Natural disasters

A firefighter takes a cell phone picture during a wildfire Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Montecito, Calif. The so-called Thomas Fire is now the third-largest in California history. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
December 16, 2017 - 10:59 pm
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into "a ghost town" as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California's history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito. The mandatory evacuations around Montecito...
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In this image taken from video provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, a wind driven spot fire burns on the west side below Gibraltar Road as smoke from a wildfire fills the air in Santa Barbara, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. The Thomas Fire is now the third-largest in California history. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
December 16, 2017 - 10:14 pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 7 p.m. Authorities say the massive wildfire northwest of Los Angeles has burned another 6 square miles (16 square kilometers) of vegetation and has burned 418 square miles (1,083 square kilometers) since it...
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This undated photo provided by Custer State Park shows burros walking in the park prior to a late season wildfire there. Nine burros that are a favorite of visitors to South Dakota's Custer State Park have been burned by the wildfire and it's not known if all of them will survive, a park official said Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. The park reported that all nine burros had been found — a day after three of them were reported missing and feared dead in the wildfire. (Kobee Stalder/Custer State Park via AP)
December 16, 2017 - 8:44 pm
Nine burros that are a favorite of visitors to South Dakota's Custer State Park have been burned in a wildfire and it's not known if all of them will survive, a park official said Saturday. The park reported Saturday morning that all nine burros had been found — a day after three of them were...
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Demonstrators protest against reforms to the retirement and pension system, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Police in riot gear shot tear gas and rubber bullets at stick-wielding protesters who hauled rocks and torched several garbage bins outside the Congress building and in nearby streets. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
December 16, 2017 - 2:30 am
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's images include a protest against reforms to the retirement and pension system in...
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Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Arson Counter-Terrorism investigators check a burned out homeless camp after a brush fire erupted in the hills in Elysian Park in Los Angeles Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. The National Weather Service said extreme fire danger conditions could last through the weekend due to lack of moisture along with a likely increase in wind speeds. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
December 15, 2017 - 10:52 pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Calming winds Friday gave firefighters a chance to gain ground against a huge wildfire in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles but the blaze continued to surge west, endangering thousands of homes, as forecasts called for a renewal of gusty winds. The so-called...
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Patients are evacuated outside a hospital following an earthquake in Banyumas, Central Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. A strong earthquake shook the island of Java just before midnight Friday triggering a tsunami warning for parts of the main island's coastline. (AP Photo/Agus Fitrah)
December 15, 2017 - 10:03 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake shook Indonesia's densely populated Java island on Friday night, killing two people and severely damaging dozens of homes near the epicenter. The magnitude 6.5 quake struck at 11:47 p.m. and was felt across the island, including about 200 kilometers (...
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FILE - A motorist on Highway 101 watches flames from the Thomas fire leap above the roadway north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
December 15, 2017 - 4:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The news alerts gushed in: An attack on a concert, a church, an ice cream parlor ; an assailant wielding a gun or hammer or acid . There's an earthquake in Mexico, a monsoon in India, a volcanic eruption in Bali, hurricane after hurricane after hurricane. Keep up as your phone...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 7, 2013, file photo, an entrance to a parking garage at 20th Century-Fox studios, an entity owned by News Corporation, is seen in Los Angeles. Disney announced Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, that it is buying a large part of Fox, but the Fox studio lot in Los Angeles will remain with the Murdoch family. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
December 15, 2017 - 5:25 am
NEW YORK (AP) — After years of tremors, the earthquake that had long been predicted finally shook Hollywood. Disney's deal to purchase most of 21st Century Fox ends the era of the "Big Six" major movie studios, toppling one of the industry's most famed studios and dramatically redrawing the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, spectators watch as riders and drivers herd about 1,200 bison toward the corrals at the 49th annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup in the southern Black Hills near Custer, S.D. Custer State Park, known for drawing thousands of spectators to its fall buffalo roundup each year, is set to perform another, unexpected roundup in the coming days to inspect its bison after a historic wildfire burned through the South Dakota park this week. (AP Photo/Kristina Barker, File)
December 14, 2017 - 8:05 pm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota state park known for annual buffalo roundups drawing thousands of spectators will perform an unscheduled one in the coming days to determine how a historic wildfire affected the animals. Officials at Custer State Park located its bison herd by Thursday...
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December 14, 2017 - 5:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal federal watchdog says it will conduct a wide-ranging review of the Environmental Protection Agency's preparedness and response to the major hurricanes that struck the United States this year. EPA's Office of Inspector General announced its pending probe in a letter...
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