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  • Work to start this summer on nature center closed by Katrina

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Work will begin this summer toward reopening an 86-acre eastern New Orleans nature center closed since Hurricane Katrina, the Audubon Nature Institute says. The Audubon Louisiana Nature Center is in Joe Brown Park, which was under six feet of water for a month after the...

  • Week of dry weather worsens soil moisture in South Dakota

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Another week of dry weather is putting even more stress on soil moisture in South Dakota. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop progress report that subsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 70 percent short or very short, and topsoil moisture supplies...

  • Drought across West could create perfect storm fire season

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Drought and weather conditions across the West could create ideal conditions for simultaneous wildfires and make it tougher for Nevada to get out-of-state aid, fire officials said. Authorities from several agencies briefed Gov. Brian Sandoval on Monday in Carson City on...

  • IOC president Bach visits cyclone-hit facilities on Vanuatu

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    PORT VILA, Vanuatu (AP) — International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach visited cyclone-damaged sporting facilities on Vanuatu and discussed with officials how some of the $500,000 aid money pledged by the IOC might be spent to repair the venues. Bach also met with Vanuatu President Joe...

  • Trailer fire kills 3 women from family; 4 relatives escape

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    COATESVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A fire in a mobile home killed three women from the same family on Monday, but four other relatives escaped, authorities said. The blaze was reported in the double-wide trailer in West Caln Township around lunchtime, when weather conditions were hot, dry and windy and a...

  • Huge waves in California lure bodysurfers, crowds to beaches

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of spectators lined the beach and gasped, cheered and clapped on Monday as bodysurfers braved 15-foot waves at The Wedge, a Newport Beach break known for its powerful waves. The thrill of challenging the walls of churning water created by a major storm...

  • Weather Service reports brush fires across Vermont

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Officials say fire warnings for much of the Northeast are scheduled to expire, but the fire danger still remains. The red flag warnings for much of the Northeast are scheduled to expire Monday evening and small amounts of rain are forecast overnight in some areas. But any...

  • Q&A: A look at the big waves pounding California beaches

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big waves have been lashing Southern California, attracting surfers and thousands of gawkers to south-facing beaches. Beach patrols were stepped up Monday after lifeguards rescued 17 people off Newport Beach over the weekend. A high-surf advisory remained in effect through...

  • Tornado, hail reported in southeast Nebraska

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Two tornado sightings have been reported in southeast Nebraska but remain unconfirmed. The National Weather Service says a member of law enforcement reported a twister crossing U.S. Highway 77 north of Cortland around 8:25 p.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported. A storm...

  • Survey: States spent $1B-plus to clear winter snow and ice

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Winter's full fury arrived late in much of the country, but once it did it was relentless, forcing state transportation agencies to spend more than $1 billion to keep highways safe and passable, according to a first-of-its-kind survey. The American Association of State Highway and...

  • Thunderstorms to pound New Mexico late Monday

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The National Weather Service is warning that thunderstorms are expected Monday afternoon and overnight across New Mexico, with the best chance for severe storms and flooding occurring in the southeastern corner. Forecasts also call for scattered to numerous...

  • Brush fire risk high in New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Temperatures in the 80s will make winter a distant memory. But the warmer weather comes with some risks. The National Weather Service has posted a red flag warning Monday for all of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. Forecasters say strong winds, low humidity and dry...



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