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Weather delays divers from searching for shipwreck survivors

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — Families anxiously awaited news of the 12 people missing from a capsized oil industry vessel Thursday while stormy weather...

Funeral of US Capitol Officer William Evans underway

ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — Under a steady rain, the flag-draped casket of U.S. Capitol Police Officer William Evans was carried into a Massachusetts church...

California power regulators cast doubt on utility’s plans

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — California power regulators are poised to reprimand Pacific Gas & Electric for continuing to neglect its electrical grid that...

1 killed, 12 wounded in market explosion in Iraq’s capital

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — An explosion rocked a market in east Baghdad on Thursday, killing one person and injuring 12 others, according to Iraq's...

St Vincent fears COVID-19 outbreak with volcano evacuations

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Officials in St. Vincent said Thursday that they were extremely worried about a COVID-19 outbreak given the lack of...

Lawyer: 290 relatives file for compensation in MH-17 downing

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A lawyer for relatives of people killed in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine...

Macron visits Notre Dame 2 years after devastating fire

PARIS (AP) — Two years after a fire tore through Paris’ most famous cathedral and shocked the world, French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday...

Lawmakers fighting like cats and dogs? Not over this bill

CONCORD. N.H. (AP) — Nine lives notwithstanding, killing a cat in a hit-and-run soon could become illegal in New Hampshire. ...

Judge orders release of 6 detained over Lebanon port blast

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese judge leading the investigation into last year’s massive blast at Beirut’s port on Thursday ordered the release of six...

Report: Dubai ‘jetman’ didn’t deploy chute in fatal crash

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of Dubai's famed “jetman” pilots killed in a crash in November failed to deploy the emergency parachute...

Epic drought means water crisis on Oregon-California border

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of farmers who rely on a massive irrigation project that spans the Oregon-California border learned Wednesday they will get...

Capsized ship off Louisiana: 12 missing, 1 dead, 6 rescued

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — Coast Guard boats and aircraft have covered an area larger than the state of Rhode Island to search for...

Officer in Black man’s killing: from leader to defendant

In a matter of days, the white police officer who fatally shot a Black man in a Minneapolis suburb went from being a respected...

Humanitarian crisis feared in St. Vincent amid eruptions

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ongoing volcanic eruptions have displaced about 20% of people in the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent as...

Biden taps ex-Obama official as Interior Department deputy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is naming Tommy Beaudreau, a former Obama administration official, to be deputy secretary at the Interior Department after...

Hospital: Niger elementary school fire kills 20 children

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A fire fueled by high winds swept through an elementary school on the outskirts of Niger's capital, killing 20 children,...

US urges Lebanese leaders to break political impasse

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior U.S. official on Wednesday berated Lebanese politicians for fighting over the formation of a new government for months while...

New Zealand bans live cow exports due to welfare concerns

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Wednesday it is banning the export of live cows and other farm animals by sea due...

St. Vincent seeks water, funds as volcano keeps erupting

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Leaders of volcano-wracked St. Vincent said Tuesday that water is running short as heavy ash contaminates supplies, and they...

California targets urgent projects as wildfire season looms

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California is in such an urgent race with another devastating wildfire season that officials began soliciting local project ideas even...

Man fleeing police crashes, wedges Maserati under freeway

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A man fleeing the California Highway Patrol totaled his girlfriend's Maserati SUV after he careened up an embankment and slammed...

NTSB: Pilot error likely caused vintage bomber’s fatal crash

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Pilot error probably caused the 2019 crash of a World War II-era bomber in Connecticut that killed seven people and...

US investigating possible air bag failures in GM vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — The...

Georgia sheriff: 3 officers wounded, 1 suspect dead, 1 held

VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) — Three Georgia police officers were shot and wounded as they pursued two cousins from Alabama in a high-speed chase...

Japan to start releasing Fukushima water into sea in 2 years

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government announced Tuesday it would start releasing treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean...

5 miners die, 4 missing in coal mine collapse in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A makeshift coal mine collapsed Tuesday in northern Afghanistan, burying five miners and leaving four more missing, a provincial security...

Death toll up to 42 after migrant boat capsizes off Djibouti

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The International Organization for Migration says the death toll has risen to 42 after a boat carrying migrants capsized off...

Tensions rise in water battle along Oregon-California line

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of the worst droughts in memory in a massive agricultural region straddling the California-Oregon border could mean steep cuts...

Marijuana growing equipment may have caused LA explosion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Equipment from a marijuana grow in a Los Angeles home's garage may have caused an explosion that shattered the structures,...

Ex-Chiefs assistant Britt Reid charged with DWI after crash

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid was charged Monday with driving while intoxicated resulting in serious physical...

Fox stands behind Tucker Carlson after ADL urges his firing

Fox Corp. is standing behind Tucker Carlson after the Anti-Defamation League last week called for the company to fire the opinion host for his...

2 women killed after car plunges into California harbor

MOSS LANDING, Calif. (AP) — Two women who died after their car careened into a river at Moss Landing in Monterey County over the...

‘Huge’ explosion rocks St. Vincent as volcano keeps erupting

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — La Soufriere volcano fired an enormous amount of ash and hot gas early Monday in the biggest explosive eruption...

Man gets prison for killing California elephant seal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was sentenced Monday to three months in federal prison for shooting a protected northern elephant seal to death...

Iran blames Israel for sabotage at Natanz nuclear site

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran blamed Israel on Monday for an attack on its underground Natanz nuclear facility that damaged its centrifuges...

Water-worried Vegas wants useless grass a thing of the past

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A desert city built on a reputation for excess and indulgence wants to become a model for restraint and conservation...

Injured CSU Bakersfield athlete Readus’ condition improves

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — The condition of Cal State Bakersfield men’s basketball player Ronne Readus has improved nearly two weeks after he was badly...

Driver slowed or stopped before crash killed 13 migrants

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The driver of an SUV packed with migrants stopped or slowed before getting slammed by a tractor-trailer in one of...

Firefighter killed in blaze in Russian city of St Petersburg

MOSCOW (AP) — A major fire engulfed a business center in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, on Monday, killing a firefighter and injuring two...

Soviet cosmonaut made pioneering spaceflight 60 years ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Crushed into the pilot's seat by heavy G-forces, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin saw flames outside his spacecraft and prepared to die....

Japan’s champion: Matsuyama wins the Masters for his nation

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Hideki Matsuyama almost turned down his first chance to play the Masters. It was a month after a devastating earthquake...

MacKinnon, Avalanche stay hot with 4-1 win over Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to nine games and the Colorado Avalanche...

8 dead, dozens hurt as Indonesia quake shakes East Java

MALANG, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake on Indonesia's main island of Java killed eight people, including a woman whose motorcycle was hit by...

21 Chinese coal miners trapped by underground flood

BEIJING (AP) — Rescuers on Sunday were trying to reach 21 coal miners who were trapped by an underground flood in China's northwest, a...

Women fighting fires in Florida: Colleagues’ support crucial

Krystyna Krakowski became a firefighter in Florida at a time when there were very few women to work beside or guide her in the...

Ash-covered St. Vincent braces for more volcanic eruptions

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — People who ignored an initial warning to evacuate the area closest to a volcano on the eastern Caribbean island...

Man charged in spate of explosions outside ex-friend’s home

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man has been charged with setting off explosives in another man's yard and sending letters to...

Explosive eruption rocks volcano on Caribbean’s St. Vincent

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An explosive eruption rocked La Soufriere volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent on Friday after...

Arizona wildfire destroys 12 homes; 200 people evacuated

DUDLEYVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — A small community in south-central Arizona remained under an evacuation notice Friday after crews and air tankers stopped the growth...

Philip, defined by role of husband to British queen, dies

LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip, the irascible and tough-minded husband of Queen Elizabeth II who spent more than seven decades supporting his wife in...

Italy prosecutors: WHO exec lied about spiked virus report

ROME (AP) — Italian prosecutors say a top World Health Organization official lied to them about a spiked WHO report into Italy’s coronavirus response,...

Coney Island attractions reopen after losing year to virus

NEW YORK (AP) — The Wonder Wheel began turning and the Cyclone whipped into action as Coney Island's illustrious amusement parks reopened Friday after...

Airlines pull Boeing Max jets to inspect electrical systems

Airlines pulled dozens of Boeing Max 737s out of service for inspections after the aircraft maker told them about a possible electrical problem, the...

Verizon recalls mobile hotspots sold to schools, in stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is recalling 2.5 million mobile hotspots after some reports of overheating and two reports of minor burns. ...

Kim compares North Korea’s economic woes to 1990s famine

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for waging another “arduous march” to fight severe economic difficulties, for...

St. Vincent to evacuate thousands under volcano threat

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Empty cruise ships were scheduled to arrive Friday at the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent to help...

Judge halts California development, citing wildfire risk

LEBEC, Calif. (AP) — A long-running plan to build a community of 19,000 homes on vast Tejon Ranch north of Los Angeles has been...

California plans $536M for forests before wildfire season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will authorize $536 million toward forest management projects and efforts to reduce wildfires before the worst of the fire...

California Highway 1 to reopen by April 1, agency says

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Highway 1 along Big Sur is expected to reopen by April 30 because work to repair a huge piece...

Paint plant explosion and fire kill 1, hurt 8; cause unclear

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An explosion and fire rocked a paint manufacturer early Thursday in Ohio's capital, killing one person and injuring eight others. ...

Salvage crews tow drifting Dutch freighter to port in Norway

HELSINKI (AP) — Despite heavy seas, a joint Norwegian-Dutch salvage operation managed to safely tow to land Thursday an abandoned Dutch cargo ship that...

Southern African leaders concerned by Mozambique’s rebels

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Five southern African leaders expressed their concern at the extremist violence in northern Mozambique and said they will consider “a proportionate...

Tiger Woods was driving more than 80 mph when he crashed SUV

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiger Woods was driving more than 80 mph — nearly twice the posted speed limit — on a downhill stretch...

Rwanda’s Kagame welcomes French ‘truth’ about the genocide

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — President Paul Kagame of Rwanda on Wednesday praised a new French report documenting France's role in the 1994 genocide as...

Indonesia landslides death toll rises to 140, dozens missing

LEMBATA, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from mudslides in eastern Indonesia has risen to 140 with dozens still missing, officials said Wednesday, as...

Salvage of Dutch ship adrift off Norway postponed for a day

HELSINKI (AP) — Bad weather conditions have postponed efforts to salvage a Dutch cargo ship that's been drifting off the coast of Norway for...

Turkish aerobatic jet crashes during training; pilot killed

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish Air Force aerobatic jet crashed in central Turkey on Wednesday, killing its pilot, Turkey’s defense ministry said. ...

Divers rescue Thai Buddhist monk trapped in flooded cave

BANGKOK (AP) — A Buddhist monk who was trapped by floodwaters inside a cave in northern Thailand for four days has been rescued by...

Indonesia landslides death toll rises to 119, dozens missing

LEMBATA, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from mudslides in eastern Indonesia has risen to 119 with scores still missing, officials said Wednesday, as...

California’s Pacific Gas & Electric charged in 2019 wildfire

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California prosecutor filed 33 criminal charges Tuesday accusing troubled Pacific Gas & Electric of inadvertently injuring six firefighters and...

Study: Drought-breaking rains more rare, erratic in US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rainstorms grew more erratic and droughts much longer across most of the U.S. West over the past half-century as climate...

Evacuation order lifted at Florida leaky phosphate reservoir

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A mandatory evacuation order near a leaking Florida wastewater reservoir that affected more than 300 homes and additional businesses...

Suit seeks to reverse Trump changes to sea turtle protection

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Conservation groups sued on Tuesday to reverse changes made under former President Donald Trump to rules protecting sea turtles, even...

Wildfire in Theodore Roosevelt National Park 45% contained

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Firefighters are making headway against a blaze in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. ...

Northern California prosecutors file 33 criminal counts against utility for 2019 blaze that injured...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Northern California prosecutors file 33 criminal counts against utility for 2019 blaze that injured 6 firefighters.

‘Chernobyl’ and ‘Harry Potter’ actor Paul Ritter dies at 54

LONDON (AP) — Versatile British actor Paul Ritter, whose roles ranged from a hapless suburban patriarch in sitcom “Friday Night Dinner” to a Soviet...

Austria: 1 dead, 2 seriously hurt in balcony collapse

BERLIN (AP) — A woman has died in Austria and two others were seriously injured after an apartment balcony collapsed, police said Tuesday. ...

Crew evacuated as Dutch cargo ship risks sinking off Norway

HELSINKI (AP) — An unmanned Dutch cargo ship may be in danger of capsizing in heavy seas off the coast of Norway after its...

Florida dismisses 2nd breach risk at phosphate reservoir

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Engineers and dam safety specialists evaluating the danger of a catastrophic flood from a leaking Florida wastewater reservoir determined...

Iran prosecutor says 10 indicted for Ukraine plane shootdown

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ten officials have been indicted in Iran over the 2020 military shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane that...

Hikers scramble as new fissure opens up at Icelandic volcano

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Steam and lava spurted Monday from a new fissure at an Icelandic volcano that began erupting last month, prompting the...

No indication officer in Capitol attack was stabbed, shot

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Capitol Police officer killed last week when a man armed with a knife rammed his car into two officers at...

Bus driver seeks lighter term in fatal I-380 crash in 2018

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A New York bus driver is seeking a lighter sentence in an interstate crash in northeastern Pennsylvania that killed a...

4.0 magnitude earthquake strikes in Los Angeles area

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 4.0 magnitude earthquake gave the Los Angeles area a jolt before dawn Monday. ...

Rescuers hampered by damaged roads, more rain in Indonesia

LEMBATA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers were hampered by damaged bridges and roads and a lack of heavy equipment Monday after torrential rains caused multiple...

Truck owner behind deadly Taiwan railway crash apologizes

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The owner of a construction truck that caused Taiwan's worst rail accident in decades, killing 48 people, apologized in tears...

Florida works to avoid ‘catastrophic’ pond collapse

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Sunday that crews are working to prevent the collapse of a large wastewater pond in...

2 die after car plunges over Northern California cliff

BODEGA BAY, Calif. (AP) — Two women died Saturday after a car they were in plunged over a Northern California ocean cliff and landed...

Indonesia landslides, floods kill 41 people; dozens missing

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Landslides and flash floods from torrential rains in eastern Indonesia killed at least 41 people and displaced thousands, the country's...

Man rams car into 2 Capitol police; 1 officer, driver killed

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Capitol Police officer was killed Friday after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the...

Explosions in Somalia kill at least 15; army bases targeted

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Simultaneous large explosions were heard in and around two Somali army bases on Saturday, with the military confirming that at...

Births among endangered right whales highest since 2015

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — North Atlantic right whales gave birth over the winter in greater numbers than scientists have seen since 2015, an encouraging...

Taiwan prosecutors seek arrest in deadly train crash

HUALIEN COUNTY, Taiwan (AP) — Prosecutors in Taiwan on Saturday sought an arrest warrant for the owner of an unmanned truck that rolled onto...

Bangkok home collapses after fire; 3 dead, several trapped

BANGKOK (AP) — At least three people were killed after a three-story house in Bangkok collapsed on Saturday following a fire, leaving an unknown...

Biden aims to juice EV sales, but would his plan work?

DETROIT (AP) — Dangling tax credits and rebates in his drive to fight climate change, President Joe Biden wants you to trade your gas-burning...

Western rivers face pinch as another dry year takes shape

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As several states in the American West face intense drought, it’s shaping up to be a very difficult year for...

Wildfire evacuees return to North Dakota tourist town

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Residents of a small western North Dakota tourist town forced to evacuate as a large wildfire approached have been able...

Train hits truck that slid onto track in Taiwan, killing 51

HUALIEN COUNTY, Taiwan (AP) — A train barreled into an unmanned truck that had rolled onto the track Friday in Taiwan, leaving at least...

Driver held after wild San Diego County pursuit, crashes

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man was arrested in San Diego County after deliberately smashing his vehicle into multiple other vehicles and leading deputies...

Notre Dame’s rector: “15 or 20 years” needed for restoration

PARIS (AP) — The rector of Notre Dame said Friday that the burned-out Paris cathedral and its esplanade could remain a building site for...

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