• Iraqis take mandatory day off as heat wave smothers Mideast

    Yesterday

    BAGHDAD (AP) — It's a 15-minute walk through a lush palm grove from Baghdad's al-Takia refugee camp to the nearest well, but as temperatures hovered around 52 degrees Celsius (126 F) on Thursday, Zakiyah Abdullah, who is eight months pregnant, said it felt like an eternity. Scorching temperatures are normal this time of year, but an unprecedented heat wave prompted Iraqi authorities to declare a mandatory four-day holiday beginning Thursday. The government has urged residents to stay out of the sun and drink plenty of water, but for Abdullah and many of the more than 3 million Iraqis displaced by conflict, that poses a dilemma. Abdullah, whose face is visibly sunburned, says she is nauseous from the heat and worried a

  • Study: Sandy's impact takes toll on residents' mental health

    Yesterday

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A new study says the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy are taking a toll on the mental health of New Jersey residents impacted by the storm. The study was released Wednesday and says more than a quarter of the 100,000 residents whose homes were hit by structural damage during Sandy are experiencing moderate to severe mental health distress two and a half years alter. Researchers say about 14 percent of residents report post-traumatic stress symptoms. The study also says recurring mold problems related to the October 2012 storm were linked to asthma and mental health problems. Researchers from Rutgers and New York universities along with Columbia and Colorado State universities surveyed 1

  • Heat warning remains for Philadelphia, suburbs

    Yesterday

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thunderstorms could briefly cool things down as hazy, hot and humid conditions persist throughout Philadelphia and its suburbs. An excessive heat warning remains in effect for the city and Delaware, eastern Chester, eastern Montgomery and lower Bucks counties until 6 p.m. Thursday. Forecasters say the heat and humidity will combine to make it feel like it is 100 degrees. However, showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening will cool things down. Forecasters say 90-ddegree daytime temperatures may continue into next week. However, the humidity is expected to be lower Friday and into the weekend.

  • Excessive heat warning remains for parts of New Jersey

    Yesterday

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Thunderstorms are expected to punctuate the hazy, hot and humid conditions that continue to blanket New Jersey. An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday for Mercer, Gloucester, Camden and northwest Burlington counties. Forecasters say the heat and humidity will combine to make it feel like it is 100 degrees. Some thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected to cool things down a bit. They could also cause flooding in poor drainage areas. The National Weather Service says temperatures are likely to remain in the 90s for the rest of the week, however it is expected to be less humid on Friday. There is a moderate risk for dangerous rip currents along the Jersey shore

  • Chances for rain Thursday, Friday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Cooler temperatures have arrived in Oklahoma Thursday. There is a chance for rain Thursday and Friday.

  • Finding some shade

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Getting out of the sun at the Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City.

  • Fast-spreading fire explodes to more than 4 square miles

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) — California fire officials say a wildfire burning east of Lower Lake has grown to more than 4 ½ square miles in a few hours. Authorities ordered mandatory evacuations immediately after the blaze broke out Wednesday afternoon in Lake County. Cal Fire says the fire grew from 150 acres to more than 4 ½ square miles within six hours. It is unclear how many people were evacuated and how many structures are threatened. Cal Fire says the wildfire is traveling at a rapid rate because the terrain is heavy with brush and timber. They say access is difficult. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

  • Weather California

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Juan Sanchez cools off in the American River on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. Heat relief was sought in the California's Central Valley as temperatures soared over 100 degrees.

  • APTOPIX New York Weather

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A man cools off in the water sprinklers at Sara Delano Roosevelt Park, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in New York. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for New York City through 8 p.m. Thursday.

  • Michigan warns of wildfire danger because of heat, dryness

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan authorities say there's a growing danger of wildfires because of hot weather and a lack of rain in many parts of the state. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday the conditions mean it's classifying the fire danger as high to very high in wide areas of the state. It says the conditions probably will persist into the weekend. The National Weather Service says Michigan's temperatures Wednesday reached 94 at Ypsilanti, 92 at the Detroit suburb of Troy, 87 at Traverse City in northern lower Michigan and 86 at Munising in the central Upper Peninsula.

  • Environmentalists re-establishing Barnegat Bay oyster colony

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    OCEAN GATE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey environmental group has taken a major step toward re-establishing an oyster colony in Barnegat Bay. The American Littoral Society held a send-off party Wednesday in Ocean Gate for 21,000 oyster larvae. Several small boats took part in the procession to carry the oyster spat to the reef site in the bay about a quarter-mile off a section of Berkeley Township. Staff and volunteers then dumped the spat into the bay and returned to shore a short time later. Group officials say the oyster colony should improve water quality and help protect the shoreline from storms like Superstorm Sandy. The shellfish filter water, straining out many pollutants.

  • Federal disaster assistance denied for 19 Oklahoma counties

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says the federal government has rejected the state's request for disaster assistance for 19 Oklahoma counties affected by severe weather, flooding and tornadoes in May and June. Fallin said Wednesday the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state's request for assistance to individuals and businesses in those counties. The 19 counties are Blaine, Craig, Creek, Custer, Dewey, Garfield, Greer, Harmon, Haskell, Jackson, Kay, Major, Muskogee, Osage, Pawnee, Roger Mills, Sequoyah, Washita and Woods. Fallin encouraged individuals in the counties to seek help through organizations like the American Red Cross. FEMA earlier approved 45 counties for individual assistance.

  • Officials holding meetings on New Jersey disaster aid

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State and federal disaster recovery experts are planning to meet with local emergency management officers to tell them about applying for disaster assistance related to a storm that walloped parts of southern New Jersey in June. The meetings are scheduled for next week. They're not open to the public, but they are a step in recovery efforts. A disaster has been declared for Atlantic, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties for the June 23 storm that did an estimated $15 million of damage. Local governments can receive up to 75 percent of the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures and fixing public facilities from the federal government.

  • Romania Weather Heat

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A man jumps into a lake as the sun sets in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Southern Romania faces a heatwave with temperatures reaching 39 degrees Celsius or 102.2 Fahrenheit.

  • Romania Weather Heat

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A man jumps into a lake as the sun sets in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Southern Romania faces a heatwave with temperatures reaching 39 degrees Celsius or 102.2 Fahrenheit.

  • Forecasters warn of storms in north Alabama

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters are warning of heavy thunderstorms throughout north Alabama. The National Weather Service says strong thunderstorms are likely to move through most of north Alabama Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters say the storm could intensify and may produce winds of up to 50 mph and frequent lightning in many areas.

  • 2 escape serious injury after floodwaters sweep away SUV

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A man and a woman escaped serious injury after their SUV got swept away by fast-flowing storm runoff, overturned and began filling with water in Tucson. Tucson Fire Department Capt. Barrett Baker said the vehicle was swept downstream Tuesday night after it drove into a wash flowing with runoff from a monsoon storm. He says firefighters responded to a call about people inside the flipped-over vehicle. Baker said the 28-year-old man and 24-year-old woman inside the vehicle were able to get out and pull themselves to the side of the wash near Interstate 19. Their identities weren't released. The Fire Department says motorists should avoid driving through flooded washes.

  • California Editorial Roundup

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    July 22 The San Bernardino Sun on regulating California lawns: Lawns are magic: Cool underfoot on a bare-toed summer day. An outdoor carpet for all animal life, especially babies and dogs. No wonder the world fell in love with the green. But California has properly announced regulations limiting lawns to 25 percent of a residential lot for new construction, because that's what our part of the world can sustain. In Devon, England and Darien, Conn., even with climate change, vast public and private lawns are likely to be sustainable during our time, at least. Plenty of rain for natural irrigation — unlike here.

  • Fort Wayne denied $250,000 from county board for storm costs

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — An Allen County agency has turned down the city of Fort Wayne's request for $250,000 to help cover some of the costs from a late June wind storm. The Allen County Solid Waste District took the action Tuesday. District Executive Director Tony Burrus says district policy requires a county state of emergency to be declared before distributing money for cleanup costs from a rainy day, but the county commissioners never made such a declaration. Fort Wayne officials say the storm cost the city's parks about $643,000. City spokesman John Perlich says the district asked the city to explore other options to cover costs.

  • HEAT WARNING

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Seniors receive donated fans Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at the Martin Luther King Older Adult Center in Philadelphia. An excessive heat warning is in effect for the city and Delaware, eastern Chester, eastern Montgomery and lower Bucks counties between noon and 6 p.m. Wednesday.




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