SEATTLE (AP) — The weather has been turned upside down across much of the U.S., bringing spring-like warmth to the Northeast, a risk of tornadoes in the South and snow across the West. Forecasters expect New York to be in the mid-60s on Christmas Day — several degrees higher than Los Angeles. The weather pattern is partly linked to El Nino.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Military officials say a streak of light seen burning across the sky by people in three western states was debris from a Russian rocket re-entering the atmosphere. U.S. Strategic Command says the fireball seen Tuesday night over Arizona, Nevada and California was an SL-4 rocket body booster from Russia that was launched Monday. Dozens of people took to social media to share videos and photos.
BEIJING (AP) — A man has been pulled alive out of a massive landslide in southern China, three days after the mountain of construction waste material and mud flowed into an industrial park. More than 70 others remain missing. State broadcaster CCTV is reporting that the survivor had been trying to get out of his room when the building collapsed. The door panel created a space for him to survive. He is undergoing surgery.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — More migrants are losing their lives in the Aegean Sea. Greek authorities say at least 10 people have drowned and two more are missing after a boat carrying about 25 migrants sank in the eastern Aegean early Wednesday. The coast guard says five of the dead are children. Thirteen people were rescued, and a search is under way to find the two missing. All are believed to have set off from nearby Turkey. Hundreds of migrants have drowned or are missing while trying to reach Greece's eastern islands this year.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Two people have been injured in an explosion while cleaning a plane at an airport in Istanbul. The cause of the blast isn't clear. Pegasus airline says no passengers were in the area and operations are continuing normally. Both cleaning people are being treated at a hospital.