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$10M a day fighting fires

Aug 28, 2015 / 3:07 pm

Northwest fire officials told U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that incoming cooler weather could help calm the massive blazes that threaten thousands of homes, but wind storms may cause extreme fire behaviour in the interim. Vilsack, in Portland Friday for a wildfire briefing, said 14,000...

Rising death toll from Erika

Aug 28, 2015 / 11:06 am

Heavy rain and strong winds from Tropical Storm Erika began to bear down Friday on the Dominican Republic as authorities on the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica warned that the death toll would rise from mudslides and flooding unleashed by the system. Authorities in Dominica had said at...

200 feared dead in sinking

Aug 28, 2015 / 6:59 am

Libyan authorities were collecting the bodies of migrants who drowned off the coastal city of Zuwara, with some 200 feared dead on Friday in the latest disaster involving desperate people trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean. An Associated Press photographer at the scene saw workers...

Glacier melts 3 inches a day

Aug 28, 2015 / 6:45 am

Mauri Pelto digs his crampons into the steep icy slope on Mount Baker in Washington state and watches as streams of water cascade off the thick mass of bare, bluish ice. Every 20 yards, the water carves vertical channels in the face of the glacier as it rushes downstream. What little snow from...

Holding ground in Chelan

Aug 28, 2015 / 6:38 am

Firefighters were holding their own Thursday against the largest wildfire on record in Washington state, even as rising temperatures and increased winds stoked the flames. The National Weather Service had issued a red-flag warning earlier in the day for the fires near Okanogan, saying weather...

'Master plan' for Mars

Aug 27, 2015 / 3:26 pm

Buzz Aldrin is teaming up with Florida Institute of Technology to develop "a master plan" for colonizing Mars within 25 years. The second man to walk on the moon took part in a signing ceremony Thursday at the university, which is located in Melbourne, less than an hour's drive...

'Slow-motion disaster'

Aug 27, 2015 / 3:24 pm

Firefighters were keeping a wary eye Thursday on big wildfires that Gov. Jay Inslee described as a "slow-motion disaster." The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning for the largest wildfire, the Okanogan Complex, saying rising temperatures, falling humidity and increasing...
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Migrants found dead

Aug 27, 2015 / 7:33 am

Austrian police on Thursday discovered the badly decomposing bodies of at least 20 — and possibly up to 50 — migrants stacked in a truck parked on the shoulder of the main highway from Budapest to Vienna. The shocking find came as Austria hosted a summit in Vienna on Europe's...

Grieving station regroups

Aug 27, 2015 / 6:15 am

The fatal shooting of a reporter and cameraman unfolded on live TV during the early morning show, as tens of thousands of viewers watched a horrified anchor struggle to comprehend what had happened. Within hours, the carefully scripted carnage carried out by a disgruntled former colleague spread...

Governor to tour fires

Aug 27, 2015 / 6:04 am

Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to take an aerial tour of a massive Washington state wildfire near the B.C. border today and meet crews on the ground. So far, officials have counted 40 homes and 40 outbuildings destroyed by the blaze, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said. The fire is about 17...

Only one twin will live

Aug 27, 2015 / 5:51 am

An expectant mother of conjoined twins in Colorado has been told by doctors one of her babies won't survive, but she's hopeful one can be saved. Amber McCullough, of Hastings, Minn., was scheduled to have a C-section to deliver twin girls at the Colorado Fetal Care Center at...

Smoke hampers fire fight

Aug 26, 2015 / 6:46 pm

Smoke from big wildfires burning east of the Cascade Range hurt air quality Wednesday and hampered efforts by crews battling the flames in Washington state. Smoky conditions grounded helicopters and airplanes that had been fighting the fires, and air quality was rated as unhealthy for some...

Her image will live on

Aug 26, 2015 / 2:23 pm

A New Jersey woman shown covered in dust in an iconic photo taken after the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City has died. Marcy Borders died Monday night after a battle with stomach cancer, her daughter Noelle Borders said Wednesday. The 42-year-old Bayonne resident was working on the...

Father says grief unbearable

Aug 26, 2015 / 1:58 pm

The latest on the fatal on-air shooting of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local): 3:50 p.m. The father of the reporter killed during an on-air interview in Virginia says "my grief is unbearable" over his daughter's death. Andy Parker told The Washington Post...

Shooter dies

Aug 26, 2015 / 11:26 am

UPDATE 11:30 A.M. Official sources indicate the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Virginia reporter and cameraman has died in hospital. UPDATE 9:00 A.M. A television reporter and cameraman were shot to death on live television Wednesday in Virginia by a gunman authorities described as a...

Theatre shooter sentenced

Aug 26, 2015 / 10:27 am

Colorado theatre shooter James Holmes was formally sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday, more than three years after he carefully planned and executed a merciless attack on hundreds of defenceless moviegoers who were watching a midnight Batman premiere. Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr....

'A nightmare to breathe'

Aug 26, 2015 / 6:11 am

Massive wildfires in the U.S. West have led to poor air quality across the region, causing respiratory problems for people far from the fire lines as well as grounding firefighting aircraft. "It's been a nightmare to breathe," said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers in Washington...

Trump swears off Oreos

Aug 26, 2015 / 6:08 am

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeated his claim Tuesday evening that he would stop eating Oreos, citing the cookie maker's decision to close a plant in Chicago and move it to Mexico. "I'm never eating Oreos again," Trump said, before adding that he would...

Space junk slows travel

Aug 26, 2015 / 6:04 am

The Russian Federal Space Agency says the next manned trip to the International Space Station will be extended from the usual six hours to two days. Roscosmos said in a statement released on Wednesday that the decision was made due to security concerns after the space lab had to adjust its orbit...

Gunman, 14, surrenders

Aug 26, 2015 / 5:49 am

A 14-year-old boy held 29 students and a teacher at gunpoint in a West Virginia high school classroom Tuesday afternoon before he released them after negotiations and surrendered, authorities said. No injuries were reported. The student took a pistol into a second-floor classroom Tuesday...
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