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  • Wildfire near Yosemite ebbs, some evacuees return

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that gave a scare to a community near Yosemite National Park after whose early surges has been tamed by firefighters, and some of the more than 1,000 people who evacuated their homes have returned. "We're not seeing the fire expand like we thought," Madera...

  • Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save people trapped in cars and homes. The Phoenix area was battered by...

  • Rebuilt elementary school in Moore reopens after 2013 deadly tornado

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    The new Plaza Towers Elementary School opened Tuesday in Moore, Oklahoma, welcoming students back to the site where a tornado destroyed the former school and killed seven children in 2013.

  • New Briarwood Elementary opens after 2013 tornado leveled school in Moore district

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Emotions vary among parents and Briarwood Elementary School students who attended classes last year in a nearby church. The Moore school district school in southwest Oklahoma City was rebuilt after being leveled by the May 20, 2013, tornado.

  • Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes. Nearly 1 square mile in Madera County had been scorched, revising earlier estimates that it had...

  • Officials say Lake Tahoe imperiled by wildfires

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Lake Tahoe, a crown jewel of the western landscape, is being challenged by drought, invasive species, the threat of catastrophic wildfire and climate change, officials said Tuesday. The warning came during an annual summit about protecting the iconic lake that...

  • Storms hit southern Michigan, with 60 mph gusts

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    IRVING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms have pushed across Michigan's Lower Peninsula, creating wind gusts nearing 60 miles per hour in places, knocking down trees and dumping as much as 3.6 inches of rain. The National Weather Service issued a series of severe thunderstorm warnings...

  • Arizona flooding creates several dramatic scenes

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — A series of storms dumped more than 4.5 inches of rain on areas north of Phoenix on Tuesday, requiring several dramatic rescues and resulting in many visible examples of damage. Here are some examples of the destruction brought on by the floodwaters: HOUSE RESCUE As violent...

  • About 20 minute flight delays at Phoenix airport

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — A monsoon storm is causing only short flight delays at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Airport officials say departures and arrivals now are delayed about 20 minutes and operations are returning to normal. That's down from up to two hours earlier Tuesday afternoon....

  • Fire near Yosemite that 1,000 fled doesn't grow

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that forced about 1,000 people from their homes in the foothills near Yosemite National Park held steady Tuesday as humidity and calmer winds aided the fight against the second blaze around the park in recent weeks. The fire in Madera County remained at a...

  • Hot weather takes toll on wheat crop

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    REARDAN, Wash. (AP) — Too much heat and too little rain this summer are taking a toll on the winter wheat crop in eastern Washington. Joel Zwainz on Monday estimated that his family's 3,400-acre farm near Reardan will produce 30 to 50 percent less wheat than it did last year. "Not every year...

  • Moore students start year at newly built schools

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Students from two elementary schools destroyed by a tornado in 2013 have started the new school year at newly built schools. An EF5 tornado destroyed Briarwood Elementary School and Plaza Towers Elementary School on May 20, 2013. Seven students were killed at Plaza...



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