- Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika Updated: Feb-08-16 2:48 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says "there shouldn't be a panic on this."
- Official details storm's lasting effects on dairy industry Updated: Feb-08-16 2:18 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - It could take months to tally the true costs of a winter storm that killed an untold number of livestock and derailed New Mexico's dairy industry, the state's top agriculture official warned lawmakers Monday.
- Federal auditors question Tuscaloosa twister funding Updated: Feb-08-16 1:21 pm
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - Federal auditors say Tuscaloosa improperly received more than $1 million in aid following the monster tornado that struck in 2011.
- Obama seeks $250M to help Puerto Rico fight Zika Updated: Feb-08-16 11:20 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Obama administration is seeking $250 million in federal funds to help Puerto Rico fight an increase in Zika cases after the governor declared a public health emergency.
- Haiti leader departs as he came: amid uncertainty, disorder Updated: Feb-06-16 7:18 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Michel Martelly came to office promising a stronger Haiti following a messy election that provoked widespread skepticism. He is due to leave power Sunday at the close of his five-year term with few accomplishments and a legacy clouded by a new political crisis.
- Alabama governor tours Pickens County tornado damage Updated: Feb-06-16 4:58 pm
ALICEVILLE, Alabama - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley visited rural west Alabama to discuss the state's response to storms that caused significant damage in several areas.
- Nebraska Emergency Management Agency launches new website Updated: Feb-06-16 5:05 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency has launched a new website designed to be more user friendly.
- Obama signs Louisiana emergency declaration Updated: Feb-05-16 8:43 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - President Barack Obama has declared an emergency in Louisiana in areas affected by flooding that occurred Dec. 28 through Feb. 1.
- The Latest: Snyder: Disaster loans approved for Flint Updated: Feb-05-16 6:11 pm
FLINT, Michigan - The Latest on Flint's water emergency (all times local):
- Alabama governor authorizes tuberculosis response funding Updated: Feb-05-16 6:05 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday announced the authorization of more than $200,000 in emergency funding to help public health officials continue responding to a tuberculosis outbreak in Perry County.
- The Latest: Puerto Rico declares Zika emergency Updated: Feb-05-16 3:03 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - The Latest on efforts to battle the Zika virus (all times local):
- Anti-austerity Portuguese government gets EU's OK for budget Updated: Feb-05-16 1:09 pm
LISBON, Portugal - In a tug of war over budgets, the European Commission approved Portugal's so-called anti-austerity spending plan on Friday, but only after extracting a promise for almost $1 billion in additional cost cuts.
- Florida, vulnerable to Zika virus, gets ready for fight Updated: Feb-04-16 6:49 pm
MIAMI - Florida's warm climate, year-round mosquitoes and revolving door of international travelers make it vulnerable to the Zika virus, but local governments here have a history of fighting off outbreaks before they become widespread.
- Senate Democrats block energy bill in impasse over Flint Updated: Feb-04-16 3:53 pm
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked the first bipartisan energy bill in almost a decade after majority Republicans balked over sending hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid to Flint, Michigan, to fix and replace the city's lead-contaminated pipes.
- Leader of Maine National Guard promoted to brigadier general Updated: Feb-04-16 4:01 am
AUGUSTA, Maine - The leader of the Maine National Guard is now a brigadier general.
- Federal disaster declaration approved for 3 more counties Updated: Feb-03-16 4:46 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin says the federal government has approved the state's request for disaster assistance to three more counties as a result of damage from a November ice storm.
- Correction: Disaster Funds-Audit story Updated: Feb-03-16 4:04 pm
SAN DIEGO - In a story Feb. 1 about an audit of disaster relief funds, The Associated Press misidentified the federal agency that audited the city of San Diego. The agency was the Office of Inspector General, not the General Accounting Office.
- Florida governor declares Zika emergency Updated: Feb-03-16 3:39 pm
TAMPA, Florida - Gov. Rick Scott declared a health emergency in four counties Wednesday after at least nine cases of the mosquito-borne Zika illness were detected in Florida.
- Health officials investigate rashes amid Flint water crisis Updated: Feb-03-16 7:16 am
DETROIT - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is working with federal officials to investigate rashes reported in Flint amid the city's drinking water crisis.
- The Latest: Student housing at community college damaged Updated: Feb-02-16 7:00 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Latest on severe weather in Mississippi (all times local):
- The Latest: Teachers' union wants local control for district Updated: Feb-02-16 5:48 pm
DETROIT - The Latest on the state-appointed emergency manager for the Detroit Public Schools stepping down (all times local):
- State manager for Detroit schools leaving job months early Updated: Feb-02-16 3:26 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Criticized on two fronts for his role in Flint's lead-tainted water crisis and his handling of teacher sick-outs and building conditions in Detroit's troubled public schools, Darnell Earley has decided to step down from his job as the state-appointed emergency manager for Michigan's largest school district before the end of his 18-month term.
- FEMA approves more than $6 million for flood assistance Updated: Feb-02-16 3:14 pm
ST. LOUIS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $6 million in grants to help nearly 1,000 Missourians whose homes were damaged by the winter flood.
- Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur launches effort for Zika vaccine Updated: Feb-02-16 9:07 am
PARIS - Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur said Tuesday it is launching an effort to research and develop a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency over its explosive spread across the Americas.
- Kenai Peninsula agencies brief Gov. Walker on earthquake Updated: Feb-02-16 7:21 am
KENAI, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker has lauded the efforts of Kenai Peninsula agencies in their response to the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that resulted in highway damage and the destruction of four homes.