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Police detain Kashmir protesters, rebels kill truck driver

Oct. 15, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir detained at least 12 women for holding an anti-India protest and two suspected militants shot and killed a truck driver near an apple orchard where he had picked up fruit boxes, police said Tuesday. The women, carrying placards reading "Respect...

Wildfires burn out of control in Lebanon and Syria

Oct. 15, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Strong fires spread in different parts of Lebanon forcing some residents to flee their homes in the middle of the night as the flames reached residential areas in villages south of Beirut. Fire engines were overwhelmed by the flames in the Mount Lebanon region early Tuesday, forcing the...

Los Angeles fire began under power lines, cause not known

Oct. 14, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A destructive fire that exploded on the edge of Los Angeles began beneath a high-voltage transmission tower owned by Southern California Edison, fire officials said Monday. Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigators determined the origin of the Saddle Ridge Fire was beneath power...

Do California power shutoffs work? Hard to know, experts say

Oct. 14, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state's large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has preemptively cut the power but by far the largest to date...

The Latest: PG&E says system had 100 incidents of damage

Oct. 14, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California power shutoffs to prevent wildfires (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says inspections have found more than 100 places where its system was damaged by recent strong winds that prompted last week's deliberate power cut to northern and...

Woman gets 60 years in boyfriend's burning death

Oct. 14, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A woman who poured gasoline on the couch where her sleeping boyfriend lay and then shut the door after seeing him jump up and yell "hot, hot" will spend 60 years in prison for first-degree murder. Saying it represents as horrific an offense as he's ever dealt with, Anchorage...

Venezuelans seek strength, healing from mythical goddess

Oct. 14, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

CHIVACOA, Venezuela (AP) — Every year, thousands trek to a mountainside in Venezuela for rituals played out with fire, blood and smoke to pay tribute to the indigenous goddess Maria Lionza, who is revered across the crisis-stricken South American nation. Devotees come to the weeklong observance at Sorte...

The Latest: Fire department: LA blaze began under power line

Oct. 14, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on wildfires that hit Southern California (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Fire officials say a destructive fire that broke out on the edge of Los Angeles began beneath a high-voltage transmission tower. Capt. Erik Scott told The Associated Press on Monday that Los Angeles Fire...

Investigators say destructive Los Angeles wildfire started under high-voltage transmission tower; no cause determined

Oct. 14, 2019 7:38 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators say destructive Los Angeles wildfire started under high-voltage transmission tower; no cause determined.

Greek authorities evacuate island migrant camp after fire

Oct. 14, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities are evacuating an overcrowded camp for asylum-seekers on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, where a large fire broke out following clashes between residents. Police said no injuries have been reported from Monday's fire at the Vathy camp, where more than 4,000...