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Dangerous Storm Threatens Havoc Across Hawaiian Archipelago

HONOLULU (AP) — From the empty shores of Oahu’s Waikiki Beach to the snowy summit of the Big Island’s highest peak, an unusually strong winter storm is clobbering the Hawaiian Islands and raising the threat of dangerous flash floods, landslides …

Louisiana Assesses Major Damage to Power Grid From Ida

The damage to Louisiana’s power grid from Hurricane Ida is so extensive that the U.S. Coast Guard has joined the task of assessing the wreckage, a departure from its maritime security duties. More than 1 million homes and businesses along …

Growing Arizona Wildfires Prompts New Evacuation Orders

SUPERIOR, Ariz. (AP) — Crews made progress toward containing one of two major wildfires in south-central Arizona’s desert hill country, allowing evacuation notices to be lifted for several rural areas though towns elsewhere continued to be threatened. Areas where evacuations …

Amid Dispute, Suez Canal Blames Ship’s Grounding on Speed, Rudder

ISMAILIA, Egypt — The container ship that got stuck in the Suez Canal in March was struggling to steer because of its high speed and the size of its rudder, and could have chosen not to enter the waterway in …

Crews Battling Black Hills Wildfires Hampered by Strong Wind

NEMO, S.D. (AP) — High winds Tuesday hampered firefighters battling wildfires in the Black Hills of South Dakota that have forced the evacuations of more than 400 homes and closed the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Three separate wildfires were burning …

Stranded Suez Ship’s Owner, Insurers Face Millions in Claims

LONDON — The owner and insurers of one of the world’s largest container ships stuck in the Suez Canal face claims totaling millions of dollars even if the ship is refloated quickly, industry sources said on Wednesday. The 400-meter, 224,000-tonne …

Tugs Work to Free Giant Container Ship Stranded in Suez Canal

CAIRO — The shortest shipping route from Europe to Asia remained blocked on Wednesday as eight tug boats struggled to free one of the world’s largest container ships after it ran aground in the Suez Canal. GAC, a Dubai-based marine …

East Troublesome Fire May Signal New Era of Big Blow-Ups

DENVER (AP) — Grand Lake Fire Marshal Dan Mayer never thought the East Troublesome Fire would make it to town. On the morning of Oct. 21, 2020, the fire was still about 20 miles (32 kilometers) away from the vacation …

Fierce California Winds Fan Fires, Topple Trees and Trucks

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life Tuesday by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people. Firefighters chased wind-driven blazes up …

Fire-Related Power Cuts Spread Outside California for First Time

It’s no longer just California shutting off power in high-risk fire zones. Oregon’s Portland General Electric Co. on Monday temporarily turned off power for about 5,000 customers near Mt. Hood, as California utility giant PG&E Corp. did the same in …