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The Latest: Girl pulled from avalanche hotel, wants cookie

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:52:16 UT

Relatives of those still missing in the avalanche-hit hotel in central Italy have been gathering anxiously at the hospital in Pescara, the closest city to the accident site, eagerly awaiting word of their loved ones. A few relatives erupted in frustration at a Friday evening press conference, saying they had received no information. Italy's civil protection chief says five of the 10 people found alive inside an avalanche-covered hotel have been pulled out and that rescue crews are working to get the other five to safety. Rescuers said the mother indicated her 6-year-old daughter Ludovica was also alive amid the debris nearby and rescue workers immediately set to work to find her, too. Cari gave the update late Friday afternoon as rescue workers continued trying to extract survivors from the collapsed buildings of the resort northeast of Rome. The ANSA news agency quotes the vice brigadier of Italy's financial police, Marco Bini, as saying eight people were located alive in two separate operations Friday. Italian news reports say the number of people found alive under the rubble of the avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy has risen to eight, including two children. Earlier, AP staffers reaching the scene on foot overheard firefighter radio reports saying five people had been located and requesting helicopters to bring them to hospitals. Italian police radio and news reports say five people are believed to have been found alive in the rubble of the avalanche that flattened a mountain resort and that helicopters have been requested to take them to safety. Two Associated Press staffers overheard police radio chatter when they were turned away from the site of the disaster Friday. The rescue operations have been hampered by difficulty in accessing the remote the Hotel Rigopiano, which was buried in an avalanche with about 30 people inside Wednesday afternoon. Romanians are fearing the worst for a local nurs

Melania Trump's hometown in Slovenia marks inauguration

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:00:08 UT

Residents of Sevnica watched live coverage from Washington at the town's cafes or at their homes, dazzled by Melania Trump's appearance in a sky blue cashmere jacket and mock turtleneck combination by Ralph Lauren. On a website promoting Slovenia — an Alpine nation of stunning natural beauty that has 2 million people — the headline reads: "Welcome to the homeland of the new First Lady of the United States of America!"

Seattle's most popular dog names 2017

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:33:55 UT

Seattle's most popular dog names aren't Rover, Fluffy or Sparky -- rather they're common people names now.

Works of Flemish master on display at Detroit art museum

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:23:54 UT

A private collector loaned the model and the bust is on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Museum officials say the display provides "a rare glimpse" into the Flemish master's "creative process."

In Alaska, minus 59 takes toll on cars, pipes, state of mind

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:45:22 UT

The official temperature at the airport with a single gravel runway was minus 54 degrees. A cold snap gripping interior Alaska is bothering even longtime residents such as Erickson. Clouds, however, provide an insulating layer reflecting back heat generated by the Earth's crust. Children enjoy recess outside until it hits minus 20, according to Fairbanks school district policy. Tires flatten on the bottom, leading to a bumpy ride until they snap back into shape. Changing a tire, and spinning a metal lug nut, can frostbite a bare finger. If a furnace fails, water pipes can freeze and then burst when they're thawed. Erickson said she had to look at summer pictures of boats, blueberries and kids swimming to help her make it through the day.

AP PHOTOS: Town fest sees thief figure pelted with turnips

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:40:15 UT

PIORNAL, Spain (AP) — Dozens of people ran through the streets of this tiny southwestern Spanish town Thursday trying to pelt a beast-like figure representing a farm thief with, appropriately, tons of turnips. The so-called Jarramplas festival, celebrated every Feb. 19-20, centers around a town resident dressed up in a colorful costume and a horned helmet. Over the years the festival has seen some changes, and nowadays the chosen Jarramplas are well-protected by helmets, gloves and chest shields, which together with their outfits, weigh some 40 kilograms (88 pounds), meaning they can't run that fast.

Historic German abbey closed, property goes to diocese

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:19:56 UT

Altomuenster Abbey, near Munich, holds a collection of some 500 books, including illuminated manuscripts from the 16th century, chants used by the uniquely women-led Bridgettine Order and processionals. Since the Vatican ordered the dissolution of the abbey at the end of 2015, the library and the order's collection of 2,300 statues, paintings and other works of art have been kept under lock and key. "The answers are very vague ... and it is unclear how scholars will get access and when," he said in an email to The Associated Press. Since 1496, the former Benedictine abbey in Altomuenster has housed a female religious order founded by Saint Bridget in Sweden in the 14th century.

Plans move forward for bridge at Windmill Island Gardens

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:57:43 UT

(AP) — Officials in the western Michigan city of Holland are moving forward with plans to build a bridge for walkers and bicyclists to a landmark park. The Holland Sentinel reports ( ) the Holland City Council on Wednesday passed a joint resolution with Holland Township for the $3.3 million project at Windmill Island Gardens to connect the two municipalities.

Spanish tourist towns post 1st snowfalls in decades

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:26:53 UT

MADRID (AP) — Officials have placed more than half of Spain's 50 provinces under alert for heavy snow and sleet storms, with southern tourist towns reporting their first snowfalls in decades. Authorities in the southeastern resort town of Torrevieja say that emergency services are on alert for flooding.

Little Syria exhibition moves into old New York neighborhood

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:34:53 UT

An Immigrant Community's Life and Legacy opens Thursday evening with a reception at Metropolitan College of New York. The exhibit was created by the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Exiting rail safety chief looks to technology to save lives

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:12:38 UT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sarah Feinberg was on the job as the nation's chief railroad regulator for just three weeks when a packed commuter train slammed into an SUV stopped on tracks north of New York City, killing six people. During Feinberg's tenure, the Federal Railroad Administration has aggressively policed safety violations, closing cases at a higher rate and collecting more fine money per year than her predecessors. As oil trains continued to derail and catch fire, Feinberg again turned to technology, championing modern electronic braking systems. [...] with a link between recent commuter train crashes and sleep apnea becoming clearer, Feinberg issued a safety advisory urging railroads to test engineers for the dangerous, fatigue-inducing disorder. Technology companies have started adding railway crossing locations to GPS devices and mapping applications, warning motorists as they approach. At her confirmation hearing, Trump's Transportation Secretary nominee, Elaine Chao, was non-committal on the deadline for installing speed controls saying she needed a briefing on the technology before answering.

Choreographed lights coming to NYC bridges, governor says

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:16:02 UT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York City's bridges will soon be outfitted with choreographed lights programmed to blink and change color according to music or other cues. Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussed the new lights with reporters Tuesday night during a briefing on the state budget.