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Improving weather aids fight against Sierra Nevada wildfire

Jul. 01, 2022 00:59 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Improving weather helped firefighters stop the spread of a Sierra Nevada wildfire that forced evacuation of several hundred people from their homes and injured 13 firefighters and a civilian, authorities said Thursday. The Rices Fire remained at 904 acres...

Mudslide leaves 16 dead, over 70 missing in northeast India

Jun. 30, 2022 23:50 PM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Rescuers found two more bodies as they resumed clearing operations after an overnight halt looking for nearly 70 missing people after a mudslide triggered by weeks of heavy downpours killed at least 16 people at a railroad construction site in India's northeast, officials...

Caribbean storm likely to gain force, hit Central America

Jun. 30, 2022 23:08 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A storm that has hurled rain on the southern Caribbean and the northern shoulder of South America was expected to hit Central America as a tropical storm over the weekend and eventually develop into a hurricane over the Pacific, forecasters said Thursday. ...

Plane crashes into Quinnipiac River; 2 people, dog rescued

Jun. 30, 2022 21:48 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two people and a dog were helped to shore by bystanders after their small single-engine plane landed in the Quinnipiac River late Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The couple was flying to New Bedford, Massachusetts, when the plane's engine began to...

Fire marshal's office suspends fireworks for parts of Alaska

Jun. 30, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska State Fire Marshal's Office is suspending the use of fireworks across large portions of the state, citing fire dangers. The state Department of Public Safety in a statement said the fire marshal's office, along with the Division of Forestry and...

Much of northern Yellowstone park to reopen Saturday

Jun. 30, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is reopening its flood-damaged north loop at noon on Saturday, in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, park officials said Thursday. The announcement means most of the park will be open again after June 13 flooding...

Murder conviction overturned for man who shot wife in SUV

Jun. 30, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court on Thursday threw out a murder conviction for a once-prominent Atlanta attorney who fatally shot his wife as they rode in an SUV, saying the jury should have had the option of a misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter charge. Claud “Tex”...

Parts of Minnesota campus evacuated after reported explosion

Jun. 30, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities evacuated a portion of the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis on Thursday after responding to reports of a fire and possible explosion. No injuries were immediately reported. The Minneapolis Fire Department tweeted about...

Family of boy killed in Adventureland accident sues park

Jun. 30, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The family of an 11-year old boy who died on a water ride at an Iowa amusement park a year ago filed a wrongful death lawsuit in state court Thursday, alleging the park failed to properly maintain and repair its rides. David and Sabrina Jaramillo, of Cedar...

Medical Examiner: 4th brother dies from apartment fire

Jun. 30, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A fourth brother has died from injuries sustained in a Chicago apartment fire, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Axel Cruz, 4, died Wednesday evening at Lurie Children’s Hospital, the medical examiner’s office said. The other three...