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Judge approves $105M fund for California wildfire survivors

May. 22, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. received approval Wednesday to establish a $105 million fund to help survivors of recent California wildfires started by the utility's equipment. A federal judge overseeing PG&E's bankruptcy case approved the utility's wildfire assistance program to...

F1 drivers share their fond memories of F1 great Niki Lauda

May. 22, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

MONACO (AP) — Sharing their memories of Niki Lauda, Formula One drivers spoke fondly of the former champion's straight-talking manner and the "amazing" legacy he left by overcoming a life-threatening crash. Lauda died on Monday at the age of 70, less than one year after a lung transplant. The Austrian won...

Investigation finds natural gas caused fatal house explosion

May. 22, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Fire investigators have determined the explosion of a southern Indiana house that killed one person was caused by natural gas. Fifty-year-old William Phillips was killed when a home exploded Sunday in Jeffersonville, north of Louisville, Kentucky. His wife, Janet Phillips,...

Virginia man charged in death of dog that was set on fire

May. 21, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An arrest has been made in the death of a pit bull that was tied to a fence in a Virginia park, covered in accelerant and set on fire. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 20-year-old Jyahshua A. Hill was arrested Monday by U.S. Marshals and charged with felony animal cruelty. The dog...

Immigrant arrested in police station arson that killed 2

May. 21, 2019 4:34 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Carabinieri police arrested a North African on Tuesday in connection with an arson fire at a police station in northern Italy that killed two and injured a dozen more, authorities said. The news agency ANSA reported that the fire overnight killed two people living in apartments above the...

New Mexico mayor's plan would charge for emergency costs

May. 20, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — A New Mexico mayor has proposed billing some drivers who are involved in car accidents resulting in hazardous material cleanup or victim extractions as a way to pay for more emergency rescue personnel in the state's largest city. Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller's budget proposal...

Body of man missing since weekend fire found, identified

May. 20, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say searchers using an excavator and a state police cadaver dog have located the remains of a man missing since a central Pennsylvania fire over the weekend. The (Bloomsburg) Press-Enterprise reports that the remains were found in the two-story Bloomsburg home destroyed...

Fiery and icy feelings from fans as 'Game of Thrones' ends

May. 20, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fire rained down and heads came off. There was punishment, banishment and retribution. And that was just from the fans. "Game of Thrones" aired its 73rd and final episode Sunday night, showing its gift for drawing record-setting numbers of viewers and for leaving those viewers deeply...

Feds offer $5,000 reward for information in mosque arson

May. 20, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A $5,000 reward has been announced for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever set fire to a Connecticut mosque. The Boston division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Monday it was offering the reward to help solve the arson case....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump cries 'treason' over campaign scrutiny

May. 20, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is using "treason" rather lightly as he assails unidentified U.S. officials for investigating operatives of his campaign in 2016. There's no allegation or even suggestion that they committed this punishable-by-death crime, if any crime at all. Trump's hyperbolic...