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The Latest: Fire witness reports sparks near electric lines

Oct. 11, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Los Angeles arson investigators say a witness reported seeing sparks or flames coming from a power line near where a wildfire is believed to have started. Peter Sanders, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, says...

Latest: Son: Mother, 89, missing after California homes burn

Oct. 10, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Don Turner says his 89-year-old mother is missing after a wind-driven wildfire destroyed dozens of Southern California mobile homes. Turner says Lois Arvickson's neighbors saw her getting into her car in her garage...

Father sues Tesla after teen son killed in flaming crash

Oct. 10, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The father of an 18-year-old Florida teen killed when his speeding Tesla slammed into a wall and caught fire is suing the company, saying the crash should have been "entirely survivable." Police say Barrett Riley and his 18-year-old friend Edgar Monserrat died when Riley lost...

Auto wrecking shop fire in Gresham, Oregon

Oct. 8, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) — Fire crews battled a blaze at an auto wrecking shop in Gresham, Oregon. KGW reports that the one -story building was "fully involved," Tuesday morning that crews are going into defensive mode "due to heavy fire conditions and hazards inside building." Power lines are affected, Gresham...

Hong Kong's leader says mask ban necessary to quell violence

Oct. 4, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's embattled leader insisted a new measure banning masks at rallies was not a move toward authoritarian rule or at the behest of the Chinese government, which signaled its approval shortly after she implemented the toughened response to quell four months of increasingly violent...

California boat company suspends tours after fatal fire

Oct. 1, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The owner of a scuba diving boat company announced Tuesday a voluntary indefinite suspension of its fleet in the wake of a boat fire off the Southern California coast that killed 34 people. Truth Aquatics Inc. posted on its Facebook page that the company will "dedicate our entire efforts...

Georgia man gets 140 years in prison for restaurant arson

Sep. 29, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who crashed his vehicle into a restaurant where he once worked and set it on fire amid the lunchtime rush has been convicted of arson. Jurors in Richmond County Superior Court found 37-year-old Roland Croyle guilty but mentally ill Friday on 24 counts of arson, aggravated...

Feds recommend new requirements after natural gas disaster

Sep. 24, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal officials are recommending stronger nationwide requirements for natural gas systems following last September's natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts. The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates major pipeline accidents, said Tuesday every state should...

Death toll rises to 32 in protests in Indonesia's Papua

Sep. 24, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from violent protests in Indonesia's restive Papua province has risen to 32 after several bodies were found under burned buildings, officials said Tuesday. An angry mob torched local government buildings, shops and homes and set fire to cars and motorbikes in Papua...

20 killed, 70 hurt in protests in Indonesia's Papua province

Sep. 23, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 20 people were killed Monday, including three shot by police, in violent protests by hundreds of people sparked by rumors that a teacher insulted an indigenous student in Indonesia's restive Papua province, officials said. An angry mob torched local government buildings,...