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  • Officials say bad weather brings home improvement scams

    Updated: 5 min ago

    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Pennington County Sheriff's Office is reminding the public to be wary of scam artists in light of severe weather in the region. The office says the recent bad weather could spur some common home improvement scams like offers for roofing, driveway sealing and tree...

  • Yangtze River: Long river, long history, top tourist spot

    Updated: 19 min ago

    BEIJING (AP) — The scene of a capsized cruise ship with hundreds on board is one of the longest and most famous rivers in the world. The Yangtze has dramatic cliffs, peaks and waterfalls that are often featured in Chinese paintings, but its importance goes far beyond that to its role as a major...

  • Over 400 still missing from capsized cruise ship in China

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JIANLI, China (AP) — Hopes dimmed Wednesday for rescuing more than 400 people still trapped in a capsized river cruise ship that overturned in stormy weather, as hundreds of rescuers searched the Yangtze River site in what could become the deadliest Chinese maritime accident in decades. Chinese...

  • The Latest on China Boat Sinking: More divers at rescue site

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    12:15 p.m. (0415 GMT) More divers are being sent to join the rescue. Thirteen divers were working at the disaster site Tuesday, and an additional 120 were supposed to have arrived overnight from the provincial capital of Wuhan. According to the Hubei provincial military region commander, Chen...

  • Hurricane Blanca stronger, Andres weaker in eastern Pacific

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Blanca is strengthening quickly in the eastern Pacific and is expected to become a major hurricane. The storm's maximum sustained winds strengthened Tuesday night to 85 mph (140 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to strengthen further...

  • Oklahoma storm damage could reach $200 million, state official says

    By TIM TALLEY, Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Albert Ashwood, director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, said damage assessments are underway after storms that crisscrossed the state in May — the wettest month on record, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.

  • Oklahoma's rain ravages, revives wheat crop

    BY LEILAH NAIFEH, Staff Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Crop damage from May’s deluge in southwest and central Oklahoma should be balanced by gains elsewhere, Oklahoma Wheat Commission official says.

  • After record rainfall, Lawton officials cancel cloud seeding contract

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    After Lawton, Oklahoma, saw its rainiest month on record, officials have canceled a contract with a Texas-based cloud seeding firm. The Lawton City Council voted last week to cancel the city’s contract with Seeding Operations and Atmospheric Research, or SOAR, a contractor based in Wichita Falls,...

  • Strong thunderstorm could bring tennis ball-size hail to ND

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A strong storm system that moved through south-central North Dakota on Tuesday prompted the National Weather Service in Bismarck to warn residents about the potential for tennis ball-size hail and tornadoes. Forecasters told residents in parts of Burleigh, Emmons, Sioux...

  • Another victim of Blanco River flood identified

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Authorities have identified another victim of the deadly flooding along the Blanco River in Central Texas. Medical and dental records were used to identify 81-year-old Kenneth Reissig, whose body was found Thursday close to the river near the line separating Blanco and...

  • Boat capsizes in Utah windstorm; man, 3 children killed

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A summery day on a Utah lake turned deadly for a family and friends when high waves and violent winds kicked up and capsized their boat, throwing all seven people into the cold water. Four died, including three children, as rescuers struggled to find the boaters for at...

  • Official: Oklahoma storm damage may reach $200 million

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Damage from severe storms that dropped historic levels of rainfall and spawned tornadoes and flooding across Oklahoma could reach $200 million, the state's emergency management director said Tuesday. Albert Ashwood, director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency...