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Copter on quake mission flips in Mexico, kills 13 on ground

By MARK STEVENSONAssociated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) – A military helicopter carrying officials who were assessing damage from a powerful earthquake flipped as it was attempting to land in southern Mexico, crashing on top of people who had fled their homes and were spending the night outside. Thirteen people were …

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7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction

By PETER ORSIAssociated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico escaped major destruction from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that jolted southern and central parts of the country, authorities said Saturday, though 13 people were killed in the crash of a helicopter sent to assess the damage. A national emergency committee that …

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Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

By PETER ORSI and CHRISTOPHER SHERMANAssociated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) – A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee swaying buildings and office towers in the country’s capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago. Crowds gathered on Mexico …

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4 small earthquakes recorded in northwestern Oklahoma

WAYNOKA, Okla. (AP) – The U.S. Geological Survey reports four small earthquakes in northwestern Oklahoma, the strongest with a preliminary magnitude of 3.8. No injuries or damage have been reported as a result of the Friday morning temblors near Waynoka. Geologists say damage is not likely in quakes below magnitude …

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Water use climbs in California enclaves as drought returns

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and AMY TAXINAssociated Press TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) – Overall water use is climbing in Southern California as that part of the state plunges back into drought, driving state and regional water managers as they consider permanently reinstating some watering bans and conservation programs. Gov. Jerry Brown lifted …

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Huge sinkhole on Rome street swallows half-dozen cars

ROME (AP) – Prosecutors have opened an investigation into a 10-meter (30-foot) -wide sinkhole that swallowed up a half-dozen cars on a residential street in Rome. No one was injured in Wednesday evening’s collapse in the Balduina neighborhood, but families in nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution. The ANSA …

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3 skiers die in avalanche in the French Pyrenees

By Associated Press PARIS (AP) – Authorities say three skiers have died after being swept away by an avalanche in the French Pyrenees. The prefecture in the southern Hautes-Pyrenees region said the bodies of the three men were found Thursday, a day after an avalanche struck on an off-piste sector …

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Tongans face long wait for services to return after cyclone

By NICK PERRYAssociated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Thousands of Tonga residents face a long wait for power and other services to be restored after a cyclone tore through the Pacific nation this week. More details emerged Wednesday about the damage caused by Cyclone Gita after it hit the …

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Cyclone destroys Parliament House, homes on Tonga, Fiji next

By NICK PERRYAssociated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – The Pacific nation of Tonga began cleaning up damage Tuesday from a cyclone that destroyed its Parliament House, as well as homes and churches, and was intensifying as it headed toward nearby Fiji. Cyclone Gita caused power outages after tearing through …

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Damage assessment from storm starts in American Samoa

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) – Officials in American Samoa began a full assessment Monday of damage caused by tropical storm Gita over the weekend. Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga says the storm caused widespread damage to homes and infrastructure. No injuries or deaths were reported. President Donald Trump approved …

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