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Drought-stricken Cape Town tightens water restrictions

JOHANNESBURG (AP) – The South African city of Cape Town announced new water restrictions Thursday to combat drought, saying it was looking more likely that it will have to turn off most taps on “Day Zero,” or April 21. Mayor Patricia de Lille said 60 percent of residents are “callously” …

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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 off the South Pacific nation’s north coast since a volcano there began erupting on Jan. …

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Washington state town wary of slow-moving landslide

By ELAINE THOMPSON and NICHOLAS K. GERANIOSAssociated Press 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 sits above a few dozen homes and …

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Slow-moving landslide has Washington town on high alert

By ELAINE THOMPSON and NICHOLAS K. GERANIOSAssociated Press 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 sits above a few dozen homes and …

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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 but at times Mount Mayon was erupting like a fountain, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology …

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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 been erupting for more than a week, forcing 700 people to leave that island and …

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California highway to stay shut another week after mudslides

By CHRISTOPHER WEBERAssociated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – Crews working around the clock cleared boulders, trees and crushed cars from all lanes of U.S. 101, but California officials said Monday the key coastal highway would remain closed for another week after being inundated during mudslides that killed 20 people. Much …

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Glowing red lava causes more to flee from Philippine volcano

By JIM GOMEZAssociated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Glowing-red lava spurted in a fountain and flowed down the Philippines’ most active volcano on Tuesday in a stunning display of its fury that has sent more than 34,000 villagers fleeing to safety and prompted police to set up checkpoints to stop …

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Crews struggle to clear California highway after mudslides

By CHRISTOPHER WEBERAssociated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – Crews working around the clock cleared boulders, trees and crushed cars from all lanes of U.S. 101, but California officials still weren’t sure Monday when the key coastal highway might reopen after being inundated during mudslides that killed 20 people. Much of …

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Future floods will be in mind as California town rebuilds

By JUSTIN PRITCHARD and CHRISTOPHER WEBERAssociated Press 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, California, will start rebuilding with the possibility of …

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