• Achoo: High pollen count has Oklahomans sneezing, wheezing

    Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans are grabbing their handkerchiefs and wiping their noses as they sneeze and wheeze into another congested hay fever season. Sneezing, coughing, runny noses and itchy eyes are common in late summer and early autumn among the estimated 50 million people in the United States who suffer from hay fever, otherwise known as seasonal allergic rhinitis. But heavy rainfall this spring and generally mild summer temperatures have made much of Oklahoma fertile ground for weeds and other plants that produce allergens, forcing an early start to the allergy season and threatening to make people unusually stuffed-up. "It looks like it's going to be a bad season," said Dr.

  • As Erika weakens, some in Tampa Bay area are still worried

    Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika has dissipated but folks in the Tampa Bay area are watching it carefully. Saturday's 9 a.m. forecast of Erika showed it dissolving and bypassing drought-stricken South Florida entirely. But as some forecasting models show that the storm could dissipate, emergency managers in the Tampa Bay area are still worried about heavy rain from the storm's remnants. Even a moderate rainstorm isn't welcome here. The ground, rivers and lakes are already waterlogged from recent storms. So far, no evacuations have been ordered, but officials are clearing storm drains of debris, doing maintenance on stormwater pumps and urging residents to gather extra food, water and medicines, just in

  • APTOPIX Katrina Anniversary

    Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Musicians lead the procession during a wreath laying ceremony at the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.

  • Church bells ring to mark 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's arrival on Mississippi coast

    Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — Church bells ring to mark 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's arrival on Mississippi coast.

  • California Drought Dry Town

    Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    In this July 2, 2015 photo, Grecia Marquez kisses her daughter, Yaritza Pizano, 4, in front of their home in the community of Okieville, on the outskirts of Tulare, Calif. As temperatures finally begin to drop in the summertime evenings, the family heads out to the steps in front of what was once a green lawn.

  • Officials urge residents to stay prepared tropical storm

    Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika may be getting weaker, but Florida officials still want residents to be prepared. Despite greater uncertainty in the storm's path and intensity, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Friday for the entire state. Officials say residents should prepare by filling vehicles' gas tanks, stockpiling a few days' of food and water, and determining whether they live in an evacuation zone. The storm has the potential to rake Florida's west coast with heavy rains starting late Sunday or early Monday. Tropical Storm Erika is forecast to weaken into a tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center reported Friday. During the 11 p.m.

  • Dominica prime minister says Erika leaves 20 dead

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A weakening Tropical Storm Erika drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Friday after leaving a trail of destruction that killed at least 20 people and left another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said. Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said in a televised address late Friday that the island has been set back 20 years in the damage inflicted by the storm, which dumped some 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain on the mountainous island. "The extent of the devastation is monumental. It is far worse than expected," he said, adding that hundreds of homes, bridges and roads have been destroyed. "We have, in essence, to rebuild Dominica.

  • Hawaii awaits hurricane while still recovering from rain

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Ignacio is expected to continue to strengthen through the weekend and come close to the Hawaiian Islands early next week. Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation anticipating the storm Friday. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to strengthen during the next 48 hours, then weaken before arriving in Hawaii on Monday. On Friday afternoon, Ignacio had maximum sustained winds around 90 mph. Winds are expected to increase to about 110 mph by Sunday afternoon. The track of the storm shows it will move just northeast of the state, but that may change. Even if the storm tracks north of the islands, it could still bring dangerous surf, winds and rain.

  • More high heat on tap for Southern California

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's been another sweltering day in Southern California with record-breaking temperatures and triple-digit temperatures in the valleys and foothills. The National Weather Service says a high of 95 at Camarillo's airport on Friday broke a 2009 record for the day of 86. Oxnard's 92 topped the 1931 record of 89. Long Beach airport's 96 tied records set in 2009, 1995 and 1981. Newport Beach had 84, two degrees above a 1921 record, and Escondido tied a 1944 record of 102. Downtown Los Angeles hit 97 — not a record. The National Weather Service says above-normal temperatures will continue Saturday but things should start cooling down later in the day and the cooling trend will continue

  • APTOPIX Dominican Republic Tropical Weather

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A couple sits on the Santo Domingo sea wall as Tropical Storm Erika approaches the Dominican Republic, Friday, August 28, 2015. Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday over the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that included several people killed on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.

  • Dominica prime minister says 20 killed, island set back 20 years by damage from TS Erika

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Dominica prime minister says 20 killed, island set back 20 years by damage from TS Erika.

  • George W. Bush visits disaster zone, 10 years after Katrina

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush enjoyed sympathetic audiences in New Orleans and Mississippi on Friday as he returned to the region where Hurricane Katrina sank his popularity 10 years ago. Bush avoided parts of New Orleans that have yet to recover from the devastating storm, such as the Lower 9th Ward, where President Barack Obama mingled with hundreds of residents the day before. Bush did not tour the federally managed levees whose failures flooded 80 percent of the city. Instead, he visited a school rebuilt with support from former first lady Laura Bush's foundation, then flew to Gulfport, Mississippi, to honor police and firefighters who saved lives after Katrina's towering storm surge swamped the coa

  • Dominican Republic Tropical Weather

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A couple sits on the Santo Domingo sea wall as Tropical Storm Erika approaches the Dominican Republic, Friday, August 28, 2015. Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday over the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that included several people killed on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.

  • Dominican Republic Tropical Weather

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A couple sits on the Santo Domingo sea wall as Tropical Storm Erika approaches the Dominican Republic, Friday, August 28, 2015. Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday over the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that included several people killed on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.

  • Lions Jaguars Football

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    An American flag and palm trees blow in the wind of a passing thunder storm at EverBank Field before the first half of an NFL preseason football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B.

  • The Latest: Tropical Storm Erica expected to be downgraded

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The latest on storm preparations for Erika (all times local): 5:25 p.m.: The National Hurricane Center said during its 5 p.m. forecast that Tropical Storm Erika is forecast to weaken into a tropical depression. During the Friday night announcement, meteorologists said they expect Erika to be downgraded to a depression Saturday. There's even a possibility that the storm could dissipate to a trough of low pressure during or after its passage over Hispaniola. Officials say there's "a significant chance" that no watches or warnings for Florida will be required over the weekend. ___ 3:20 p.m. Emergency planners on the Georgia coast are taking precautions in case Tropical

  • Katrina Bush

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Former Mississippi first lady Marsha Barbour kisses her husband after she praised the first responders on the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina at a First Responders Remembrance, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 in Gulfport, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V.

  • Erika Storm Preparations

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Rosa Monzon loads water bottles into her car as she prepares for Tropical Storm Erika Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Hialeah, Fla. Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that Tropical Storm Erika poses a "severe threat to the entire state" and declared state of emergency. Scott made his declaration shortly after forecasters adjusted the trajectory of the storm to show that it's predicted to strike the southern tip of the state and then traverse northward.

  • Northwest fire crews hope for a break in the weather

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — 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 behavior in the interim. Vilsack, in Portland Friday for a wildfire briefing, said 14,000 homes in Oregon and Washington are currently at risk and the Forest Service is spending $10 million a day for fire suppression in the region. As the warm weather is being replaced this week by cooler conditions from the Pacific Ocean, the cold front could bring rain to western Oregon this weekend, but the transition to the cold front will also bring strong winds across eastern Washington and northeastern Oregon.

  • Associated Press photographers reflect on Katrina coverage

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With Hurricane Katrina headed for the Gulf Coast in late August 2005, The Associated Press deployed dozens of staffers to support its New Orleans and Mississippi bureaus. Here, three of the photographers who covered the story talk about their experiences and some of the photos that were the most meaningful to them. ___ NATIVE SON Bill Haber and another AP photographer, the late Dave Martin, had been shooting around the city during the storm when they noticed water bubbling up from the sewers — an ominous sign of the flooding to come. Driving out toward eastern New Orleans where they'd heard the inundation was intense, they stopped on an overpass from which they could see Canal Street.




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