Vale-commissioned report says no warning before dam collapse

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A company-commissioned study released Thursday on a deadly dam break in Brazil found that none of the structure's monitoring systems gave warning of the collapse that killed at l...

Flooded farmers face growing dilemma in warming world

CRESCENT, Iowa (AP) — Frogs, carp and bugs thrived all summer in murky floodwaters where Gene Walter should have planted corn and soybeans. Last year’s ruined crop spilled from metal storage bins that...

Volcanoes an ever-present, if usually distant danger

The deadly eruption of a volcano in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty on Monday left six people confirmed dead and dozens of visitors to the island injured. Rescuers were coping with toxic gases and smaller...

Holiday rom-com 'Love, Actually' inspires UK election memes

LONDON (AP) — “Love, Actually” is all around this year in Britain’s pre-Christmas election. The 2003 romantic comedy about the love lives of assorted Londoners over the holiday seaso...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2019. There are 23 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 8, 1980...

Venice tide barriers pass another test, but skeptics remain

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Floated along by barge , one of the 10-ton barriers designed to relieve Venice’s perennial flooding looks like a giant plaything: an oversized hinged yellow Lego. ...

Roof collapses at historic church in black Florida community

ORLANDO (AP) — The roof has collapsed on a 94-year-old Florida church that was only recently granted historic landmark status, further endangering efforts to preserve the surrounding black community. ...

Video: SC deputy mistakenly shoots suspect's mother

GREER, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff's deputy in South Carolina unintentionally shot a shoplifting suspect's mother during a confrontation inside a home. Body camera video r...

Home-state skepticism of Kamala Harris foretold trouble

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Sen. Kamala Harris entered the presidential race in January, her California roots were supposed to give her special access to the cash and delegates required to win the ...

Flood at famed Arizona waterfalls sends tourists scrambling

SUPAI, Ariz. (AP) — A popular tourist spot deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon known for its blue-green waterfalls will make repairs after heavy flooding over the Thanksgiving weekend sent tourists s...

Fukushima melted fuel removal begins 2021, end state unknown

Japan’s economy and industry ministry proposed a revision Monday to its decades-long road map to clean up the radioactive mess at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was wrecked by a massiv...

New wave of abuse suits could hit church like never before

NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of new laws in 15 states that allow people to make claims of sexual abuse going back decades could bring a deluge of lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church that could surpas...

New wave of abuse suits could hit church like never before

NEW YORK (AP) — At the end of another long day trying to sign up new clients accusing the Roman Catholic Church of sexual abuse, lawyer Adam Slater gazes out the window of his high-rise Manhattan offi...

Democrats aim to catch up to Trump’s 2020 cash advantage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are narrowing President Donald Trump’s early spending advantage, with two billionaire White House hopefuls joining established party groups to target the president in key b...

Fukushima melted fuel removal begins 2021, end state unknown

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy and industry ministry proposed a revision Monday to its decades-long road map to clean up the radioactive mess at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was wrecked by a...