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Recreational areas to remain closed for months dued to fire

Jul. 16, 2020 12:16 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Several popular outdoor recreation areas in a national forest on the outskirts of Tucson will remain closed until Nov. 1 because of a largely contained wildfire's potential for causing flooding from monsoon rains and other hazards, authorities said. The fire has burned 187 square miles...

Judge refuses to allow Durango train to resume projects

Jul. 15, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

DURANGO (AP) — A federal judge denied the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s plea to resume a fire mitigation project along its tracks as well as a separate project to repair a damaged bridge, The Durango Herald reported Tuesday. In recent weeks, the U.S. Forest Service has ordered...

Sparks woman sentenced to life for fatally beating parents

Jul. 15, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Sparks woman has been sentenced to life in prison after she was convicted of beating her parents to death when they confronted her about huffing paint in the garage. The Washoe County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday that 31-year-old Cynthia Alegria has “a significant...

A helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3 combats a fire aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) at Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. A Navy statement says there's been significant progress and much less smoke is being emitted from the USS Bonhomme Richard on Tuesday. (Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Garrett LaBarge/U.S. Navy via AP)

Navy warship burning 4th day shows difficulty of ship fires

Jul. 15, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four days after the initial spark, the fire on a U.S. Navy warship was still burning as firefighting sailors Wednesday inched their way deeper into its compartments in a painstaking search to find every smoldering hot spot. Experts say the stubborn fire on board the USS Bonhomme Richard...

An automobile that was set on fire sits near the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2020.  A young man set a police car on fire outside the Supreme Court Wednesday, suffering serious burns in the process. The man, who has not been identified, suffered serious burns and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Man injured while torching police car outside Supreme Court

Jul. 15, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A young man set a police car on fire outside the Supreme Court Wednesday, suffering serious burns in the process. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said an individual appeared to pour a flammable liquid on a white four-door sedan belonging to the Supreme Court Police, parked on...

Fire destroys businesses in Gardiner, a Yellowstone gateway

Jul. 15, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

GARDINER, Mont. (AP) — A fire destroyed several businesses in the Yellowstone National Park gateway town of Gardiner just six weeks after Montana entrances to the park reopened following a closure prompted by the coronavirus. The fire Tuesday destroyed the Two Bit Saloon, Yellowstone Raft Co.,...

Firefighters light a backfire as they work along the Old Dump Road off of Cottonwood Springs Road to monitor and contain a brush fire, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in St George, Utah. (Chris Caldwell/The Spectrum via AP)

Fireworks-sparked wildfire burns through conservation area

Jul. 15, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Firefighters were battling a wildfire in southern Utah Wednesday that was sparked by illegal fireworks, authorities said. The blaze north of St. George had grown to nearly 19 square miles (49 square kilometers) and was 0% contained as of Wednesday afternoon, the Spectrum newspaper...

Man ordered to trial for fire that killed wife, three boys

Jul. 15, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Grand Rapids man blamed for a fire that killed his wife and three children was ordered to trial Wednesday on involuntary manslaughter charges. Investigators said a mattress or box spring between the house and a fire pit likely fueled the fire in February. Robert Scales, who...

7 traditional wooden ships burn in factory in southern Iran

Jul. 15, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Seven traditional wooden dhow vessels caught fire Wednesday in a factory in the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency reported. There were no reports of casualties and the fire was eventually contained, ISNA said. Authorities were...

House explosion injures 2 women in northeast Minnesota

Jul. 15, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A house explosion has seriously injured two women near Moose Lake in northeastern Minnesota, authorities said. Carlton County dispatchers got word of the explosion and fire near Moose Lake just before 9 p.m. Tuesday. The initial report was that a 75-year-old woman was hurt and a...