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Four dead in two US avalanches: officials

LOS ANGELES — Four people were killed in two avalanches that swept through an area near a ski resort in the northwestern US state of Washington, authorities said. US media initially reported that at least eight others were missing in the incidents, which took place Sunday near Stevens Pass in…

Heavy snow, avalanches kill 16 in Afghanistan

Heavy snow and avalanches have killed at least 16 people in mountainous northeastern Afghanistan, leaving dozens more trapped in their homes, according to an official. A week of heavy snowfall cut off main roads in remote Badakhshan province, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach affected villages. “So far 16 people have been killed…