Evacuations - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Evacuations Wildfire Forces Evacuations SE of San Diego Firefighters reported making progress Sunday against a wildfire that forced hundreds of people to evacuate a popular campground and small community southeast... Mon, 22 May 2017 10:11:00 GMT 2017-05-22T10:11:00Z Syria's third largest city Homs clear of opposition BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's government announced Sunday the country's third largest city Homs— once named the capital of the revolt against President Bashar Assad— had been cleared of armed opposition for the first time in more than five years. The announcement follows the completion of the evacuation of the last rebel-held neighborhood. Besieged for four years... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:16:00 GMT 2017-05-21T18:16:00Z Last batch of rebels leaving central Homs in Syria BEIRUT (AP) — The final batch of opposition fighters and their families began leaving a besieged neighborhood in the central city of Homs Saturday, a move that will bring the country's third largest city under full government control for the first time in years. Syrian state TV and an opposition monitoring group said that evacuations of the last batch beg... Sat, 20 May 2017 17:41:00 GMT 2017-05-20T17:41:00Z Evacuations of rebels from last Damascus stronghold begins BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of rebels and their families began leaving a northeastern neighborhood of Damascus and heading toward rebel-held areas in northern Syria Sunday, in another step that would eventually bring all parts of the capital under the control of President Bashar Assad's forces, state media and opposition activists said. The evacuations from Qa... Sun, 14 May 2017 16:47:00 GMT 2017-05-14T16:47:00Z Georgia wildfire: evacuations ordered though many stay put ST. GEORGE, Ga. (AP) — The wildfire burning for weeks in southeast Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp had gotten so close that Mason Pair could see its orange glow through the trees as large flakes of ash rained down around his home in St. George. Facing an evacuation order, Pair and his wife packed up their valuables and had a ladder standing by to put sprinkler... Mon, 08 May 2017 20:59:00 GMT 2017-05-08T20:59:00Z Correction: Severe Weather story ST. LOUIS (AP) — In a story May 1 about severe weather, The Associated Press reported erroneously the circumstances of the death of a 7-year-old. The Rankin County coroner says the boy's death was not storm-related. A corrected version of the story is below: 15 dead after tornadoes, floods ravage Midwest, South Several southern states braced for more seve... Fri, 05 May 2017 19:44:00 GMT 2017-05-05T19:44:00Z Officials warn of floodwater risks in soaked Midwest states ST. LOUIS (AP) — Joseph Fiorilli is ready to go home, even though most everything he left behind when the flooded Meramec River inundated his eastern Missouri home will be a soggy, stinky mess. Fiorilli, his wife and their two dogs were forced to quickly leave when heavy rains pushed the river to near-record levels, some 18 feet above flood stage in Pacific, about 40 miles (... Thu, 04 May 2017 22:17:00 GMT 2017-05-04T22:17:00Z Levee breaks, river closure latest fallout from flooding ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities urged residents to evacuate a small Missouri River town and halted traffic along a busy section of the Mississippi River near St. Louis on Wednesday, as relentless rain and an ominous forecast hovered over parts of the flood-soaked Midwest. Heavy rains have swollen many rivers to record levels in parts of Missouri, Illinois, O... Wed, 03 May 2017 22:26:00 GMT 2017-05-03T22:26:00Z Off-duty Border Patrol agent may have started Arizona fire An off-duty Border Patrol agent is being investigated for possibly starting a large wildfire in southern Arizona while target shooting last weekend, authorities said Thursday. Border Patrol officials said in statement that they were aware the investigation about how the fire began Sunday "involves an off-duty Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent" that they did not identify. ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:40:00 GMT 2017-04-28T01:40:00Z The Latest: Fire company to serve as temporary shelter BEAR, Del. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a Delaware state trooper (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Authorities say a local fire company has opened its doors to serve as a temporary shelter for residents prevented from returning to their homes while police continue to try to negotiate with the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Delaware state trooper. ... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:40:00 GMT 2017-04-27T04:40:00Z Airstrike kills 8 family members in northern Syria BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike killed eight family members, five of them children, as they fled fighting between U.S.-allied Syrian forces and Islamic State militants on Monday, according to local activists, who said the strike appeared to have been launched by the U.S.-led coalition. Al-Qaida's leader meanwhile urged his followers and other militants in Syri... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:26:00 GMT 2017-04-24T17:26:00Z AP Exclusive: Missteps made in handling of dam crisis OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Late in the afternoon of Feb. 12, Sheriff Kory Honea was at the emergency operations center for the tallest dam in America when he overheard someone say something that stopped him in his tracks: "This is not good." Over six straight days, the operators of the Oroville Dam had said there was no immediate danger after water surging d... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:30:00 GMT 2017-04-20T01:30:00Z Syria resumes reciprocal evacuations after deadly bombing BEIRUT (AP) — The evacuation of thousands of Syrians from four besieged areas resumed Wednesday, state media and activists said, days after a bombing killed more than 120 evacuees and delayed the widely criticized population transfer. The Central Military Media says 3,000 residents of two pro-government villages, Foua and Kfarya, left Wednesday in 45 buse... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:01:00 GMT 2017-04-19T10:01:00Z Mass evacuation in Syria postponed after blast kills 80 kids BEIRUT (AP) — The evacuation of more than 3,000 Syrians that was scheduled to take place Sunday from four areas as part of a population transfer has been postponed, opposition activists said, a day after a deadly blast that killed more than 120 people, many of them government supporters. The reasons for the delay were not immediately clear. It came as she... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:30:00 GMT 2017-04-17T00:30:00Z Over 100 killed during Syria's troubled population transfer BEIRUT (AP) — A stalled population transfer resumed Saturday after a deadly explosion killed at least 100, including children, government supporters and opposition fighters, at an evacuation point — adding new urgency to the widely criticized operation. The blast ripped through a bus depot in the al-Rashideen area where thousands of government loyalists e... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 23:15:00 GMT 2017-04-15T23:15:00Z The Latest: Rebel group decries Syria blast, seeks probe BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 10:15 p.m. A major Syrian rebel group says many of its members were killed in a blast that hit an evacuation gathering point of government supporters, saying it will cooperate with an international probe to determine the culprits. Ahrar al-Sham group... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 20:06:00 GMT 2017-04-15T20:06:00Z Syrian army moves to tame rebellious Damascus districts BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by Russian air power and allied militiamen on the ground, Syrian troops have recaptured entire cities from rebels and Islamic State group extremists in the past year, including the key cities of Aleppo, Homs and Palmyra. Yet for the past three years, President Bashar Assad's forces have been unable to free opposition-held neighborhood... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:50:00 GMT 2017-04-15T14:50:00Z The Latest: Car bomb strikes near evacuating Syrians BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Syrian state TV says a car bomb has exploded near buses carrying Syrians evacuated from towns besieged by rebels in northern Syria. State TV and an opposition monitoring group say the car bomb left an undetermined number of people killed. A... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 13:28:00 GMT 2017-04-15T13:28:00Z The Latest: Damage from Bellagio shops roof fire tops $400K LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on a fire that damaged the roof of a shopping annex at the Bellagio resort on the Las Vegas Strip (all times local): 1:30 p.m. A fire official says it could be a couple of weeks before investigators know what sparked a blaze that caused more than $400,000 in damage to the roof of a retail annex at the Bellagio resort on the Las Vegas Strip. ... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:33:00 GMT 2017-04-14T20:33:00Z Syria's divisions crystallize with latest evacuations BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of Syrians were bused out of their towns on Friday in the first stage of a widely criticized population transfer that reflects the relentless segregation of Syrian society along political and sectarian lines. The coordinated evacuations delivered war-weary fighters and residents from two years of siege and hunger, but moved the cou... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:46:00 GMT 2017-04-14T18:46:00Z The Latest: Syria says will restore rule in evacuated towns BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria (all times local): 5:35 p.m. A Syrian official says the government will restore its control over the two towns evacuated of opposition and rebel fighters, as part of a swap deal that also freed residents of two pro-government areas. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Right... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:32:00 GMT 2017-04-14T14:32:00Z The Latest: Syrian official says evacuations to start Friday BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria (all times local): 10:30 p.m. A local official involved in the planned evacuations from four besieged areas in Syria says buses will start moving after sunrise Friday. Preparations had been underway Thursday for the evacuation of more than 10,000 residents from two pro-government Shii... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:22:00 GMT 2017-04-13T19:22:00Z New Zealanders evacuated from parts of coast as storm hits WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Hundreds of people in New Zealand were evacuated from some coastal areas on Thursday as the second major storm in just over a week made landfall near the North Island town of Whakatane. But residents of the nation's largest city, Auckland, breathed a sigh of relief as the remnants of Cyclone Cook moved past them to the east.... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:00:00 GMT 2017-04-13T10:00:00Z The Latest: Russia vetoes UN condemnation of Syria attack BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Russia has vetoed a Western-backed Security Council resolution that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in a town in northern Syria and demanded a speedy investigation. Wednesday's vote on the resolution drafted by Br... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:17:00 GMT 2017-04-12T20:17:00Z Wildfires scorch parts of Florida; gov. declares emergency TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters are battling wildfires from the top of Florida near the Georgia line to Miami-Dade County in the south as the governor declared a state of emergency Tuesday. Gov. Rick Scott said the proclamation will make it easier for state, regional and local agencies to "quickly work together to protect our families, visitors and communities" as authoritie... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:40:00 GMT 2017-04-11T21:40:00Z The Latest: Turkish leader says Syria government blame clear BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local): 11:55 p.m. Turkey's president says it's clear that Syria's government carried out Tuesday's chemical attack in northern Syria and called on Russia to stop supporting Bashar Assad's government. In a live interview on 24 TV Saturday night, President Recep... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 21:05:00 GMT 2017-04-08T21:05:00Z Sockeye salmon removed from flood-threatened Idaho hatchery BOISE, Idaho (AP) — About 4,000 endangered Snake River sockeye salmon have been evacuated from a flood-threatened hatchery in southwestern Idaho. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Thursday loaded the fish at the Eagle Fish Hatchery west of Boise into four trucks for transportation to the Springfield Fish Hatchery in eastern Idaho. ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:08:00 GMT 2017-03-30T21:08:00Z US-backed fighters pause military action near Syria dam BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed forces in northern Syria paused military operations near a dam held by the Islamic State group on Monday to allow engineers to fix any problems after conflicting reports about its stability. The decision by the Syrian Democratic Forces came a day after conflicting reports over whether civilians had begun evacuating the nearby cit... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:45:00 GMT 2017-03-27T17:45:00Z Israel plans mass evacuation if war erupts again JERUSALEM (AP) — If Islamic militants in Gaza or Lebanon go to war with Israel, they could find their usual targets empty. Israel is drawing up contingency plans to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from border communities to protect them from attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah or other Islamic militant groups. The mass evacuations ... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:14:00 GMT 2017-03-21T17:14:00Z Crews battle wildfire near Colorado college town BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters were able to contain about half of a small but potentially dangerous wildfire just west of downtown Boulder, Colorado, that forced hundreds to flee and sent up thick plumes of black smoke. Boulder County Sheriff's Cmdr. Mike Wagner said the blaze may be human-caused and that hikers and transient campers frequent the area... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:34:00 GMT 2017-03-20T10:34:00Z