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European firefighters join battle to stop French wildfires

Aug. 12, 2022 10:30 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Firefighters from across Europe started arriving in France on Friday to help battle several wildfires, including a giant blaze ravaging pine forests in the southwest. A series of heat waves have compounded a critical drought in much of Europe to create prime wildfire...

Chemical leak from rail tank car closes California freeway

Aug. 12, 2022 10:24 AM EDT

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California freeway was shut down and nearby homes were under evacuation orders Friday as a chemical reaction inside a railroad tank car threatened to cause an explosion, authorities said. The tank car was parked on a spur off a main rail line along...

Shots fired at police during car chase through Detroit area

Aug. 12, 2022 09:01 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Shots were fired at police during a high-speed chase involving a vehicle driven by a 14-year-old boy through Detroit and several suburban communities. The chase started Thursday night after officers attempted to pull over the vehicle for improper plates, police said....

Funerals to begin for victims of Pa. blaze that killed 10

Aug. 12, 2022 07:33 AM EDT

MANSFIELD, Pa. (AP) — Services were set to begin Friday for young siblings who died last week in a Pennsylvania house fire that also killed eight other people, as investigators continued to look for the cause. The fast-moving, middle-of-the-night inferno destroyed the home in the...

State helping fight fire threatening WA homes, sewer plant

Aug. 11, 2022 21:31 PM EDT

GRANDVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A fire threatening homes, infrastructure and the a sewer plant in central Washington has prompted a state response, including aircraft. Interim State Fire Marshal Chad Cross said Thursday that the Canyon Road Fire near the small city of Grandview is burning...

Wildfires spread, fish die off amid severe drought in Europe

Aug. 11, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Firefighters from across Europe struggled Thursday to contain a huge wildfire in France that has swept through a large swath of pine forest, while Germans and Poles faced a mass fish die-off in a river flowing between their countries. Europe is suffering under a severe...

Wildland firefighter killed by falling tree on Oregon blaze

Aug. 11, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

OAKRIDGE, Ore. (AP) — A firefighter who was hit by a falling tree while battling a wildfire near Oakridge, Oregon has died of his injuries, authorities said Thursday. Collin Hagan, who was with the Craig Interagency Hot Shots from Colorado, died Wednesday of injuries he sustained...

2nd firefighter dies as Cuba controls big oil facility fire

Aug. 11, 2022 13:27 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Officials said Thursday that a second firefighter has died in Cuba, where crews have controlled a massive blaze that began last week at a key oil storage facility amid a deepening energy crisis. The 24-year-old firefighter identified as Elier Correa had been...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Aug. 11, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

Times and Democrat. August 10, 2022. Editorial: S.C. has more than climate vs. wildfires South Carolina and Georgia are glad to be the exceptions. Nearly 70% of the U.S. population across parts of every state in the continental United States, except for...

Roller coaster crash at German amusement park injures 34

Aug. 11, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two roller coaster trains crashed into each other Thursday at an amusement park in southern Germany, injuring at least 34 people, two of them severely, German media reported. One roller coaster train braked heavily and another train collided with it at the Legoland...