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2 men charged as juveniles in 2014 covered bridge arson

Nov. 5, 2019 12:52 PM EST

NEW BLOOMFIELD, Pa. (AP) — Authorities allege that two teenagers set a fire that destroyed a covered bridge in Pennsylvania five years ago. State police say the defendants are now adults but are charged as juveniles because they were 14 and 15 years old at the time of the November 2014 fire at the...

Owners vow to rebuild fire-devastated century-old resort

Nov. 4, 2019 12:39 PM EST

POCONO MANOR, Pa. (AP) — The owners of a century-old Poconos resort are vowing to rebuild following a fire that devastated the structure last week. Strong winds fueled the blaze early Friday at the 117-year-old Pocono Manor Resort, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Joseph Jerome,...

Firefighters seek hot spots at historic inn struck by fire

Nov. 2, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

POCONO MANOR, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say firefighters are still looking for hot spots at a wind-whipped fire that has destroyed much of a century-old Poconos resort. No injuries were reported in the blaze reported at 6 a.m. Friday at the Pocono Manor Resort, which is on the National Register of Historic...

Fire whips through historic Poconos resort; guests evacuate

Nov. 1, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

POCONO MANOR, Pa. (AP) — A wind-whipped fire has destroyed much of a century-old Poconos resort that's on the National Register of Historic Places. General Manager Don Snyder calls the damage Friday to the Pocono Manor Resort "heartbreaking." No injuries have been reported in the 6 a.m. blaze, which burned...

Investigators inspect ruined Okinawan castle for fire cause

Nov. 1, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Fire and police investigators inspected the burned-out ruins of Shuri Castle on Okinawa on Friday to determine the cause of the fire that nearly destroyed the symbol of the Japanese island's cultural heritage and history of struggle. The fire Thursday burned down the three main halls and four...

Fire nearly destroys historic Japanese castle

Oct. 31, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A fire broke out early Thursday and spread quickly through historic Shuri Castle on Japan's southern island of Okinawa, nearly destroying the UNESCO World Heritage site. Firefighters battled the blaze for about 12 hours before bringing it under control in the afternoon. The fire in Naha, the...

Australia's iconic rock Uluru scaled by final climbers

Oct. 25, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

ULURU, Australia (AP) — Nature seemed to be siding with indigenous Australians' demand for Uluru to be respected as a sacred site on Friday when high winds threatened to prematurely end the generations-old tradition of climbing the sandstone monolith. Rangers warned hundreds of anxious tourists who...

The Latest: Trump congratulates Japanese Emperor Naruhito

Oct. 22, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony (all times local): 12:15 a.m. Wednesday President Donald Trump has congratulated Japanese Emperor Naruhito on his enthronement. The White House said in a statement that the president and first lady Melania Trump offer their...

Japanese Emperor Naruhito ascends Chrysanthemum Throne

Oct. 22, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Three booming cheers of "Banzai!" rang out Tuesday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo as Naruhito formally declared his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne as the nation's 126th emperor. As a driving autumn rain briefly gave way to sunshine and 2,000 guests looked on, Naruhito pledged at an...

Fire hits UNESCO royal stables in Italian city of Turin

Oct. 21, 2019 4:52 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Firefighters say a fire has burned about one-fourth of the roof of Turin's Cavallerizza Reale, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the center of the northern Italian city, hitting an area of the building once used for the royal stables. Firefighters rushed to the scene early Monday and managed to...