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The Latest: Death toll from California mudslide rises to 17

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) – The Latest on deadly debris flows that hit the California community of Montecito (all times local): 4:25 p.m. Authorities now say 17 people have died in Southern California mudslides and another 17 are missing. The death toll rose Wednesday as searchers pulled two more bodies from …

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10 Things to Know for Thursday

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. WHERE COMPROMISE IS IN THE AIR A bipartisan group of lawmakers, backed by the White House, reaches for a deal on a tangle of spending and immigration issues. …

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Death toll hits 15 in California mudslides; 24 missing

By MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ and AMANDA LEE MYERSAssociated Press MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) – Anxious family members awaited word on loved ones Wednesday as rescue crews searched for two dozen people missing after mudslides in Southern California destroyed an estimated 100 houses, swept away cars and left at least 15 victims …

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The Latest: California mudslide closes freeway until Monday

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) – The Latest on deadly debris flows that hit the California community of Montecito (all times local): 1:30 p.m. California’s main north-south coastal highway will remain closed until at least Monday after a storm caused deadly mudslides in fire-scarred areas of Montecito and adjacent Santa Barbara County. …

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After 2-day halt, trains to snowbound Swiss town resume

By PHILIPP JENNEAssociated Press ZERMATT, Switzerland (AP) – A train packed with tourists left from a snowbound resort town near Switzerland’s famed Matterhorn peak Wednesday, marking the resumption of railway service that had been halted for two days because of avalanche risks and had stranded around 13,000 visitors. The Matterhorn …

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California storm: Cars swept away, body pinned against home

By CHRISTOPHER WEBERAssociated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – In the dark of night, Thomas Tighe saw two vehicles slowly being swept away by a river of mud and debris flowing down the road in front of his house in Montecito, California. Daybreak brought a more jarring scene: a body pinned …

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The Latest: Rail service resumes from snowbound Swiss town

ZERMATT, Switzerland (AP) – The Latest on the thousands of tourists stranded in the Swiss ski town of Zermatt, near the Matterhorn (all times local): 5:35 p.m. A train packed with tourists has begun the descent from a snowbound town near Switzerland’s Matterhorn as railway service resumed following a nearly …

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Little damage as mag 7.6 quake hits in sea north of Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) – One of the strongest earthquakes to hit the Caribbean in modern times struck off the coast of Honduras on Tuesday night, shaking the mainland and setting off tsunami warnings that were canceled about an hour later. There were no early reports of serious damage or casualties …

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13 dead in Southern California as rain triggers mudslides

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER and DANIEL DREIFUSSAssociated Press MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) – At least 13 people were killed and dozens of homes were swept away or heavily damaged Tuesday as downpours sent mud and boulders roaring down hills stripped of vegetation by a gigantic wildfire that raged in Southern California last …

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Deadly ‘debris flows’ carved destructive California slides

By JOHN ANTCZAKAssociated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – Torrents like the ones that carved deadly and destructive paths through Montecito, California, during a powerful storm early are commonly described as mudslides, but geologists and emergency workers call them debris flows. Debris flows pose a significant threat when rain falls in …

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