Search continues for mudslide victims; death toll at 17

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and used long poles to probe for bodies Thursday as the search dragged on for victims of the mudslides that slammed this wealthy coastal town. Seventeen people were confirmed dead and eight others were missing.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 11-18, 2018


This weekend


What: Heralded as one of our country's foremost comics. Presented by Exceptional Artists in partnership with Champaign Park District.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $49.50-$58.50. Additional $5 per-ticket service charges apply (online only).

Death toll hits 15 in California mudslides

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The death toll from the mudslides that struck Southern California climbed to 15 on Wednesday as rescue crews searched for anyone trapped, injured or dead in the onslaught that smashed homes and swept away cars.

Crews rescue residents as mud engulfs California burn areas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Homes were swept from their foundations and residents were unaccounted for while others were rescued as mud and debris from wildfire-scarred hillsides flowed through neighborhoods and onto a key Southern California highway during a powerful winter storm that dropped record rain across the state.

After two weeks, C-U pokes its head up just a bit above freezing

CHAMPAIGN — Yes, you just lived through 14 complete calendar days of subfreezing temperatures in Champaign-Urbana.

But that's not the half of it.

The record for longest streak of complete days with subfreezing temperatures in Champaign-Urbana is 36, stretching from Dec. 29, 1976, to Feb. 2, 1977.

Area plumbers up to their necks in burst water pipes

First came the deep freeze. Then the weekend thaw. Then bursting water pipes.

The Crisis Nursery in Urbana was coping with flooding Sunday and Monday due to burst pipes, according to the agency's director of development and communications.

The Department of Public Health's testing lab in Chicago was also hit with flooding Sunday after a water pipe in the building burst.

2017 hits record for costly U.S. weather disasters: $306 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306 billion.

Oil tanker burning off China's coast at risk of exploding

BEIJING (AP) — An oil tanker that caught fire after colliding with a freighter off China's east coast is at risk of exploding and sinking, Chinese state media reported Monday, as authorities from three countries struggled to find its 32 missing crew members and contain oil spewing from the blazing wreck.

Freezing rain sends cars crashing on Georgia interstate

ATLANTA (AP) — A crash involving more than 30 cars closed the northbound lanes of an interstate in north Georgia as light freezing rain fell across wide swaths of Georgia and Alabama on Monday.

Agency to hold 'parties accountable' for JFK flood

NEW YORK (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Monday it will investigate the water pipe break that added to the weather-related delays at Kennedy Airport and will "hold all responsible parties accountable."