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Portugal: Number of wildfires, scorched areas falls by half

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s government is reporting major progress against wildfires that traditionally scorch the country each summer, saying Thursday the average annual...

Large commercial building burns in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fire gutted a large commercial building south of downtown Los Angeles before dawn Tuesday but no injuries were reported, authorities...

Fire visible across Los Angeles burns commercial yard, buses

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — A huge fire visible across Los Angeles burned stacks of pallets in a commercial yard and buses parked in a...

Democratic-led House makes conservation push with lands bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation Friday that would create about 1.5 million acres of new wilderness and incorporate nearly 1,200 miles of...

Amendment would ban ‘servitude’ by California prison inmates

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California relies on thousands of inmates to fight massive wildfires, churn out vehicle license plates, mop prison floors and myriad...

California buffeted by strong offshore winds

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Strong winds swept out of the interior of California and out to sea early Thursday, fanning small fires and toppling...

Wildfire victims sue former PG&E executives alleging neglect

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — A trust representing more than 80,000 victims of deadly wildfires ignited by Pacific Gas and Electric’s rickety electrical grid...

6-year-old dies of injuries in Greek migrant camp fire

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 6-year-old boy from Iran died of burns suffered during an overnight fire at a migrant camp northwest of Athens,...

EXPLAINER: Why a plane’s engine exploded over Denver

The investigation into an engine explosion on a jetliner taking off from Denver is focusing on a fan blade that appeared to be weakened...

Firefighter and paramedic shot in drive-by during call

ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) — A drive-by shooting wounded a firefighter and a paramedic who were responding to a call late Saturday in the Bay...

Fire damages 8 boats docked at Southern California marina

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — A 25-foot (7.6-meter) powerboat sunk after it exploded and sparked a fire, damaging seven other boats at a Southern...

Wind-driven mulch fire spews smoke in Southern California

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — A wind-driven mulch fire spewed a smelly cloud across parts of inland Southern California on Thursday. ...

Burned firefighter leaves California hospital to cheers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A firefighter who barely survived being overrun by flames while battling a Southern California wildfire last October was released from...

Colorado judge maintains charges for Dane accused in fire

DENVER (AP) — A judge on Friday decided against dropping criminal charges lodged against a mentally ill Danish man accused of starting a large...

Fire damages 2 yachts docked in Los Angeles marina

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fire heavily damaged two yachts docked at a Los Angeles harbor marina. ...

Millions endure record cold without power; at least 20 dead

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) — A winter storm that left millions without power in record-breaking cold weather claimed more lives Tuesday, including three...

The Latest: Biden says Milwaukee is ‘cold as the devil’

The Latest on winter weather across the U.S. (all times local): ...

Captain pleads not guilty to manslaughter in boat fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The captain of a scuba diving boat that burned and sank off the California coast, killing 34 people, pleaded not...

Garbage truck driver charged in deadly California fire

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a garbage truck driver suspected of dumping burning trash that sparked a 2019 brush fire that killed...

Overnight fire kills 100 animals at Indianapolis pet store

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An estimated 100 animals died when an overnight fire filled an Indianapolis pet store with thick smoke and deadly gases, fire...

The Latest: Keselowski has no regrets about Daytona 500 end

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local): ...

Fuel tanker blast at Afghan-Iran border causes massive fire

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — A fuel tanker exploded Saturday at the Islam Qala crossing in Afghanistan's western Herat province on the Iranian border, injuring...

Fire destroys part of Paul Newman’s camp for ill children

A fire on Friday evening destroyed a large section of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for seriously ill children in Connecticut. ...

Coast Guard weighs safety reforms after fatal boat fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Coast Guard signaled Wednesday that it would undertake a series of recommended safety reforms for passenger vessels in the...

Shaq’s historic Atlanta Krispy Kreme damaged by raging fire

ATLANTA (AP) — A historic Krispy Kreme Doughnuts store in Atlanta owned by basketball star Shaquille O'Neal that dates back to the mid-1960s was...

Audit raises concerns about wildfire risks at US nuclear lab

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the nation’s premier nuclear laboratories isn’t taking the necessary precautions to guard against wildfires, according to an audit...

California sets home hardening standards to lower fire risks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As consecutive years of catastrophic wildfires in California drive up the cost of insuring homes, state regulators on Monday announced...

California utilities to spend billions to cut wildfire risk

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's largest utilities said Friday that they will spend about $13 billion to reduce the risk of wildfires following the...

Arson suspected in massive fire at Texas courthouse

MASON, Texas (AP) — A suspect has been arrested been taken into custody following a massive fire that destroyed all but the rock outer...

US Marshals deputy shot, suspect killed in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — A U.S. Marshals Service deputy was shot and wounded and a suspect was killed Thursday morning during an exchange of gunfire...

Ukraine hospital fire kills 3 COVID-19 patients, doctor

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Three coronavirus patients and a doctor died in a fire at a hospital in Ukraine. ...

Pyrotechnics explosion injures 4 in Southern California

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Four people suffered extensive injuries Tuesday when commercial pyrotechnics exploded in Southern California and sparked a brush fire in...

Wildfire in west Australia burns more homes in dry wind

PERTH, Australia (AP) — More than 70 homes have been lost in a wildfire outside Australia's western city of Perth that is expected to...

59 homes lost, more threatened in Australian wildfire

PERTH, Australia (AP) — An out-of-control wildfire burning northeast of the Australian west coast city of Perth has destroyed at least 59 homes and...

Famed San Francisco private eye Palladino dies after attack

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jack Palladino, the flamboyant private investigator whose clients ranged from presidents and corporate whistleblowers to scandal-plagued celebrities, Hollywood moguls and...

UK police arrest another 9 people at asylum seekers’ camp

LONDON (AP) — Police in southeast England said Sunday that they have made a further nine arrests at a former army barracks, which has...

Crews battle flames, cold, wind in huge recycling plant fire

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — A massive fire engulfed a northern New Jersey recycling plant overnight and raged into Saturday as firefighters battled flames, frigid...

2 dead as winter storm barrels through California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At least two people were killed after a drenching storm that flooded areas and buried the Sierra Nevada in snow,...

Fire at Romanian hospital treating virus patients kills 5

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A fire early Friday at a key hospital in Bucharest that also treats COVID-19 patients killed at least five people,...

Atmospheric river storm drenches California, snow piles high

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Evacuations were ordered Thursday in wildfire burn areas prone to mudslides as an atmospheric river storm pumped drenching rain into...

Powerful storm hits California with rain, winds and snow

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A powerful storm packing heavy rain, snow and wind pounded parts of California and western Nevada early Wednesday, toppling trees,...

Potent atmospheric river storm heading toward California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A potent atmospheric river barreled toward California on Tuesday, bringing the threat of downpours that could unleash destructive debris flows...

Utility to pay $2B settlement in deadly 2018 California fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California Edison will pay $2.2 billion to settle insurance claims from a deadly, destructive wildfire sparked by its equipment...

Man pleads guilty to deaths of 36 people in warehouse fire

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The master tenant of a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse where 36 people perished when a fire ignited during a...

5 killed in blaze at Indian producer of COVID-19 vaccine

PUNE, India (AP) — At least five people were killed in a fire that broke out Thursday at a building under construction at Serum...

15 die in Ukraine nursing home fire

MOSCOW (AP) — A fire at a private nursing home in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv killed 15 people and injured five others Thursday,...

California winds easing after sparking fires, power outages

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A windstorm that fanned brushfires, toppled trees and left thousands of Californians without power focused its remaining energy Wednesday on...

Fierce California winds fan fires, topple trees and trucks

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life Tuesday by powerful winds that raked the...

Authorities say powerful California winds reignite fires where massive summer fire burned south of...

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say powerful California winds reignite fires where massive summer fire burned south of San Francisco region.

Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire in homeless camp

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol complex temporarily locked down during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration after a fire in a homeless...

Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire in homeless camp

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol complex temporarily locked down Monday during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration after a fire in a...

Wildfire burns in hot, dry, windy Southern California

MOUNTAIN CENTER, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battled a wildfire in the inland mountains of Southern California on Friday as Santa Ana winds brought dry...

Humane Society: 97 cats survive house fire; some injured

PERINTON, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly 100 cats have survived a house fire in a town outside Rochester, New York, according to an animal protection...

Man accused in fire that killed 36 expected to plead guilty

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A man facing a second trial after a fire killed 36 partygoers at a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse he’s...

Trump administration slashes imperiled spotted owls’ habitat

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday that it would slash millions of acres of protected habitat designated for the imperiled northern...

Environmentalists move toward lawsuit over fuel break plan

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S government to block plans to build up to 11,000...

NTSB says vehicle battery fires pose risks to 1st responders

DETROIT (AP) — Electric vehicle fires pose safety risks to first responders and guidelines from manufacturers about how to deal with them have been...

Dawn fire guts building on LA’s Venice Beach boardwalk

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A two-story building on the Venice Beach boardwalk was heavily damaged by fire early Wednesday, but no injuries were reported,...

Woman convicted of killing 3 children in fire free on parole

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California woman who spent 29 years behind bars after being convicted of killing her three children by setting...

Study: Wildfires produced up to half of pollution in US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent...

Russia: 7 die in fire at nursing home in western Siberia

MOSCOW (AP) — A fire at a nursing home in Siberia killed seven people on Saturday, Russian authorities said. ...

Australia sweltered through its 4th-hottest year in 2020

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia sweltered through its fourth-hottest year on record last year despite the recent return of the usually cooling La Nina...

Ranchers whose case sparked standoff may get grazing rights

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The federal government has proposed awarding grazing allotments to an Oregon ranching family whose members were convicted of arson in...

New California laws address virus, fires, law enforcement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — What a strange legislative year it was. ...

Hundreds of migrants freezing in heavy snow in Bosnia camp

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Hundreds of migrants were stranded Saturday in a squalid, burnt-out tent camp in Bosnia as heavy snow fell in the...

Southern California wildfire stalls as Santa Ana winds ease

FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire on the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base in northern San Diego County triggered evacuation orders early Thursday as...

Santa Ana winds bring wildfire danger to Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Red flag warnings of high fire danger went into effect across a wide swath of Southern California on Wednesday as...

Christmas unites community after fire guts historic church

NEW YORK (AP) — At Christmases past, parishioners at Middle Collegiate in New York City rejoiced over gospel hymns, carols and soul tunes played...

Fire breaks out at squalid migrant camp in Bosnia

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A huge fire broke out Wednesday at a temporary migrant camp in northwestern Bosnia that has been strongly criticized by...

Train cars carrying crude oil derail, burn north of Seattle

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Seven train cars carrying crude oil derailed Tuesday and five caught fire, sending a large black plume of smoke into...

California to see gusty fire weather, then Pacific storms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — ...

Fire destroys 2 buildings in Los Angeles but no injuries

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fire destroyed two buildings housing three businesses in the North Hollywood area of Los Angeles before the flames were brought...

Suspect in deadly NY subway fire arraigned on murder charge

A man accused of setting a train fire that killed a New York City subway driver in March told police he was on the...

Hospital fire kills 9 COVID-19 patients at ICU in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A fire broke out Saturday at an intensive care unit treating COVID-19 patients in southern Turkey after an oxygen cylinder...

Self-immolation persists as grim form of protest in Tunisia

KASSERINE, Tunisia (AP) — In his old life, Hosni Kalaia remembers strolling the streets of his hometown of Kasserine in central Tunisia with confidence....

Fishers sue San Francisco over huge Pier 45 warehouse fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than two dozen commercial fishers who make up the bulk of San Francisco's famed seafood industry sued the city...

US carries out rare execution during presidential transition

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The Trump administration Thursday carried out its ninth federal execution of the year in what has been a first...

Death toll in squatter complex fire in Spain rises to 4

MADRID (AP) — Workers clearing the rubble after a deadly fire at an industrial complex occupied by squatters and migrants near Barcelona last week...

US set to execute 1st of 5 inmates before Biden inauguration

CHICAGO (AP) — The Trump administration is planning an unprecedented five more federal executions before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, starting with a Texas street-gang...

Inferno in large squat for migrants kills 3 in Spain

BADALONA, Spain (AP) — Mamadou Dieye was talking to his family back in Senegal when he heard shouts of distress downstairs. Smoke quickly followed...

The stormy, fiery year when climate disasters wouldn’t stop

Nature struck relentlessly in 2020 with record-breaking and deadly weather- and climate-related disasters. ...

Neo-Nazi group member who threatened journalist gets prison

An Arizona man who joined other members of a neo-Nazi group in a coordinated campaign to threaten and harass journalists, activists and other targets...

Mechanic: ‘Everything perfect’ before fatal WWII plane crash

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The only surviving crew member of a World War II-era bomber that crashed in Connecticut last year, killing seven people,...

Family of pilot killed fighting CA wildfire files lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of a veteran helicopter pilot who died when his aircraft crashed as he was dropping water over a...

California fire danger eases as winds ease, cooling arrives

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wildfire danger eased in Southern California on Wednesday as warm and dry Santa Ana winds faded and developing onshore flow...

Vast wildfires in Siberia linked to warming Arctic

WASHINGTON (AP) — This year's vast wildfires in far northeastern Russia were linked to broader changes in a warming Arctic, according to a report...

Winds bring Southern California power cuts, fire danger

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gusty, dry Santa Ana winds swept parts of Southern California on Monday, forcing utilities to begin targeted power cuts to...

2 out of hospital after Texas petroleum facility fire

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Two of the seven workers injured when a storage tank at a petroleum facility in Texas exploded after catching...

California fire danger grows with strong winds in forecast

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Fire danger in California will ramp up on Monday as forecasted strong winds in Southern California, the Bay Area and...

Storage tank explosion at Texas petroleum facility injures 7

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Seven contractors were injured, four critically, when a storage tank at a petroleum facility in Texas exploded after catching...

Predawn fire guts old church housing New York’s Liberty Bell

NEW YORK (AP) — A historic church in lower Manhattan that houses New York's Liberty Bell and whose congregation dates to the city's earliest...

Wildfire operations boss still on the job during retirement

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Back home in Flagstaff, retirement resumed, Buck Wickham looks none the worse for wear. ...

California fire danger remains high even as winds ease

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fire danger remained high Friday amid unpredictable wind gusts and dry conditions in Southern California, as crews made progress against...

MLB sues insurance providers, cites billions in virus losses

Major League Baseball and all 30 of its teams are suing their insurance providers, citing billions of dollars in losses during the 2020 season...

Families of 34 California boat fire victims grieve, advocate

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The snapshots tell the story of a big man with a big, beaming grin. ...

Explosion at South Africa oil refinery, 7 hospitalized

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Seven people were hospitalized after an early-morning explosion and fire at an oil refinery near the harbor in...

Wind fans wildfire in California canyons, residents flee

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Powerful gusts pushed flames from a wildfire through Southern California canyons on Thursday, one of several blazes that burned near...

PG&E rate hike aimed at improvements to ease fire risk

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric's household customers will be hit with an average rate increase of 8% to help the...

California firefighters critically injured setting backfires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two firefighters critically burned while trying to set backfires to slow the spread of a Southern California wildfire in October...

Power goes out as fire danger looms in Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California utilities cut the power to tens of thousands of customers to avoid the threat of wildfires as the...

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