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  • Philippine volcano explodes, authorities raise alert level

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ most active volcano has exploded thunderously and authorities warn a hazardous eruption is possible within days. Renato Solidum of the Philippines Institute of Seismology and Volcanology and other officials… The post Philippine volcano explodes, authorities raise alert level appeared first on WTOP.

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  • California highway swamped by deadly mudslides reopens

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A coastal California highway swamped by deadly mudslides reopened Sunday after a nearly two-week closure that caused traffic headaches across the region, state officials said. Traffic began moving again on… The post California highway swamped by deadly mudslides reopens appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Report: Avalanche kills 2 soldiers, injures 7 in Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish media report says Turkish troops conducting military operations in Turkey’s southeast have been hit by an avalanche. The Dogan news agency says at least two soldiers were killed and… The post Report: Avalanche kills 2 soldiers, injures 7 in Turkey appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Island volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts with ash, steam

    SYDNEY (AP) — An island volcano in Papua New Guinea has erupted again, sending plumes of steam and ash into the air. Thousands of people have been evacuated from islands surrounding Kadovar Island off the… The post Island volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts with ash, steam appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Mudslides take heavy toll on immigrants serving posh town

    Oprah Winfrey and Rob Lowe give Montecito its star power, but it’s people like Antonio and Victor Benitez who keep the wealthy Southern California community running. The Mexican brothers are gardeners and part of the… The post Mudslides take heavy toll on immigrants serving posh town appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Pope consoles Peruvians reeling from floods, violence

    TRUJILLO, Peru (AP) — Pope Francis consoled Peruvians who lost their homes and livelihoods in devastating floods last year, telling them Saturday they can overcome all of life’s “storms” by coming together as a community… The post Pope consoles Peruvians reeling from floods, violence appeared first on WTOP.

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  • The Latest: Pope Francis arrives in northern Peru

    TRUJILLO, Peru (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Peru (all times local): 10 a.m. Pope Francis has arrived in northern Peru to console residents still reeling from devastating floods nearly a year… The post The Latest: Pope Francis arrives in northern Peru appeared first on WTOP.

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  • California community makes recovery strides after mudslide

    MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The key highway along the California coast has been cleared of debris and is a few days from reopening while the search is widening from three people still missing after a… The post California community makes recovery strides after mudslide appeared first on WTOP.

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  • The Latest: US 101 near reopening after California mudslide

    MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of a mudslide in California (all times local): 5 p.m. Authorities say the key highway along the California coast has been cleared of debris and is… The post The Latest: US 101 near reopening after California mudslide appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Couple donates supplies to Hurricane Maria victims for son

    SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A Maine couple whose son died in a cargo ship accident have delivered more than 30,000 pounds of supplies to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The Portland Press Herald… The post Couple donates supplies to Hurricane Maria victims for son appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Indian police say avalanche kills Swedish skier in Kashmir

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police say an avalanche at a ski resort in Indian-controlled Kashmir has killed a Swedish skier while another has been rescued. Police officer Imtiyaz Hussain says the two Swedes on Thursday… The post Indian police say avalanche kills Swedish skier in Kashmir appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Expert says major eruption in Papua New Guinea could be soon

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Seismic activity beneath a Papua New Guinea volcano could mean that a major eruption was imminent, a scientist said Thursday. Thousands of people have been evacuated from islands surrounding Kadovar Island… The post Expert says major eruption in Papua New Guinea could be soon appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Puerto Rico embraces 'broken windows' policing amid killings

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal and local authorities in Puerto Rico said Tuesday that they will implement a “broken windows” policing campaign to fight a surge in killings across the U.S. territory, which… The post Puerto Rico embraces ‘broken windows’ policing amid killings appeared first on WTOP.

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  • The Swampland Republicans

    GOP Senators balk at even modest fixes in federal flood insurance.

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  • Slow-moving landslide has Washington town on high alert

    UNION GAP, Wash. (AP) — A slow-moving landslide in a fertile farming region in Washington state has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable — the collapse of a ridge that… The post Slow-moving landslide has Washington town on high alert appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Volcano in Papua New Guinea little known, hard to predict

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — People in Papua New Guinea are being warned that an eruption of a volcano in the South Pacific nation could also cause a local tsunami. The volcano on Kadovar Island has… The post Volcano in Papua New Guinea little known, hard to predict appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Glowing red lava rolls down slopes of Philippine volcano

    LEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) — Glowing red lava rolled down the slopes of a Philippine volcano Tuesday morning as authorities maintained a warning of a possible hazardous eruption. The lava was quietly flowing in some places… The post Glowing red lava rolls down slopes of Philippine volcano appeared first on WTOP.

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  • The Latest: Key California freeway closed for another week

    MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on deadly California mudslides (all times local): 2:20 p.m. A Southern California highway that’s the main coastal route between Los Angeles and points west and north will remain closed… The post The Latest: Key California freeway closed for another week appeared first on WTOP.

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  • The Latest: Key California freeway closed for another week

    MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on deadly California mudslides (all times local): 2:20 p.m. A Southern California highway that’s the main coastal route between Los Angeles and points west and north will remain closed… The post The Latest: Key California freeway closed for another week appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Future floods will be in mind as California town rebuilds

    MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — After power and drinking water return, and cleanup crews haul away the last of the boulders and muck that splintered homes like a battering ram, the wealthy seaside hideaway of Montecito,… The post Future floods will be in mind as California town rebuilds appeared first on WTOP.

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  • The Latest: President Trump monitoring California mudslides

    MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on deadly California mudslides (all times local): 9:20 a.m. The White House says President Donald Trump has been briefed on the mudslides that devastated Montecito, California, killing at least… The post The Latest: President Trump monitoring California mudslides appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Papua New Guinea evacuates thousands threatened by volcano

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea says it is helping evacuate thousands of people at risk from a volcanic eruption in the South Pacific Island nation’s north. Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill… The post Papua New Guinea evacuates thousands threatened by volcano appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Residents grieve and commit to rebuilding after mudslides

    MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — At the end of a heartbreaking week that saw deadly mudslides kill at least 20, residents of Montecito gathered to grieve, pay tribute to victims and commit to rebuilding their cherished… The post Residents grieve and commit to rebuilding after mudslides appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Lava flowing from Philippine volcano, thousands evacuated

    LEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) — More than 9,000 people have evacuated the area around the Philippines’ most active volcano as lava flowed down its crater Monday in a gentle eruption that scientists warned could turn explosive.… The post Lava flowing from Philippine volcano, thousands evacuated appeared first on WTOP.

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