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Some Appalachia residents begin cleanup after deadly floods

PRESTONBURG, Ky. (AP) — Some residents of Appalachia returned to flood-ravaged homes and communities on Saturday to shovel mud and debris and to salvage what they could, while Kentucky's governor said...

House approves bill to help West fight wildfires, drought

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Friday approved wide-ranging legislation aimed at helping communities in the West cope with increasingly severe wildfires and drought — fueled by climate change — that h...

Wildfires in Saxony and Brandenburg 'under control'

Hundreds of firefighters and other emergency workers contained much of the wildfires in eastern parts of Germany after days of nonstop operations. The situation is still tense, yet under control they...

Family sues Biltmore after fallen tree kills NY firefighter

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The family of a New York City firefighter killed last month when a tree fell onto the car he was driving at the Biltmore Estate has filed a lawsuit accusing the North Carolina t...

Europe heat wave: UK records hottest-ever temperature

The United Kingdom on Tuesday provisionally recorded its hottest-ever temperature reading, with the mercury rising to 39.1 degrees Celsius (102.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in the southern town of Charlwood,...

Spain struggles with wildfires, drought, second heat wave

Victor Dominguez did not have much time to talk. He and his team from the Red Cross had just been dispatched to the municipality of Casas de Miravete, in the province of Extremadura, about 215 kilomet...

Helicopter pilot helping Alaska firefighters dies in crash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A helicopter contracted to support firefighting efforts on an Interior Alaska blaze crashed after takeoff, killing the pilot, officials said Monday. The fatality was the first...

A year on, Surfside remembers 98 victims of condo collapse

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — A year ago in the middle of the night, a 12-story oceanfront condo building in Surfside, Florida, came down with a thunderous roar, leaving a giant pile of rubble and claiming 98...

School shooter's jury selection enters final stretch

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The final phase of jury selection in the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz began Wednesday with prosecutors and defense attorneys asking candidates abou...

Labor shortage compounds federal firefighters' staffing woes

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Firefighter groups are applauding the Biden administration's steps to raise pay but warn that the temporary wage hikes won't be enough to combat staffing problems, as federal age...

Biden signs off on hefty pay raise for federal firefighters

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has signed off on giving federal wildland firefighters a hefty raise for the next two fiscal years, a move that affects more than 16,000 firefighters and comes as...

Arizona fires sweep land rich with ancient sites, artifacts

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — As Jason Nez scans rugged mountains, high desert and cliffsides for signs of ancient tools and dwellings unique to the U.S. Southwest, he keeps in mind that they're part of a b...

Building collapse after fire kills 1 firefighter; 5 injured

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A building caught fire and later collapsed in Philadelphia, killing one firefighter and injuring five other people, two critically, after all became trapped early Saturday, authori...

US adds $103M for wildfire hazards and land rehabilitation

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. is adding $103 million this year for wildfire risk reduction and burned-area rehabilitation throughout the country as well as establishing an interagency wildland firefigh...

Milwaukee search finds body of boy swept away after storm

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Searchers on Tuesday found the body of a 10-year-old boy who was swept away in a Milwaukee drainage ditch following severe thunderstorms that brought heavy rain and damaging winds to ...