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{FD} US government: Inspections show Lake Okeechobee’s **** sound

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For the thousands of Floridians who live in the shadow of the 80-year-old **** that surrounds Lake Okeechobee, there is always a back-of-the-mind fear that the earthen barrier might fail — a twitch that gets ticked up a notch when its water level reach… Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: At least 27 of 42 fire victims older than 70

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The Latest on how most of the at least 42 people who died in Northern California wildfires were senior citizens, (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Official: California fire losses top $1 billion

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The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 7:50 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} 7,000 buildings destroyed in deadly California wildfires

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Authorities say cooler temperatures and light rainfall expected Thursday will be a “welcome sight.” Continue reading

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{FD} Older couples die together or cling to each other in fires

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Some had just celebrated marriages of half a century or longer. Continue reading

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{FD} California wildfire victims were often elderly, including couples

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Some had just celebrated marriages of half a century or longer. They spent their time volunteering and playing with grandchildren. A few had lived through both world wars. Continue reading

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{FD} List of missing people shrinking as California fires ease

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The number of people missing in the deadliest and most destructive series of wildfires in California history peaked at more than 2,000 in the hardest hit county but now stands at 50, with authorities believing nearly all of them will be found alive. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Officials report progress in stopping blazes

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The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 6:30 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Couple evacuated from mobile home after sinkhole opens

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A Florida couple was evacuated from their mobile home after a large sinkhole opened up at an intersection just in front of their house. Continue reading

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{FD} Tough housing market awaits California wildfire victims

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The many thousands who lost their houses, condos and apartments in wildfires burning in Northern California will have to find a new place to live in one of the toughest housing markets in the nation. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Southern California fire partially contained

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The Latest on a wildfire burning in mountains near Los Angeles (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Firefighters have managed to partially corral a wildfire near Los Angeles that forced the evacuation of an historic observatory. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Praying to have business’: Workers hit hard by wildfires

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Outside one of the first shops to reopen for business on an empty central square in California wine country, clerk Rhiannon Lorenzini swept the sidewalks as the sky cleared of ash more than a week after the state’s deadliest group of wildfires ignited. Continue reading

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{FD} Fire crews protect observatory on Southern California peak

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A dozen aircraft dropped water and fire retardant as crews worked in steep terrain Tuesday to battle a blaze near an historic observatory and communications towers on Mount Wilson northeast of Los Angeles. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Driver killed in California blazes identified

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The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 6:15 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Californians brace for emotional toll from wildfires

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A week after fleeing wildfires, tens of thousands of Californians are drifting back into their neighborhoods. Continue reading

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{FD} Coast Guard suspends search for missing man in Louisiana oil rig explosion

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The U.S. Coast Guard reportedly ended the search Monday night for a man who was missing after an explosion Sunday on an oil platform on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. Continue reading

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{FD} 911 calls on nursing home dying: ‘Oh my God, this is crazy’

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At first there was no hint of distress in the 911 calls, no sense of panic. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Some gains made against California wildfires

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The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 7:20 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Wildfires create worst air quality in San Francisco Bay Area

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Smoke from the wildfires north of San Francisco has sank air quality level in the Bay Area to the same unhealthy level as some of China’s smog-choked cities, sending people to emergency rooms, forcing schools to close and people to wear masks when they… Continue reading

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{FD} Weary Californians try to find all that’s lost as fires rage

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They are trying to find lost loved ones, to sift through the remains of lost homes, to count, identify and mourn the dozens of dead — all while the fires rage on. Continue reading

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{FD} Leaving home in a fire zone and fearing it’s a final goodbye

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Neighbors and strangers huddle along streets under siege by wildfires. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: California wildfires bring record 31 deaths

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The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 6:10 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Fire survivor, resident with home intact wrestle with guilt

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As his house filled with smoke from one of California’s devastating wine country fires, Ryan Nelson’s thoughts went to his elderly neighbors — one of whom has multiple sclerosis. Continue reading

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{FD} California wildfires make searching for missing tough

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Many are missing amid California’s storm of wildfires and searches have been marked mostly by confusion. Continue reading

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{FD} Winds expected to drive next wave of deadly California fires

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Wildfires already well on their way to becoming the deadliest and most destructive in California history could gain momentum Thursday and erase even the modest gains firefighters have made. Continue reading

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{FD} He tried to reach his wife of 75 years. Both died in blaze

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Mike Rippey stood among pieces of metal, porcelain and other remnants of the California home where his 100-year-old father and 98-year-old mother had died in the raging wine country wildfires. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: 23 now dead from Northern California wildfires

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The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 6:45 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} A cigarette, a car backfire: Small sparks can make big fires

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A carelessly discarded cigarette, a downed power line, a car’s backfire or a chainsaw’s pull. Continue reading

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{FD} Winds whip new terror into deadly California wildfires

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Jose Garnica worked for more than two decades to build up his dream home that was reduced to ashes in a matter of minutes by the deadly firestorm striking Northern California. Continue reading

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{FD} Couple in California wildfire together since grade school

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Mike Rippey stood Tuesday among the ash and charred debris of the California home where his 100-year-old father, Charles, and 98-year-old mother, Sara, had died in the raging wine country wildfires. Continue reading

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{FD} Climbers mourn death of renowned mountaineer Hayden Kennedy

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Faced with the incredible sorrow of losing his girlfriend in an avalanche in Montana, renowned mountaineer Hayden Kennedy “chose to end his life” the following day, his family said Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Smoke, ash from wildfires blanket California cities

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Millions of Californians on Tuesday saw their lawns covered in ash and air filled with smoke as firefighters battled ferocious wildfires in the northern and southern parts of the state. Continue reading

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{FD} AP Explains: Hot, dry Diablo Wind scorched wine country

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Notorious winds linked to many of California’s worst wildfires are known by various names — Diablo, Santa Ana and Sundowner — but all share the common trait of being able to whip a spark into a deadly inferno that seems to come out of nowhere. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Fire damages Catholic high school

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The Latest on wildfires in California’s wine country (all times local): 6:20 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} No problems as magnitude 4.1 earthquake shakes San Jose

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A small earthquake in Silicon Valley was felt by many thousands of people, but there were no reports of damages or injuries. Continue reading

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{FD} Wildfire chars California trailer park in ‘blink of an eye’

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Nancy Cook’s dogs sounded the alarm in the middle of the night and she looked out the window to see the flames about a mile away. Continue reading

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{FD} Florida nursing home that lost power in Irma sees death toll rise to 14

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A woman who lived at a Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning during Hurricane Irma has died, becoming the 13th fatality linked to the home. Continue reading

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{FD} Correction: Tropical Weather story

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Remnants of Hurricane Nate buffeted the U.S. Northeast with wind and rain Monday while power crews restored most electrical service on the Gulf Coast and an overdue cruise ship delayed by the storm finally headed into port. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: 14th death from nursing home hurricane blackout

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The Latest on Florida nursing home residents dying after Hurricane Irma (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Two more women who lived at a Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning during Hurricane Irma have died, becoming the 13th and 14th fatalities li… Continue reading

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{FD} 2 more dead from Florida nursing home that lost AC in Irma

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A woman who lived at a Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning during Hurricane Irma has died, becoming the 13th fatality linked to the home. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Fire chief: At least 1,500 buildings destroyed

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The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 6:07 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} At least 10 dead as fires rage in California wine country

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Firefighters are battling several wind-whipped fires that forced evacuations of rural neighborhoods in Northern California. Continue reading

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{FD} US Gulf Coast swings into hurricane prep mode ahead of Nate

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Hurricane Nate is sending U.S. Gulf Coast residents scrambling to prepare as hurricane warnings cover the region. Continue reading

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{FD} Winds, floods and fire: US ties record for costly weather

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Howling winds, deadly floods, fire and ice so far this year have pushed the U.S. into a tie for weather disasters that topped in $1 billion in damages. Continue reading

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{FD} Gulf Coast braces for fast-moving blast of tropical weather

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Gulf Coast residents are bracing for a blast of wind, heavy rain and rising water as Tropical Storm Nate threatens to reach hurricane strength before a weekend landfall. Continue reading

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{FD} Houston asks oilman to help with hard choices after Harvey

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As Houston confronts the immediate and long-term crisis created by Hurricane Harvey, it’s turning once again to an oilman. Continue reading

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{FD} Nate aims at New Orleans amid worries about drainage system

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With forecasts putting New Orleans in the path of Tropical Storm Nate, one big question looms in the minds of residents and business owners: Will the pumps work? Continue reading

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{FD} Brush fire spreads, forcing early closure of popular gorge

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A brush fire near New Hampshire’s popular Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves has been fanned by steady winds and has spread to about 50 acres (20 hectares). Continue reading

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{FD} Science Says: Era of monster hurricanes roiling the Atlantic

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An analysis of 167 years of federal storm data by The Associated Press finds that the monster hurricanes that raged across the Atlantic this season are contributing to what appears to be the most active period for major storms on record. Continue reading

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{FD} Tampa school fire blamed on Irma flooding

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Officials say a fire that destroyed a Florida elementary school was caused by electrical failure and extensive water damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Lee Elementary Magnet School of World Studies and Technology had just had power restored whe… Continue reading

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