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No more ‘voluntary’ evacuations in area of California slide

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) – Emergency authorities in a Southern California county are eliminating the word “voluntary” from language used in evacuation orders following the devastating mudslides that struck last month. Santa Barbara County officials said Thursday that the new terminology will be “pre-evacuation advisory,” ”recommended evacuation warning” and “mandatory …

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Rescuers comb Taiwan quake rubble for remaining 7 missing

By TAIJING WUAssociated Press HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) – Rescuers in Taiwan continued their search for survivors in a dangerously tilted building Thursday, more than a day after it was damaged in an earthquake that shook the island’s east coast and killed at least 10 people. The Yunmen Tsuiti building was …

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Dinosaur-killing space rock may have triggered sea volcanoes

By SETH BORENSTEINAP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The giant space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs may have set off a chain of cataclysmic volcanic eruptions on land and undersea, claims a new study that is already dividing scientists. About 66 million years ago a 6-mile wide asteroid smacked …

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Water forecast is bleak for major reservoir in Southwest US

By DAN ELLIOTTAssociated Press DENVER (AP) – One of the most important reservoirs in the southwestern U.S. will likely collect less than half its normal amount of spring runoff this year because of a warm, dry winter across much of the region, forecasters said Wednesday. Lake Powell, which straddles Utah …

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Puerto Ricans grab machetes, shovels to help restore power

By DANICA COTOAssociated Press COAMO, Puerto Rico (AP) – It took only minutes for Hurricane Maria to kill power to the Puerto Rican town of Coamo, cracking wooden poles, snapping power lines and hurling transformers to the ground. For months, residents begged Puerto Rico’s power company and the U.S. Army …

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6 dead, 76 missing after strong quake hits Taiwan

By TAIJING WUAssociated Press HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) – Rescuers worked Wednesday to free people trapped after a strong earthquake near Taiwan’s east coast caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously. At least six people were killed and 76 could not be contacted following the quake. At least four …

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Taiwan quake kills 4, tilts buildings; over 140 missing

By RALPH JENNINGS and CHRISTOPHER BODEENAssociated Press TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – Rescuers were working Wednesday to reach five people trapped and more than 140 people unaccounted for in several buildings damaged by a strong earthquake near Taiwan’s eastern coast. The shallow, magnitude 6.4 quake late Tuesday night caused at least …

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10 Things to Know for Wednesday

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: 1. SUNNIER DAY ON WALL STREET U.S. stocks rally as a late surge helps them regain almost half their losses from the day before, when they had their biggest …

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The Latest: Rescuers work to free people trapped after quake

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – The Latest on a deadly magnitude-6.4 earthquake that struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, causing the collapse of several buildings (all times local): 9:30 a.m. Rescuers are working to free at least five people trapped in damaged buildings and to reach another 170 unaccounted for …

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The Latest: Bridges, highways inspected after Taiwan quake

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – The Latest on a deadly magnitude-6.4 earthquake that struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, causing the collapse of several buildings (all times local): 5:30 a.m. Authorities have closed bridges and some highways pending inspections after a deadly, magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Taiwan. …

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