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  • Dozens injured after earthquake in southeast Turkey

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish officials say dozens were slightly injured after an earthquake in southeastern Turkey. The earthquake struck Samsat village in the province of Adiyaman early Tuesday at 3.34 a.m. local time (0034 GMT).… The post Dozens injured after earthquake in southeast Turkey appeared first on WTOP.

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  • After brief relief, forecasts indicate drought will continue

    Dry weather will prolong the wildfire threat through summer in the southwestern United States, even though weekend showers temporarily relieved drought conditions in parts of the area, forecasters said Monday. The drought is rooted in… The post After brief relief, forecasts indicate drought will continue appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Sheriff: 5 people injured during reported tornado in Alabama

    FOLEY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff says five people have been injured during a reported tornado. Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack tells WALA-TV that one of the five people hurt Sunday is in serious… The post Sheriff: 5 people injured during reported tornado in Alabama appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Statue unveiled honoring firefighters killed in Arizona fire

    PHOENIX (AP) — A life-sized statue was unveiled Saturday honoring 19 members of a firefighting team known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in a 2013 Arizona wildfire. The statue was dedicated at a… The post Statue unveiled honoring firefighters killed in Arizona fire appeared first on WTOP.

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  • More rain adds to Hawaii flooding but alerts get downgraded

    HONOLULU — Weather officials downgraded flash flood alerts in Hawaii on Friday after more rain on the island of Kauai added to flooding left behind by last weekend’s deluge. The National Weather Service lifted a flash flood warning for Kauai and a flash flood watch across the Hawaiian islands. The north shore town of Hanalei...

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  • More rain adds to Kauai flooding but alerts get downgraded

    HONOLULU (AP) — Weather officials downgraded flash flood alerts in Hawaii on Friday after more rain on the island of Kauai added to flooding left behind by last weekend’s deluge. The National Weather Service lifted… The post More rain adds to Kauai flooding but alerts get downgraded appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Sheriff: Possible arson investigated in Oklahoma wildfire

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff said Friday that authorities are investigating the possibility of arson in connection with one of two large wildfires burning in Oklahoma, a blaze that’s resulted in the death… The post Sheriff: Possible arson investigated in Oklahoma wildfire appeared first on WTOP.

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  • ‘Rescuers’ busted extorting Hawaii flood victims for cash

    Authorities in Hawaii are investigating multiple complaints from people who say they were rescued when heavy rains battered Kauai — by scammers who then tried to extort them for cash. One of those faux Samaritans, identified by police as Stephen Koehne – a self-described “pirate” – was busted Thursday on charges of extortion, robbery and...

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  • Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years

    TOKYO (AP) — A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and authorities set up a no-go zone around the mountain. Mount Io spewed smoke and ash high into… The post Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Better weather should aid Oklahoma wildfire fight

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bought of calmer winds and higher humidity on Thursday helped firefighters battle large wildfires across Oklahoma, though fire conditions were critical in Arizona and New Mexico. The fires have killed… The post Better weather should aid Oklahoma wildfire fight appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Quake, at least 5.5 in magnitude, strikes southern Iran

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An earthquake of at least magnitude 5.5 struck in southern Iran near the country’s sole nuclear power plant on Thursday morning, shaking countries across the Persian Gulf. There was no immediate… The post Quake, at least 5.5 in magnitude, strikes southern Iran appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Residents critical of program to repair Harvey-damaged homes

    HOUSTON (AP) — Several Texas homeowners who have participated in a state-run, quick hit program to repair homes damaged during Hurricane Harvey said Wednesday their houses are worse off than before they were fixed because… The post Residents critical of program to repair Harvey-damaged homes appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico; officials probe cause

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the U.S. territory struggles with an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said it could… The post Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico; officials probe cause appeared first on WTOP.

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  • The Latest: Firefighting crews contain Kansas wildfires

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in the Southwest and Southern Plains states (all times local): 8:45 a.m. Officials say fires that crossed from Colorado into Kansas have been contained. Katie Horner,… The post The Latest: Firefighting crews contain Kansas wildfires appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Wind-whipped wildfires destroy homes, prompt evacuations

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Firefighters are battling massive wildfires that have destroyed homes and other buildings in parts of Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma. The blazes are fueled by gusting winds, low humidity and drought-stricken land.… The post Wind-whipped wildfires destroy homes, prompt evacuations appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Wine and waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge

    HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — The Columbia River Gorge is a marvel of nature known for spectacular waterfalls, scenery and hiking. But it’s also famous in the world of wine. The region’s geology has given… The post Wine and waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge appeared first on WTOP.

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  • The Latest: Wildfire destroys 5 homes in southern Colorado

    DENVER (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in the Great Plains and the West (all times local): 8:20 p.m. A wildfire whipped by winds that reached 60 mph (96 kph) destroyed five homes and several… The post The Latest: Wildfire destroys 5 homes in southern Colorado appeared first on WTOP.

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  • The Latest: 25 people airlifted out of Hawaii state park

    HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on relief efforts after heavy rains battered the Hawaiian island in Kauai leaving hundreds stranded (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources said about 25… The post The Latest: 25 people airlifted out of Hawaii state park appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Forecasters warn of rare, life-threatening wildfire weather

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Forecasters are warning of dangerous, life-threatening wildfire conditions in parts of the Southwest and Southern Plains on Tuesday as firefighters in rural Oklahoma battle blazes that have killed at least two… The post Forecasters warn of rare, life-threatening wildfire weather appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Months later, mudslide survivors finding personal treasures

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a torrent of mud crashed through Mari Mitchel’s bedroom in Southern California three months ago, it carried away everything from massive pieces of antique family furniture to a tiny pouch… The post Months later, mudslide survivors finding personal treasures appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Spring storm spawns tornado that kills 1, dumps heavy snow

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A mid-April storm that pushed across the U.S. created a tornado in North Carolina that killed a person, coated Minnesota with 2 feet (60 centimeters) of snow and soaked the Northeast… The post Spring storm spawns tornado that kills 1, dumps heavy snow appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Minor earthquakes rattle Silicon Valley, California farmland

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two minor earthquakes a few minutes apart shook farmland in the southern San Joaquin Valley and wilderness east of Silicon Valley. The U.S. Geological Survey website had thousands of reports… The post Minor earthquakes rattle Silicon Valley, California farmland appeared first on WTOP.

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  • The Latest: National Weather Service confirms tornadoes

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on severe spring weather (all times local): 2 p.m. The National Weather Service has confirmed tornadoes touched down during a severe weather outbreak in the Carolinas. In North Carolina,… The post The Latest: National Weather Service confirms tornadoes appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Oklahoma wildfires kill 2 people, threat continues

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials say wildfires have killed two people in western Oklahoma and continue to threaten that area and the western North Texas. Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said in… The post Oklahoma wildfires kill 2 people, threat continues appeared first on WTOP.

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