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US to end special protections for 9,000 Nepalese immigrants

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and JILL COLVINAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration will end special protections for an estimated 9,000 Nepalese immigrants living in the United States, giving them until June 24, 2019, to leave or find another way to stay in the country, the Department of Homeland Security …

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Correction: Hotshots Statue story

PHOENIX (AP) – In a story April 21 about a statue honoring Arizona wildland firefighters who died in a 2013 fire, The Associated Press reported erroneously, in one instance, the last name of the sculptor. He is Matt Glenn, not Glass. A corrected version of the story is below: Statue …

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Dozens injured after earthquake in southeast Turkey

ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkish officials say dozens were slightly injured after an earthquake in southeastern Turkey. The earthquake struck Samsat village in the province of Adiyaman early Tuesday at 3.34 a.m. local time (0034 GMT). The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.2 at 10 kilometers …

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After brief relief, forecasts indicate drought will continue

By KELLY P. KISSELAssociated Press Dry weather will prolong the wildfire threat through summer in the southwestern United States, even though weekend showers temporarily relieved drought conditions in parts of the area, forecasters said Monday. The drought is rooted in a dry spell that began in October and is considered …

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‘Caddyshack’ redux: Bid to smoke out woodchuck burns 2 acres

MONMOUTH, Maine (AP) – A Maine apple orchard employee’s attempt to channel the soul of Bill Murray’s character in “Caddyshack” has ended with a similar result. Authorities say the orchard employee started a fire on Saturday to try to smoke a woodchuck out from a hole in the ground in …

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Statue unveiled honoring firefighters killed in Arizona fire

By PAUL DAVENPORTAssociated Press PHOENIX (AP) – A life-sized statue was unveiled Saturday honoring 19 members of a firefighting team known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in a 2013 Arizona wildfire. The statue was dedicated at a state memorial park established where all but one member of the …

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Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years

TOKYO (AP) – A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and authorities set up a no-go zone around the mountain. Mount Io spewed smoke and ash high into the sky Thursday in its first eruption since 1768. Japan’s Meteorological Agency on Friday expanded …

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Quake, at least 5.5 in magnitude, strikes southern Iran

By NASSER KARIMIAssociated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – An earthquake of at least magnitude 5.5 struck in southern Iran near the country’s sole nuclear power plant on Thursday morning, shaking countries across the Persian Gulf. There was no immediate report of damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the …

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Shallow Indonesia quake kills 3, damages hundreds of homes

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – A shallow earthquake in central Indonesia has killed three people and damaged more than 300 homes, disaster officials said Thursday as they declared a two-week emergency for the affected areas. Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said the magnitude-4.4 quake that occurred Wednesday at a depth of …

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Excavator blamed for island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico

By DANICA COTOAssociated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday after an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line, officials said, as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said it could …

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