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Colombia: 112 dead after rivers overflow, toppling homes

By CHRISTINE ARMARIOAssociated Press BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – An avalanche of water from three overflowing rivers swept through a small city in Colombia while people slept, destroying homes and killing at least 112 unsuspecting residents in their sleep, authorities said Saturday. The incident triggered by intense rains happened around midnight …

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The Latest: Colombia: 112 killed after rivers overflow

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – The Latest on the deadly river overflow in southern Colombia (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos says at least 112 people have been killed after intense rains triggered an avalanche of mud and water from overflowing rivers that swept through a small …

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Uffizi Gallery shows treasures saved from last year’s quakes

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) – The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is showing solidarity with Italy’s art-rich, quake-stricken Marche region by hosting an exhibit of treasures saved from a series of earthquakes last year. Uffizi Gallery director Eike Schmidt told the Associated Press during a walk-through Friday that the 29 selected works …

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Landslide buries over 2 dozen people in central Indonesia

PONOROGO, Indonesia (AP) – More than two dozen people were reported missing on Saturday after a rain-triggered landslide struck a village on Indonesia’s main island of Java. The landslide hit up to 30 houses and farmers harvesting ginger on a hillside in Banaran village in East Java province’s Ponorogo district, …

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Juneau resident catches avalanche, waterfalls on phone

By MARK THIESSENAssociated Press Carole Triem heard an unusual sound when she left an indoor swimming pool in downtown Juneau after her Friday morning workout. She thought she heard thunder, “which is strange because we don’t get thunder here in Juneau.” Instead, what she heard was an avalanche beginning its …

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California’s robust mountain snowpack boosts flood concerns

By RICH PEDRONCELLI and SCOTT SMITHAssociated Press PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) – As big wet snowflakes fell high in California’s mountains on Thursday, surveyors on snowshoes measured the state’s deepest springtime snowdrifts in years and said the result boosted their concerns that the state could face more destructive floods. Snow …

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Sharknado? Australian cyclone leaves behind shark in puddle

AYR, Australia (AP) – An Australian journalist covering flooding from Cyclone Debbie was shocked to come across a dead bull shark that was apparently swept up in the deluge. WIN News reporter Philip Calder tells news.com.au that he was in the town of Ayr to shoot video of a flooded …

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New Mexico hit by ‘flash drought’ weather phenomenon

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYANAssociated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Across New Mexico, unusually warm March weather and virtually no rain for a month prompted dust storms that closed highways, warnings for some to stay inside and rapid mountain snow melting that could threaten drinking water supplies and farmers’ irrigation needs. …

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3 Texas deaths underscore the dangers of storm chasing

By DAVID WARRENAssociated Press DALLAS (AP) – As a powerful storm system swept across Texas, storm chasers raced to record its fury and witness a tornado. But one such pursuit ended tragically when three men were killed as their vehicles collided at a rural crossroads. An SUV containing two storm …

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