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Dog reunited with family 101 days after California wildfire

Feb. 19, 2019 6:10 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A dog named Kingston is back with his family 101 days after he jumped out of their truck as they fled a devastating Northern California wildfire. The 12-year-old Akita was reunited Monday with the Ballejos family, who fled the town of Paradise late last year, Sacramento television...

5 to stand trial in Guatemala shelter fire that killed 41

Feb. 19, 2019 5:22 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ruled that five current and former Guatemalan officials should stand trial over a blaze that killed 41 girls at a state-run home for troubled youth. The order said they bear potential responsibility since they represented institutions responsible for protecting...

7 Syrian refugee children die in Canadian house fire

Feb. 19, 2019 4:49 PM EST

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Seven children, all members of a Syrian refugee family, died early Tuesday in a fast-moving house fire described as Nova Scotia's deadliest blaze in recent memory. The father, Ebraheim Barho, was reported fighting for his life after apparently trying in vain to save his...

Man dies in portable toilet fire at Baltimore Ravens stadium

Feb. 19, 2019 10:43 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Firefighters say a man died in a fire in a portable toilet near the Baltimore Ravens' stadium. News outlets quote Baltimore police as saying the Sunday fire in the parking lot of M&T Bank Stadium didn't appear to be criminal. Baltimore Fire spokeswoman Blair Skinner says a security...

The Latest: Germany recorded more asylum requests last month

Feb. 19, 2019 9:41 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local): 3:40 p.m. German authorities say they recorded an uptick in asylum requests in the first month of 2019. The interior ministry said Tuesday that authorities received 17,051 asylum requests in January, an increase...

1 month after Mexico pipeline fire, toll stands at 130 dead

Feb. 18, 2019 5:33 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say that one month after a fiery explosion at an illegally tapped gasoline pipeline, the death toll stands at 130. The government of central Hidalgo state says 62 of the 81 people injured in the Jan. 18 fire have died at hospitals. Sixty-eight others died at the scene,...

Owner of New Delhi hotel where fire killed 17 arrested

Feb. 18, 2019 5:32 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities say they have arrested the owner of a New Delhi hotel where 17 people were killed by a fire. Police say Arpit Palace Hotel owner Rakesh Goel appeared Sunday in court, which ruled that police could take him into custody for questioning. Two hotel managers have been in...

Officials: Centralia sinkhole unrelated to underground fire

Feb. 17, 2019 3:43 PM EST

CENTRALIA, Pa. (AP) — State environmental authorities say a 100-foot (30-meter) sinkhole found in a central Pennsylvania town almost completely emptied by a decades-long underground fire is unrelated to the blaze. The (Bloomsburg) Press Enterprise reports that a Department of Environmental Protection crew...

Feds: Large fire in Philadelphia 1 year ago was arson

Feb. 17, 2019 12:50 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal authorities say a massive fire that prompted evacuation of scores of people in Philadelphia's Old City neighborhood a year ago was deliberately set. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Friday that a nearly yearlong investigation of the February...

Fire in slum kills 9 in southeastern Bangladesh

Feb. 17, 2019 10:37 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A devastating blaze raced through a crammed slum in southeastern Bangladesh on Sunday, killing at least nine people and injuring several others, a fire official said. The fire broke out early in the morning in the Chaktai area of Chittagong city while the slum dwellers were asleep,...