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  • Torrential rains flood parts of ND; 2 people hurt

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — Torrential rains led to weekend flooding in parts of North Dakota, inundating homes and causing at least two injuries. Many areas of the state got several inches of rain Friday and Saturday, leading to flash flooding. National Weather Service reports show that southwestern North Dakota got as much as 10 ½ inches of rain. More than 15 homes in Dunn County were flooded. KXMB-TV reports that state game wardens early Saturday had to use a boat to rescue Inky and Clara Paulson when Knife River floodwaters poured into their home, forcing them onto the roof. KQDJ radio reports that a motorcyclist in Jamestown hit sediment in a flooded viaduct on Saturday and lost control of his bike.

  • 180 dead as floods wash away homes in Nepal, India

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The death toll from three days of flooding and torrential rain in Nepal and India rose to more than 180 people Monday, as relief teams sent food, tents and medicine to prevent any outbreaks of disease. The worst-hit areas were in western Nepal and northern India, where swirling floodwaters submerged hundreds of villages and swept away homes made of mud and straw. Four helicopters with relief supplies and medical workers were sent to cut-off villages in western Nepal, said Jhanka Nath Dhakal of the National Emergency Operation Center. Most roads into the area are submerged or damaged by flooding, preventing vehicles from passing.

  • UPDATE: Thunderstorm moves northeast of Oklahoma City area Monday, high of 99 degrees ahead

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    A thunderstorm moved across central Oklahoma early Monday. A hot day is ahead for Oklahoma City, the National Weather Service reports.

  • 2 rescued from along storm-flooded Waco Creek

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Two men have been rescued from along a flooded Central Texas creek as storms dumped more than 2 inches of rain in the area. Emergency responders in Waco received a 911 call from one of the stranded men Sunday afternoon. Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton says authorities believe one man slipped into the fast-moving water of Waco Creek. A second man passing by tried to help and he also ended up trapped, with both men able to reach a section of concrete. Firefighters lowered a ladder to reach the pair. One man was treated for a minor hand injury. The National Weather Service says parts of McLennan County, near Hewitt (HYOO'-it), received more than 2.5 inches of rain on Sunday.

  • EXCHANGE: Weather service installs new system

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Up until recently, six short-lived EF1 tornadoes spawned by two storms that tore through northern Illinois on June 30 might have been all but invisible to the National Weather Service. The closest, which touched down briefly between Plainfield and Romeoville, was "embedded" in the storm front, said Matt Friedlein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Romeoville office. Another happened near Morris. "All of the tornadoes happened in less time than the old radar scanning strategy takes," Friedlein said. Atmosphere scans by the weather service's Doppler radar— the massive white bubble that towers over Lewis University Airport — once took about five minutes to complete.

  • Oklahoma cities consider water conservation options

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    As demand for water grows, state and local officials in Oklahoma are looking at ways to make better use of the water the state has available. In many cases, communities are reusing water that flows down residents’ sinks, showers and, yes, toilets as a way to keep up with demand.

  • 3 days of Nepal floods leave 54 dead, 142 missing

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Flooding and landslides in western Nepal have killed at least 54 people and left 142 missing amid continuous rainfall over the past three days, officials said Saturday. Ten districts in the area have been flooded, with rescuers recovering 54 bodies, police official Kesh Bahadur Shahi said, adding that the death toll is expected to rise. It has been raining since Thursday in the region, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of the capital, Katmandu. Highways and roads were either flooded or blocked by landslides in the districts, stopping rescuers from reaching remote villages. Power lines were snapped and communication towers were knocked down by the flooding, stranding thousands of people

  • Schatz wins over voters in tough US Senate primary

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz won a tense Democratic primary election in Hawaii, proving that he is no longer just a senator who was appointed to his seat — he has captured the confidence of Hawaii voters. The dramatic race to finish the term of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye was tinged with emotional residue from the past. Schatz was challenged by U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who at one point said that he wasn't a true incumbent because he had been appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie after Inouye's dying wish that Hanabusa replace him. Now, after an election that stretched over nearly a week because Tropical Storm Iselle knocked out power and closed polling stations, Schatz has carried his slim electio

  • Schatz wins Democratic Hawaii US Senate primary

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Sen. Brian Schatz beat U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Hawaii, closing out a tight, emotional race that went into overtime after a tropical storm kept some voters from the polls. Schatz extended his slim vote lead late Friday during a makeup election for thousands of voters in two remote precincts who couldn't cast ballots during the state's regular primary last Saturday because of blocked roads and power outages caused by Tropical Storm Iselle.

  • Oklahoma City Fire Chief G. Keith Bryant to lead International Association of Fire Chiefs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Oklahoma City Fire Chief G. Keith Bryant will head the International Association of Fire Chiefs for 2014-15.

  • Correction: Flooding-Michigan story

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    WARREN, Mich. (AP) — In a story Aug. 12 about flooding in Michigan, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Warren Fire Department, reported erroneously that a woman died after suffering seizures when her car stalled in high water. The department sent a summary of the incident to the mayor Friday saying that an error was made and the woman recovered at a hospital. A corrected version of the story is below: Dead 100-year-old woman found in flooded basement Mayor: Body of 100-year-old woman found in flooded Detroit-area basement after heavy rainfall By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press WARREN, Mich.

  • Ex-cop who burned body again gets 17 years

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For a second time, a former New Orleans police officer has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for burning the body of a man shot to death by another New Orleans police officer in the chaotic days following Hurricane Katrina. Gregory McRae, 53, already is imprisoned for burning Henry Glover's body. However, an appeals court had ordered a recalculation of his original 17-year sentence after one of his original convictions was thrown out. In giving the same 17-year, 3-month sentence, U.S. District Judge Lance Africk said Friday that McRae was guilty of covering up an unlawful killing by fellow Officer David Warren. Africk's assertion comes despite a jury's earlier acquittal of Warren.

  • Ah, heck no: Plane takes off as tornado touches down behind it

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Nope. Nope nope nope nope nope. Twitter user Robbie Kane (@robbikane) shared an image with the world earlier today of a plane taking off as a tornado was touching down behind it. The plane was headed for Spain as it departed East Midlands Airport in England. Great snap of a Ryanair Plane taking off at […]

  • Oakland County flood damage pegged at $337 million

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Officials in Oakland County have estimated flood damage from Monday's rain storm at $337 million, but warn the amount could increase as more assessments are received. Communities in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties are trying to determine how much the final costs will be after more than 6 inches of rain fell in some areas. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson says Friday that "the damage estimate does not reflect the magnitude of the task that lies ahead" for residents. Gov. Rick Snyder has issued a disaster declaration for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb. That lets Michigan seek federal help and frees up state resources for communities hard hit by flooding.

  • County estimates $3M to repair rainstorm damage

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Anne Arundel County officials estimate it could cost $3 million to repair the damage from historic rainfalls that deluged the county earlier this week. The county experienced some of the highest rain totals from a line of storms that ran through the region Tuesday. The community of Green Haven recorded more than 10 inches of rain, and Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, which is located in the county, recorded 6.3 inches, the highest level ever recorded at the airport. The Capital of Annapolis reports (http://bit.ly/1rASaZF ) that a preliminary assessment Thursday by county officials found washed-out roads and damaged underground utilities throughout the county. Some rep

  • New fighting hits South Sudan

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — After a lull of several weeks, fighting broke out in South Sudan on Friday, forcing aid workers to take cover in a city where more than 40,000 civilians are huddled in a U.N. base. The country's rebel leader blamed the government for spending oil money on new weapons amid mass hunger in the country. Riek Machar, the country's former vice president and current rebel leader, told The Associated Press that China should stop sending weapons to South Sudan's government. He said government funds, which come from oil revenue, should be spent on citizens who face severe hunger. Aid leaders fear that South Sudan could be facing a famine.

  • Ex-cop who burned body post-Katrina seeks leniency

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former New Orleans police officer is about to be re-sentenced in connection with one of the crimes that came to symbolize the chaos and law enforcement scandals that followed Hurricane Katrina. Gregory McRae already is imprisoned for burning the body of Henry Glover — who was shot by another officer days after the 2005 storm. However, an appeals court threw out one of five federal charges on which McCrae was convicted and said his 17-year sentence must be reconsidered. McCrae will be re-sentenced Friday. McRae's lawyer says in court filings seeking leniency that McRae was suffering emotionally from the storm's carnage when he burned the body.

  • Persistent drought lingers in western Oklahoma, report shows

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Although rainfall brought relief to some parts of the state over the past week, persistent, deep drought conditions are lingering in western Oklahoma, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday.

  • Communities assessing flood damage from rain storm

    Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Officials in Royal Oak estimate that about 8,000 of the city's 20,000 houses suffered flood damage from a storm that dumped more than 6 inches of rain on parts of southeastern Michigan. The Oakland Press of Pontiac reports Thursday that sewage backed up into many of the homes in Royal Oak. The state's Emergency Management and Homeland Security office is encouraging people to report damage. Warren officials say an estimated 18,000 homes in that Macomb County city sustained some type of flood damage. Detroit's Department of Homeland Security plans to perform assessments over the next five to seven days. Gov. Rick Snyder issued a disaster declaration for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

  • New York hospital damaged in storm gets $117M aid

    Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The city's public hospital system will receive more than $117 million in federal aid for repairs to Bellevue Hospital Center for damage related to Superstorm Sandy, the state's two U.S. senators said Thursday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's public assistance program will reimburse the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation for repairs made after the 2012 storm, Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said in a press release. The aid also will fund rebuilding plans that are still in the works, they said. "Bellevue Hospital, which suffered enormous damage, provided critical emergency help during and after the storm to aid New Yorkers," Gillibrand said.