• Downstream communities brace for flooding as dams overflow

    MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Communities downstream from a Northern California reservoir gushing water for the first time in 20 years braced for flash floods and evacuations after authorities warned them to prepare for rising rivers and creeks.

  • 5 rescued from swollen creek as storms pummel California

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Rescuers chest-deep in water steered boats full of people, some with babies and pets, from a San Jose neighborhood inundated Tuesday by water from an overflowing creek.

  • Flood fears renewed as California is pounded by storm

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Downpours swelled creeks and rivers Monday in Northern California, threatening to cause even more flooding in the already soggy region.

  • Southern California rain eases; north facing renewed storm

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A huge Pacific storm that parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least three people, eased off Saturday. But it was only a temporary reprieve as new storms took aim farther north.

  • Powerful storm enters California bringing risk of flooding

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains that downed power lines and electrocuted a man, killed a motorist in a submerged car and disrupted hundreds of flights at airports.

  • AP Exclusive: If California dam failed, people likely stuck

    Communities just downstream of California’s Lake Oroville dam would not receive adequate warning or time for evacuations if the 770-foot-tall dam itself — rather than its spillways — were to abruptly fail, the state water agency that operates the nation’s tallest dam repeatedly advised federal regulators a half-decade ago.

  • Salt of the earth: Road salt miners chip away at winter need

    HAMPTON CORNERS, N.Y. (AP) — Deep below upstate New York’s farm country, workers in ghostly tunnels are praying for snow.

  • Life near Oroville Dam now shadowed by fears and concerns

    OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Northern California residents, who had spent days at evacuation shelters, were allowed to return to their homes but many stayed only long enough to pack valuables before fleeing an approaching storm that will test recently repaired spillways at the nation’s tallest dam. Authorities say the immediate danger has passed for the nearly 200,000 people living downstream of the Oroville Dam. They said the Lake Oroville water level was 26 feet below the emergency spillway by Wednesday night. But new storms are forecast to hit Oroville, which is about 70 miles north of Sacramento, and not everyone is sticking around to find out if the repairs hold. Here’s what residents say about living below the dam:

  • Harsh Mongolian winter risks livelihoods of herder families

    BEIJING (AP) — Exceptionally cold weather in Mongolia is putting the livelihoods of more than 150,000 nomadic herders and family members at risk, just one year after another extreme winter killed more than 1 million animals, the Red Cross said Thursday, as it launched an emergency appeal.

  • 10 snowmobilers die in thinly frozen lakes in mild Northeast

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Ten snowmobilers have died in thinly frozen lakes across the Northeast during this mild winter.