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Gov. Abbott says Texas wildfires may have destroyed up to 500 structures

Mar. 01, 2024 22:22 PM EST

STINNETT, Texas (AP) — Wildfires may have destroyed as many as 500 structures in the Texas Panhandle, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday, describing how the largest blaze in state history scorched everything in its path, leaving ashes in its wake. Texas officials warned that...

Texas Panhandle ranchers face losses and grim task of removing dead cattle killed by wildfires

Mar. 01, 2024 19:30 PM EST

SKELLYTOWN, Texas (AP) — First, the flames came storming across the vistas of the Texas Panhandle, burning through the grassy plains and scrub land of the region's cattle ranches. By Friday, ranchers faced a grim task: Search miles of scorched earth to dispose of the burned corpses...

Texas battles historic wildfires as snow covers scorched land in the Panhandle

Mar. 01, 2024 10:04 AM EST

STINNETT, Texas (AP) — A dusting of snow covered a desolate landscape of scorched prairie, dead cattle and burned out homes in the Texas Panhandle on Thursday, giving firefighters brief relief in their desperate efforts to corral a blaze that has grown into the largest in state history. ...

Bangladeshi leader says a shopping mall that caught fire had no emergency exits. Death toll climbs

Mar. 01, 2024 09:34 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A six-story shopping mall that caught fire in the Bangladeshi capital had no fire exits, the country's prime minister said Friday, as the death toll climbed to at least 46 and rescuers searched for more victims. The fire started late Thursday in a...

Fire at shopping mall in Bangladesh's capital kills at least 43 people

Feb. 29, 2024 23:36 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire at a six-story shopping mall in the Bangladeshi capital overnight killed at least 43 people and injured dozens of others, with several people escaping to the building's roof, officials said Friday. The fire started late Thursday at a restaurant on...

A Brazilian state in the Amazon has been hit with more than 2,000 fires in February

Feb. 29, 2024 15:42 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian state of Roraima in the Amazon rainforest has been hit with more than 2,000 fires in February, according to data released Thursday by the state space agency. The National Institute for Space Research, known by its Portuguese acronym INPE, said...

NYC officials clear another storefront illegally housing dozens of migrants in unsafe conditions

Feb. 29, 2024 11:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials have cleared out a Bronx storefront illegally converted to house dozens of tenants that was run by the same person who operated one hosting as many as 70 migrants in a Queens furniture store. The city Department of Buildings said Thursday...

Filipino volunteer who saved Outback fire brigade celebrated in Australian Parliament

Feb. 29, 2024 04:02 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A Filipino immigrant who helped a small Outback town keep its volunteer fire brigade was celebrated in the Australian Parliament on Thursday during a special sitting to welcome Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who is on a state visit. Prime...

Wildfire grows into one of largest in Texas history as flames menace multiple small towns

Feb. 28, 2024 23:37 PM EST

CANADIAN, Texas (AP) — A cluster of wildfires scorched the Texas Panhandle on Wednesday, including a blaze that grew into one of the largest in state history, as flames moved with alarming speed and blackened the landscape across a vast stretch of small towns and cattle ranches. An...

House fire that left 5 children dead in Arizona doesn't appear to be arson, authorities say

Feb. 28, 2024 21:01 PM EST

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — There is no evidence an Arizona house fire that killed five children was caused by arson, authorities said Wednesday. Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found no trace of accelerants on debris samples taken from...