Dozens of homes, outbuildings burned in Minnesota wildfire

ISABELLA, Minn. — Dozens of homes, cabins and outbuildings have been destroyed or damaged in northeastern Minnesota as the state’s largest wildfire continues burning uncontained, according to Superior National Forest officials. Authorities say 12 homes or cabins and 57 outbuildings have been lost in the Greenwood Lake fire that has consumed 34 square miles of […]

New round of winds fuel fury of Northern California wildfire

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — Crews were digging in and burning out fire lines amid another round of high winds that contributed to the fury to a Northern California wildfire. “We have a firefight ahead of us and the wind today is going to make it very challenging,” said Keith Wade, a spokesman with the California Department […]

Flood knocks down German bridge, sweeps people away

BERLIN — Dozens of German rescue teams were searching Monday for an unknown number of missing people who witnesses said were tossed into a river in Bavaria’s Valley of Hell when a sudden flood tore down a bridge they were on, the German news agency dpa reported. Police said rescue operations with about 100 officers […]

6.9 earthquake strikes off Alaska, no tsunami warning issued

PERRYVILLE, Alaska — A 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of the Alaskan Peninsula early Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Despite the size of the quake, no tsunami warnings were issued. The closest place to the epicenter was Perryville, home to a little more than 100 people 85 miles (135 kilometers) northwest. Much […]

London police chief says Prince Andrew case is under review

LONDON — London’s top police official said Thursday that the city’s police department is reviewing its files but no opening an investigation of Britain’s Prince Andrew, who faces sexual assault allegations in a U.S. lawsuit. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said London police working with prosecutors had already reviewed the case twice before Virginia Giuffre, […]

Hot, gusty weather could mean explosive fire growth in West

GREENVILLE, Calif. — Thousands of firefighters have prepared for a tougher fight against California’s largest wildfire as extremely dangerous weather returns, threatening to stoke flames into explosive growth. Firefighters were able to save homes and hold large stretches of the blaze, but a red flag warning was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon through Thursday because of […]

Endangered orcas get new protection from US government

SEATTLE — Endangered killer whales received new habitat protections from the U.S. government Friday. The National Marine Fisheries Service finalized rules to expand the Southern Resident orca’s critical habitat from the Canadian border down to Point Sur, California, adding 15,910 square miles (41,207 square kilometers) of foraging areas, river mouths and migratory pathways. Seattlepi.com reports […]

Tsunami warning issued for parts of Alaska after 8.2 quake

PERRYVILLE, Alaska — A tsunami warning was issued for parts of Alaska after a large earthquake struck the peninsula. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was magnitude 8.2 and hit 56 miles (91 kilometers) east southeast of Perryville, Alaska at about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. The quake was about 29 miles (46 kilometers) below the […]

3rd person found dead after Colorado flooding, mudslides

RUSTIC, Colo. — Authorities have recovered the body of a third person who died during flooding and mudslides in an area of northern Colorado that was burned by a massive wildfire. One person is still missing. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office was notified Monday that a man’s body was found in the Poudre River, a […]

Belgium holds day of mourning in wake of deadly flooding

BRUSSELS — Belgium held a day of mourning Tuesday for the victims of last week’s devastating floods, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel made her second visit to the region worst hit by the disaster that left nearly 200 people dead in the two nations. The Belgian king and queen visited the eastern town of Verviers […]