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3 dead, 7 missing in building downed by Philippine quake

Dec. 16, 2019 12:49 AM EST

PADADA, Philippines (AP) — Rescuers pulled out two bodies Monday from a three-story building that collapsed in a strong earthquake in the southern Philippines and scrambled to find at least seven more people who were trapped inside. Army troops, police, firefighters and volunteers, armed with sound and...

Child killed, 3 others injured in a Phoenix apartment fire

Dec. 15, 2019 4:59 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A 4-year-old girl is dead and three other people hospitalized after being rescued from a Phoenix apartment fire early Sunday, authorities said. Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Rob McDade said crews responded to the scene about 4:30 a.m. and saw three people signaling for help from a...

Searcher dies while seeking missing California hiker

Dec. 15, 2019 2:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The search for a missing Mount Baldy hiker has been suspended after a searcher died Saturday, authorities said. Tim Staples, 32, was a teacher and a volunteer for nine years with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department West Valley Search & Rescue Team. Staples became...

Strong quake kills 1, collapses building in Philippines

Dec. 15, 2019 10:03 AM EST

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — A strong earthquake jolted the southern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least one person and causing a three-story building to collapse, setting off a search for people feared to have been trapped inside, officials said. The magnitude 6.9 quake struck an area about 6 kilometers...

Toxic air, gases hamper search for last 2 volcano victims

Dec. 14, 2019 11:40 PM EST

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — A second land search of New Zealand's volcanic White Island on Sunday failed to locate the bodies of the last two victims of an eruption that has now claimed 16 lives, most of them tourists. New Zealand police confirmed the 16th victim died Saturday at Sydney's Concord...

Specialist teams hope to recover last 2 volcano victims

Dec. 14, 2019 2:56 PM EST

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — Specialist teams were due to return to New Zealand's volcanic White Island on Sunday to resume a land search for the bodies of two victims of an eruption which has now claimed 15 lives. Two four-person teams wearing protective clothing and using breathing apparatuses were to...

The disappearance of Lakira Goldsmith overwhelms her mother

Dec. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — It'd been about a month and one holiday since she'd seen or heard from her older sister when Makayla Blackwell recorded herself singing a song she'd wrote, expressing the love she had for her. Makayla sang about the pain their mom was going through. She sang she'd give her own life...

Authorities recover body of girl swept away by creek

Dec. 13, 2019 10:55 PM EST

TONTO BASIN, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in rural Arizona on Friday recovered the body of a 6-year-old girl swept away two weeks ago when her family tried to cross surging creek waters. The body of Willa Rawlings was found in Roosevelt Lake about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Tonto Basin, where the girl...

S. Carolina Deputies seeking 2 'grinches' for mail theft

Dec. 13, 2019 4:07 PM EST

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina are searching for two women who have stolen mail from two dozen addresses. Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell told news outlets Thursday that two unidentified women have been stealing mail from the eastern part of the county. Ravenell said...

Body of missing Buchanan woman found in slough

Dec. 13, 2019 7:42 AM EST

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A lengthy search for a missing Buchanan woman has come to an end. The woman's body has been recovered from a slough in rural Stutsman County where her vehicle broke through the ice. Sonia Heinle, 63, left her son's house Sunday during a storm and disappeared. She lived just a...