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UN office says Sri Lanka ship fire causes significant damage

Jun. 20, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.N. representative in Sri Lanka said the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off the capital Colombo has caused “a significant damage to the planet” by releasing hazardous substances into the ecosystem. ...

Southwest US states bake, wildfire threatens Arizona towns

Jun. 20, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Southwest U.S. continued to bake Saturday, and weather forecasters kept warnings in effect for excessive heat in Arizona, Nevada and desert areas, at least through the weekend. High temperature marks didn’t fall Saturday, but Phoenix reached a...

Several hurt after fire at Atlanta-area apartment complex

Jun. 19, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A fire early Saturday at an Atlanta-area apartment complex has left at least nine people injured and displaced nearly 40 people, authorities said. Emergency responders arriving to The Forest at Columbia found people jumping from the Decatur...

Serbian state TV: Explosion again rocks munitions factory

Jun. 19, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — An explosion rocked a munitions factory central Serbia on Saturday in the second such incident this month, injuring at least three workers, state-run Serbian television reported. A powerful explosion was heard just before 8 p.m. (1800GMT),...

Blaze at Moscow fireworks warehouse injures 4

Jun. 19, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A warehouse holding a reported 15 metric tons (16.5 tons) of fireworks in central Moscow caught fire on Saturday, sending a huge cloud of smoke and a fusillade of explosions over the area. Three firefighters and a warehouse employee were injured and one...

Chicago apartment fire injures several, including 2 children

Jun. 19, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A fire at a Chicago apartment building injured several people, including two children, on Saturday and led firefighters to rescue residents from higher floors, officials said. Two children and three other people were hospitalized after the morning fire on...

Too many wood pellets, too little water contributed to blaze

Jun. 19, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The size of wood pellet stacks and low water pressure may have contributed to a spectacular blaze that burned for days in May at a warehouse on the Georgia coast. The Brunswick News reports that Georgia Ports Authority Chief...

Plume of smoke towers as 3 vehicles catch fire in New York

Jun. 19, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three vehicles caught fire in New York’s Long Island City neighborhood on Friday, throwing up a plume of smoke that was visible from other boroughs. In footage posted on social media, emergency crews can be seen dousing one of the cars with water, and...

Archaeologist optimistic about fate of depot artifacts

Jun. 19, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Archaeologist Dianne McCarty hadn’t been inside the burned McComb Railroad Depot for more than five minutes on Monday morning and she was already pulling things out of the ashes. She plucked two plastic HO-scale model train cars — surprisingly...

California wildfire leads campground, zen center to evacuate

Jun. 18, 2021 22:43 PM EDT

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire burning near California's central coast has forced the evacuation of a campground and Buddhist retreat center, authorities said Friday. The fire began Thursday night in the Los Padres National Forest, about 15 miles southeast of Big...