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4 bodies found, 4 people missing in gas blast in Poland

Dec. 5, 2019 1:31 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Rescuers found four bodies in the debris of a house destroyed by a gas explosion in southern Poland and were searching in sub-freezing weather early Thursday for four people still missing, officials said. Silesia provincial Gov. Jaroslaw Wieczorek said the bodies of four people,...

Water distribution trunk line ruptures in Los Angeles

Dec. 5, 2019 1:02 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have shut off all the valves on a large water line that broke early Wednesday in Los Angeles and flooded residential streets in the Mission Hills area of the San Fernando Valley. The rupture occurred before dawn in a 72-inch-diameter (183-centimeter) trunk line, a major...

Rescuers looking for 8 people after gas explosion in Poland

Dec. 4, 2019 6:06 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A gas explosion collapsed a house in southern Poland on Wednesday evening, trapping as many as eight people and causing blazes in debris that required dozens of firefighters to combat. Local firefighters spokeswoman Patrycja Pokrzywa said the detached, three-floor house in the popular...

Rescuers looking for 8 people after gas explosion in Poland

Dec. 4, 2019 4:12 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Officials in southern Poland say a house collapsed in a gas explosion, trapping as many as eight people. Local firefighters spokeswoman Patrycja Pokrzywa says the detached house in the mountain resort of Szczyrk was totally destroyed in Wednesday’s explosion and that children...

21 die in Syria as airstrike targets market, school shelled

Dec. 2, 2019 1:19 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A suspected Syrian government airstrike on a market in a northwestern rebel-held town killed 13 civilians on Monday while Turkish artillery shells landed near a school in a Kurdish-held town, killing at least nine, including eight children, activists said. The violence is part of rising...

Monsoon floods kill at least 25 in southern India

Dec. 2, 2019 7:57 AM EST

CHENNAI, India (AP) — At least 25 people have died in recent monsoon rains that inundated low-lying areas in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and hundreds more have been evacuated to relief camps, the state government said Monday. Heavy rain toppled a wall in the city of Coimbatore, killing 17...

Worker who survived New Orleans hotel collapse deported

Nov. 29, 2019 7:27 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A construction worker hurt in last month’s collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans has been deported to his native Honduras on Friday. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox said Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma, 38, was flown to...

Search in Albania quake reduced, death toll at 49

Nov. 29, 2019 9:43 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The operation to find survivors and recover bodies from Albania's deadly earthquake was winding down Friday, with rescue crews limiting their efforts to a collapsed beachfront hotel in the port town of Durres as the death toll climbed to 49. Albanian, Serb and Montenegrin rescue...

Exterior wall collapse in Philadelphia damages vehicles

Nov. 28, 2019 2:55 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The collapse of an exterior wall in Philadelphia sent bricks crashing onto at least three vehicles and scattering in the street, but no injuries were immediately reported. WPVI-TV reports that the collapse happened at about 12:45 p.m. in the Cobbs Creek section of the city. The station...

Hopes fade for any more survivors in Albania quake; 46 dead

Nov. 28, 2019 1:18 PM EST

DURRES, Albania (AP) — Hopes were fading Thursday of finding anyone else alive beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings in Albania, two days after a deadly quake struck the country's Adriatic coast killing at least 46 people and injuring more than 2,000. By Thursday afternoon, search operations were...