented a California wildfire from damaging the historic Mount Wilson Observatory, which played a pivotal role in confirming...

The Latest: Downed power lines sparked 13 Oregon fires

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): ...

Sally’s threat: ‘Potentially historic’ floods, fierce winds

WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) — Hurricane Sally, one of four storms churning simultaneously in the Atlantic, moved closer to the Gulf Coast on Monday with...

Groups turn to hotels to shelter fire evacuees amid virus

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Fearing one disaster will feed another, relief groups are putting some people who fled their homes during West Coast wildfires...

Paulette rolls toward Bermuda; Sally threatens Gulf Coast

MIAMI (AP) — Residents of Bermuda were urged to prepare to protect life and property ahead of Hurricane Paulette, while Tropical Storm Sally threatened...

Latest: Three more found dead in Northern California blaze

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): ...

Amid smoke and ash, wildfire-scarred Paradise rebuilds

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — When flames chased Chuck and Janie Dee down the mountain two years ago, they thought they'd never be back. ...

Crews battling California fires head to devastated areas

BERRY CREEK, Calif. (AP) — ...

Arizona Guard helicopters go to fight California wildfires

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona National Guard has sent three helicopters and 30 soldiers to help fight wildfires in California. ...

Media access to wildfires, disasters varies widely by state

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Journalists have captured searing, intimate images of active and dangerous wildfires burning in California, due in large part to a...

Wisconsin Guard sends choppers, soldiers to California

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin National Guard sent a pair of Black Hawk helicopters and about 15 soldiers to California on Friday to...

Latest: 500,000 people in Oregon forced to flee wildfires

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): ...

Germany: Nationwide warning test fails in some places

BERLIN (AP) — People in Germany braced themselves for shrieking sirens Thursday morning but instead got deafening silence in many places as the first...

Emergency fire shelters can save lives but raise questions

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — After flames trapped 14 firefighters in California and they had to use last-resort fire shelters to survive, questions are emerging...

North Korea’s Kim urges quick recovery from typhoon damage

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for urgent efforts to rebuild thousands of homes and other structures destroyed...

PG&E trying a new tactic in power cuts to prevent wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The nation's largest utility said Tuesday it is executing smarter and shorter power shutoffs after receiving widespread criticism last year...

Typhoon lashes South Korea after battering Japanese islands

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A powerful typhoon damaged buildings, flooded roads and knocked out power to thousands of homes in South Korea on...

California simmers while it burns, but no big power outages

SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Rescuers in military helicopters airlifted 207 people to safety after an explosive wildfire trapped them in a popular camping...

More than 200 people airlifted to safety after being trapped by wildfire that swept...

SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — More than 200 people airlifted to safety after being trapped by wildfire that swept through California camping area.

Fire on oil tanker off Sri Lanka extinguished after 3 days

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A fire on a large oil tanker drifting off Sri Lanka's coast was extinguished on Sunday after burning for...

Seeking unity, NKorea’s Kim vows to overcome typhoon damage

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has visited typhoon-stricken areas in the northeast, fired a top official there and...

Survivor search grips a grieving Beirut a month after blast

BEIRUT (AP) — People throughout Lebanon observed a moment of silence Friday to mark one month since the devastating Beirut explosion, while rescuers dug...

Members named to panel probing WHO’s pandemic response

LONDON (AP) — An...

Health officials worry nation not ready for COVID-19 vaccine

Millions of Americans are...

In aftermath of Hurricane Laura, residents worry about help

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP)...

Thousands march in Mauritius over dead dolphins, oil spill

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Honking...

Laura victims may go weeks without power; US deaths reach 14

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP)...

200 US Army soldiers deployed to help fight wildfires

BOISE, Idaho (AP) —...

Monsoon rains wreak havoc across Pakistan, killing 63 people

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) —...

The Latest: Reported tornado in Arkansas spins off Laura

The Latest on Laura: ...

North Korean leader thankful typhoon damage wasn’t worse

SEOUL, South Korea (AP)...

Hurricane Laura further strains FEMA in disaster-filled year

WASHINGTON (AP) — As...

Death toll from heavy Afghanistan flooding surpasses 150

CHARIKAR, Afghanistan (AP) —...

Sean Penn ups fight against COVID-19 with relief expansion

LOS ANGELES (AP) —...

The Latest: Louisiana governor closes part of Interstate 10

The Latest on Hurricane...

Evacuations lifted near California fires, some go home

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —...

Nursing homes juggle hurricane evacuations amid virus fears

Dozens of nursing homes...

N. Korean leader calls for readiness against virus, typhoon

SEOUL, South Korea (AP)...

California wildfires: Prepare to be away from home for days

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —...

Connecticut Red Cross workers to help in Texas, California

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) —...

2 tropical storms heading for double blow to US Gulf Coast

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico...

California wildfires some of largest in state history

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —...

2 storms pose possible double threat to US Gulf Coast

Two tropical systems could...

Avalanche rout Coyotes 7-1 in Game 5 to win 1st-round series

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) —...

Trump promises storm recovery aid to Iowa homeowners

Kim Reem recounted Tuesday...

Heat wave drives up crowds, strains California’s power grid

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —...

Forecasters look to learn from deadly Midwest wind storm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)...

Iowa governor defends storm response as residents struggle

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP)...

Crews try to tame California wildfire as heat wave arrives

LOS ANGELES (AP) —...

North Korea lifts lockdown in city, rejects flood, virus aid

SEOUL, South Korea (AP)...

Southern California wildfire prompts evacuations

LOS ANGELES (AP) —...

Urgent pumping removes oil from ship grounded near Mauritius

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In...

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