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Nestor downgraded, but tornado damages Florida homes

Oct. 19, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Nestor was downgraded Saturday after it spawned a tornado that damaged homes and a school in central Florida but spared an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said several homes were damaged and...

The Latest: Tornado spawned by Nestor damages homes

Oct. 19, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Nestor (all times local): 11:15 a.m. A tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Nestor damaged homes and a school in central Florida but the storm spared an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said...

15 dead after Russian dam collapse floods dormitories

Oct. 19, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — At least 15 people are dead after a dam at a small Siberian gold mine collapsed and water flooded two workers' dormitories on Saturday. The Emergencies Ministry also said seven people were unaccounted for, Russian news reports said. The regional health ministry said 16 people were injured....

In New Orleans, awaiting orders to get out ahead of blast

Oct. 19, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — People living and working near a corner of New Orleans' historic French Quarter were being told they should prepare to evacuate for several hours Saturday — once workers complete preparations for controlled explosions they hope will bring down two giant, damaged construction...

Trump touts Turkey cease-fire, even as it appears shaky

Oct. 19, 2019 1:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pushing back at criticism that his Syria withdrawal is damaging U.S. credibility, betraying Kurdish allies and opening the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic State. He touted a cease-fire agreement that seemed at risk as Turkey and Kurdish fighters...

1 dead after plane landing on Alaska island went off runway

Oct. 19, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — One person died after a commuter airplane went off the end of a runway while landing at an airport in the remote Aleutian Islands fishing community of Unalaska, authorities said Friday. Alaska State Troopers identified the victim as David Allan Oltman, 38, of Washington state. The...

The Latest: City plans to remove plane from site Saturday

Oct. 19, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

UNALASKA, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a plane that went off the runway while landing at an Aleutian Islands community (all times local): 4:46 p.m. The city of Unalaska said in a statement Friday evening that it plans to remove on Saturday the PenAir airplane from the scene of a crash The state Department...

Subway service in Chile's capital suspended as protest grows

Oct. 19, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Subway service in Chile's capital was suspended Friday, trapping hundreds of thousands of commuters on their way home from work, after high school students flooded subway stations, jumping turnstiles, dodging fares and vandalizing stations as part of protests against a fare hike. By...

Indiana woman convicted of reckless homicide in 3 deaths

Oct. 18, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman was convicted Friday of reckless homicide for plowing her pickup truck into four children, killing three of them, as they crossed a two-lane highway to board their school bus. The Fulton County jury also found Alyssa Shepherd, 24, guilty of criminal recklessness in...

California regulator slams PG&E over electricity shut-off

Oct. 18, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's top regulator excoriated top executives of the state's largest utility even as Pacific Gas & Electric repeatedly said they know they failed to meet public expectations when the company cut the power to more than 2 million people last week. Marybel Batjer, president of...