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2 dead, 2 hurt after man fires randomly at SC bar

Aug. 22, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man angry over being kicked out of a South Carolina bar fired randomly after an argument early Thursday, killing two people and wounding two others. Richland County Sheriff's spokeswoman Cynthia Roldán said the shooting happened about 2:30 a.m. after employees...

Walmart sues Tesla for solar panels that went up in flames

Aug. 20, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart sued Tesla for "gross negligence" on Tuesday, saying that the electric car company's energy division installed solar panels that went up in flames on its store rooftops. The retailer said fires broke out at seven store rooftops between 2012 and 2018, causing millions of dollars in...

Prosecutor: No criminal charges will be filed for 2018 fire

Aug. 19, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan prosecutors say no criminal charges will be filed in connection with a motel fire that killed five children and an adult from the same family. Investigators determined the likely cause of the July 2018 fire at Benton Harbor's Cosmo Extended Stay Inn was careless use of...

8 dead, 10 hospitalized in Ukrainian hotel fire

Aug. 17, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A fire in a hotel in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa has killed eight people and left a further 10 hospitalized. A city police statement said a criminal investigation has been opened into the fire that spread to about 1,000 square meters (10,000 square feet) of the Tokyo Star hotel before...

Honolulu firefighters: Waikiki hotel blaze intentionally set

Aug. 6, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu firefighters say a fire that caused $1.8 million in damage to a high-rise hotel in Waikiki was intentionally set. Fire Captain Scot Seguirant said Tuesday firefighters have referred the case to police for further investigation. The blaze sparked near a storage room on the 14th...

89 safely rescued after Mumbai office building catches fire

Jul. 22, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Firefighters rescued 89 people after a nine-story office building caught fire on Monday in Mumbai, India's financial capital, an official said. No injuries were reported. Sixteen fire engines battled the blaze and evacuated people from the building using hydraulic platforms in the...

Fire forces cancellations of high-speed trains in Italy

Jul. 22, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A suspected arson fire threw Italy's high-speed rail system into chaos Monday, forcing the cancellation of dozens of train runs and frustrating vacationers and commuters along the heavily-traveled Milan-Naples corridor. The state railways company said the suspicious fire occurred near Rovezzano...

Anime studio hit by deadly fire is known for skill, fan base

Jul. 18, 2019 11:12 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It may not be as famous as Japanese anime legend Studio Ghibli, but Kyoto Animation has many core fans and is known as a team of skilled animators that provides top-quality work for others and can produce its own hits, such as "Lucky Star," ''K-On!" and the "Haruhi Suzumiya" series. The...

The Latest: 33 die in fire set at Kyoto animation studio

Jul. 18, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on a fire in a Japanese animation studio (all times local): 9:45 p.m. A Japanese fire official says the death toll from the Kyoto Animation studio fire is now 33 and nobody else is believed to be still missing. Kyoto fire department official Kazuhiro Hayashi says 36 others have been...

Owners of record-setting cats killed in fire sue chair-maker

Jul. 17, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The suburban Detroit owners of two record-setting cats killed in a house fire have filed a lawsuit blaming the maker of a massage chair for the blaze. William and Lauren Powers of Farmington Hills seek more than $1 million in damages from Fremont, Calif.-based American...