• Firefighters spray a hose at a fire along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., Friday, July 31, 2015. A series of wildfires were intensified by dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Raging Northern California wildfires prompt evacuations

    LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials called for thousands of evacuations as numerous homes remained threatened by Northern California wildfires Monday, while more than 9,000 firefighters battled 21 major fires in the state, officials said.

  • Firefighters spray a hose at a fire along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., Friday, July 31, 2015. A series of wildfires were intensified by dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Wildfire raging north of San Francisco threatens homes

    LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires blazing in several Western states Sunday chewed up forests and threatened homes but were most numerous in Northern California where dozens are raging and setting off evacuations.

  • Corn damaged by record rains that repeatedly submerged fields, stands in a field near Atlanta, Ind., Friday, July 31, 2015.  Illinois and Indiana both saw record June rainfalls, and several other key farm states were also swamped by waves of rain that have set the stage for big crop losses this fall, with up to $500 million in corn and soybean losses projected in Indiana.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Some Midwest farmers’ crops falter in record rains

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Weeks of record rainfalls drenched Don Lamb’s cornfields this summer, drowning some plants and leaving others yellowed, 2 feet tall and capable of producing little, if any, grain.

  • China's Vice Premier Liu Yandong, center, celebrates with Beijing Mayor and Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid President Wang Anshun, left, and Liu Peng, right, Minister of the General Administration of Sport of China, after Beijing was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, defeating Almaty in the final round of voting, at IOC meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, Pool)

    Having made Olympic history, Beijing faces challenges

    BEIJING (AP) — Having made history as the first city to win hosting rights for both the Summer and Winter Olympics, Beijing now faces a slew of challenges, from ensuring adequate snow in a bone-dry region to ramping up support for winter sports in a nation where few people ski or skate.

  • Weather service warns of flash flooding in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters say thunderstorms expected Thursday and Thursday evening will increase the threat for flash flooding in northern and central New Mexico.

  • Michigan warns of wildfire danger because of heat, dryness

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan authorities say there’s a growing danger of wildfires because of hot weather and a lack of rain in many parts of the state.