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Federal lawsuit seeks $14.8m in deadly Tennessee wildfires

May. 24, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two survivors of deadly Tennessee wildfires that began in Great Smoky Mountains National Park have sued the federal government, claiming they lost loved ones and a home because of the negligence of park workers. The lawsuit in Knoxville was filed Wednesday by the two victims of the...

Bus bursts into flames on parkway; driver, passengers safe

May. 24, 2018 1:56 PM EDT

HOLMDEL, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a bus driver and about two dozen passengers safely evacuated a bus after it burst into flames while traveling on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. The fire occurred around 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Holmdel, New Jersey. The driver pulled onto the shoulder when he...

Officials: Efforts failing to save US West sagebrush land

May. 24, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials say they're losing the battle against a devastating combination of invasive plant species and wildfires in the vast sagebrush habitats in the U.S. West that support cattle ranching and recreation and are home to an imperiled bird. The Western Association of Fish & Wildlife...

Homeowner trying to kill weeds ends up burning down garage

May. 24, 2018 10:11 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a homeowner trying to kill troublesome weeds with a torch has burned down his garage. The Springfield News-Sun reports Springfield Township firefighters in central Ohio were called to a home around 4 a.m. Thursday for a detached garage engulfed in flames. No one was...

Police: Officer's gun goes off, striking man in burning home

May. 23, 2018 8:16 PM EDT

DUNDALK, Md. (AP) — Police say an officer's gun discharged during an altercation, striking a man who had refused to leave a burning house in Maryland. Baltimore County police spokesman Cpl. Shawn Vinson says two officers had entered the Dundalk house on Wednesday and found a man and woman inside. The woman...

13 workers wounded in shooting in Mexican border city

May. 23, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — A bus full of assembly plant workers was hit by gunfire in the northern Mexico border city of Reynosa on Wednesday, and 13 people were wounded, two of them seriously. The driver told authorities that the bus was in motion when it apparently entered the crossfire between two...

Air Force trainer jet crashes in Mississippi; 2 eject safely

May. 23, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A U.S. Air Force training jet crashed Wednesday in northeast Mississippi with both pilots ejecting safely. The T-38C Talon II crashed about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Columbus Air Force Base officials said in a statement. The plane went down in a wooded area just outside the base's...

City hall fire, vehicle burning probed as arson

May. 23, 2018 1:14 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a fire that damaged the entrance of a Pennsylvania city hall and another fire that destroyed a vehicle nearby are being investigated as possible arson. The Lancaster city fire department and police responded at about 3:45 a.m. Wednesday to extinguish the flames. No...

Survivors of fire struggle with emotions as probe continues

May. 23, 2018 4:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Survivors and families of the victims of London's Grenfell Tower fire are struggling with their emotions as a public inquiry hears individual tributes to the 72 people who died in the blaze last year. Emma Kennedy, a National Health Service outreach manager who was at the hearing on Tuesday,...

Off-duty New Jersey trooper killed in Pennsylvania crash

May. 22, 2018 7:56 AM EDT

GREENWICH, Pa. (AP) — An off-duty New Jersey state police trooper has been killed in a crash in Pennsylvania. Authorities say 30-year-old Brian McNally, of Bedminster, was alone in a vehicle that was eastbound on Interstate 78 in Greenwich when the crash occurred around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. As he approached...