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Tonga in national holiday to bid farewell to leader Pohiva

Sep. 19, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Hundreds of mourners packed a church service on Thursday and children stood vigil on downtown streets as Tonga took a national holiday to bid farewell to Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva at a state funeral. During a political career that began more than three decades ago,...

200 Bahamians arrive in Florida fleeing Dorian's devastation

Sep. 18, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — More than 200 Bahamians whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Dorian arrived Wednesday in Florida on a cruise ship. It was the second mass arrival for the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. More than 850 Bahamian evacuees arrived Sept. 7 after the storm ravaged the islands of Grand...

Worker who herded people out before explosion is called hero

Sep. 17, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A maintenance manager was credited Tuesday with saving lives by evacuating a building before an explosion that gravely injured him, while investigators began examining the rubble to determine the cause and the firefighter who died was saluted. Larry Lord emptied the building of "at...

France evacuates 900 migrants from camp near English Channel

Sep. 17, 2019 3:41 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French police are evacuating at least 900 migrants from a gym and a nearby tent camp near the English Channel, citing concerns about security and hygiene. A spokesman for the Nord region said the migrants being removed from Tuesday from the town of Grande Synthe include an unspecified number...

Propane blast kills firefighter, injures his brother, others

Sep. 16, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A fierce propane explosion leveled a newly constructed building after fire crews arrived to investigate the smell of gas Monday, killing one firefighter and injuring at least eight other people, including fellow firefighters, officials said. The blast was so powerful it blew a...

Fire at hospital in Brazil kills 11 people, many elderly

Sep. 13, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A fire raced through a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, forcing staff to wheel patients into the streets on stretchers or in wheelchairs and killing at least 11 people, many of them elderly. Four firefighters were hospitalized after battling the overnight blaze at Badim Hospital and about...

Flooding closes schools, restricts travel in SE South Dakota

Sep. 13, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Flooding from torrential rain that's soaked much of southeastern South Dakota closed schools for a second day on Friday, submerged city streets and caused some to evacuate their homes. The cities of Mitchell, Dell Rapids and Madison have been hit especially hard with the area...

Bahamian girl in custody released to mother in Florida

Sep. 13, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Bahamian girl who evacuated with her godmother from Hurricane Dorian's devastation was reunited with her family after she spent days in government custody for arriving in Florida without a parent, U.S. immigration officials said Friday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed a report...

Norwegian oil terminal evacuated after blaze on tanker

Sep. 13, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Police evacuated people from a major tanker port in southern Norway Friday as a precaution after a fire on an oil tanker. Firefighters took two hours to extinguish the blaze on the Liberia-flagged Dubai Harmony, assisted by the vessel's crew, the local fire department said,...

Firefighters in Rio de Janeiro say death toll in hospital fire that forced patient evacuation has risen to at least 10

Sep. 13, 2019 7:11 AM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Firefighters in Rio de Janeiro say death toll in hospital fire that forced patient evacuation has risen to at least 10.