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  • Polar vortex? Nope, just cooler Midwestern temps

    Updated: 26 min ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Unseasonably cool temperatures will arrive next week in the Midwest and as far south as Arkansas and Oklahoma. It is not, however, the second coming of a polar vortex, a phrase the National Weather Service's Chicago office tweeted earlier this week to describe the upcoming...

  • Flood waters rise following glacial outburst

    Updated: 49 min ago

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Floodwaters have begun creeping up on homes, closing side roads and popular hiking trails, following the release of water from a glacially dammed lake in Juneau. The National Weather Service is forecasting record-high flood levels on Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River,...

  • Big hail shatters windows, flattens Nebraska crops

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Calls have gone out to glass and siding companies and insurance agents after a barrage of hail left a trail of broken windows, damaged houses and ravaged farm fields in parts of western and central Nebraska. Hailstones as big as baseballs were reported in North...

  • FEMA denies individual aid in wake of SD storms

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota residents who suffered due to recent flooding and a tornado will not be eligible for federal aid, though other forms of help remain available and donations continue to pour in. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state's request for...

  • 5 New York tornadoes from Tuesday storms confirmed

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NORTH CREEK, N.Y. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that five tornados touched down in upstate New York during severe storms that killed four people. The worst devastation Tuesday was in the town of Smithfield, between Utica and Syracuse. Four people were killed and several...

  • Economists lower forecasts for US growth

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter. The average forecast for growth in the second quarter has fallen to 3 percent,...

  • Chicago Bears donate to damaged Wisconsin school

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are donating $50,000 to a relief fund at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, which sustained tornado damage last month. The team is expected to present a check to school officials Friday. The Bears held summer training camps at the Platteville...

  • Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear...

  • American Red Cross closing shelter after storm

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — The American Red Cross of West Michigan is closing a shelter that was set up after severe weather including a tornado hit near Grand Rapids. The Red Cross says the shelter at the Kentwood Activities Center will close at midday Friday, but disaster recovery supplies will...

  • Northwest heat wave forecast into next week

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Weather Service says a Northwest heat wave will last into the middle of next week. Forecasters have issued an excessive heat watch for the weekend in the Seattle metro area, meaning the prolonged period of high temperatures could cause heat-related illnesses and accidents....

  • Rain leads to Arizona lifting fire restrictions

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — State and federal forest officials are lifting fire restrictions in light of recent Arizona monsoon rains. Arizona State Forester Scott Hunt says fire restrictions on state-owned and state-managed lands in several counties will be rescinded Friday morning. Hunt says the...

  • New Jersey conducts hurricane drill

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Nearly 300 police and transportation officials participated in a hurricane evacuation drill in New Jersey. The object of Thursday's exercise was to test response time and communications in the event that officials needed to evacuate the Jersey shore. No roads...



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