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Southern California wildfire evacuees allowed to return home

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Five days after an explosive wildfire in Southern California drove thousands from their homes, authorities lifted all evacuation orders on Sunday to allow them to return. …


Northern California wildfire grows; more evacuations ordered

More evacuation orders have been issued as a wildfire grows in Northern California, threatening a lake community of about 1,300 that was evacuated a year ago because of a destructive …


Amid South Sudan evacuations, some locals are turned back

JUBA, South Sudan – Some South Sudanese, even those with dual U.S. citizenship, are not being allowed to leave the country, even as the United States, India and other countries …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 21, 2015, 1:01 p.m.

Ferry County evacuations ordered for fast-moving fires

Some northern sections of Ferry County received evacuation notices Friday morning as another fast-moving fire threatens the communities of Boyds and others.


More evacuations issued for Fruitland, residents warned of ‘fast moving fire’

More homes have been evacuated in the Fruitland-area fire.


US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in …


In Gaza lull, residents return to destroyed areas

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores …


Record Balkan floods claim at least 20 lives

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Tens of thousands fled their homes Saturday in Bosnia and Serbia, evacuated by boat or helicopter as rising waters surged into villages and towns. Authorities said …


Thousands of Muslims stuck in C. African Republic

BODA, Central African Republic (AP) — There is only one neighborhood in Boda where Muslims are safe from the bullets and machetes of Christian militia fighters. Many who ventured out …


Thousands evacuated from flooded Gaza homes

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Rescue workers evacuated more than 4,000 Gaza Strip residents from homes flooded by four days of heavy rain, using fishing boats and heavy construction …


German village evacuated after gas explosion

BERLIN (AP) — Police are evacuating an entire village in central Germany after a fire at a gas company led to an explosion that injured 16 firefighters. Police spokesman Markus …


Rescuers issue stern warning to Colorado evacuees

LYONS, Colo. (AP) — As rescuers broke through to flood-ravaged Colorado towns, they issued a stern warning Saturday to anyone thinking of staying behind: Leave now or be prepared to …


2 dead as flash flooding hits Colorado

LYONS, Colo. (AP) — Flash flooding in Colorado has left two people dead and the widespread high waters are keeping search and rescue teams from reaching stranded residents and motorists …


Growing blaze nears Ketchum, Sun Valley

BOISE – A wildfire threatening the resort cities of Sun Valley and Ketchum has become the nation’s top-priority wildfire, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced in Boise on Friday. …


Westerners evacuated amid terror fears in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone killed four alleged al-Qaida members Tuesday in Yemen, as the U.S. and British embassies evacuated staff amid reports of a threatened attack …


Official: 19 firefighters die battling Ariz. fire

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire killed 19 firefighters Sunday afternoon after the blaze raced through an Arizona community, a state forestry official told The Associated Press. Forestry spokesman …


360-plus homes destroyed in Colo. Springs wildfire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire burning northeast of Colorado Springs has destroyed at least 360 homes, making it the most destructive in state history. El Paso County sheriff …


Explosives co. faced scrutiny before La evacuation

DOYLINE, La. (AP) — The explosives recycling company that caused the evacuation of a Louisiana town has come under scrutiny for explosions and its handling of dangerous materials before, and …


Town evacuates as authorities relocate explosives

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities have resumed the transfer of an estimated 6 million pounds of improperly stored explosive material at a northwest Louisiana industrial site. State police say the …


La. town evacuates; police relocate explosives

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — State police resumed moving millions of pounds of explosives Monday that had been haphazardly stashed in warehouses in Louisiana, prompting hundreds to evacuate from harm’s way …


Signal problems preceded NJ train derailment

PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) — A signal may have malfunctioned on a southern New Jersey bridge where a train derailed, causing a hazardous chemical to spew into the air and leading …


Mass. natural gas explosion damaged 42 buildings

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Preliminary investigations show more than 40 buildings were damaged in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts that injured 18 people, building inspectors said Saturday. A strip …


Cause of Mass. gas blast that hurt 18 being probed

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Dozens of building inspectors began assessing homes and businesses in one of New England’s biggest cities on Saturday, a day after a natural gas explosion leveled …


What does it take to get people to flee a storm?

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite days of dire forecasts and explicit warnings, hundreds of thousands of people in New York and New Jersey ignored mandatory evacuation orders as Superstorm Sandy …


Indy neighborhood devastated by explosion, 1 dead

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A roaring explosion that leveled two homes and set two others ablaze in a huge fire forced about 200 people from a devastated Indianapolis neighborhood where at …


Sandy-torn northeast deals with more wind, water

NEW YORK (AP) — The nor’easter, as promised, brought gusting winds, rain, snow and the threat of flooding. It menaced travelers with icy roads, snarled the Long Island Rail Road …


New storm bears down on Sandy-battered NYC, NJ

NEW YORK (AP) — A nor’easter blustered into New York and New Jersey on Wednesday with rain and wet snow, plunging homes right back into darkness, stopping commuter trains again …


Sandy-battered NYC, NJ prepare for new storm

NEW YORK (AP) — Residents of New York and New Jersey who were flooded out by Superstorm Sandy waited with dread Wednesday and heard warnings to evacuate for the second …


Fear of looting grips NYC as new storm threatens

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Chan prowled around his cold, dark Staten Island home with knives and a sword to protect it from thieves, standing his ground as another East …


Power returning after Sandy but gas problems rise

NEW YORK (AP) — More New Yorkers got power Saturday for the first time since Superstorm Sandy struck the region, but frustrations mounted over gasoline shortages as refueling sites turned …